Scientologist, Brad Melnychuk from: Narconon Incorporated – AKA – Association for Better Living and Education Canada (ABLE Canada), told the Edmonton Journal in 2006 that the program has verified its results, and he said no attempt is made to use it to recruit new members to Scientology. He said rules are in place to ensure “vulnerable” drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals are not subjected to any pressure from Scientologists working for Narconon. He said only four or five per cent of the addicts who go through Narconon programs become Scientologists.
When one calculates that approximately 1,200 “vulnerable” victims have graduated the Scientology indoctrination program at Narconons in Canada, that SIXTY (60) drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals became Scientologists.
Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs
Mr. Brad Melnychuk: You asked if we’d spoken or met with researchers coming up with this information. I personally have not. I also cannot say whether or not any staff from Narconon across the globe—because we have Narconons all over—have done that. I would tend to question it, based on the fact that our Narconons are improving, and some of them are very close to a 100% success rate.
Mr. Réal Ménard: I would be very interested to know more about your program. I noted it has seven stages. I didn’t have time enough to read all your brief. I’m sorry about that. Maybe you can tell us very briefly what makes your program unique and why your success rates are between 80% and 85%.
Mr. Brad Melnychuk: Yes, I can answer that. What accounts for the high success rate? You could say what’s original about it is simply that an in-depth study was done by L. Ron Hubbard on the mind and on life. He is a founder of a religious organization. However, he also is a brilliant mind on the subject of addiction treatment.
He simply found out why an addict becomes an addict. Then he developed a program, but not even alone. He developed it with another individual who actually was an addict himself in an Arizona state prison, as a matter of fact, back in 1967. Then he evolved further steps following that to handle the exact reasons why a person falls into that trap. That’s all.
Ms. Carole-Marie Allard (Laval East, Lib.): Thank you, Madame Chair.
I have here in research paper prepared by the Library of Parliament and revised in 1999. It says it’s been established for some time that’s there is a psychological link and that there are brain cells which create a need for certain substances. In other words, they’re trying to find a physiological explanation for addiction.
My question concerns the whole problem of dependence. We know that some people become addicted after a single use while others regularly take drugs during their whole life without ever becoming addicted. I think it is largely recognized that about 10% of the population is incapable of eliminating drugs. They will develop dependence after a single use.
My question is addressed to everyone here. In the course of the research you’re presenting today or in any other research, were you ever in contact with scientists who studied addiction? You seem to be interested in the physiological aspects of drug dependence. So I wanted to know whether you had such contacts in your line of work.
Mr. Brad Melnychuk: “We address both the physical addiction and the psychological addiction, because we know that a body can be physically changed from living off nutrients to living off drugs. That is a fact; there are documents and it does occur. Whether or not it’s because of genes, I don’t know. However, we also know we can reverse that, and do.
That’s all I have to say on it, but I would question the researchers personally and see what they’re studying. That is something I’m now going to actually do.”
Here, let me [David Love] help you out, Brad. The fact that a patient is likely to relapse soon after completing the Scientology rehab program called Narconon can perhaps best be described as a “predetermined failure”. Contrary to what Narconon claims, Narconon’s actual success rate is not 70%, an imaginary number that is closer to the relapse rate.
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 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.”
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!
As evidence documents prove, Narconon is nothing more than a recruitment center for the Church of Scientology, to expand its cult practices into the secular community using Scientology coercion and exploitation of vulnerable and very ill patients. Aftercare of patients is all but non-existent.
Brad Melnychuk is a driving force in Canada, working with Scientology entity, ‘Social Betterment Properties International’ to open a new ‘Ideal Narconon’ – and to date has failed to do so. Government agencies and citizens across Canada are well aware of who and what Narconon is, and although David Miscavige might push one to open, staying open for very long will be a challenge designed to fail.
June 9, 2015, ICI Radio-Canada news reports that: “The Ontario Municipal Board rejects the project of the Church of Scientology detox center in Milton, near Toronto.” This is a ‘Strike Three’ scenario recently for the dangerous Narconons attempting to open around the globe that concerned citizens are not welcoming a cult drug rehab center in their back yard.
In 2013 Narconon had tried unsuccessfully to buy a property north of Toronto to open a new Narconon, but residents launched a mobilization campaign to block the project, stating “No Narconon” in our community. Another person purchased the property leaving Scientology’s ‘Social Betterment Properties International’ out in the cold with no recourse.
NARCONON INCORPORATED – Directors/Trustees and Like Officials