With that in mind, let us turn to the statistics: Even a year after completion of the program, independent Swedish studies found a full 84.6 percent of Narconon graduates remaining entirely drug-free. (The rate among similarly comprehensive rehabilitation clinics, even when patients are “handpicked,” averages but 15 percent, often as low as 1.6 percent.) It is not for nothing, then, Tennant concludes, “If I can’t help them in my clinics, I’ve got nowhere else to send them except Narconon.”
What that 84.6 percent success rate means to the once incorrigible addict is yet another tale entirely and, actually, even more dramatic. For example, quite apart from the residential Narconon centers proper, a graduate of the international Narconon training center in Oklahoma initiated a program within Mexico’s Ensenada State Prison. Conditions are typically harsh. As a primary port of transit for Mexican heroin, Ensenada suffers the nation’s worst crime rate—hence, the ten or more inmates consigned to cells designed for three. Moreover, with intentionally lax restrictions (presumably owing to bribes), heroin consumption/addiction among prisoners runs greater than 60 percent. That is, better than 60 percent of those seen nodding off in the exercise yard have only recently returned from the prison’s sanctioned shooting gallery adjacent to the latrine. Violence is also fairly endemic; for what with a population described as only technically alive, no one has much to lose.
Yet, at the literal center of this Ensenada state institution stands the first Narconon facility to offer the full body of LRH rehabilitation methods inside prison walls (and a fitting facility it is, given Narconon’s founding within the walls of an Arizona state prison). Beyond the program’s first phase, all participants are drug-free, even those once carrying fifteen- and twenty-year habits. Violence, too, has fallen to zero, even among those previously described as exceedingly dangerous and serving extended sentences for multiple murder. It might further be mentioned that participants earning nominal salaries at the prison sewing shop voluntarily allocate a third of their earnings to help support families of their victims; more than one has attempted to remain incarcerated beyond his term in order to complete the program, and another has actually had himself arrested to enter the program and kick a habit. Needless to say, an utterly amazed Director of Prisons now recommends inmates completing the program be immediately paroled as genuinely rehabilitated.