Angelo, a martial arts fighter who had become addicted to Vicodin after 3 surgeries, was frightened by signs of psychosis in fellow patients who had been taken off their medications by Narconon. On one occasion, he was attacked from behind by one of the students in front of a Narconon "counselor" who did nothing, not even reprimand, the student. Angelo left Narconon because he did not feel safe, and the staff were unfit to treat him. Claims in this lawsuit are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.
This complaint is for: 1. Breach of Contract; 2. Unjust Enrichment; 3. Fraud - Intentional Concealment; 4. Fraud - Negligent Misrepresentation; 5. Conversion; and 6. Unfair Competition (Business and Professions Code §17200 et seq.). Plaintiff Kelly was admitted to Sunshine Summit Lodge, Narconon's Warner Springs, California facility, in or about April 2013, for which they paid $33,000. Dan Carmichael, the intake counselor, and Defendants had promised Plaintiffs that Kelly would undergo a medically supervised detoxification, be "well taken care of," and that Narconon had a high success rate. They also promised that KELLY would have access to specific treatments to help him get through detoxification and substance abuse treatment. Additional misrepresentations were made regarding the facility, as well.
This former client of Narconon in Warner Springs, California went on to become a staff member and is bothered by experiences both as "student" and as staff. This former client describes the program as predatory, and says that "they prey on people who are at their most vulnerable, most desperate, most frightened."
This former client of Narconon's Sunshine Summit Lodge in San Diego, California was referred to Narconon after finding one of the many referral sites that purport to be independent but only refer to Narconon. The mother who paid was never told that the facility was Narconon until an emailed statement listed Narconon as the recipient of the payment. The client suffered from a herniated disk in his back which was aggravated by the Narconon Training Routines (TRs) and later found out that he is bipolar. He feels if he had been at a legitimate rehab, he would have properly diagnosed, and he and his mother would have avoided a lot of suffering and expense.
This father claims that Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge was inappropriately staffed to handle a medical emergency experienced by his son while under their care. His health plan denied his son's treatment at Narconon due to a lack of medical staff or properly credentialed chemical dependency professionals, family therapy or any other therapies, poor documentation to include no individualized treatment plan.
On multiple occasions this plaintiff claims, staff members of Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge misrepresented the Narconon program as not religious. In fact, the plaintiff claims, "...the program acts to indoctrinate its participants with the principles of Scientology." Furthermore, the lawsuit claims plaintiff's son was threatened with being held at the center indefinitely, if he was unwilling to adopt Scientology beliefs and principles. The plaintiff also alleges that facility conditions were unsanitary, furniture was broken, and promises of 24 hour medical supervision for the client turned out to be false. This lawsuit alleges fraud, deceit, negligent misrepresentations, and violations of California's business and professional code by Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge. Other allegations include conversion and unjust enrichment.
Complainant alleges that virtually everything she was told by the referral service was a lie. Despite being promised the best medical care and professional counseling for her son's treatment, there was no medical staff or professional counselors at Sunshine Summit lodge during his stay.
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 former client of Narconon's Sunshine Summit Lodge in Warner Springs, California was not only addicted to drugs, but also had the added complication of Fibromyalgia. She was court ordered into a drug rehab program and chose Narconon because their program claimed to get rid of drug cravings and improve Fibromyalgia; because it was "a holistic treatment program that would teach me life skills"; and because quality of food was important to her because of the Fibromyalgia, and Narconon led her to believe the food would be healthy. Knowing what she knows now, she would not make the same choice today.
9 Class B (potential health danger to residents, staff, and visitors) and 4 Class C (administrative and documentation) were found. Class B deficiencies included these categories: Personnel Requirements; Food Service; Building and Grounds; Fixtures, Furniture, Equipment, and Supplies; Discriminatory Practices Class C deficiencies included these categories: Personnel Requirements; Personnel Records; Admission Agreement; Personal Rights