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Narconon is a residential program aimed at substance abusers, headquartered in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[1] It operates through several dozen treatment centers worldwide, chiefly in the United States and Western Europe. Each Narconon center is independently owned and operated under a license from ABLE International, a Scientology-related entity.[2] Actress Kirstie Alley is their International Spokeswoman. The program has garnered considerable controversy as a result of its association with Scientology and its drug addiction treatment methods.



Narconon was established February 19, 1966 as a drug-rehabilitation program based on "The Fundamentals of Thought" by L. Ron Hubbard and delivered to drug abusers in the Arizona State Prisons. The name "Narconon" originally referred not to an organization but to the program. Its creator was William C. Benitez, a former inmate at Arizona State Prison who had served time for narcotics offenses.[3] His work was supported by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and in 1972 Hubbard sponsored the incorporation of Narconon as an organization.[4] It was co-founded by Benitez and two Scientologists, Henning Heldt and Arthur Maren.

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