Narconon - Don"t Do It?

Be careful not to rush into sending a loved one to a rehab center that promises at 70 to 90% cure rate and has a bed ready immediately. Although this may look attractive, their promises are filled with smoke and mirrors with devastating consequences.
Dec. 16, 2010 - PRLog -- Narconon – Don’t Do It?

Part - One

With the holiday season approaching, Narconon is promoting and marketing their treatment facility as the place to send a loved one for drug or alcohol   treatment. The recent controversy regarding the safe and effective treatment at Narconon and recent media exposure, should warn consumers to be cautious when deciding whether or not to send a loved one to this expensive $20-$30,000 pseudoscientific, Scientology rehab facility.

The Narconon websites boast a 70 to 90% success rate, when in fact there is no verifiable, independent statistics to prove their claim. They also promise that when a patient enters the Narconon withdrawal unit to begin detoxing from drugs or alcohol, they are first seen by a physician. The recent statements by ex-patients and evidence, has proven the above statements and claims to be false. Narconon also hides the fact that their rehab program is based on religious Scientology doctrines and directed by the Church of Scientology.

Narconon also claims to be secular versus religious and relentlessly tries to distance itself from Scientology and the controversy attached. In fact any patient at Narconon is discouraged or even forbidden to talk about or discuss Scientology with other patients. One staff member explained that the reason for this is because Narconon does not want a sponsor or family member to think that the program at Narconon is based on Scientology doctrines and therapies. “They may decide to pull their son or daughter out of Narconon”, the staff member explained.

Is Narconon Religious?

Since Narconon is Scientology, one must examine whether or not Scientology is a religion. This controversy has been argued for decades and shows no sign of ending soon. In 1954, L. Ron Hubbard declared, " not a religion." (- L. Ron Hubbard, CREATION OF HUMAN ABILITY, 1954, p. 251). Hubbard is also quoted as saying that he thought the easiest way to make money would be to start a religion. Another quote would seem to clarify his aspirations, "MAKE MONEY. MAKE MORE MONEY. MAKE OTHER PEOPLE PRODUCE SO AS TO MAKE MORE MONEY."   (- L. Ron
Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 9 March 1972, MS OEC 384).

Stephen A. Kent (Ph.D.), Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in Canada writes, “Many of my social scientific colleagues have examined some Scientology documents and possibly participated in some Scientology events, and they have concluded that the organization is religious in nature. Bryan R. Wilson (b. 1926), for example, who is a respected British sociologist of religion, concluded "that Scientology must indeed be regarded as a religion" (Wilson, 1990: 288). He reached this conclusion after comparing Scientology's belief system with twenty characteristics usually found within what he called "known religions" (Wilson, 1990: 279)….”

Even though Scientology is a religion, Roy Wallis, in his book The Road to Total Freedom, London, Heinemann, 1976, says: “To argue that Scientology is a genuine religion is not to say that it is a good religion or a bad religion, a "true" religion or a "false" religion.”

The fact is that the Narconon Program is taken directly from Scientology doctrines and therapies and is replicated exactly, without variance. Staff must follow defined training requirements for each work assignment within the organization, and there are strict processes for discipline of staff that have violated the rules or policies of the program structure or tech.

Quite simply, Narconon IS Scientology and a Religious Entity.

Why Not Narconon?

Narconon has a convincing, promotional marketing campaign to convince you that their rehab facility is the best one to send your loved one to during this holiday season. Although this may be a good time to enter a treatment program, the question is whether or not Narconon is the right choice.

For the best treatment available, one must examine what professional care is available, medical treatment available, patient safety and care, and religious affiliations or structured doctrines and beliefs that may interfere with one’s own beliefs.

Dr. John Gordon Clark Jr., who also is a neurologist, labeled Scientology a "destructive cult and said its procedures caused plaintiff Julie Christofferson Tictchbourne to develop the mental condition of dissociation, a dramatic narrowing of a person's consciousness.” In discussing Scientology and its practices, Clark said its exercises were "…utterly mutilating to a person's mind," He added "Taken to its extreme, you can teach someone to kill..." Ms. Singer said Mrs. Titchbourne suffered from an "…emotional numbness" similar to that suffered by other members of "coercive, high-pressure, mind-control cults..."

Investigations in Canada by government officials, including the withholding of prescribed medications which resulted in patients suffering adversely. One patient was rushed to hospital after not receiving his insulin. Others were taken to hospital emergency for severe stomach pains caused by extreme high doses of Niacin while enduring a hot sauna for 5 hours per day.

Further allegations and complaints are being investigated for sexual abuses by staff upon patients and the exploitation of these vulnerable and ill victims. Complaints to the police are being prepared at this time.

One Narconon in Québec, Canada, is under investigation by the Québec Human Rights Commission, Labor Relations Board, the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services, and the Québec College of Physicians. Further complaints are pending.

The Love for a Loved One

Is Narconon really the place you want to send a loved one to? Deciding on the best place to send your loved one for help begins with your family physician. Do some research about Narconon and Scientology and you will soon be aware of the dangers and health risks in their program.

Be careful not to rush into sending a loved one to a rehab center that promises at 70 to 90% cure rate and has a bed ready immediately. Although this may look attractive, their promises are filled with smoke and mirrors with devastating consequences.

Be confident by making sure that the treatment center of your choice has government certified professional care workers and medical staff. Have your family physician examine your loved one prior to entering the program.

The research and care taken prior to entering any treatment facility can make all the difference in the world whether or not success will be achieved.

A precious human life is at stake.

By: David Edgar Love

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David Love
Montreal Personal Safety Examiner.

David Edgar Love now resides in the Montreal area. David's does research and writes about public safety, culture, disease and illness, and strives to help persons with human rights and freedoms issues.
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