Michael received no education or treatment in substance abuse, but instead received Scientology training. As an example of this training, Hamilton cites an occasion where Michael developed a common cold while at Narconon, and he was told to list the "Potential Trouble Sources" (PTS), or people or situations he might have encountered that must have caused his cold. After Michael completed the program, he stayed on as an intern for a month, for which he paid an additional $2500. Upon returning home, he immediately relapsed and reached out to Narconon. Narconon declared him as a "Potential Trouble Source" and cut off all contact with him. Within 2 weeks, he overdosed and almost died. He has since entered a legitimate drug treatment program. Causes of action in this case are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.
The Welches contacted a referral website to find help for their son, and were referred by Josh Penn (a Narconon Fresh Start employee) to "Fresh Start". The facility was never referred to as being a Narconon center. Penn also recommended they send their son to a medical detox clinic in Murietta, California before sending him to "Fresh Start". They were told that the program's success rate was 76%, and had been told the program had nothing to do with Scientology, despite the use of "The Way to Happiness" written by L. Ron Hubbard. They were told the program was secular. They were told that the medical detox facility was an independent facility. These were all misrepresentations. Soon after he arrived at "Fresh Start", which turned out to be Narconon's Rainbow Canyon Retreat, aka Rainbow Ranch and Narconon Nevada, and began the sauna part of the Narconon program, he began having tremors, one instance of which lasted two hours and in which he lost the ability to speak. This required a visit to the emergency room and subsequent visits to a neurologist. The son continues to have the tremors, and is still under the care of physicians and is seeing a neurologist for this condition. The Welches are suing for Breach of Contract, Fraud, and Negligence. They are asking for compensation for special and general damages, attorney's fees and costs of the lawsuit, interest, and punitive or exemplary damages, and all further relief that the Court deems just and proper. This lawsuit complaint contains one of the most lucid explanations of how Narconon is actually Scientology that we have seen.
This complaint is filed by the parents of a 15 year old who they sent to Narconon Rainbow Canyon in Caliente, NV based upon information provided and what they were told by administrative staff at the facility. The result of the child's attendance there was that he was harassed, injured and not provided appropriate rehabilitative care. Additionally, his parents were not consulted when the child became injured. The claims of this case include Breach of Contract, Negligent Hiring, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Battery, additional claim of Battery. The full complaint is a must read for any parent considering sending their minor child to a Narconon or related facility for help with substance abuse.
Consumer states that after their daughter came to them for help with her drug addiction, they contacted one of Narconon's drug hotline referral services and were convinced to trust claims about the program that were proven to be false. They sent their daughter to the Nevada facility, only to receive a distraught phone call six days later. The daughter evaded the ban on personal contact with her family to inform them the program was not what they were promised, and begged them to get her out of there. After getting her released, they were then denied a refund for services that were not rendered.
Parents sent daughter to Rainbow Canyon Retreat and received a terrifying call from her in the middle of the night begging parents to get her out of there - which they do - because it's Scientology. Explains difficulty in getting refund and provides information about the program and deaths at other facilities. Concern is for other children.
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.
Partially redacted complaint alleges that the consumer removed their daughter from the Narconon program in Nevada and was denied a refund for services that were not rendered.
Promised medically supervised treatment in an environment free of drugs, alcohol. They "claimed to have rigorous standards with respect to fighting and male/female fraternization." Sent to Los Angeles for initial physical detox, then shipped to Narconon in Caliente, NV, and found the opposite of what was promised. "Drugs and alcohol were very prevalent and not under control. Fights were common and sexual intercourse was also routine."
Followup complaint to one submitted March 9, 2009, with additional information discovered in the interim. Consumer complains of false representation, unlicensed program and counselors, and internet referral sites scam.