This treatment program definitely offers the opportunity to gain much more than withdrawal from drug and alcohol dependency. The detox part of Narconon's treatment does not include substituting one drug for another, which is a merit in my estimation. Anyone personally associated with addicts and substance-dependent loved ones for any duration has probably experienced the feelings of betrayal, deception, hopelessness, despair and disappointments that were consuming my life. My daughter, who had successfully hidden the extent and severity of her addictions for quite a while, was the one who reached out for help. I am grateful for the assistance and encouragement I got from the Narconon staff to make it happen for my daughter to arrive. There were some medical issues that had to be addressed and handled before the detox treatment, which is apparently not that unusual. My daughter has gotten through the detox and the physical recovery, her health is better, she looks and sounds and acts much better! She is still at the facility, going through the educational part of the program to make better choices and to work out how to deal with some of the negative consequences of the substance dependencies. It's not "conditioning," she is actually being given the chance to examine the choices she has made and discover that she is not obligated to act on every thought or urge or impulse. It's pretty interesting to observe how she is addressing a lot of internalized issues and that is a major aspect of this program that I think is contributing to the success of my daughter's recovery. 1. The professionalism of the staff. It is immediately evident that this program attracts people who possess a passionate commitment to helping their students. And their training includes balance of good communication and good control and structure with a concern and caring for the individuals they are helping. There is no illusion about addicts - that they lie and manipulate and have self-destructive tendencies. But they have the skills to restore to their clients the ability to take control of their own lives. 2. The location on 200+ acres of woodlands and lake in a state park is idyllic. 1. It is not a convenient location for visits. There are no airports nearby. For me, it is a six hour drive one way to visit. The nearest motels are 20 miles away.