These parents became concerned when their 19-year-old son was transferred from Best Drug Rehab to Tranquility Detox, without their knowledge. According to the parents, an intake counselor in Manistee refused to let them speak to their son on the phone. More research about the Narconon program caused alarm. Calls were placed to the Michigan Attorney General's office and Law Enforcement in both counties, where officials assured them the program was dangerous. One or both parents traveled to Michigan to remove son from the program.. On arrival at the facility, their son refused to leave the program, but appeared heavily medicated. He wrote a letter of refusal, on the spot, which the parents believe was coached or coerced.
This former Best Drug Rehab client claims his civil rights were violated in various ways. For instance, he states scientology courses were forced upon clients. Next, he states that transportation was denied to services at a Christian Church nearby. When this happened he told staff he would walk to church, but claims he was intimidated with threats of calls to the police and without his identification (which they withheld) the police would pick him up. This sufficiently intimidated him, because he was on parole at the time. He further states that Nation of Islam staff members regularly humiliated clients and tried to start fights with him.
The mother of this former client of Narconon StoneHawk (now closed) drove from Texas to Michigan after hearing several complaints by her son on collect phone calls he had to sneak during free time in order to make. After Narconon found out that she was coming to get him, he was "punished" by being kept in a small room without food and being badgered by staff, as they tried to convince him that she, his mother, was the suppressive enemy. The former owner of StoneHawk now runs other facilities in Michigan which use Narconon methods and training, but are not formally named as "Narconon".
This former client of Narconon Tahoe left after 30 days due to bullying, overcrowding, and stealing, among other things. This person's relationship with a sister is severely strained since the $30,000 paid by her was essentially a waste, and her time immediately after leaving Narconon was extremely stressful, but this person is managing to put her life back together now, thanks to a battered women's shelter shelter and A.A.
This former client of Narconon Arrowhead in Canadian, Oklahoma thought the facility looked beautiful on the website, but found out when he arrived that in actuality, it was nothing like the pictures. He also complains about the lack of medical oversight at the program, and the lack of training and time of sobriety of the counselors. He was at Narconon Arrowhead when another "student", Gabriel Graves, died. He would not choose Narconon, knowing what he knows now, and says, "the only way I would go there now would be to join a picket line and protest them."
This former client of Narconon in Warner Springs, California went on to become a staff member and is bothered by experiences both as "student" and as staff. This former client describes the program as predatory, and says that "they prey on people who are at their most vulnerable, most desperate, most frightened."
After leaving a 12 step program, this former client of Narconon Arrowhead in Canadian, Oklahoma went to Narconon because the father was impressed by the claimed 75% success rate, but stayed just 30 days for the sauna. They threw away all the vitamins, including the niacin and believes that that helped them to get out faster. They were at Narconon during the same period as Stacy Murphy, who died the day after they left, and leaves this comment, "Justice for Stacy."
This former client of Narconon in Fort Collins, Colorado says Narconon did nothing to address their drinking problem, adding that "It's a TOTAL SCAM," and "They ONLY wanted my MONEY." This person left after 3 weeks because they felt they were being brainwashed.
This former client of Best Drug Rehab in Manistee, Michigan was told his health insurance would pay for his stay if he changed his address to the facility's address. He was told this was because the facility was out of network, and his insurance was billed for outpatient treatment. He describes overcrowding, unprofessional employees, abusive language, and indiscriminate sex. He became depressed after leaving, and was still using at the time he answered the survey.
This former client of Narconon StoneHawk (now closed) was taken to a "crack motel" when he refused to go to "class" due to having the flu, and he relapsed there while waiting for a flight back home. He says his mother chose it out of desperation and sent him to the first place that sold her a dream. He later achieved sobriety through Narcotics Anonymous.