Professional Commendations

On February 19, 1966 William Benitez founded NARCONON (NARCOtics-NONe), a drug rehabilitation program based on the technology discovered by L. Ron Hubbard.  An inmate at Arizona State Prison, he was granted permission to start 20 convicted drug addicts on a trial basis. Today, Narconon has expanded to include over 90 centers worldwide offering education and rehabilitation services.

The Narconon® drug rehabilitation program receives rave reviews from a wide variety of areas including medical professionals, government officials, celebrities, opinion leaders in the justice system, drug education and prevention fields.  Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. has the support of local businesses and media.

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 by Narconon, should result in favorable outcomes. Narconon 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., M.D. Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
  Board 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. 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 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

Narconon International Science Advisory Board

Narconon International Science Advisory Board members have all contributed in the fields of drug rehabilitation, education, toxicology and detoxification. They take an active role in the Narconon programs, outcome studies, and general research in the field of substance abuse.

Shelley Beckmann, Ph.D.

Dr. Beckmann holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and has published numerous papers on the efficacy of detoxification. She currently serves as the Research Director for Narconon International.

Paolo Bruschelli, M.D.

Dr. Bruschelli received his degrees in Surgery and Anesthesiology from the University of Perugia in Italy. He is also a specialist in sports medicine. Currently, he is Medical Director of the National Office of Narconon Italy. He holds degrees in both Surgery and Anesthesiology.

William L. Marcus, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.

Dr. Marcus is Senior Science Advisor and Chief Toxicologist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He has conducted groundbreaking research in the field of environmental toxicology and pharmacology.

Alfonzo Paredes, Sr., M.D.

Dr. Paredes is Board by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been Chief of the Substance Abuse Program for Brentwood VA Medical Center and Assoc. Chief of Psychiatry/Substance Abuse for the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. As well as authoring numerous published papers on substance abuse, Dr. Paredes reviews for five prominent scientific journals.

David E. Root, M.D., M.P.H., D.A.B.P.M.

Having mastered in Public Health, he is also a Board Physician in both Aerospace and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Root has utilized the detoxification procedure developed by L.Ron Hubbard for over ten years to treat patients adversely affected by toxic chemicals or drugs. Dr. Root chaired the First International Conference on Human Detoxification.

G. Megan Shields, M.D.

Dr. Shields graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on substance abuse and public health, as well as being the author of many scientific papers on the role of detoxification. Dr. Shields is the International Medical Advisor for the Narconon network.

Narconon Arrowhead Professional Staff


Helping save a life is the single most important objective of the entire Narconon Arrowhead staff. Our professional, experienced staff are dedicated to saving the lives of people destroyed by the effects of drug and alcohol abuse and consistently produce drug free people who are valuable contributing members of society.

Our facility, located near over 200 acres of state park land, offers a comprehensive model drug treatment program in a friendly, serene setting.

Know that at Narconon Arrowhead you have found the best place possible.

Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. Accreditation

Narconon Arrowhead has undergone extensive and rigorous inspection and has earned certification for its high quality standards and effective methodology from the prestigious Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF, previously known as the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) continuously since its initial application in 1992.