These parents became concerned when their 19-year-old son was transferred from Best Drug Rehab to Tranquility Detox, without their knowledge. According to the parents, an intake counselor in Manistee refused to let them speak to their son on the phone. More research about the Narconon program caused alarm. Calls were placed to the Michigan Attorney General's office and Law Enforcement in both counties, where officials assured them the program was dangerous. One or both parents traveled to Michigan to remove son from the program.. On arrival at the facility, their son refused to leave the program, but appeared heavily medicated. He wrote a letter of refusal, on the spot, which the parents believe was coached or coerced.
Informal complaints are defined here as: complaints found on consumer reporting sites, internet forums, blogs, and websites. They will generally include one or more facets of the Narconon program or administration with which the individual was dissatisfied.
This former Best Drug Rehab client claims his civil rights were violated in various ways. For instance, he states scientology courses were forced upon clients. Next, he states that transportation was denied to services at a Christian Church nearby. When this happened he told staff he would walk to church, but claims he was intimidated with threats of calls to the police and without his identification (which they withheld) the police would pick him up. This sufficiently intimidated him, because he was on parole at the time. He further states that Nation of Islam staff members regularly humiliated clients and tried to start fights with him.
A worried wife found Narconon Freedom Center through a 1-800#. Her husband said he was ready for treatment, but once there, was unhappy with the Narconon program. He told his wife that he felt like he was being brainwashed by the program's training routines. Staring at people and talking to bags of rocks didn't seem help. Wife did some research that backed-up some of his claims. He wanted out of the program. He claims Narconon refused to refund $150.00 he had on account with the facility, after he informed them of his plans to leave. This caused him to lose his temper. As a result, he was escorted off of the property. Narconon reported him to the police, who were kind enough to give the man directions to the nearest bus station and let him go.
This family found Narconon's Sunshine Summit Lodge through an "independent" referral site. Initial information given to the family by phone and brochure was completely false, they say. Complaints were filed with the CA Attorney General's office and an FBI fraud unit. On January 14, 2013, this parent updated her complaint on Ripoff Report to say that all issues had been resolved with Sunshine Summit Lodge.
This poster cautions against two referral sites and interventionists working for Narconon. They retrieved their family member from deplorable conditions at Narconon Rainbow Ranch in Caliente, Nevada after just 24 hours.
This family knew their family member wasn't ready to leave treatment, but he was sent home from Narconon Rainbow Retreat in Nevada after 3 months. He died a few months later.
This person knew four people who went to Narconon. They all graduated, two graduated twice, and they all relapsed soon afterwards. He says the success rate is 100% - 100% FAIL. In the review, he gives the current (as of his posting) status of these friends.
This man paid $27,000 for services to be delivered by Suncoast Rehab for his wife, but was never told of the connection to Scientology or L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. He removed his wife from the center after 7 days, and considers that was 7 days too late. He is incredulous that such conditions and treatment can exist in the US, and was seeking a lawyer.
The brother of a former client alleges that Sun Coast Rehab failed to provide a safe and honest clinical drug rehabilitation, as promised. Facility employees denied any connection with scientology, but threw L. Ron Hubbard's "ethics" book at his sister when she voiced a desire to leave. He is convinced that all Narconon facilities are a front for scientology.
These parents found Narconon Newport Beach through an internet search after becoming concerned about their daughter's drinking. Prior to daughter's admission, the parents say they were not informed about Narconon's no-refund policy or the program's connection to Scientology. Their 19-year-old daughter claimed to be the victim of sexual comments and advances made by a 50-year-old Narconon staff member.