This person was initially overwhelmed by the cost of Narconon, but along with the promised 70% success rate, counseling, a "magic sauna treatment", and a no drug detox, the 4-6 month stay seemed just like what the son needed. Once they agreed to have the son start the following week , they were pressured and told that if the son didn't start immediately, he could relapse, or die. They were required to put down a $5,000 deposit to hold a bed. When they arrived at Narconon with the son, the family was taken into a locked room, shown the student rules, the contract, and informed that if the son left after 2 weeks, regardless of the reason, the cost would be $15,000, with an additional $1000 per day after the two week period. They were also required to deposit another $500 into an emergency medical account and some money in the son's personal student account. They had a bad feeling about it at the time, but hoped that Narconon would be an answer to their prayers for the son. It only went downhill from there. Read the complaints for more.
This person describes Narconon Stonehawk as a "loony bin" and tells of lies, deceit, sex and drugs, horrendous conditions, and other outrages that would "curl your hair". She describes the common problem that loved ones think the person is making these things up just to leave treatment. At the time of her post, she was trying to get her money back.
After three weeks of sauna and hefty dosages of Niacin, this fiancée says her loved one was experiencing bouts of kidney pain, headaches, loss of appetite and depression at Narconon Stonehawk. She was concerned about a possible Niacin overdose. When the client wanted to leave and catch a bus home, Narconon caused him to miss his bus. They then told him he could not stay another night at Narconon and that they would drop him off at a hotel.
Two days after arrival, the son required medical treatment when a light fixture in a restroom fell on his head and injured him. The parent was not told about this incident and could not get any information from Narconon staff, although they charged her account $500 for it. She tried again and again to get an accounting of her expenditures over the course of the month and a half the son was there. After hearing from the son at Narconon about mold and mildew in the living facilities, insect and poison spider infestations, and a lack of cleanliness in the cooking area, this parent notified Narconon that she would be coming to do an inspection of the living facilities. In contrast with the lack of previous responses, she was immediately contacted and told she would not be allowed to view the facilities. At the time the complaint was made, she was attempting to get a refund, only to be faxed a contract regarding the “Narconon Refund Policy" which she had never signed or received a copy of. She sent a certified letter about the refund but it was refused. When she contacted Executive Director Per Wickstrom about taking further action to get the refund, she says "he told me to 'bring it on' he loves a good battle."
Mom finds Narconon through 1-800 number and interventionist. Her complaint includes deplorable facility conditions and sexual misconduct by a counselor with a female student. Her son reported the misconduct and claims the counselor got retribution by leaving him in the sauna for extra hours. After being suspended from the program and being forced to run on a sprained ankle, he was left at a motel without his belongings.
Plaintiffs repeatedly told Narconon that their drug-addicted son would not be a willing participant in the Narconon program, but they were assured multiple times by Narconon representatives who were former "students" of Narconon that Narconon knew how to handle him and keep him at the facility and in the program. After 5 days at Naronon, the son demanded that he be released, upon which Narconon had him driven to a nearby motel and left him there. Narconon StoneHawk refused to return any of the $25,000 which the plaintifs had paid for their son's attendance to Narconon. The counts included in the lawsuit were: I. Fraud in the Inducement II. Breach of Contract III. Unjust Enrichment IV. Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices
This complainant, Greg Beha, sent his step-son to Narconon StoneHawk at a cost of $23,500. The program was to last 3-6 months, but after 18 days, the client was removed from the program and dropped off at a motel several hundred miles away from his home, and given $10.00. Mr. Beha was refused a refund by the facility. He eventually received his refund, but not without signing a gag agreement and giving up his right to talk about his experience with Narconon.
Plaintiffs Mr. & Mrs. Schram file lawsuit against Narconon Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center of Battle Creek, Michigan to get a refund of monies paid for Mr. Schram because he was dismissed from the Narconon program without cause. Claims included deceptive trade practices; failing to reveal a material fact, the omission of which tends to mislead or deceive the consumer; and for taking advantage of someone in a compromised or disabled condition unable to understand the language of an agreement; based upon cited Michigan laws. This case was settled and dismissed. Narconon Stone Hawk is no longer a licensed facility, its last owner Per Wickstrom runs other rehabs in Michigan, including A Forever Recovery, Best Drug Rehabilitation Services, and Tranquility Detox, all of which continue to use the Scientology based Narconon components.