After filling out a form on a website that purported to find an appropriate drug rehab facility, Plaintiff was contacted by a Narconon representative named Ryan (1-866-635-7437) who pressured to send her son to Narconon. Another Narconon representative, Josh Penn, joined the call and also pressured Christy to send her son to Narconon, suggesting that he might die if he didn't go to Narconon. Within a short while, she had received 3 phone calls from Ryan and Josh Penn, urging her to get her son into Narconon "today". Once at Narconon, the staff repeatedly told Branden that his family had not called and did not care about him, when, in fact, the family had called every day, worried. During a visit by his aunt and uncle, they became aware that Narconon was Scientology and not drug treatment, and took him out of Narconon. Causes of action in this case are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.
Angelo, a martial arts fighter who had become addicted to Vicodin after 3 surgeries, was frightened by signs of psychosis in fellow patients who had been taken off their medications by Narconon. On one occasion, he was attacked from behind by one of the students in front of a Narconon "counselor" who did nothing, not even reprimand, the student. Angelo left Narconon because he did not feel safe, and the staff were unfit to treat him. Claims in this lawsuit are: Breach of Contract; Fraud; and Negligence.
This complaint is for: 1. Breach of Contract; 2. Unjust Enrichment; 3. Fraud - Intentional Concealment; 4. Fraud - Negligent Misrepresentation; 5. Conversion; and 6. Unfair Competition (Business and Professions Code §17200 et seq.). Plaintiff Kelly was admitted to Sunshine Summit Lodge, Narconon's Warner Springs, California facility, in or about April 2013, for which they paid $33,000. Dan Carmichael, the intake counselor, and Defendants had promised Plaintiffs that Kelly would undergo a medically supervised detoxification, be "well taken care of," and that Narconon had a high success rate. They also promised that KELLY would have access to specific treatments to help him get through detoxification and substance abuse treatment. Additional misrepresentations were made regarding the facility, as well.
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."
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 father claims that Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge was inappropriately staffed to handle a medical emergency experienced by his son while under their care. His health plan denied his son's treatment at Narconon due to a lack of medical staff or properly credentialed chemical dependency professionals, family therapy or any other therapies, poor documentation to include no individualized treatment plan.
This is a formal complaint to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, regarding these issues: 1. Irregularities with the legal and DBA names of Narconon Redwood Cliffs, aka Redwood Cliffs Drug Rehab, and Redwood Cliffs 2. Potential licensing issues with Narconon Redwood Cliffs, etc., which is the same facility as Narconon Vista Bay, Narconon Watsonville, and Narconon Tahoe (Watsonville) 2. Irregularities with the legal and DBA names of Narconon Huntington Harbor House, Narconon Southern California, and Narconon Fresh Start
On multiple occasions this plaintiff claims, staff members of Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge misrepresented the Narconon program as not religious. In fact, the plaintiff claims, "...the program acts to indoctrinate its participants with the principles of Scientology." Furthermore, the lawsuit claims plaintiff's son was threatened with being held at the center indefinitely, if he was unwilling to adopt Scientology beliefs and principles. The plaintiff also alleges that facility conditions were unsanitary, furniture was broken, and promises of 24 hour medical supervision for the client turned out to be false. This lawsuit alleges fraud, deceit, negligent misrepresentations, and violations of California's business and professional code by Narconon Sunshine Summit Lodge. Other allegations include conversion and unjust enrichment.
Complainant alleges that virtually everything she was told by the referral service was a lie. Despite being promised the best medical care and professional counseling for her son's treatment, there was no medical staff or professional counselors at Sunshine Summit lodge during his stay.
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.