As Mr. Benitez continued his studies, he soon realized that Mr. Hubbards mental and spiritual discoveries offered the first real hope for addicts, and began applying that material to help other inmates.
When first applied to a pilot group at Arizona State Penitentiary in 1966, Mr. Benitez reported, it consisted only of the basic communication exercises. Yet, seven out of ten of the first group in their own words, made it. Their success spread at grass-roots level to other prisons, and drawing on further research by L. Ron Hubbard, the program was expanded.
An initial group of ten grew to one hundred inmates within the first year, and, although originally organized to help heroin addicts, Narconons usefulness and workability led to enormous interest from the general prison population. In 1967 prison officials granted permission for any inmate to join the group, and thereafter Narconon was opened to all who wished to improve their lives.
Mr. Benitez wrote to L. Ron Hubbard, who encouraged him to expand the program. The Church of Scientology in Phoenix also assisted by donating materials, and the most effective drug rehabilitation program in the world was born.
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