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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019
Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma has been a CARF accredited drug education and rehabilitation center since 1992. Narconon has several facilities in the United States and a few in Europe and Latin America. The company's latest reports include a 73% success rate of drug-free students after six months (the year of this report is not disclosed). Unfortunately the center does not disclose its pricing online.

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The Good

  • Life skills training
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Withdrawal Specialists

Life Skills Training

Patients are provided with personalized life skills training. This includes making mental shifts toward success and focusing on adjusting to a drug-free life after the program is complete. Instructional videos are available to provide training to students as they move through the program. The three skills students are taught during this training are "Overcoming Ups and Downs in Life, Personal Values, and Changing Conditions in Life." The trainings are designed to improve patterns of behavior, relationships, and professional life.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Narconon facilities feature state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The company owns rehabilitation centers in over 20 nations, including a center tailored specifically for artists and leaders, and one central facility in the United States after which the others are modeled.

Withdrawal Specialists

Withdrawal specialists are on hand 24 hours a day to monitor exercise, nutrition, and progress. These specialists also provide physical, mental, and emotional techniques to help lessen pain during withdrawal.

The Bad

  • Limited program options
  • Poor online transparency
  • No aftercare
  • No medically assisted detox

Limited Program Options

Narconon is unclear as to what the specific methods of treatment are beyond naming the three steps to its program: an assisted withdrawal period, detoxification, and life skills courses. This center does not provide SMART or 12-step programs as program alternatives and there is no sign of any variation from those three steps.

No Aftercare

Rehabilitation centers often provide aftercare programs to aid clients into their transition back into their normal lives and to provide accountability. Some centers also create a network of alumni that can connect with each other and offer support after their time at a rehabilitation facility has passed. Narconon offers no aftercare or alumni program.

Poor Online Transparency

While Narconon speaks of the features of its facilities, it does not delve very deeply into the actual practices and procedures taken within the program provided. There is no information about cost or accepted payment methods. It is unclear whether insurance is accepted. In many places on the website, the center claims to have techniques that are "special" or "found nowhere else," but these are never explained further. It is also unclear what the advertised one-on-one aspect to treatment is, whether it takes place with a medical professional, or whether counseling is involved.

No Medically Assisted Detox

Detoxification practices through Narconon are not medically assisted; however, the process does include exercise and vitamin monitoring along with sauna visits. Because of the organic nature of this process, detox through Narconon can take several weeks longer than traditional medically assisted detox.

The Bottom Line

It is difficult to recommend Narconon's services due to its poor online transparency. There appear to be only three unclear steps to the program with little tailoring or variation. The lack of medically assisted detoxification and the lack of clarity as to the role of medical professionals in the program is a red flag for treatment. There is no information about costs, payment methods or insurance acceptance. For customers concerned with a natural approach to rehabilitation services, meaning not assisted by medication and revolving entirely around nutrition and exercise, the center's practices may be appealing, however, for the a customer seeking different program options, it would be best to consider other treatment centers.
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