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Introduction by Megan Shields, MD

I have been associated with the Narconon Program for nearly 20 years.

As a medical doctor practicing in a family medical clinic serving a broad cross-section of the public, I have seen the increase in persons arriving in my clinic who have damaged themselves and the lives of those around them as a result of alcohol and other drug abuse. No different than any other doctor, I have observed with sorrow the increasing numbers of people who descend at a frightening rate from what they certainly thought was "experimentation" or "recreation" into compulsion to use, and addiction to drugs.

I have never liked the concept of using drugs and medications 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 either for themselves or for a family member or friend.

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 had completed it is that they were no longer encumbered by the 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 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 other 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 utilizing it. Many years ago I did and I have been able to save many lives as a result.

Respectfully, Megan Shields, MD

Dr. Shields graduated from the Medical College of Virginia and is a Diplomat 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.

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