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Narconon Releases Report on its Very First Narconon Program, the First of 23 Reviews or Evaluations of Results up to 2009
Date:5/21/2013

(PRWEB) May 21, 2013

It took Willie Benitez, a heroin addict who in 1966 was in prison for his sixth time on a fifteen year sentence, six months to convince the Arizona State Prison warden Frank Eyman to trust him enough to allow Willie to start up an educational self-help class with other addicted inmates. “NarcoNon” Willie intended to name his “drug rehabilitation foundation,” meaning “no-narcotics” or “not-going-to-use-drugs-to-get-off-drugs.” He did finally get permission and did start up that class.

Early on, when there were only 18 inmates meeting, Wille asked another inmate Gordie Weinand who was in on a three year sentence if he would like to attend. Interviewed recently by Narconon International, Gordie recalls, “The Narconon meetings then were only Thursday nights for two hours. Willie would explain the philosophy behind what we were doing and we would do these ‘confronting’ drills with one another at the beginning and end of the classes. They seemed strange to me at the time. Little did I know how much they would help.” Gordie was talking with Narconon International about the recent release of a 40 year compilation of studies, reviews, and evaluations of Narconon programs. The very first review presented is a 1972 staff report from Arizona State Prison about that same program Gordie was in. The report simply lists how many “graduates” of the Narconon program, once released, had stayed out of prison and “clean” since 1968. 66.6% were sober and out of jail one to four years later. Both Willie Benitez’s and Gordie Weinand’s names are on that list, and Gordie is still proud to have been involved.

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