Narconon – Destructive Cult Indoctrination

Cults

“Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most classically terroristic, the most litigious and he most lucrative cult the country has ever seen. No cult extracts more money from its members.”

Finding a reputable treatment center for a loved one can be a daunting task indeed if one is to avoid the mistake and frustration of discovering your family member is enrolled in a program which is “indoctrination and recruitment” into the destructive cult of Scientology. Although the family member’s intentions and heart were in the right place in seeking help for their loved one, the heart ache, turmoil, and chaos can be devastating to the entire family, including the vulnerable and ill patient who desperately needs professional healthcare and treatment.

“How could I have made such a terrible mistake”, exclaimed one distraught mother. She explained that before going on a holiday, they spent more time and research finding a reputable kennel for their pet dog than the effort they put into finding a safe and effective treatment facility for their loved one. ”When my daughter returned home after completing the Narconon program, she was like a shell and lived in her bedroom most of the time; afraid to go out. It’s taken nearly 6 months for her to be near normal again”, she explained.

Stress and Emotions:

One parent said they noticed something about being the parent of an addict. “It is a very lonely thing. If my child had any other disease, the people in my life would be surrounding me with comfort and support….”

This is where Narconon plays their loudest tune. They are well trained to zone in on the family member’s emotional stress and guilt and point out that their program has a 70 to 90% success rate cure, and that money shouldn’t be considered for saving a loved one’s life. The Narconon Registrar is well aware that stress has interfered with the family member’s ability to live a normal life for an extended period of time. They know the family feels “out of control” and have no idea of what to do. The Registrars “pitch” is very convincing and before they have time to do further research, the “sponsor” reaches for their credit card to enrol their loved one into what they think is the best choice of addiction rehab facilities.

Buyer Beware:

On October 21, 2010, SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (CN) – A father claims Narconon International and the Association for Living and Education International are fronts for Scientology, and that he paid them $35,500 for “essentially worthless treatment” for his drug-addicted son. He says the groups run rehab programs “to enrich themselves and to provide a recruit base for the Church of Scientology rather than to provide competent treatment for chemical dependency.”

David Compton sued the two companies, and Narconon Vista, alleging fraud and breach of contract. He wants his money back and $1 million in punitive damages.

“The conduct of defendants is pervasive and plaintiff and his son are not the first victims of the conduct of defendants,” the complaint states. “Defendants are engaged in a scheme or plan to enrich themselves and to provide a recruit base for the Church of Scientology rather than to provide competent treatment for chemical dependency. As such, their actions are intended to inflict harm upon the persons entering their programs while obtaining large sums of money for essentially worthless treatment. Such pattern of conduct has resulted in harm not just to plaintiff and his son but many other families who have been traumatized by actions of defendants.”

Scientology and Narconon are not strangers to similar allegations and spent millions in their unsuccessful attempts to defend themselves. In Canada, Scientology is a convicted criminal organization.

On March 3–4, 1983, police raided the Scientology headquarters in Toronto and seized an estimated 250,000 documents in more than 900 boxes. On June 25, 1992, seven members were convicted for operations against the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The Church of Scientology itself was convicted on two counts of breach of the public trust: infiltration of the offices of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. The Church of Scientology was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine. The Church of Scientology became the only Canadian religious organization to be convicted for breaching the public trust (the term ‘religious organization’ being used loosely; the Church of Scientology is not officially recognized by the Canadian Government as a religion.Following this Criminal Conviction, the Scientology Lawyer, Morris Manning, libeled the Crown Attorney, Hill, who in turn launched a lawsuit for damages for libel against the appellants. Both appellants were found jointly liable for general damages of C$300,000 and Scientology alone was liable for aggravated damages of C$500,000 and punitive damages of C$800,000. The judgement was affirmed in a 1993 decision by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

The Indoctrination:

The Narconon program is like none other. The moment a new patient arrives in the withdrawal unit, the Scientology indoctrination begins. Disoriented and vulnerable, the ill patient obeys the staff commands. The “Scientology Training Routines”, (TR’s), and are done on a gradient; a little information at a time so that the new ”Student”, as Narconon refers to them, accepts what is going on without questioning or leaving the program. But in reality, the “gradient” is designed to place increasing levels of thought conditioning and mind control into the student. The student is entirely unaware that these TR Drills are Scientology indoctrination processes that will increase each day until they neutralize the student’s critical faculties and render them prone to suggestion as they engage in further training.

With the progression through each phase, the degree of conversion becomes more effective and complete. The way to achieve conversion are many and varied, but the usual first step in religious or political brainwashing is to work on the emotions of an individual or group until they reach an abnormal level of anger, fear, excitement, or nervous tension. The progressive result of this mental condition is to impair judgment and increase suggestibility. The more this condition can be maintained or intensified, the more it compounds. Once catharsis, or the first brain phase, is reached, the complete mental takeover becomes easier. Existing mental programming can be replaced with new patterns of thinking and behavior. (THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND, by Dick Sutphen).

The Dangers:

This quackery program of pseudoscience may leave a loved one far worse off following the Narconon program than before they arrived and many thousands of dollars poorer.
“Scientology is quite likely the most ruthless, the most classically terroristic, the most litigious and the most lucrative cult the country has ever seen. No cult extracts more money from its members.” –Cynthia Kisser, the network’s Chicago-based executive director, as quoted in Time, 5/6/91.

“This is a criminal organization, day in and day out. It makes Jim and Tammy [Bakker] look like kindergarten.” –Vicki Aznaran, one of Scientology’s six key leaders until 1987, as quoted in Time, 5/6/91.

Is this the rehab program you would knowingly send a loved one to in hopes of a new drug free life? The controversy continues over the credibility and effectiveness of this destructives cult’s Narconon programs, and the media seems in fear no more of exposing the atrocities.

By: David Edgar Love

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