It’s the Differences Which Make Narconon Successful!

The First Difference

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

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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.

The FIRST Difference between the Narconon programme and other forms of rehabilitation is found in Ron Hubbard’s view of the addict, whom he designated as a “STUDENT” rather than as a “patient”, a “client”, a “bum” or as a “criminal”.

A “patient” for psychiatrists and pharmaceutical producers is a client with an addictive demand who needs to be “TREATED” by doing something “TO” or “FOR” him. Typically this means the “patient” is given similarly addictive methadone, Subutex, Naloxone and the benzodiazepine, ranges of drugs.

The definition of a “criminal addict” varies from country to country and from time to time, but applying the “criminal” label means PUNISHING what any particular jurisdiction regards as a crime—which in practice can mean anything from being cautioned or being sentenced to a fine, prison, a lashing or even execution!

As the addict is already a victim of the Drug Baron’s and other “pushers’” greed, punishment as a criminal again makes the addict a victim—but for what purpose?

Strangely, the above view of an addict is usually concerned only with users of smuggled, stolen or “illegal” drugs, and so does not include the vast majority of addictive substances such as legal licensed alcohol and prescribed medical drugs, to which several times as many U.K. citizens have been made addiction victims.

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The defining of an addict as a “STUDENT” recognizes three things:

  1. that addiction is not just about a chemical substance, but is a condition created by the individual’s lack of real understanding of life, caused mainly by deliberate misinformation, invented and circulated by those criminals and professionals who push addictive drugs for easy and plentiful profit—and thus make victims their addicted “clients”.
  2. that an addict is no longer in total charge of his or her life and so wishes to again take control, and,
  3. that to again take control of his or her life, an addict needs TRAINING in self-help addiction recovery techniques, with which they can concurrently procure lasting relaxed abstinence for themselves.

Which brings us to Narconon’s very different recognition of “WHY” addiction occurs.

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.“