Frightened and desperate for help, these parents contacted Narconon to address their son's drinking problem. After speaking to Dan Carmichael, they were convinced that seizures and death were imminent for their son. They allege that their son was heavily drugged during detox, was later the recipient of back and neck rubs, including an offer to wash his socks in exchange for allowing an intern to "rub his feet." Once the drugs wore off, it only took son 1 & 1/2 days to become aware that something was wrong and he asked to leave . The parents claim Narconon Harlingen staff attempted to keep him there, but relented and dropped him off at a hotel. The family's experience with Narconon had lasting effects. The parent's used their retirement money to pay for their son's treatment. Their son was stressed and had difficulty sleeping after going home.
Empirical information is personal testimony which is not supported by formal documents. Normally, one person's testimony alone is not considered conclusive, but multiple testimonies which follow a pattern can lend credibility to the statements made. These types of information are easier for an individual to provide than a formal complaint or lawsuit, therefore there are more sources for this information.
This former client describes deplorable facility conditions, unprofessional staff without proper credentials, high staff turnover (average 2 weeks) and little to no medical oversight at Narconon Colorado Fresh Start. As many others have alleged, he reports Narconon staff members were having sexual relations with clients in treatment .
This former client describes feeling cheated and taken advantage of during a vulnerable time in his life. He ultimately found help at another program.
In this survey response, a mother describes how her daughter went to Narconon for treatment of alcoholism, but left with a new drug problem. Like many others, she describes a general lack of medical and professional staff, or supervision, and male night visitors in her daughters room at Narconon.
This survey respondent had a positive experience at Narconon and has been sober for over a year. However, the individual admits that Narconon's purported success rate is false, based on personal observations, and claims the facility lacked medical services or supervision.
This person went to Narconon seeking help for a problem with alcohol and found the program to be dangerous to his mental and physical health. He claims to have been completely deceived and feels taken advantage of while in a vulnerable state. Among many allegations, he claims to have never been evaluated by a physician while under Narconon's care, but was seen by a nurse in training. While undergoing the sauna, vitamin and exercise portion of the program he experienced terrible side effects.
This former Narconon patient alleges poor housing conditions and a lack of medical supervision. Additionally, he or she claims they were not allowed to leave after begging for their passport, bank and credit cards for several days. Ultimately, after researching the facility on the Internet, this individual was discharged from Narconon Trois Rivieres into a waiting van by two large security people where bags were packed. After many years, this person still has nightmares about the program.
This survey respondent found the Narconon program to be a good fit and denies the Scientology connection. At the same time, the respondent mentions Hubbard and states, "they never push that stuff on you."
This person replied to the survey on behalf of their daughter, who had recently been at Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge for 3 and a half weeks. She was deceived about the connection between Narconon and Scientology, says that her daughter did not need hypnotic experiences or exposure to manipulation, and that many clients "are only there because someone paid a lot of money for them to be there." She adds, "My 18 yr. old daughter escaped in the middle of night, walking through the woods, being chased by a coyote. She then hitched a ride with a complete stranger."
The success rate was the deciding factor in this family's choosing of Narconon. While the family member was at Narconon, he broke his leg and was taken to the hospital one week later and diagnosed with a fracture, which was put into a cast. Drugs and sex were rampant at the facility. He became a staff member, and while on vacation from his job at Narconon, he died of an overdose. Narconon did not help with his addiction.