Horse Riding But Not Necessarily of The Four-Legged Kind

Man and a horse

This is about a different kind of horse. You can get it from a doctor via a prescription but it’s mostly obtained from street vendors. It’s one that has numerous names, a culture evolved around it, and comes in powder, liquid, tablet or capsule format. There are lots of, ’look a likes’, circulating on the highways of city life, often after dark, to fool you with sellers just wanting your cash. No banking money trail, credit cards or traceable transactions going back to the vendor at point of sale. The traffickers up the line hide their activities very well and policemen all over the world work tirelessly to seize the goodies, store them away and arrest the culprits. What they find is impounded and later, after court case law has taken its turn, it’s burnt to ashes. This horse is of course heroin.

It started out innocently enough in the late 1800s as morphine, a means of pain control used by doctors and then developed by various routes into heroin. There is much about the physical effects and symptoms to look out for if you are worried about someone and think they are walking into the mine/mind field that is heroin.

At Narconon back in the 70s before crack cocaine or the mixing of heroin with it became the rage, heroin was relatively easy to deal with as far as withdrawal was concerned—something I learnt from personal experience as a member of staff dealing with a new person coming in on the Narconon programme.


Withdrawal is NOT funny, either for the addict or the person looking after them. The gamut of emotions, reactions, mental and physical abuse the addict will act out are horrendous. It is very hard to watch. Methadone which was supposed, at the time by the psychiatric profession, to be a good substitute during withdrawal made matters worse. You got them off heroin but now you had to get them off the methadone. A very nasty betrayal of trust.

Psych ward

I actually went to a psych run rehab centre and was given access to their ’withdrawal suit’ which consisted of several ’rooms’ all with padded walls and a mattress on the floor. Addicts were locked up for days on end in a cell like a Victorian criminal with a bucket in the corner for a toilet and bouts of vomiting. That was it. Then what? Well, the addict was considered cured but in need of psychiatric counselling which of course included the use of drugs to help him recover and the idea he is an addict for life, off we go to the addiction circus!!!

The Narconon Programme is different. It doesn’t use psychiatric procedure, argument or opinion. Instead, addicts are treated as people, human beings in trouble who want to get themselves out of it.

No one else can do the withdrawal and programme for him but the support and back up to get him/her through it in one piece is phenomenal. Spiritual, mental and physical symptoms are dealt with immediately with technology derived from the research and writing of L. Ron Hubbard. The vast majority that makes it through report very little pain if any at all.

Happy man

Additional skills dealing with and solving the problems that led to addiction in the first place are a large part of the programme. The results are nothing short of spectacular. The heroin addict is no longer an addict and doesn’t in any way shape or form need substitute drugs. He will be free from drugs from life. Many of the interviews on other pages of this site are evidence of that.

So, the name of the game for the heroin addict is—get to Narconon. Do the programme and LIVE again.


Jemima J. Jones

A writer that tells it like it is. She has been there done that and got the T-shirt.