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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

s a book in the prison library by humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard, called Scientology - Fundamentals of Thought. Reading that book, Benitez later wrote, “I found that if a person rehabilitated and applied certain abilities, that person could persevere toward goals set, confront life, isolate problems and resolve them, communicate with life, be responsible and set ethical standards, and function within the band of certainty.” Pretty high flying thoughts for an inmate struggling to free himself from addiction. But that was the beginning of what developed into the international Narconon life skills program, now with 13 rehab centers in the U.S. and 51 worldwide.

“We had so few books in that first class,” recalls Gordie, “that we cut them up into chapter booklets. Everyone took one chapter back to his cell to read. Then we would talk about them, and so on.”

That first class was just discussion and doing the same communication drills or exercises which beginning Narconon students do even today as one of the current eight steps of the program. They also got lectures from Peter Green, a volunteer who came in to help once a month.

“Prison was and still is just ‘routine,’ “ says Gordie. “There’s breakfast, your cell. Lunch, your cell. No thought of the future. But when I got involved with Narconon, it opened me up -- I started to feel good, more competent. I was getting help, but helping myself. Getting stronger and developing abilities to confront life.”

As early as August 1966, the Narconon program had started receiving attention with its first coverage by The Arizona Star. “There is nothing Benitez doesn’t know about dope,” the article quotes Warden Eyman as saying, but then continues that Benitez along with 20 inmates was “trying to kick the habit and then help other addicts to do likewise.” By 1971 the still new Narconon program began to garner further praise for its drug-free and crime-free results. The

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