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.
This former client found Narconon of Georgia at the top of a search for "seattle heroin rehab". He was told the success rate was 76%, but discovered over a period of 8 months at the facility that the success rate was false. He did not elaborate on his experiences, but left this comment: "That place was fucking crazy. Oh my god."
This former client of Narconon's Sunshine Summit Lodge in San Diego, California was referred to Narconon after finding one of the many referral sites that purport to be independent but only refer to Narconon. The mother who paid was never told that the facility was Narconon until an emailed statement listed Narconon as the recipient of the payment. The client suffered from a herniated disk in his back which was aggravated by the Narconon Training Routines (TRs) and later found out that he is bipolar. He feels if he had been at a legitimate rehab, he would have properly diagnosed, and he and his mother would have avoided a lot of suffering and expense.
This former client of Narconon-clone Best Drug Rehab in Manistee, Michigan was told the program was Christian based, that there were amenities which turned out not to exist, and other untruthful statements about the program. It was against this person's religion to do Scientology assignments, but the person was told that if they didn't do the Scientology TRs (training routines), that they would be dropped off at a homeless shelter. When this person decided to leave, they were held locked in an office, and says, "The day i left the cops were there for 2 other clients trying to leave but were held against their will."
This person seemingly had no issues with Narconon, other than to say, "The drills and things were a bit tedious at times, but it's exactly what I needed to work on for my recovery." The answers are inconsistent with others received about this facility, but if true, we are happy this person had a good and worthwhile experience at Narconon.