NARCONON, the Spiritual and Religious addiction treatment program backed by the Church of Scientology is a mix of Straight, Inc. confrontational therapy, the confession cult of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Oxford Group and Indian sweat lodges. The average 28 day stay is reportedly $30,000 to undergo humiliation, massive vitamin doses, intense sweating and the "literature" of L. Ron Hubbard. Very reminiscent of the Spiritual, not Religious confession cult of Alcoholics Anonymous who appear to be more subtle but charge $28,000 for a 28 day stay and "suggest" group confessions and the study of the "literature" of Bill Wilson.
NARCONON tries to indoctrinate the "client" into the cult of the Church of Scientology for follow up treatment, while the ubiquitous 12 Step Rehab based on the Minnesota Model of Hazelden attempts to indoctrinate the "client" into performing the rituals and ceremonies of Alcoholics Anonymous. The "clients" of both NARCONON and 12 Step Rehabs are being sold a non-effective faith healing "program" where deaths are common and always blame the victim and the disease of addiction on their failures. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, NARCONON claims phenomenal addiction cure rates...... for the ones that live through the program.
Due to the recent 3 high profile deaths at NARCONON Arrowhead in Canadian, Oklahoma portrayed on the August 16, 2012, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” documentary, the Church of Scientology released statements trying to explain how they are a benevolent cult that means no harm.
NBC report on Narconon drug rehab prompts Church of Scientology statements (Video)
August 18, 2012 By: Charisse Van Horn
On August 16, 2012, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” profiled Narconon Arrowhead, located in Oklahoma. The Scientologist-based drug and alcohol rehab center features unorthodox rehabilitation treatments based upon Scientology principles. Three deaths have occurred at the location within the past nine months drawing concern and criticism. A controversial program touted by celebrities such as Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Kirstie Alley, no independent testing has verified the program’s success. Though many Scientology adherents readily promote the program and offer rave reviews regarding its effectiveness, just as many detractors say the program is a front for the Church of Scientology and is a harmful form of mind control.
NBC reporter Harry Smith profiled the case of Stacey Dawn Murphy, a young, vivacious 20-year-old with an addiction to oxycontin, who entered the program after finding advertisements for Narconon Arrowhead through an Internet search. According to the Church of Scientology, there are 62 Narconon facilities worldwide with 19 of those in the United States. Harry Smith spoke to Murphy’s father who stated that at first, he was happy his daughter had entered the facility, but upon further research, discovered the link to Scientology. He also stated it cost “well over $30,000” for her treatment. Several methods described included yelling at other patients in a derogatory manner while they were prohibited to react, taking large doses of the vitamin niacin, spending extended time in a sauna to flush drugs from the system, and studying eight of L. Ron Hubbard’s materials. Narconon proponents believe that mega-doses of niacin, combined with lengthy time spent in the sauna, helps the body rid itself of toxins caused by drug use. The program claims a 75% success rate, though this figure has not been verified by outside sources.
According to Smith’s report, Murphy visited home then brought drugs with her when she returned to the program. After using the drugs at the facility, she was placed in a withdrawal unit and left unattended for several hours. When program supervisors went to check on her, she was dead. The other two patients who died at the Narconon Oklahoma facility include Hillary Holton, 21, and Gabriel Graves, 32. The three deaths are not the entire list of fatalities at the Oklahoma facility, just those that occurred within the past year. The first reported death was that of Kaysie Werninck in 2009.
The forum “Reaching for the Tipping Point” chronicles Narconon-related deaths and traces one death back to a French center in 1987. According to Oklahoma News 9, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse along with the Pittsburgh County District attorney are investigating the deaths.
Narconon Arrowhead, Narconon International, and the Church of Scientology released statements in response to NBC’s report.
The Church of Scientology stated, “The Narconon program is a social education life skills model. In contrast to the failed concept that addiction is an incurable disease only treatable with replacement drugs, Narconon has demonstrated that with proper and intensive life skills education, a recovering drug addict can in fact stably recover from the disability of addiction and truly become drug free. There is a growing international awareness that the proliferation of more drugs is not the solution to drug addiction.
The Church of Scientology is committed to helping people free themselves from the ravages of drugs through its support of Narconon and through its global drug abuse prevention and education programs.”
As Murphy found Narconon through an Internet search, it is interesting to note the Church of Scientology has what appears to be an aggressive online marketing campaign targeting those looking for a drug and alcohol treatment center. The site “Stop Addiction” appears as if it is a government run, drug rehab, however, it is a website operated through Narconon. You may see an example of the site here: http://stopaddiction.com/
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