Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Narconon Survey Response #342

This former Narconon patient alleges poor housing conditions and a lack of medical supervision. Additionally, he or she claims they were not allowed to leave after begging for their passport, bank and credit cards for several days. Ultimately, after researching the facility on the Internet, this individual was discharged from Narconon Trois Rivieres into a waiting van by two large security people where bags were packed. After many years, this person still has nightmares about the program.

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NAFC v. Narconon and Church of Scientology (many defendants)

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.

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Narconon Survey Response #265

This mother of a former client filled out the survey posthumously for her son because he committed suicide not long after leaving Narconon. She says that he lost all his self confidence when he was in the Narconon program, and never regained it after leaving. About housing, she says, "He said he had a room which was very sparse but since he was a bad person he didn't deserve anything better." She explains, "He started drinking after he left. He never drank before. He hated drink. He was also going to emergency rooms to get pills. He was not anything like the person that went there. He was so ashamed of what he had become after we had spent so much of our life savings on the program."

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FTC Complaint, Narconon Trois Rivieres, May 29, 2012

Former Narconon Trois Rivieres staff member reports how the now closed program in Canada instructed and ordered call-in staff to contact leads and state a success rate that was untrue. At the time of employment there, this staff member admits to following this order for a time and eventually leaving and reporting it to the Competition Bureau of Canada. This is a partial copy of the whole sent to the FTC by the CBC. The FTC entered into it's database of complaints. No action by the FTC is noted.

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Narconon Survey Response #256

Narconon Trois-Rivieres was closed by the Quebec, Canada government in April 2012. This former client was a "student" there when the facility was closed. He was not told why the program was being shut down. He says that he was not allowed his antidepressant/anxiety medication while there, and that this has also hurt his recovery. He left one additional comment - "help".

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Narconon Survey Response #248

This person attended Narconon Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada to help with pending court cases and kick addiction. His parents were impressed by the alleged success rate, but he says, "they straight up lied" and says there was "no onsite doctor, no legal advice or aid by anyone qualified." He credits his love for his family and his life for keeping him clean.

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Narconon Survey Response #245

This person with an alcohol problem was accompanied to Narconon Trois-Rivieres in Quebec, Canada by a person claiming to be an interventionist. The interventionist was actually a car salesman who had completed the Narconon program 6 months prior. He describes a housing situation that no one should endure, and was afraid for his well-being at times.

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Narconon Survey Response #135

This former client of Narconon Trois Rivieres had a positive experience and is the first to say aftercare was available, but declined to give many details on the program and claims that no medical staff was on site.

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