Addiction - Drug Rehabilitation and Alcoholism Treatment
the Narconon program - Frequently Asked Questions
and Program Info
Q) What is Narconon
Montreal is a LONG-TERM, NON-TRADITIONAL inpatient treatment center
for drug addiction and alcoholism. Our success rate is around 70%.
does NON-TRADITIONAL mean?
A) Most treatment
centers use a combination of 12 step recovery and group therapy in an
effort to handle addiction. While some people respond to this type of
treatment, factually speaking, most do not (click here for an article
on traditional treatment). This means that 1 or 2 out of 10 people who
go through traditional treatment may end their drug or alcohol problem.
At Narconon, approximately 7 out of 10 people permanently conquer their
addiction after completing the program.
does "Narconon" mean?
comes from two Greek words. "Narco" means drugs and "non"
means "no". So Narconon means "Drugs-No!".
Q) How did the
Narconon program start?
A) Narconon was founded by William
Benitez in Arizona State Penitentiary in 1966.
Mr. Benitez was a heroin addict who could not seem to get off drugs
using traditional forms of treatment. Utilizing the techniques of humanitarian
researcher L. Ron Hubbard, Mr. Benitez was able to get himself and other
inmates off drugs. This was the beginning of the Narconon program. Today,
Narconon has more than 30 centers internationally.
Q) How is the
Narconon program different from other drug treatment programs?
A) The Narconon
program addresses 3 areas that are not intensively treated in more traditional
programs. These areas are:
use of addictive drugs can cause an accumulation of drug residues and
metabolites in the body. These residues can remain in the body for years,
causing drug and alcohol cravings and drug-induced depression. Narconon
uses the Hubbard method of detoxification to remove these residues,
resulting in an individual who is free of the harmful physical effects
of mind-altering drugs.
people do not realize that some of the most common abilities and skills
which they use everyday are not instinctual, but are learned. These
are all areas in which drug addicts and alcoholics have been found to
be deficient. These are NOT instinctive abilities. They require training
and practice to perfect.
The Narconon program gives heavy emphasis to
life-skills training. Some of the areas addressed are communication
skills, study skills and applying ethical principles in everyday life..
The result is an individual more comfortable with his life and less
likely to be overwhelmed by it. The practice of these skills are extremely
therapeutic in and of themselves.
are a number of therapeutic procedures unique to the Narconon program.
These therapies are designed to free a person from the guilt, remorse
and regret of past actions, and to restore the self-control that is
inevitably sacrificed when a person becomes addicted to drugs.
Q) What is Narconon’s
has a 60%-70% success rate over two years. This compares to a 10%-20%
success rate of traditional treatment programs.
Q) How long
does it take to complete the Narconon program?
of phase I -the New Life Detoxification program - can take anywhere
between 2-6 weeks. The balance of the program generally takes approximately
2 months to complete.
type of people are treated at Narconon?
from all walks of life, from all over the world come to Narconon for
treatment. Ages range from 18-65. There are usually about 40% female
and 60% male clients in treatment.
does the Narconon program cost?
differ according to what therapies are delivered. In general terms,
the cost of the Montreal Narconon program is much less than other hospital
programs. U.S. residents in particular benefit from a very favorable
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