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Narconon Experts on Substance Abuse and Public Health

"Addicts characteristically subordinate values such as work, family relationships, and community responsibilities to the ingestion and unwise use of alcohol and/or drugs. Social neglect and criminal behavior are frequent companions of drug abuse and alcoholism. Efforts to develop a functional normative system, as it is done in the Narconon program, should result in favorable outcomes.

The Narconon program has demonstrated that this redefinition of the normative system of addicts is possible to implement with empathy, compassion, and respect for the addict."

Alfonzo Paredes, Sr., MD
Professor of Psychiatry
UCLA School of Medicine
Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology


"I have never liked the concept of using drugs and medication to solve the problems created by drugs and medication.

"There is a place for medication but it is defined and limited. Therefore, from the very beginning of my practice it was a serious concern for me to know where I could refer patients for help.

"As a doctor it was evident to me that the long-term physical, mental and emotional consequences of drug use had something to do with the residual effects of the drugs themselves. This was clearly the case as well with environmental and industrial toxins.

"Customary medical procedures held no solution to this problem of drug and toxic residuals. Various 'treatments' have been proffered, ranging from the psychiatric viewpoint of getting the person to believe that the problem he was experiencing from toxins was all in his mind, to the administration of drugs to suppress the symptoms exhibited.

"These 'treatments' only served to compound the problem.But with the release of the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program which utilized the researches of L.s Ron Hubbard, I discovered that we had a solution at hand.

"The depression, hopelessness and fear which so often accompany such problems were evident in many of my patients. Upon completion of the Narconon program, to which I had referred them, these persons were changed both physically and mentally. The common theme expressed by those who completed it is that they were no longer encumbered by chemicals which were shutting off their lives.

"They expressed increased mental clarity and new hope for the future. Their lives upon completion of the program were happier, healthier, and more productive. Beyond the detoxification program, the benefits of the Narconon program's practical life skills courses were an important part of their stable recovery. I was pleased to see even the most 'hard-core', seemingly hopeless cases recuperate and salvage their lives.

"There is not often good news in our struggle with the consequences of alcohol and drug abuse in our society. I am happy to say that the Narconon program is good news. I encourage you to review it carefully and consider using it. Many years ago I did and I have been able to help save many lives as a result.”

Megan Shields, MD
Graduate of the Medical College of Virginia
Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice

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