One of the most lucrative addiction treatment rehabs on earth is the Scientology Rehab centers – Narconon. Their International web site boasts “We have over 100 drug rehab centers and drug prevention/education centers around the world, and we have helped millions of people.” With so many deceptive and fraudulent claims, one must examine and separate fact from fiction.
Scientology’s statement “we have helped millions of people” is an undefined claim that begs clarification and expose. With exaggerated and fraudulent success rates promoted to unwary, vulnerable victims, the exploitation of desperate addicts continues to harm and kill. So what exactly are they claiming with promotions like, “Thus, the Narconon program is neither a psychiatric nor medical, but a social education model of
In the Narconon sauna Purification Rundown book, Clear Mind Clean Body, L. Ron Hubbard writes that all drugs are “essentially poisons, including tranquilizers and other medicinal drugs, and for those who have had drugs of any kind, there is no other rescue that is effective,” referring to the Narconon detoxification program. Narconon claims that all drugs are poisonous and remain in the body permanently — claims that are thoroughly discredited by modern science.
Psychiatric drugs are seen differently. Scientology and Narconon forbid the use of all psychiatric drugs and they work to prevent non-Scientologists from using them as well. Scientologists are vehemently opposed to all forms of psychiatry — not just for themselves, but for everyone. Since drugs are prescribed for serious medical conditions, including epilepsy and Graves’ disease and many other diagnosed medical conditions, they help the suffering cope and function in society, and these individuals are at serious risk if they stop taking the medication.
The Church of Scientology even today still publishes claims by Hubbard that the reactive mind “is the only thing in the human being which can produce … arthritis, bursitis, asthma, allergies, sinusitis, coronary trouble, high blood pressure, and so on, down the whole catalog of psychosomatic ills.” Thus, only Scientology auditing sessions can rid a person of these medical ailments.
The Narconon staff, who are also Scientologists, are well aware that the only way for a Narconon patient to remain clean and sober, according to L. Ron Hubbard, is to enroll in the “NED Drug Rundown” offered only at the Church of Scientology.
Scientology’s own words about the “NED Drug Rundown” say: “On this rundown, the harmful effects of drugs are erased and a person is freed from the compulsion or need to take drugs. This service handles drugs and the real reason a person started taking them in the first place.”
“Addressing drugs with NED technology removes the barriers that prevent progress up THE BRIDGE levels. It is a vital step on your NED program.”
What these quotations imply is that the Narconon program does NOT erase the harmful effects of drugs, nor does it free a patient from the compulsion or need to take drugs! Perhaps this is why the Narconon-promoted success rate of 70 to 90% is purely imaginary and in reality the failure rate is 90%.
Drug Treatment – Pyramid Style:
A few months at a Scientology Rehab will cost about 25-30 thousand dollars, with no set or scheduled duration of so-called treatment. In their dogma“It takes as long as it takes” a patient enters the program and after completing a regiment of Scientology Training Routines and Auditing Sessions, they’re good to go, and be a productive member of society, as per the Case Supervisor’s sign off on the patient’s confidential file.
Prior to completing the Narconon program, the patient (student, as Scientology calls them), is groomed to be a staff member. After a final IQ Test and Scientology Personality Test, the theater of employment is set for acceptance. Many times the victim is hired as a volunteer, with no remuneration – only a bed and food. The patients, who do manage to escape the Cult’s clutches, are encouraged to take the Field Staff Member’s (FSM) course. Once completed, with Certificate in hand, the patient can now leave and begin hustling more vulnerable victims back into the Scientology Rehab.
The FSM earns 10% of the $30,000 Narconon fee, with some recruiting several per week. Indeed a lucrative example of pushing their Scientology religion into the “Secular” community, as in “Expansion” of Scientology to clear the planet of evil and all who not believe.
The majority of Narconon graduates relapse back into the chains of addiction soon after leaving and the cycle of addiction takes a devastating toll on all concerned, including family members and friends.
On April 17, 2012 Jocelyn Ouellet reported that the Mauricie and Central-Quebec Health and Social Services Agency ordered Narconon to cease its activities and to relocate the twenty-four residents who were there. Seventeen of them were transferred to Narconon centers in the United States. The organization has ten days to send its comments to the Agency, which will then issue a final decision. The center will then have sixty days to contest the decision before the Quebec administrative court.
The Quebec Accreditation Council identified forty-six deficiencies, twenty-six of them considered high-risk. One of the procedures that represented a health risk is the sauna sweating sessions combined with massive doses of vitamins.
Marc Lacour also confirmed that the regional complaints commissioner has received a certain number of complaints about Narconon. Clients who wanted to end their stay prematurely complained that their identity cards, passports, and money were taken and withheld to make departing more complicated.
Two recent deaths at Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, have initiated investigations by the Sheriff’s Department, with ongoing investigations.
Employing patient grads as certified caregivers, is proving to be a deadly practice and governments are now taking a close look at further inspections and Accreditation requirements.
David Edgar Love