This former client describes feeling cheated and taken advantage of during a vulnerable time in his life. He ultimately found help at another program.
Narconon of Northern California
Doing business as:
Narconon of Northern California, Narconon Watsonville, Vista Bay (Watsonville), Redwood Cliffs
Address: 262 Gaffey Road Watsonville, CA 95076
County: Santa Cruz
Managed by: Narconon Northern California
Registered Agent: Helena Kobrin
3055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 900 Los Angeles, CA 90010
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.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil RICO for mail and wire fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence per se, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and seek injunctive relief under the California Unfair Competition Act related to deceptive and unlawful business practices.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, civil RICO for wire and mail fraud, negligent misrepresentation, negligence per se, breach of implied covenant of good faith & fair dealing, and seeks further injunctive relief under the California Unfair Competition Act.
Plaintiff searched the internet and found a purportedly independent referral website whose representative told her to contact Mike DiPalma at Redwood Cliffs. DiPalma misrepresented the program's success rate, medical and counselor staffing, effectiveness of the New Life Detoxification (sauna) as being “scientifically and medically proven.” The contract Plaintiff signed warranted that the program was not religious in nature, and did not mention Scientology. Feeling unsafe, and not getting drug rehab treatment, but Scientology instead, Plaintiff's son Jimmy left Narconon with other patients, walked into town, found lodging, and made plans to return home. Narconon staff "camped outside their hotel room, followed them around town, and repeatedly harassed Jimmy and the other patients. Jimmy and the others were forced to ask local police to get NNC staff to leave them alone."
Plaintiff National Association of Forensic Counselors, Inc. (NAFC) and Plaintiff American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors, Inc. d/b/a American College of Certified Forensic Counselors (ACCFC) are issuing bodies for certifications in the rehab field, including Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and others. After finding that numerous Narconon and Scientology related entities and persons were (and are) using their certifications and trademarks without authorization, they have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court seeking to reclaim damages resulting from loss of reputation and money, which resulted in financial enrichment of the 82 defendants, and have asked for an injunction to prevent use in the future. The use of the trademarks implies that the individuals are certified by the Plaintiffs when in fact they are not. This case may have far reaching repercussions on other cases against Narconon.
After undergoing a non-medically supervised sauna and vitamin detox, being made to study Scientology materials which had no apparent connection to substance abuse treatment, Jered became extremely scared by the “treatment” he was receiving and the fact that there appeared to be no qualified personnel at Narconon, and pretended to have a family emergency in order to escape from Narconon. The claims in this lawsuit are for Breach of Contract; Fraud; Negligence; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Civil RICO for Mail and Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c); Injunctive Relief Under California Unfair Competition Act, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17203; Negligent Misrepresentation; Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing; and Negligence per se.
This former client would like to prevent others from being scammed by Narconon. She claims that Narconon had no qualified staff while she was there; a physician had to google information about high blood pressure and did nothing. She was lied to, but ultimately was motivated by her circumstances to get clean after leaving Narconon.
Consumer was falsely told by Mike DiPalma that there was no relation between Narconon and Scientology, and questions the legitimacy of various aspects of the program.
This is a formal complaint to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, regarding these issues: 1. Irregularities with the legal and DBA names of Narconon Redwood Cliffs, aka Redwood Cliffs Drug Rehab, and Redwood Cliffs 2. Potential licensing issues with Narconon Redwood Cliffs, etc., which is the same facility as Narconon Vista Bay, Narconon Watsonville, and Narconon Tahoe (Watsonville) 2. Irregularities with the legal and DBA names of Narconon Huntington Harbor House, Narconon Southern California, and Narconon Fresh Start