A concerned husband contacted the police about his wife while she was at Narconon Colorado.
The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege breach of contract, fraud, fraudulent concealment, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The Coursens make additional claims under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act related to unfair and deceptive trade practices.
Police were called when a voluntary client, attempting to leave, reported that Narconon Colorado would not release his personal belongings to him. Police advised Narconon staff they could not withhold an adult's personal property.
A patient at Narconon Colorado wanted to leave and contacted the police to report his belongings were being withheld. On arrival, no one was waiting to speak to the officer and no one inside the facility would talk to him.
A patient at Narconon Colorado was attempting to leave and contacted police when staff members refused to return his money and cell phone. Police went to meet him at a gas station, but did not find him there.
Police received a hang up call from Narconon Colorado. Police called Narconon back x 2 and received a pick up/ hang up on first attempt, and answering machine on second attempt.
Plaintiff entered the Narconon program receive help for an addiction to painkillers he developed after severely injuring his back as a ski instructor. He was told that Narconon offered standard cognitive behavioral therapy, and that the program was in no way involved the practice of any religion. He was was alarmed by strange treatments such as patients being made to scream at ashtrays, and the lack of any medical supervision. A counselor who was providing "touch assists", allegedly to help patients to relax, grabbed his crotch. The plaintiff was horrified, and soon after decided to leave Narconon. However, Narconon physically coerced him to stay on the property, until he finally persuaded them to let him leave. He was not allowed to take any of his personal effects that he had brought with him, including cash and credit cards. Narconon drove him to and left him at a homeless shelter, where he was forced to make his way home, several hours away. Unfortunately, once he arrived home, he found that Narconon had lied to his wife and told her not to allow him into his home and he was forced to involve police to gain entry to his own home. Afterwards, he required counseling due to post traumatic stress disorder, and, unable to copy with the trauma, he attempted to take his own life and required hospitalization. He is now working to rebuild his life.
In this report, police were responding to a patient at Narconon Colorado who was unconscious, but breathing.
Plaintiff National Association of Forensic Counselors, Inc. (NAFC) and Plaintiff American Academy of Certified Forensic Counselors, Inc. d/b/a American College of Certified Forensic Counselors (ACCFC) are issuing bodies for certifications in the rehab field, including Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and others. After finding that numerous Narconon and Scientology related entities and persons were (and are) using their certifications and trademarks without authorization, they have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court seeking to reclaim damages resulting from loss of reputation and money, which resulted in financial enrichment of the 82 defendants, and have asked for an injunction to prevent use in the future. The use of the trademarks implies that the individuals are certified by the Plaintiffs when in fact they are not. This case may have far reaching repercussions on other cases against Narconon.
Narconon Fresh Start Employees Bryan Randall and Matt Kinser falsely represented the Narconon Program as having a 75% success rate, that religion is not a part of the program, that Tyler would be under the care of a doctor or nurse at Fresh Start, that the sauna would be medically supervised, and that at least 50% of the cost of the program would be covered by Tyler’s health insurance. This lawsuit includes claims for: Breach of Contract; Fraud; Fraudulent Concealment; Negligence; Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress; Negligent Misrepresentation; Claim Under Colorado Consumer Protection Act, C.R.S.A. § 6-1-105; and Civil RICO for Mail and Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1964(c).