Narconon Southern California/Fresh Start

Registered agent:
P. Mark Kirwin
4480 Market St., Suite. 420
Ventura, CA 93003
Narconon Southern California is now operating under the name Narconon Fresh Start. It is the legal owner of several Narconon facilities, which operate under the following names: JLB Ranch, Sunshine Summit Lodge, Narconon San Diego, Narconon Warner Springs, and Huntington Harbor House. It also operated Narconon Newport Beach, which was closed in February of 2010.

Narconon Survey Response #358

Frightened and desperate for help, these parents contacted Narconon to address their son's drinking problem. After speaking to Dan Carmichael, they were convinced that seizures and death were imminent for their son. They allege that their son was heavily drugged during detox, was later the recipient of back and neck rubs, including an offer to wash his socks in exchange for allowing an intern to "rub his feet." Once the drugs wore off, it only took son 1 & 1/2 days to become aware that something was wrong and he asked to leave . The parents claim Narconon Harlingen staff attempted to keep him there, but relented and dropped him off at a hotel. The family's experience with Narconon had lasting effects. The parent's used their retirement money to pay for their son's treatment. Their son was stressed and had difficulty sleeping after going home.

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Narconon Survey Response #368

This former client describes deplorable facility conditions, unprofessional staff without proper credentials, high staff turnover (average 2 weeks) and little to no medical oversight at Narconon Colorado Fresh Start. As many others have alleged, he reports Narconon staff members were having sexual relations with clients in treatment .

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FTC Complaint, Narconon Fresh Start, March 21, 2015

These parents allege they were promised the "highest success rate in the field of drug rehabilitation, luxury-leisurely resort accommodations, drug education program, jacuzzi" and more. The complaint is cut off at that point. We can only assume that Narconon did not live up to its promises.

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Narconon Survey Response #352

This survey respondent had a positive experience at Narconon and has been sober for over a year. However, the individual admits that Narconon's purported success rate is false, based on personal observations, and claims the facility lacked medical services or supervision.

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Narconon Survey Response #348

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."

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