is a code name for Scientology
This site is dedicated to protecting those seeking services
for themselves, or a loved one, suffering with an alcohol
or drug addiction from the misrepresentations, cons, scams,
deceptions, and fraud that come from Narconon and it's concealed
base in Scientology.
You or your loved one has decided to take a tremendous step
toward ending the destruction and devastation that drugs/alcohol
has had on your lives. Whether you know it or not, this a
very vulnerable time for you and this site is here to help
you protect yourself from becoming prey to Narconon's deceptive
As you are searching for the right rehabilitation program
please review this page to protect yourself from Narconon.
So many others have lost their dreams of rehabilitation and
their money to Narconon.
Read the tips below, and the actual stories of others before
you send a dime or a loved one to Narconon.
Tips & Advice
Tip #1 - Narconon is a False Front & Scientology Recruitment
Narconon is a front group for the Church of Scientology. This
is documented on the internet. Please keep in mind that Narconon
is based upon the works of L. Ron Hubbard used and practiced
by the Church of Scientology. Scientology is looking to recruit
you or your loved one as a member and you or your loved one
will be offered opportunities to work for Narconon or attend
Scientology classes or seminars after completing the program.
Narconon is looking to take your money to forward the interests
and programs run by the Church of Scientology. www.Stop-Narconon.org
Tip #2 - Narconon's Undisclosed Brainwashing Tactics
Be aware that once at the resident facility, Narconon has
"students" studying books with writings from L. Ron Hubbard.
These books have been found to be useless for many people
seeking help for their drug and/or alcohol addiction. The
books instruct Training Routines that are Scientology brainwashing
tactics. The undisclosed methods that Narconon use consist
of bullbaiting techniques (calling the student names, using
profanities). Read more about their techniques here: http://narcononfailedlovingnewdad.blogspot.com/
Tip # 3 - Read
Read what the state of California said in 2005 about Narconon's
programs and it's unscientifically based programs that contain
inaccurate and misleading statements: Narconon Drug
Abuse Prevention Program Evaluation Evaluation of the Narconon
Drug Abuse Prevention Program, prepared for the California
Department of Education by the California Healthy Kids Resource
Center, January 2005. www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/at/narcononevaluation.asp
Tip #4 - Consult a Certified Medical Doctor about Serious
Medical Health Risks
Narconon's "detox" is really Scientology "Purification
Rundown," which is deemed *dangerous* to the health of people
by *all* medical experts. Put simply, Narconon is engaging
in deceptive medical claims when in come to its detox treatment
(sauna+vitamins) as it is not based on science, and it is
*dangerous* to the health of people.
Several lawsuits have been filed against Scientology by families
who blame its "purification" programs for their relatives'
deaths. In Portland, Ore., the parents of Christopher Arbuckle,
25, filed suit after he took a Purification Rundown course
that requires running several hours each day in a sauna and
a diet rich in vitamins, including megadoses of niacin.
Arbuckle died after his liver failed. Arbuckle's parents settled
out of court for an undisclosed amount and agreed not to discuss
"Arbuckle died after his liver failed."
"Purification: Liver damage"
Tip #5 - Ask for Proof of Education & Drug Rehabilitation
Question counselor qualifications. Narconon counselors are
likely recent graduates who have no drug education other than
the Scientology practices they learned at Narconon and Narconon
staff training. They are not trained in first aid, drug abuse
treatment, medicine, or counseling. http://anti-scientologie.ch/narconon-testimony.htm
Tip #6 - Use Caution
Use much caution when visiting and contacting internet 'rehab
referral hotlines'. If you do contact one, make sure you get
a variety of provider choices and not just one that pushes
a single provider, like Narconon.
In particular, beware of the referral hotlines which Narconon
has on the internet. It is very likely that the person you
are speaking to is being paid by Narconon.
Here are some examples of how Narconon's internet hotline
and referral service work:
ie: If you call Desiree Romero at the "Drug Rehab Center
Hotline", www.drug-rehab-center-hotline.com (800)501-9330,
you may think you are talking to someone who is helping you
choose the right rehab out of the many rehab programs available.
You might believe someone from such a hotline would suggest
a rehab that is best suited for you or your loved one based
on what type of rehab you are looking for, what your medical
needs are, your budget, etc. But it is much more likely that
Desiree will only refer callers to Narconon. The evidence
is in court cases and on the internet.
Desiree Romero is a highly paid former Narconon employee who
works as an independent contractor for marketing Narconon
services to various Narconons across the USA. She is listed
on Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center Inc. tax returns as a
top 5 highly compensated independent contractor and most likely
is paid by all the Narconons she refers people to. You can
find her name listed here www.xenu-directory.net/documents/corporate/990s-peopleR.html#ppl000019
and on page 10 of this online non-profit info site document
ie: Drug Rehab Resource 1-866-649-1594
There are 580 links for "1-866-649-1594 " and 835 pages of
links, many of which lead to this web site called "drug rehab
resource." It is another Narconon 'drug referral hotline'
that does nationwide outeach all over the internet. The pages
"Problems with drug or alcohol addiction in a loved one? Don't
know whom to turn to for help? Contact Drug Rehab Resource
for a free confidential consultation to find the help you
need. Call today 1-866-649-1594 or find out more at www.drugrehabresource.net.
The same web page archived at www.archive.org shows that this
website has used different phone numbers, all leading to Narconon
Georgia or a scientologist businessman named Damaso Gerard
Delgado aka Don Delgado of Marietta, GA:
404-207-2761 Last updated 3/20/2006 http://web.archive.org/web/20070626160137/www.drugrehabresource.net/contactus.htm
866-649-1594 Last updated 3/20/2006 http://web.archive.org/web/20070809140855/www.drugrehabresource.net/contactus.htm
A search of 770-896-3974 Shows that the number is now a phone
line at Narconon GA. www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=770-896-3974&btnG=Google+Search
Narconon of Georgia Drug Rehabilitation
Telephone: 770-379-0208, 770-896-3974 Fax: 770-395-9431
Narconon of Georgia Drug Rehabilitation www.transworldnews.com/ProfileView.aspx?ProfileID=1334
Tip #7 - Be Skeptical
Do not believe everything the recruiter tells you, he/she
has been instructed to say anything to get you to choose Narconon.
Tip # 8 - Beware of False Promises
Beware of false promises: Narconon continues to boast an unverifiable
and unheard of success rate ranging anywhere from 70% - 86%.
DO NOT believe Narconon's unfounded claims of an 86% recovery
Narconon's actual success rate: In a Swedish study (the only
reliable independent study to date), the success rate was
actually 6.6%. View study and results by following this link:
"Only 6.6% of enrolees said they had stayed totally drug free
for one year afterwards."
Tip #9 - Beware of Deceeptive Practices
As a deceitful practice, Narconon may not give you anything
in writing before you or your loved one goes to their facility.
Narconon recruiters will likely request full payment before
you are aware of their Scientology based principles, their
Consumer Policy or their Admission Agreements. www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/sources/reports/74report.htm
Copies of Narconon of Southern California agreements can be
found at: http://narcononfailedlovingnewdad.blogspot.com/
Tip # 10 - Do Your Research & Choose Wisely
When choosing a rehabilitation program ask about the program's
refund policy. Some facilities have no refund policies but
do not advertise their policies or state them during the recruitment
stage of the conversation. Try to get something about their
program and refund policy in writing BEFORE you send or give
authorization paying the money. Send written questions and
insist you get a written response to them before you pay a
penny. This applies to Narconon and any program you are considering.
Tip #11 - Do Not Buy Into Lies Regarding Insurance
Do not believe Narconon's lies about insurance coverage. Narconon
might instruct you to pay in advance and tell you that you
will be reimbursed. Most insurance companies do not recognize
Narconon as legitimate and will not reimburse you. www.xenu.net/archive/narconon/
Tip # 12 - Ask Questions & Be Assertive
If you arrive to your facility and the program does not offer
the services promised, you need to be able to get a fast and
easy refund, so that you or your loved one can go to a more
suitable facility and get the help you need. Do not hesitate
to get yourself or your loved one out at the first broken
promise, because one broken promise generally means you have
been lied to in the other promises. This is particularly a
problem with the Narconon programs across the USA.
The longer you or the loved one stays despite the broken promises,
the harder it is to get a full or partial refund. If you don't
have the promises in writing, you, like many victims, won't
be able to get a refunds and for those who did, it was not
without alot of effort and legal assistance. Anyone can tell
you anything over the phone and there are few laws to protect
you from being taken by false promises.
Save yourself the effort and money and get out at the first
broken promise, no matter what rehab program you have contracted
with. Then put a stop payment on the check or the credit card
payment and send a letter putting them on notice that you
have done so and why and that you will pursue legal proceedings
if you are not able to get a refund.
Tip #13 - Review this list carefully in case a recruiter
has given you the name of a residence facility and NOT told
you that it is a Narconon facility.
Narconon's No Refund Policy Facilites:
Narconon of Southern California, Newport Beach
Narconon Joshua Hills, Palm Desert, California
Narconon of Southern California, San Diego, Warner Springs
Narconon of West Hollywood
Narconon of Northern California, Placerville, Vista Bay
Narconon Vista Bay, Watsonville, California
Narconon Florida, Clearwater
Narconon Eastern United States, Clearwater, Florida
Narconon Gulf Coast Inc. Destin, Florida
Narconon Arrowhead Canadian, Oklahoma
Narconon Idaho, Burley, Idaho
Narconon Inc. Woburn, MA
Narconon of Georgia, Norcross
Narconon Stone Hawk, Albion, Michigan
Narconon Stone Hawk, Battle Creek, Michigan
Narconon Stone Hawk Mainistee, Michigan
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Valid Rehabilitation Resources
Sadly, here in California we have a tremendous drug problem.
The Church of Scientology is diverting people from getting
the help that we need by lying, misrepresenting, and conning
us into sending ourselves and our loved ones to their Narconon
Centers. My opinion as a Californian having been ripped off
by Narconon is that the organization should be banned from
operating in California, and even in the United States. The
government needs to protect people so that the efforts for
rehabilitating self or loved ones can go on undisturbed by
the Church of Scientology's effort to recruit new members
and take their hard earned money. Narconon is a multimillion
dollar business founded in the practices of Scientology and
Here is the federal web site that contains the referral hotline
number, along with links to their facility locator and information
pages. This referral line will be able to help you locate
any facility in the USA as well as any 'step down' facilities
closer to your home.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration -
SAMHSA Substance Abuse Information for the Public
Substance Abuse Information for Individuals:
You can call SAMHSA's Toll-Free Referral Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP
Are you looking for a treatment facility in your area?
Go to SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator:
Go to "A Quick Guide to Finding Effective Alcohol and Drug
Addiction Treatment" http://csat.samhsa.gov/faqs.aspx
Substance Abuse Information for Families
SAMHSA's sister agencies at the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) have more public information:
National Institute on Drug Abuse - www.nida.nih.gov/
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism - www.niaaa.nih.gov/
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