All technical treatment modalities of the Narconon program, which the cult claims are non-religious, are sold in Scientology organizations as part of their regular religious curriculum they call their Bridge to Total Freedom.
Of particular concern to SPDL is Narconon’s inclusion of the Ups and Downs Course, which is Scientology’s basic indoctrination in the SP doctrine.
The Steps of the Narconon Program
The Narconon program, tested in the fire of three decades of experience, charts the step-by-step recovery of self-control for the addict. The Narconon program is done in the following sequence:
Step One: Drug-Free Withdrawal
Certain drugs such as heroin and alcohol cannot normally be discontinued without considerable physical discomfort. With prior medical evaluation and approval, a Narconon facility provides a safe, 24-hour care procedure.Since its beginnings in the cellblocks of Arizona State Prison, the Narconon program has championed rehabilitation without resort to alternative drugs. However, the early program established by William Benitez did not deal directly with the traumatic throes of drug withdrawal.In response to this need, L. Ron Hubbard researched and developed methods to help addicts through the anguish of withdrawal without the use of potentially addictive drugs. In 1973, Narconon staff adopted this “drug-free withdrawal” procedure, using vitamin and mineral supplements along with special techniques to ease the mental and physical symptoms.
Step Two: Narconon Therapeutic TRs Course
“TRs” are training routines. This course is comprised of drills and other practical steps that enable students to improve their ability to confront situations in life, to communicate and to resolve problems through communication. Narconon students study with the help of a Supervisor who assists them through their courses.
Step Three: The Narconon New Life Detoxification Program
This step of the program removes drug residues and other toxic substances from the body. These residues remain locked in fatty tissues of the body and can be released into the blood stream years after the person has stopped taking drugs.
The residues can cause cravings for more drugs and thus need to be eliminated from the body. This is accomplished through an exact regimen of exercise, sauna and nutritional supplements, ridding the fatty tissues in the body of drug residues.
The Narconon New Life Detoxification program utilizes sweating in a dry sauna to eliminate drug residues from the body.
Step Four: Life Improvement Courses1
A series of Narconon Program life improvement courses are studied to put the individual back in control of his or her life.
A. The Narconon Program Learning Improvement Course gives the student the ability to study and retain knowledge along with the ability to recognize and overcome barriers to study and learn. The student learns data on the three barriers to study.
He learns how to fully understand a word by searching in a dictionary so that it is fully understood, how to do demonstrations of concepts so he can easily grasp them and how to spot and handle any difficulties in his study.
It is a course that enables students to overcome barriers to study and improve their learning skills, comprehension and ability to apply what they study on the following steps of their lives.
B. The Narconon Program Perception and Communication Course gives the student the ability to get into full communication with others and his environment. The student really polishes up his communication skills by redoing the eight Training Routines and then does a series of new exercises which fully extroverts the student and gets his attention off of himself and onto the environment. This greatly raises perception and ability to handle the environment and control over his life. The student also helps another student do the exercises. He takes responsability for helping another, which increases his sense of responsibility and his ability to handle life and help others.
C. The Narconon Program Ups and Downs in Life Course gives the student the ability to spot and handle those influences in his environment that would cause him to lose any gains he has made.2
He learns the characteristics of the social personality as well as those of the anti-social personality so that he can spot the difference and make an educated decision on better choose his friends and associates. Completing this course makes the student less susceptible to those who would influence him to revert to drugs.
D. The Narconon Program Personal Values and Integrity Course gives the student the data he needs to improve his survival potential. It teaches the student the eight survival dynamics, gives him valuable knowledge about personal ethics, honesty and integrity and shows him how to correct contra-survival behavior by ridding himself of past harmful deeds.
E. The Narconon Program Changing Conditions in Life Course gives the student the exact step-by-step technology he needs to improve his life. This ethics technology was developed by L. Ron Hubbard and covers exactly how to apply these steps to improve conditions in life. It also teaches the student how to repair previous bad conditions and how he can apply this knowledge and keep winning.
F. The Narconon Program THE WAY TO HAPPINESS® Course teaches the student a non-sectarian moral code which is a guide to living a happy life based on the book “The Way to Happiness TM”.
source: the Narconon Oververview booklet presented by Narconon International
- Life Improvement Courses A person can make rapid improvement in a specific area of his life with a Life Improvement Course. These provide Scientology fundamentals directly related to the area for which a person wants immediate help.The Scientology Life Improvement Courses are designed to fit the different needs of individuals based on their knowledge of Dianetics and Scientology, what books they may have read and their situation in life. These contain the basics of Scientology technology which can bring immediate improvement to a specific aspect of an individual’s existence. Source: http://www.scientology.org/en_US/religion/introductory/pg001.html ↩
- Overcoming Ups & Downs in Life Course Why is it you can feel so good one day and bad the next for no apparent reason? Is it just luck or chance that makes things go well for you today and badly tomorrow?Life may have its ups and downs, but life does not have to be an uncontrollable roller-coaster!Now you can spot what — and who — is causing things to go wrong in your life and recognize your friends. Now you can correctly tell who to trust — and listen to — before it’s too late.Take this course and learn the proven, successful methods you can use to succeed in life despite opposition.
Course length: 5-6 days, part time
This course is available at any Church of Scientology. To enroll on a Life Improvement course at a Church of Scientology near you, click here.