This heartbreaking complaint involves a 24 year old who was said by Narconon to be progressing wonderfully after 10 days. However, an hour after that call, the mother received another call in which she was told that her that her daughter had tested positive for drugs and would have to leave Narconon. The daughter was taken to the Tulsa airport almost 100 miles away from Narconon Arrowhead, along with two male “students”, including the one who had smuggled the drugs into the facility. The daughter was left at the airport at 11pm with no money, no plane ticket, no cell phone, and no resources of any type. 6 days later, as of the time of her posting, the mother had not been able to find her daughter and did not know whether she was dead or alive. Tulsa police were investigating. This was in 2007. Narconon Reviews does not know the outcome.
This person was initially overwhelmed by the cost of Narconon, but along with the promised 70% success rate, counseling, a "magic sauna treatment", and a no drug detox, the 4-6 month stay seemed just like what the son needed. Once they agreed to have the son start the following week , they were pressured and told that if the son didn't start immediately, he could relapse, or die. They were required to put down a $5,000 deposit to hold a bed. When they arrived at Narconon with the son, the family was taken into a locked room, shown the student rules, the contract, and informed that if the son left after 2 weeks, regardless of the reason, the cost would be $15,000, with an additional $1000 per day after the two week period. They were also required to deposit another $500 into an emergency medical account and some money in the son's personal student account. They had a bad feeling about it at the time, but hoped that Narconon would be an answer to their prayers for the son. It only went downhill from there. Read the complaints for more.
In the beginning of the wife's stay at Narconon Arrowhead, things went pretty well. During the husband's visits, they talked about her progress and everything seemed fine. After four months, during a visit, the husband noticed that his wife's behavior had changed. She acted distant from him, which was unlike her. After the visit, he could not get in touch with her for two weeks. When he did reach her, she blamed the husband for her drug use, and said she was reconsidering the marriage. She went so far as to have divorce papers written, but the husband was refusing to sign them as of the last post he made. Narconon Reviews does not know the outcome.
This person describes Narconon Stonehawk as a "loony bin" and tells of lies, deceit, sex and drugs, horrendous conditions, and other outrages that would "curl your hair". She describes the common problem that loved ones think the person is making these things up just to leave treatment. At the time of her post, she was trying to get her money back.
At first, Narconon seemed like a great choice for this person's 19 year old coke-addicted brother, but soon was having second thoughts when the family could not get timely responses as to the brother's condition. He said "In a nutshell I am noticing that this is a scam and I am part of it."
Narconon's treatment left this man feeling woozy. As a result, he fell, hitting his head and requiring stitches, according to his wife. In addition, he claimed to have been hit by a staff member's car in the Narconon parking lot. He had contacted a lawyer and planned to sue.
This person had disagreements with Narconon and their methods and teachings, as did her partner. She was told that her partner did not want to leave, then told he was indecisive about leaving, but when she spoke with her partner on the phone, he said he wasn't indecisive about leaving, and behaved oddly. She asked what was wrong, and he told her he had 10 people staring at him right then. She asked if they could speak privately, and two voices in the room said "No!" Later, the partner called her and told her they had said for him to leave, but would not drive him anywhere or give him any money. The temperature outside was -20 Celsius. When she refused to wire money into Narconon's account for him, doubting that he would get it, Narconon made them get off the phone. She later received a call from her partner that Narconon was letting him stay but required he continue the program to do so.
After three weeks of sauna and hefty dosages of Niacin, this fiancée says her loved one was experiencing bouts of kidney pain, headaches, loss of appetite and depression at Narconon Stonehawk. She was concerned about a possible Niacin overdose. When the client wanted to leave and catch a bus home, Narconon caused him to miss his bus. They then told him he could not stay another night at Narconon and that they would drop him off at a hotel.
Two days after arrival, the son required medical treatment when a light fixture in a restroom fell on his head and injured him. The parent was not told about this incident and could not get any information from Narconon staff, although they charged her account $500 for it. She tried again and again to get an accounting of her expenditures over the course of the month and a half the son was there. After hearing from the son at Narconon about mold and mildew in the living facilities, insect and poison spider infestations, and a lack of cleanliness in the cooking area, this parent notified Narconon that she would be coming to do an inspection of the living facilities. In contrast with the lack of previous responses, she was immediately contacted and told she would not be allowed to view the facilities. At the time the complaint was made, she was attempting to get a refund, only to be faxed a contract regarding the “Narconon Refund Policy" which she had never signed or received a copy of. She sent a certified letter about the refund but it was refused. When she contacted Executive Director Per Wickstrom about taking further action to get the refund, she says "he told me to 'bring it on' he loves a good battle."
Mom finds Narconon through 1-800 number and interventionist. Her complaint includes deplorable facility conditions and sexual misconduct by a counselor with a female student. Her son reported the misconduct and claims the counselor got retribution by leaving him in the sauna for extra hours. After being suspended from the program and being forced to run on a sprained ankle, he was left at a motel without his belongings.