It’s the Differences Which Make Narconon Successful!

Further Differences

Narconon graduation

By: E. Kenneth Eckersley, CEO Society for an Addiction Free Existence (SAFE).

In this series of five articles, I describe in detail the difference between the Narconon programme and other forms of rehabilitation.

It is many decades since we learned from L. Ron Hubbard that there are basically three levels of thought. Identification, Comparison and Differentiation—and that, whilst thorough investigation of any subject can involve all three, by far the most valuable, significant and scientific factor is DIFFERENTIATION.

Nowhere is this more important and obvious, than in the extremely confused, deliberately misinformed and profiteering field of substance addiction and the rehabilitation of alcoholics and drug addicts.

Recovered” and “rehabilitated” are other words which for Narconon have different original meanings to those which other addiction rehabilitation systems assign them.

For us “recovered” means “a full and lasting return from the victim state of addict to the natural state of relaxed abstinence into which 99% of the people in the country are born”. To fully understand why this is different—try ringing a local rehab and asking what they mean by ”recovered”!

FURTHER Differences:

Because of the fundamental and very basic differences between the Narconon “TRAINING” approach and psycho-pharm “TREATMENT” approaches, the reasons why Narconon is totally different becomes apparent in every aspect of an addict’s journey through his programme.

Our result is LASTING RELAXED ABSTINENCE. The vast majority achieve this result in 8 to 12 weeks. Methadone achieves only 3% after decades of prescribed usage, as per the National Audit Bureau. 12 Steps does better at 10% achieved in 9 to 36 months or longer.

And even the cost of delivering Narconon residential recovery is different from other residential rehabilitation operations.

There is also another important difference in our approach.

As a marketing strategy, psycho-pharm treatment prescribing describes ALL addicts as nearly impossible to cure, as a result of which they say they should ALL automatically be put on Subutex or methadone Opioid Substitution Treatment.

On the other hand, we know from over 50 years of training addicts to cure themselves, that the majority of addicts who have been using for weeks, months or years WANT TO QUIT, have tried on numerous occasions (sometimes daily) to do so, and yet (even though they have failed so often) STILL WANT TO STOP.


Seventy to seventy-five percent of all addicts WANT to quit and will tell you that. They need, want AND DESERVE LRH’s Narconon technology. And the rest of the society also needs them to have it, because addicts are part of the world's population, and this is again why Ron Hubbard designated and successfully treated addicts as ”students”.

Read the full articles series to find out in which other ways the Narconon programme is very different from other forms of rehabilitation.


E. Kenneth Eckersley

Born 12 October,1927 in Liverpool, England. Former Local Council Chairman and Retired Magistrate and Justice of the Peace. Founded the Society for an Addiction Free Existence (SAFE) in 1974 followed by Addiction Recovery Training Services (ARTS) and Addiction Withdrawal Advisory Services & Help (AWASH) all of which are not-for-profit community support groups where Ken Eckersley is the C.E.O. Ken insists that: The only sane, humane and viable definition for RECOVERY from Drink and Drug Addiction Starts With: “A lasting return from the debased state of addiction victim - to the natural condiion of relaxed abstinence into which 99% of the population is born.“