A worried wife found Narconon Freedom Center through a 1-800#. Her husband said he was ready for treatment, but once there, was unhappy with the Narconon program. He told his wife that he felt like he was being brainwashed by the program's training routines. Staring at people and talking to bags of rocks didn't seem help. Wife did some research that backed-up some of his claims. He wanted out of the program. He claims Narconon refused to refund $150.00 he had on account with the facility, after he informed them of his plans to leave. This caused him to lose his temper. As a result, he was escorted off of the property. Narconon reported him to the police, who were kind enough to give the man directions to the nearest bus station and let him go.
This family found Narconon's Sunshine Summit Lodge through an "independent" referral site. Initial information given to the family by phone and brochure was completely false, they say. Complaints were filed with the CA Attorney General's office and an FBI fraud unit. On January 14, 2013, this parent updated her complaint on Ripoff Report to say that all issues had been resolved with Sunshine Summit Lodge.
This person is a former client of Narconon of Georgia, located in Norcross, Georgia near Atlanta. She describes inadequate staff to care for the number of clients, drinking and drug use in the program, harassment, and says, "they only delivered results due to my fear of having to return to that cult hell hole."
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."
This former client of Best Drug Rehab in Manistee, Michigan was also a former staff member there. She states that Best Drug Rehab is run according to Scientology methods defined by L. Ron Hubbard, and that the facility is run by scientologists, and the scientology courses are mandatory. She says that drug use in the facility is rampant. She says she was forced to create fraudulent paperwork and lie to parents when they called.
This mother of a former client filled out the survey posthumously for her son because he committed suicide not long after leaving Narconon. She says that he lost all his self confidence when he was in the Narconon program, and never regained it after leaving. About housing, she says, "He said he had a room which was very sparse but since he was a bad person he didn't deserve anything better." She explains, "He started drinking after he left. He never drank before. He hated drink. He was also going to emergency rooms to get pills. He was not anything like the person that went there. He was so ashamed of what he had become after we had spent so much of our life savings on the program."
This former client of Narconon Fort Collins in Colorado, which also goes by several other names, paid $34,000 for the program and an additional $4000 for detox. He had a seizure after 21 days, requiring a trip to the emergency room, and says, "They took me off of all meds, cold turkey, and sent me home, that way i relapsed in two weeks and spent the next year in jail. Now with a year clean I'm in drug court." He credits Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for his sobriety. He says the staff were all former clients, and were unprofessional and immature, and when asked if he would make the same choice today, knowing what he knows now, answered "Hell no. It does not work. Its a scam."
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.
This former client of Narconon Australia, also known as "Get Off Drugs Naturally," says the whole program bothered him because he couldn't see how the program had anything to do with kicking drugs and staying clean. He says, "All I got was 10 months of craziness and mumbo jumbo Hubbard Tech. And they were bad mouthing about the psychs whenever they get a chance to do so, They are obsessed about how bad the psychs are."
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."