Narconon Survey Response #270

This former Licensed Mental Health Therapist attended Narconon Vista Bay in Watsonville, California, and found the program to be "ineffective and irrelevant to one's recovery from drugs." While there, she went to a physician for excessive hair loss, and was told by the doctor this was because she "was a drug addict and that it was nothing to be concerned about." She states that "Their ethics program was bothersome to me. The entire program felt like a tattle tell session," and that the program is "potentially harmful due to their lack of research based medical and psychological practices."

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Narconon Survey Response #260

This survey was filled out by a mother for her son, who is a former client of Narconon Vista Bay in Watsonville, California. Her son is diabetic, and while he did receive insulin while he was in the program, he should not have received the high dosages of niacin or been put through the sauna treatments. She says that he "was very fortunate that the niacin treatments did not compromise his vision." Her son was there for 10 weeks, then she took him out when she found out more about the program. In exchange for a refund, which was only a small portion of the total amount paid, she, her son, and his father were asked to sign an agreement "never to talk about this or to disparage this program or place or, interesting enough, L. Ron Hubbard." She refused to sign the agreement.

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Narconon Survey Response #258

This former client of Narconon Vista Bay in Watsonville, California was told he could visit the chiropractor weekly for his injured back, but was only allowed one visit and then was made to do manual labor. He left after one month because he says he was afraid of the large dosages of vitamins and because he didn't trust the staff. He says, "It's a horrid scam and it's run by monsters; they prey upon desperate people."

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Narconon Survey Response #251

This wife of a former client of Narconon Vista Bay says that the claimed 76% success rate played a big role in her and her husband's decision to attend, because they wanted him to succeed. After a few days, her husband told her that things were "weird there" and that things didn't seem right. They reached the conclusion that the phones were tapped, that they had been lied to about numerous things, such as medical supervision, and left after 15 days. She now thinks the 76% refers not to a success rate, but a failure rate.

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Narconon Survey Response #239

This former client of Vista Bay in Watsonville was referred by a national addiction hotline and chose Narconon because of its alleged success rate and non-12 step holistic approach. She complains of untrained staff, deplorable and overcrowded conditions, and numerous fire code violations, and lack of compassion for medical conditions and illness. "The staff is not trained, they are more like babysitters who have been given power to abuse students."

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Narconon Survey Response #217

As a youth of 17, this former client of Narconon of Northern California in Watsonville had a lot of experiences that bothered him while in the program, but at the time, he didn't know how a drug rehab center should operate. Several years later, while attending a legitimate rehab facility, it occurred to him how far Narconon was from being a proper treatment facility. He describes it as "an out of control treatment center with drugs, sex, and padamonium." He later went on to college to get a degree in substance abuse counseling.

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Evans, Harris v. Narconon Northern California, et al.

This is the lawsuit filed by the son, Harris Evans, the Narconon patient. On January 6, 2012 Narconon "Vista Bay" accepted Harris Evans, a 5150 involuntary commitment patient in California who suffered from schizophrenia and substance abuse, as a patient at their facility. This was done as a transfer patient from Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles to its facility in Watsonville, CA via coordination with Greg Potts of Carpe Diem Intervention Services and Consultation.

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