Weekend Narconon News Roundup #5

The Narconon News this week is a bit sparser than in the past few weeks, but Narconon is always doing something that needs to be reported on. We won’t let you go away empty handed.

Narconon Changing SEO Tactics
Last week we told you that Narconon has started its own Narconon Reviews site to try to compete with us. In an odd turn of events, Narconon is pretending on another of its spammy blogs that it can help its visitors to determine what rehabs are scams, and they are even including their own qualities (or lack thereof) as signs of a rehab scam!

A new poster at Tipping Point called this oddity to our attention:

In actuality, these review sites are operated by narconon themselves, and they are anything but objective and just another marketing approach designed to take advantage of unknowing and uninformed people who don’t realize what a scam narconon is. And what is ironic, is this page focusing on narconon fresh start reviews is apparently admitting that their type of program is a scam. Narconon is actually admitting that their type of program is really a scam.

We’re not sure what Narconon Fresh Start thinks this will accomplish, but we’ll just say, “Whatevah, NN.”

Mental Health Professionals Getting on Board
This is not exactly fresh news, but it’s news to us, and very welcome news at that. The same poster mentioned above also alerted us to an article on the Elements Behavioral Health blog (a large mental health addiction entity composed of several residential treatment facilities with a strong psychiatric and/or psychological leaning towards treatment) which directly criticizes Narconon and calls out to other professionals in the field to inform themselves and others about Narconon.

Here’s just a clip from the article they posted a month ago, one day after we opened, Narconon Stockpiles Addicts, Erroneously Claims 70 Percent Success Rate:

Fighting Junk Addiction Science

The expansion of the Narconon facility should be a wake-up call for everybody passionate about evidence-based treatment for addiction. Information is the only weapon in the fight against erroneous claims and misinterpretations of the facts, and the more people who learn the truth about Narconon, the better. The field of drug addiction treatment is particularly susceptible to this type of misguided practice, and in the absence of protective legislation, the most important thing is to encourage those considering Narconon rehabilitation to learn more before cramming into the newly expanded center.

Narconon paves the road to its centers with deceit, misinformation, and false promises. Although they claim to be a genuine, medically sound rehabilitation provider, they are anything but that. They primarily employ ex-program users or Church of Scientology members to administer a dangerous detoxification program followed by a bizarre psychological treatment program. L. Ron Hubbard might have written some lasting science fiction, but hopefully the legacy he’s left in the world of drug addiction treatment will crumble in the coming years.

Please visit the site to read the whole article; we promise you won’t be disappointed.

Per Wickstrom’s Evil Empire (again)
In the Per Wickstrom news this week, Tony Ortega posted a couple of documents related to Per Wickstrom’s lawsuit against the Pennfield Charter Township. Reaching for the Tipping Point was on this as early as June 27, and Miss Fortune covered it the very next day. Thanks for the dox, Tony! The more people who know about it, the better.

If Per keeps at it like this, we’re gonna have to start a new site called “Per Wickstrom Reviews.”

Miss Fortune also followed up on earlier reports of an attempted expansion into South Bend, Indiana by self-proclaimed rehab mogul Per Wickstrom. She originally posted about the new branch of Narconon Tranquility Detox on April 10, to let us know that the corporate registration had been filed with the state of Indiana. On August 8, she informed us that the State of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) had received the certification application for the new Tranquility Detox, and that the decision is being reviewed. Last Saturday, Miss Fortune put out an invitation for people to make some noise and send their public comments to the licensing agency at DMHA.feedback@fssa.in.gov – we’ve already sent our comments, have you?

And that about does it for this week, folks.  Tell us if you’ve spotted anything that happened over the last week that we’ve missed.  ↓

Added: See the update on the opposition to the proposed Narconon in Hockley Valley: Hockley Valley Narconon Opposition Growing.

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