A desperate family member seeking help for an addicted loved one, struggles to find a reputable and safe treatment center. A simple Google search opens the door to relief and the desperate, vulnerable Mom fills out the online form for help. According to five victims, as recently as January 2012, they were duped by misleading websites and unscrupulous so called councillors that responded within minutes of receiving the submitted online form. “Yes we have a bed waiting for you tomorrow in an addiction treatment center with a 70-80% success rate. And if you need an interventionist, he has a 95% success rate and can help you today.”
The hook is set and the distraught victim easily falls prey to the “confidence game”. The family member of the suffering addict, is instructed to wire a large deposit to hold the bed – – five or ten thousand dollars. The balance of $30,000 can be paid upon arrival.
Countless websites, with glowing testimonials, are set up with calculated precision to hustle the unwary victim. It appears that every Province and Community in Canada has a treatment center – – a mouse click opens a window telling a story of that town’s addiction problems. The relieved Mom sends the money, unbeknown to her that all roads lead to the Cult of Scientology Reab, Narconon. There is absolutely no mention or icon of Scientology or Narconon on these “Fake Referral Websites”.
Another Canadian Con is the unqualified interventionist websites depicting professional services with a 95% success rate; also with glowing testimonials. For a fee of $2,500, plus travel expenses, the confidence artist gains the victim’s trust, extracting funds from their Visa or MasterCard as quickly as possible.
There are untold numbers of vulnerable addicts and alcoholics that have been duped into the claws of pseudoscientific treatment centers. In some cases, far worse for wear post treatment than when they enrolled; and many thousands of dollars poorer. These Scientology Rehab centers circle the globe, with millions of dollars funneled into the “mother church” in California.
Recently, a University Professor examined all eight Narconon program books and found that there was nothing in these books that were NOT 100% Scientology religious doctrines, therapies, and practices. Nothing in the Narconon program addresses the disease of addiction – – no group meetings or individual counselling whatsoever. Each patient is called a “student”, as in being in school or training program. A gradient process of Scientology indoctrination and brain washing begins the first day the patient arrives in the cult compund. Six days a week, the patient is subject to “Training Routines” and Scientology Auditing Sessions. Gradually, their mind is twisted into “cult group” thinking and actions. Each unit step of the program, the “student” MUST attest to the greatness of what they were just taught and is coerced into writing a “Success Story”. If the student objects or refuses to cooperate, they may have to redo that program segment or face being interrogated by an Ethics Officer, which could lead to the patient being encouraged to disconnect from a family member who opposes Scientology.
The Narconon program is not recognized as a scientific or medical based treatment or therapy and many medical experts warn of the dangers in exposing an addict to this pseudoscientific treatment.
Research has shown that long-term drug abuse results in changes in the brain that persist long after a person stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function can have many behavioral consequences, including an inability to exert control over the impulse to use drugs despite adverse consequences—the defining characteristic of addiction. Understanding that addiction has such a fundamental biological component may help explain the difficulty of achieving and maintaining abstinence without professional treatment.
Trying to locate appropriate treatment for a loved one, especially finding a program tailored to an individual’s particular needs, can be a difficult process.
Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that frequently occurs with other mental disorders. In fact, as many as 6 in 10 people with an illicit substance use disorder also suffer from another mental illness. Thus, patients entering treatment either for a substance use disorder or for another mental disorder should be assessed for the co-occurrence of the other condition. Research indicates that treating both (or multiple) illnesses simultaneously in an integrated fashion is generally the best treatment approach for these patients.
David Edgar Love