Frequently Asked Questions

What does "Narconon" mean?

Narconon comes from the Greek words "Narco", meaning “drugs” and "non", meaning "no". Narconon means "Drugs-No!"

How did the Narconon program start?

Narconon was founded in 1966 by William Benitez, a heroin addict who was incarcerated in the Arizona State Prison for a long series of drug-related crimes. Benitez wanted to resolve his addiction and through his personal research into workable techniques to kick drugs ran into a book called Fundamentals of Thought, written by American author and humanitarian L.Ron Hubbard. Benitez was able to glean principals out these writings by Mr. Hubbard to improve his ability to communicate about, face up to, and resolve basic life problems that had contributed to his drug addiction and held it in place for many years. Impressed with the effectiveness of this information as it related to drug addiction, Benitez, utilizing Mr. Hubbard's discoveries, helped form a workable drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that would free people from drug addiction without the use of substitute drugs or medications. Benitez formed the Narconon organization and Mr. Hubbard shared his research and developments in the drug rehab field. Narconon now has over 145 drug and alcohol rehabilitation and prevention programs in over 38 different countries.

Is Narconon part of the Church of Scientology or any other organized religion?

No. Narconon drug rehabiliation technology, and the religion of Scientology are based on the works of the same individual, L. Ron Hubbard. Narconon is an independent public benefit, non-profit corporation. It is not a religious organization and is non-denominational. The Narconon organization supports and acknowledges all religions that work to eradicate substance abuse.

Members of the Church of Scientology are very active in and support Narconon due to its effectiveness.

Is Narconon's approach scientifically proven?

Yes. Narconon's approach is most definitely scientifically proven.

Yes. You can find proof of Narconon's scientific approach in the Science References & Background booklet, where you will find research papers and scientific studies conducted by independent scientists and doctors.

How to Help Your Students

Drug Ed Materials & Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Science References & Background

What Educators Say


Talking to Kids About Drugs

10 Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs

Drug Facts

© 2009-2019 Narconon International. All Rights Reserved. Narconon is a Social Betterment Program of ABLE International.

drug education & prevention resources