This survey respondent found the Narconon program to be a good fit and denies the Scientology connection. At the same time, the respondent mentions Hubbard and states, "they never push that stuff on you."
Warner Springs, CA
In January 2014, while searching for a rehabilitation facility for her daughter, Deanna Tetreau of Michigan came across a website that purported to be an independent referral service which was not independent from Narconon at all. From there, she was referred to a Narconon Fresh Start representative named Josh Penn, infamous now for making representations that the Narconon program provided drug counseling under the supervision of medical professionals, and that it was a scientifically proven method resulting in a success rate of over 70%. Plaintiffs signed the contract, paid for their Warner Springs location program called Sunshine Summit Lodge where Deanna's daughter Jennifer Henning began 'treatment' only to find that there was no counseling, only Scientology training. She was unable to complete the sauna component due to high doses Niacin triggering pancreatitis which the facility neglected to provide appropriate can and supervision of. The causes of action in this case are: Breach of Contract; Negligence; Fraud; Negligent Misrepresentation; Violations of non-competition law , violation of federal wiretapping, law among others.
After speaking with Nick Morrill, a Narconon Fresh Start staff member, and being assured that the program was completely secular and had nothing to do whatsoever with Scientology, Plaintiffs enrolled their daughter in Fresh Start's Caliente, Nevada facility. Plaintiffs received received a phone call from Fresh Start’s in-house legal counsel, Bruce Haddrill, who informed them that a Fresh Start staff member had engaged in sexual relations with their daughter during the withdrawal phase at the beginning of her treatment program approximately two months earlier, and that their daughter was being expelled from the program (the lawsuit does not mention any punishment for the staff member, or whether he was fired). Later he emailed them and told them that Fresh Start had decided the daughter could stay and she was moved to the Sunshine Summit Lodge facility in Warner Springs, California. However, Plaintiffs decided to remove her, and send her to an all-female treatment center. While arrangements were being made, a Fresh Start intern engaged in sexual relations with her. These two sexual encounters with staff at Fresh Start impeded the daughter in her attempts to recover from drug addiction, and caused her emotional distress and embarrassment.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, claims under the California Unfair Competition Act (related to false advertising) and seek damages for federal wiretap violations.
A mother complains that Narconon convinced and assured her they could help her daughter with an addiction to unhealthy relationships. After the daughter entered the program, the mother was denied contact and progress reports despite promises of daily updates, The mother also alleges her daughter continued to maintain the unhealthy relationships in her life during in the program, and turned against her mother when she questioned the treatment. When the time came for her daughter's graduation from the Narconon program, the consumer felt she was deceived because her daughter was misled to falsely believe she completed something helpful and the mother wanted a refund for services that were never rendered.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit seek damages for federal wiretap violations and allege breach of contract, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and negligent misrepresentation. Additional claims are made under the California Unfair Competition act related to deceptive and unlawful business practices. The judge issued an order in this case, dismissing the wiretap claim, which closes this case in Federal Court, but allows a lawsuit for the other claims to be refiled in State Court.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege unjust enrichment, fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violations under the California Unfair Competition Act related to false representations of the Narconon program.
This person replied to the survey on behalf of their daughter, who had recently been at Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge for 3 and a half weeks. She was deceived about the connection between Narconon and Scientology, says that her daughter did not need hypnotic experiences or exposure to manipulation, and that many clients "are only there because someone paid a lot of money for them to be there." She adds, "My 18 yr. old daughter escaped in the middle of night, walking through the woods, being chased by a coyote. She then hitched a ride with a complete stranger."
Parents sent 18 yr old child to Narconon based upon the false claims made by a person from a rehab referral site, a parent of a graduate he referred her to, as well as those made by the intake staff. Daughter ran away after 2 weeks. Felt harassed by 'bull-baiting' and believed she was being brainwashed by Scientology. Parents learned the whole program is Scientology and that the guy who referred her had died from a heroin over-dose after referring her to Fresh Start. Wants partial refund.
After filling out a form on a website that purported to find an appropriate drug rehab facility, Plaintiff was contacted by a Narconon representative named Ryan (1-866-635-7437) who pressured to send her son to Narconon. Another Narconon representative, Josh Penn, joined the call and also pressured Christy to send her son to Narconon, suggesting that he might die if he didn't go to Narconon. Within a short while, she had received 3 phone calls from Ryan and Josh Penn, urging her to get her son into Narconon "today". Once at Narconon, the staff repeatedly told Branden that his family had not called and did not care about him, when, in fact, the family had called every day, worried. During a visit by his aunt and uncle, they became aware that Narconon was Scientology and not drug treatment, and took him out of Narconon. Causes of action in this case are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.