What is Narconon?

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1 January 2003
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Narconon is an international drug rehabilitation organisation which claims a presence in 26 countries around the world. It is involved in a range of anti-drug activities, including lectures to schools, educational programmes and providing residential drug rehabilitation therapy for addicts. It claims extraordinarily high success rates - anything up to 85% - for those undergoing its treatment programme. Narconon is very energetic in publicising its claims and, over the years, it has managed to persuade a number of state and national governments to fund its activities. Founded in 1966, the modern Narconon programme is the work of the late L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction author and founder of the Church of Scientology. It combines what might be termed his moral philosophy with his theories on the nature of drug addiction and his solutions to the problem, providing a mixture of educational and therapeutic activities.

Narconon is, however, a highly controversial organisation, for a number of reason. See "Key Facts" for a shortlist of the main problems with Narconon.

This website offers a critical examination of Narconon's claims, contrasting them with the strong body of opposing evidence. Our intention is to provide a full range of information to individuals, civic leaders and media representatives interested in Narconon's activities or considering involvement with Narconon.

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