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The fact that a patient is likely to relapse soon after completing the Scientology rehab program called Narconon can perhaps best be described as a “predetermined failure”. Contrary to what Narconon claims, Narconon’s actual success rate is not 70%, an imaginary number that is closer to the relapse rate. Narconon executives and other Scientology staff members know well that most patients will relapse, with many returning several times for a so-called repair and forking out thousands of dollars each time.

Narconon websites and brochures profess that Narconon has qualified professional counselors who tend to the individual needs of each patient, when, in fact, many of these Narconon “counselors” have no training whatsoever, except for the Scientology courses taken at each Narconon and a certificate printed in fancy colors. This alone is what Narconon means by “certified counselor”.

As a Narconon Trois-Rivières patient and staff member, I experienced my private life being stripped away and my dignity reduced to a state of obedience under the control of Scientology gradient indoctrinations. As a staff member, I enrolled in the Scientology-Narconon courses to help suffering patients lead a drug free life — I cared with my entire being.

To become a course room supervisor was an easy task, although extremely boring, and most of the training material made absolutely no sense as far as drug treatment and rehab therapies are concerned. Listening to 12 hours of tape recordings by the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, was a prescription equivalent to a handful of Valium or bottle of barbiturates; my efforts to avoid falling asleep failed me on several occasions.

As a former owner/operator of a rehab facility back in the early 1990’s, I wondered what the hell this absurd course had to do with treating addicts. For twelve days, I listened to Hubbard ramble on about his photography experiences and I had to “word-clear”ridiculous words such as “nomenclature”, “it”, “the”, etc. — having to define with dictionary-like perfection what these words mean. “Oh, this should really help a distraught, suffering addict, ” I mused.

I later learned that it was all about being able to control others, as well as obeying the control commands of superiors. A gradient of brainwashing may well be the best way to describe this process.

When patients complete the Narconon program, which consists of studying eight Scientology books with Narconon stamped on them and completing the toxic sauna Purification Rundown, many are more confused and unable to cope than when they first arrived. In this vulnerable state, being recruited onto staff by a keen Scientology staff member is no big chore. “Saving lives” is the motto each morning at the military-style roll-call. Playing God in a science-fiction adventure of deception and abuse may be a fitting way to describe the plot of the Narconon story.

Patients are paired as “twins” to perform all the Scientology training routines and auditing sessions. Patients are yelling at ashtrays: “Ashtray, stand up!” “Sit back down on that chair!” Other patients are commanded: “You, look at that wall.” “You, touch that wall.”

Some patients can be seen walking back and forth between a table on which lies a book and a windowsill on which stands a green wine bottle. One of the patients commands the other: “You, look at that bottle.” “You, walk over to that bottle.” “What color is the bottle?” “What is the temperature?” “What does it weigh?” The patient who receives the commands then turns around, obeying the same commands for the book on the table. This routine can go on for days at a time.

Some patients go into hypnotic-type trances while others have near-psychotic breaks and end up in the Ethics Office for misbehaving. Here they are interrogated and screened for possible connections to a “Suppressive Person” outside Narconon. If the Ethics Officer decides you are connected to a Suppressive Person, you may be advised to disconnect from family and loved ones.

When I moved up the ladder and became the Graduate Officer, the things I saw and read were even more absurd. I took a “Product Clearing Course” and training on the Valuable Final Product (VFP) took a day or so. Thus did I become a Certified Counselor in aftercare and relapse prevention. And, of course, calculating the Narconon success rate was an eye-opener!

Basically, my job consisted of preparing statistics about the patients or “Products” and having the data ready to send up-lines to Scientology every Thursday by 2:00 P.M. sharp. Nothing else seemed to matter except these stats.

If patients I contacted had relapsed, they were not counted as VFP’s; they could not be expected to perform what we needed. I also had to convince the patients who were doing well (VFP’s) to send a new intake patient to Narconon Trois-Rivières. We were to suggest that the successful patient’s life was saved by Narconon and that now this same patient “owed” a debt to help Narconon.

I was instructed to spend less time on the suffering relapsed patients. No stats could be used for them and Narconon did not want too many to come back at one time, because it would not look good.

Discharging graduating patients was an easy task. It took only an hour or so to process them and send them back to the same environment they came from. I knew some that needed a half-way house or a similar step to ensure a safe environment, but my words fell on deaf ears and were met with outlandish comments from my superiors.

When a cry for help arrived in my email inbox, my instructions were to have the relapsed patient read the Narconon books and perhaps do a Scientology “condition formula”. I thought: “They were here for 4 months reading these crazy books and the books did nothing to prevent a relapse. What is a couple more days going to do when they are not even here?” I remember sitting at my office desk in tears, reading their tales of suffering and their cries for help — “Please David, help me.” Mistakenly, I did bring a couple back, and I do regret this.

Once the patient interviews are complete, a graduating patient is driven to the Montreal airport and dropped off to catch a flight. Unfortunately, there is often much time to visit one of the airport bars before the flight, and some lasted only minutes before relapsing!

The Narconon staff, who are also Scientologists, are well aware that the only way for a Narconon patient to remain clean and sober, according to L. Ron Hubbard, is to enroll in the “NED Drug Rundown” offered at the Church of Scientology.

Scientology’s own words about the “NED Drug Rundown” say: “On this rundown, the harmful effects of drugs are erased and a person is freed from the compulsion or need to take drugs. This service handles drugs and the real reason a person started taking them in the first place.”
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“Addressing drugs with NED technology removes the barriers that prevent progress up THE BRIDGE levels. It is a vital step on your NED program.”
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What these quotations imply is that the Narconon program does NOT erase the harmful effects of drugs, nor does it free a patient from the compulsion or need to take drugs!

As evidence documents prove, Narconon is nothing more than a recruitment center for the Church of Scientology, to expand its cult practices into the secular community using Scientology coercion and exploitation of vulnerable and very ill patients. Aftercare of patients is all but non-existent.

Patty (Pieniadz) Moher was Executive Director of a state Narconon program and also a Scientologist for 27 years. She says: “Narconon tries to pretend that it is not a Scientology front group, but the links have been exposed many times in the past. It is just another hoax that the cult uses to make money.”
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Participation in an aftercare program often makes the difference between abstinence and relapse. Overcoming months or years of addiction isn’t easy for anyone, especially after Narconon. Going through treatment for an addiction is often a life-saving blessing, but it’s just the first step in an ongoing process toward recovery.

Addicts are never “cured” of their addiction. It is a disease like many others. Addicts learn to understand the basis for their addiction, to see the contributing factors, to cope with and manage cravings and temptations, and to develop more healthy behaviors that will sustain them on their path toward recovery.

A person sometimes just needs a friend or a loved one, someone who understands, and someone who has been through the same type of experience. Whether it’s today, next week or next year, something may happen that rocks the carefully established foundation of sobriety and the person in recovery needs help. Again, help and support —– or an understanding ear to listen — is always available in an appropriate 12-step group. Friends, sponsors and the people the recovering addict meets during these meetings may be the lifeline that keeps them firmly rooted in sobriety — or helps them out during periods of crisis.


David Edgar Love

Patient Aftercare

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    NarcononFraud & Abuses

    The detoxification center in Trois-Rivieres (scientology rehab), is a very strange, science fiction type rehab. Their treatment does not include the use of drugs to wean a person off and because of this stupidity, severe alcoholics have gone into seizures and taken to hospital in abulances. People in withdrawal are not allowed a soda pop because it has caffeine and too much sugar, but the person can smoke as much as they want! The place is operated mostly by a staff of scientologists who seem to be off the deep end and some bat-### crazy. It's like a Nazi slave camp, only difference is some die after they leave because the Narconon treatment is useless garbage, ran by scientology space cadets who are completey out to lunch.

    Google: www.narconon-exposed.org

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      NarcononDid not deliver what they promised

      My son went to Narconon and was pushed thru the process in a little over 45 days. Needless to say, he relapsed quickly. PLEASE - BEFORE YOU SEND A LOVED ONE TO NARCONON, SIMPLY SEARCH FOR 'NARCONON ISSUES' on the web! There will be many sites detailing the hundreds of issues people like myself have faced. Also, read some of the many lawsuits filed by people like myself that paid a large sum of money. Had I done this, I would have NEVER sent my son there and would have been spared the grief of asking narCONon for a refund!

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        NarcononCanada Drug Rehab Centers: Beware Of False Success Rate Claims

        Misleading Drug Rehab Success Rate claims, lure unsuspecting and vulnerable patients into Narconon Rehab Centers. These claims of a 70% - 76% success rate, and even higher in some Narconon Centers are misleading and false. Buyer Beware!

        The Narconon Program is entirely based on the writings of L. Ron Hubbard and controlled by ABLE Canada, Narconon International, and the Church of Scientology. This program is advertised as secular when in fact it is based entirely on Scientology religious and cult doctrines.

        I was employed at Narconon Trois-Rivieres as a Course Room Supervisor, as a Registrar, as IC Foundation (“In Charge of Building a new Charitable Foundation”), and my last Post before resigning was Graduate Officer.

        During my employment, I noticed that the advertised and promoted “success rate” of graduates from this rehab program, was far below the marketed seventy to seventy-six percent (70%-76%) rate.

        All of my examinations and calculations indicated that the advertised and promoted success rate was far below 70%. In fact it was approximately 46% using Narconon’s own computer data. This 46% success rate represents post graduates only and does not take into account the patients who did not complete the program. It also does not include post graduate staff members who relapsed, which were several in the past two years. When taking the aforesaid into account, the Success Rate falls far below 20%.

        The high “success rate”, which every Narconon in the world claims, is what I consider the key to Narconon’s ability to make money and fill Scientology’s coffers. It is this advertised and promoted high success rate, which lures the unsuspecting and vulnerable public into this Narconon program of exploitation. These people have a high expectation of success, which is clearly a misrepresentation.

        The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Quebec Ombudsman are keeping a “close” watch over this organization, as stated in two recent newspaper articles. In my opinion, there are definite health risks and dangers to patients who attend this facility.

        Quote from March 22, 2010 Newspaper article:

        "...Just days after the publication of statements made by David Edgar Love, a former patient who became an employee and is now speaking out against certain methods used by the centre, the Mauricie Health and Social Services Agency [Agence de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie] said it will be keeping an eye on Narconon..."

        The Church of Scientology in Canada is a convicted criminal organization and it has clear influence over all the affairs at Narconon Trois-Rivieres, Narconon Canada, ABLE Canada, and Narconon International.

        One Health Board recently stated:

        "No scientifically well-controlled studies were found that documented the safety of the Narconon program. There are potential dangers from the use of non-medical staff who may be unable to interpret the possibility of seizures, delirious, cardiac arrhythmia, or hallucinations that are phenomena associated with the cessation of drugs. There is also a potential risk of the reported reexperience of the abused drug effect during the sauna sweat out program may be the result of misinterpreted symptoms of hyperthermia or electrolyte imbalance. Moreover, the multiple findings of fact heretofore entered by the Board establish that Narconon's program is not safe.

        Not only are their success rate claims false, but vulnerable patients easily fall prey to these statements when they search for help online. Narconon has many hundreds of websites which lure people in by claiming and publishing their 70% success rate claims on the web pages. These ill and vulnerable people become vicims and are exploited.

        If you are seeking help for your addiction to drugs or alcohol or seeking help for a loved one, do your research first. Google: Narconon Exposed. Talk to your own personal physician and be open and honest. Inform him that part of the Narconon Program is entering a Sauna at high temperatures for 5 hours every day for weeks on end, taking doses of Niacin as high as 2, 600mg to 5, 000mg in one single dose. These dangers will be covered in a future story.

        Many people become ill and rushed to local hospital emergencies for care.

        There are no doctors, nurses, or any professional, certified medical care worker at Narconon and the dangers are evident.

        There are ongoing investigations in Canada concerning Narconon, including Health Canada, Human Rights Commission, Labour Relations Board, Quebec Health and Social Services, and other pending government complaints and inquiries.

        Buyer Beware!

        David Edgar Love

        Canada Drug Rehab Centers: Beware Of False Success Rate Claims

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          NarcononNo pay check on pay day

          I've been employed with narconon for 3 years, i am a good employe, i've been told many times by the administration " we like you" i am totaly fed - up with the b. S. Yep they like me because i do a good job for low wages. 8. 00 an hour. I did get a. 50 raise after a year, then got laid off last year for 5 mos. Got called back to work on 03 / 28 / 09. They took that. 50 away and did not give me a pay check on pay day!!!Then fired me because i told them i would come to work when i got a pay check. It seemed fair to me. Some of my co - workers tell me they havent had a check for over a month! Pay day is bi - weekly

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              Mary McConnell May 02, 2009

              As I commented in reply to the newspaper report on your situation, it is not surprising that Narconon Freedom Center is unable to pay staff. There are multiple tax liens and lawsuits against it and it's preessor, Narconon Stone Hawk.

              Most people don't realize that Narconon is a Scientology front group. You are not the only one filing complaints against a scientology entity for labor abuses. Check out these current CA lawsuits:
              http://www.scribd.com/doc/12565013/Marc-Amended-Complaint
              http://www.scribd.com/doc/12565010/Amended-COMPLAINT-Claire
              I wish you much success. All employees are entitled to their wages and you deserve yours.

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            • Ma
              Mary McConnell May 02, 2009

              ps: look who's advertisement is at the top of this page, lol.
              Reader beware: it's Narconon

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            • Ka
              kathleen demelo Sep 29, 2011

              heroin being brought into rehab

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            NarcononBranch of Scientology

            Narconon are a branch of the Scientology quasi-religious sect, although they do not advertise this. I have struggled in the past against Narconon - they try and trick you into thinking you'll get better - but you don't you just join the cult.

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                stopscams12 Aug 26, 2010

                Absolutely true. At no point in the sales process or on their website do they mention their entire program is based off L. Ron Hubbard's (founder of scientology) teachings. Anyone sent there is not allowed to make any contact with relatives for 15 days, after which you can no longer recieve a refund of the ~ 30, 000 dollars the program costs. Absolute scam! Also a total nightmare if you are unfortunate enough to be enrolled in the program and value any amount of reason/logic. Calling their methods pseudo-science is truly unfair to pseudo-science.

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