Weekend Narconon News Roundup #1

In our Weekend Narconon News Roundup, we’ll be bringing you highlights of the week’s events related to Narconon, especially those that Narconon would rather you not hear about. So, without further delay, let’s get started.

Glistening, Quivering Underbelly:
Our friend Miss Fortune, of Glistening, Quivering Underbelly, reports from Michigan. This week, she told everyone reading her blog about A Forever Recovery’s new employee, Michael Daunora. She’s dug up his arrest records and dished the dirt on him. Miss Fortune has some photos of him, too – oh, yeah, he looks like someone who can help your addicted child or loved one learn to lead a good life. Not!

Narconon Reviews:
Last weekend on Sunday, we let you know about about the pressure being put on Luke Catton to shut him up and stop the bloodletting Narconon is experiencing due to his adept exposure of the Narconon program and its deceitful game. If you missed that, you can catch up on it here: Narconon Hurts a Little Girl. Bless Luke for standing strong.

The Underground Bunker:
A class action lawsuit against Narconon of Georgia, Narconon International, Association of Better Living (ABLE), and Religious Technology Center (RTC) was filed in June and has been moved from the State Court to Federal Court. If you’re not familiar with this case, you can see the initial reports by Pete Combs of WSB Radio and Jodie Fleischer of WSB Television, along with an article by Christian Boone of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more information. Now, motions have been made by all defendants that the case should be dismissed, and Jeff Harris of Harris, Penn, Lowry has loaded the court with exhibits to prove that the scam goes right to the top of the Scientology ladder. Tony Ortega has those exhibits on his blog at The Underground Bunker, with a synopsis. Hope Harris and his team are reading the comments section for tips! We at Narconon Reviews think the Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) should be included as a defendant also. And the first judge assigned to the case has recused himself, and a new one appointed, Judge Steve C. Jones.

Reaching for the Tipping Point:
On our sister forum, Reaching for the Tipping Point, a new member posted a plea for help in getting the family’s money back from Narconon Fresh Start and Narconon Warner Springs (aka Sunshine Summit Lodge). The family had gotten a referral from an “independent counseling service”, and the family member who went to the Narconon facility called home after 5 days and said “they were trying to brainwash him and making him read L. Ron Hubbard books.” The family was shocked to find out about the Scientology affiliation! They retrieved him and enrolled him in a non-Narconon program. However, Fresh Start was dragging their feet about providing a refund. Armed with information from the Former Clients section of Narconon Reviews, they sent a letter to Narconon Fresh Start’s lawyer, Bruce Haddrill, and we have it on good authority that a Full Refund Agreement was made post-haste. That’s $30,000 less in Narconon’s coffers, and one more silenced but now-happier former client, and it all happened in record time!

Infinite Complacency:
Jonny Jacobsen has written about Heribert Pfaff, who died of an epileptic seizure in Clearwater Florida in 1988, while trying to use Scientology to wean himself off his medication. While not directly about Narconon, this story is related to another one Jonny did some weeks back about the similar and unfortunate death of Jocelyne Dorfmann in 1984, who went to a Narconon in France to withdraw from her epilepsy medication. Within 4 hours, Ms. Dorfmann had 2 serious seizures, which the staff wrote off as withdrawal symptoms; and within 12 hours, she was dead. Jonny has done a series of posts on Narconon and the Scientology connection, and also covered Narconon Zutphen, which has recently been put under tighter scrutiny by the Dutch officials. His articles, Dutch put Narconon on Warning and The Dutch Narconon Debate make good reading too, as do the comments.

Narconon Fishing:
Narconon in Holland had apparently gotten lucky a while back when the Narconon in the UK was closed, and clients were being sent to various other facilities, with Holland being the closest. To verify the closure, “Bartholomew Salt” (fake name) began an email conversation with one of the remaining employees of the UK facility, James Fish (real name?) whose job it was to make sure any potential incoming clients went to another Narconon, and not somewhere else. Although the email leaks have been trickling out on forums for some time, a new site has been created to combine the entire set. Have a read at Narconon Fishing.

Meanwhile, Narconon Freedom Center issued another press release, apparently in an attempt to counter all the bad press. This one says that they have opened a new website – as if they need another one; there are only, like what, over 9000 of them, if you count the fake referral sites too? Oh, yeah, here it is, but watch out for that embedded Narconon website on the press release page – it will send your IP address and browser details straight to Narconon’s server: Narconon Freedom Center Michigan Gets New Drug Rehab Website

Have we missed anything that happened with Narconon this past week? Tell us about it in the comments section.

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  1. From the Desk of...

    I just want to say that I agree that Narconon is the most hurtful of all Scientology front groups. I say this because the families and loved ones or the addicts themselves are usually at such an extremely vulnerable state when searching for help, that of course they are going to click on the first website that guarantees a 70% success rate, never fathoming that ANYONE would lie about something like this. I know the scenario. You find yourself in a situation where your beloved addict says “ok. I want to go”! (To treatment) Not wanting to waste any time you frantically search on line and you find this site that is saying 70% of the people that have gone through this program are now drug free.

    I have to say if this was someone I loved I probably would have jumped threw hoops too. I mean THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE THAT IS SAYING THIS!!! It HAS to be true.

    So that’s pretty much the scenario of how Narconon attracts their new prey “or meat” as Scientology so blatantly refers to us.

    The thing is, and this is why I truly believe that Narconon is even more sinister than Scientology itself is because these addicts, who think they are going to the “basic” rehab not only find themselves going through withdrawal of their drug of choice without the assistance of at least the most crucial detox meds such as vellum to ease an alcoholic or benzo user from a most curtain seizure if said alcohol or benzo was abruptly stopped (cold turkey). Such an abrupt halt has proven to cause death. And if somehow they survive, they find themselves subjected to the writings Of L. Ron Hubbard. Unfortunately, and thankfully at the same time most people really don’t know who the fuck he is. The unfortunate part is they find out too fast and too late that all the work they put into getting help came down to being suggested to the Doctrine and Scripture of The Church of Scientology against their will or knowledge.

    Here’s the true numbers….people stay sober if they truly have the desire to do so and are willing to go to any lengths to work a SIMPLE program. This program has been around since the 1930’s and has expanded across the world. And still to this day has never EVER even considered thinking about such things as a “recovery ratio”. It was unheard of. BecauseAfter all, THEIR only purpose was to help and carry the message.

    • Ann From the Desk of...

      Thank you for your comment, Sister727. I agree with much of what you say. I think many different programs can work for people – it all just depends on each individual and their desire to get clean and/or sober, with the desire to quit being the crucial factor. Some people succeed with just their own desire and no program. The desire to quit can come and go, ebb and flow, with the times. However, Narconon, since its reason for existence is to collect money and recruits, steals this precious moment in time when someone has agreed to go to a rehab with a true desire to get clean, and sometimes sours a person on trying any other rehabs in the future.

      I have also heard a few say that their experience at Narconon was so bad that they gave up using because they never wanted to end up somewhere so horrible again! In cases like that, could we say that Narconon worked? Perhaps, but only in the same sense that we could say that a child was bullied at school and so never went to school again. Instead of learning to face their addiction, they were frightened out of it – and being in fear is not a good way to live life. Scared Straight! didn’t work either.

      Hats off, however, to anyone who did get clean at Narconon, not because of, but in spite of the program. You did it! Take your own win and don’t give it away to Narconon.

    • Kelly From the Desk of...

      Thanks for your comment, Sister727. We have frequent discussions about this. I’m glad you emphasized the vulnerability of the family and client in this situation.

      When someone is willing to go to treatment, the tendency of everyone involved is to act quickly. It’s not unusual for someone to change their mind about going to rehab, you know. Unfortunately, doing thorough research, consulting with friends and family physicians, or other trusted sources for referrals is not usually top of mind. The family is often under a lot of stress.

      A website with a beautiful facility on a lake appears. The program guarantees a 76% success rate or more. They offer something that virtually no one else does – a cure. They tell you it’s not a 12-step based form of treatment, but they don’t mind borrowing a term or slogan here and there, where it might appeal.

      Once treatment is found and the bird has successfully landed, everyone breathes a huge sigh of relief and prays for the best.
      Can you imagine what it must be like to find out it’s all a sham? Maybe, you can.

      What really galls me is that parents may be heaping guilt on themselves when they discover the scam, but they were duped!

      • Ann From the Desk of...

        It would be a good idea for anyone with an addicted loved one to do research prior to needing a rehab, just so they’ll be ready when the time comes. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to get that message out to the right people.

        It must be an awful moment for people who have a loved one at Narconon and then find out what it actually is… I can’t even imagine.

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