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Wife sues Narconon. Says Deception, Civil / Human Rights Abuse, Intolerant Culture Exist.
by Mary McConnell
Monday Jul 6th, 2009 12:35 AM
A lawsuit was filed in Nevada County, CA last week by a woman who paid for rehabilitation help for her then fiance, only to find out that she was repeatedly deceived and the services were dangerous and not as promised. Scientology practices, made Daniel Locatelli subject to verbal attacks, often of an anti gay substance. He was denied medical care when he needed it and the staff kept him and his belongings against his will when he asked to leave. He finally escaped after 4 days.

Man goes to Narconon rehab for help and gets held against his will; made to endure Scientology teachings and bizarre verbal attacks. Wife sues.

A lawsuit was filed in Nevada County, CA last week by a woman who paid for
rehabilitation help for her then fiance, only to find out that she was repeatedly deceived and the services were dangerous and not as promised. Sarah Locatelli of Grass Valley, CA states the Narconon program using Scientology practices, made Daniel Locatelli subject to verbal attacks, often of an anti gay substance. He was denied medical care when he needed it and the staff kept him and his belongings against his will when he asked to leave. He finally escaped after 4 days.

The Locatelli vs Narconon Southern California, Narconon Joshua Hills et al complaint can be read in full at the end of this article.

<strong>Background</strong>

Locatelli filed suit against Newport Beach's Narconon Southern California and Narconon Joshua Hills, then located at what is now the location of Narconon Palm Spring on Hopper Rd, Palm Desert Springs. It is now located at 82652 Lordsburg Dr in Indio Riverside County in CA . She filed the complaint after repeated requests for a refund were ignored.

Among the claims against the facilities and their employees and agents are breach of contract, fraud in the inducement, negligent misrepresentation and fraudulent misrepresentation. A referral help site unknowingly run by Narconon and it's agents is noted, as well as derogatory statements made to Mr. Locatelli during the 'therapy' which show a culture of hostility and intolerance.

Narconon is a part of the 'secular arm' of the Church of Scientology but the program is clearly all Scientology and has been for many years. Most aren't aware of this when visiting their web sites or talking with their intake people on the phone. As Locatelli came to find out, Narconon hides the fact outright. Records show that Narconon representatives tell victims they are not affiliated with Scientology when asked. Yet the program componients are the same as Scientology classes and texts, just repackaged differently.

There is a history of complaints against Narconon where this is voiced. Multiple unsuspecting victims in complaints filed with state agencies and in courts across the country over the last 10 years have complainted about the degrading nature of the routines, the false promises of therapy and human rights abuses victims were subjected to while there. Scientology is currently being sued by former staff members for similar and more horrific civil and human rights abuses and labor law violations in the state of California.

What is common and uncommon about this case:

The Locatelli family, like thousand of others, first became victims of Narconon and it's internet and telephone deceptive trade practices. Mrs. Locatelli did everything she could to locate the best care they could afford for Daniel yet he wound up in the care of The Church of Scientology without her even knowing it. She found what was supposed to be a referral hotline, which in fact is run by Narconon and it's agents for the sole purpose of sending it's victims to Narconon.

Mr. Locatelli, having attended both facilities for a total of 4 days, was held hostage held against his will, denied medical attention while ill and made to endure the church's questionable practices and it's hostility toward homosexuality and indifference to the most basic of civil and human rights. Due to the vulgar nature of the verbal attacks, the program training routine 'bullbaiting' quotes noted in the complaint will not be mentioned here.

Now, when one reads the complaint, it is obvious that the comments made during his time there were crude and offensive to anyone in what was supposed to be a professional setting to receive help for a problem. It does not matter whether Mr. Locatelli is gay or not, although he isn't. He was forced to listen to and accept the intolerant mocking comments levied at him because the Scientology based training routine prohibits one from being able to respond, lest one is made to endure all the more of it and then some. Throughout the whole time Daniel was there, the staff allowed the church's anti-homosexuality pro-scientology indoctrination to go on and even encouraged it.

In their attempts to help others avoid what happened to them, a web site was created by friends of Locatelli to warn others about Narconon and their internet scam, titled: Narconon Is A Code Name for Scientology . You can see the documents that Mrs.
Locatelli, then as fiancee Sarah Vogel, received after Mr. Locatelli arrived home, which she never signed here .

<strong>Narconon Joshua Hills Board of Directors - Names You May know:</strong>

Interestingly, Palm Springs' and Las Vegas' WALK OF STARS and MOTION PICTURE HALL OF FAME directors - Danny Pharmer, Robert Alexander and Janie Hughes are listed as among the board of directors of Narconon Joshua Hills and are presumably going to be added to the list of defendents as the case progresses.

Tiffany Pharmer, the director of Narconon Joshua Hills, runs an assisted living home and is a real estate sales woman with Coldwell Banker's Yeoman Group in the Palms Springs area. Both Daniel and Tiffiany Pharmer are unlicensed substance abuse counselors and were required to train and be certified within 5 years but let their registration with California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources expire last December indicating that they were never trained as required.

Complaints influencial in the Narconon Newport Beach closure in 2010

Narconon Southern California,a subsidiary of Narconon International which orchestrated the internet, telephone and financial scheme, has a long history of complaints and of being a problem in the Newport Beach area. Mr. Locatelli was asked by The City of Newport Beach to provide an affidavit on his experience with Narconon being over capacity and because of this and the many other complaints, infractions and obvious disregard for the welfare of it's patients & the community, the city refused to approve it's use permit application. As a result, it's license to operate in the city expires February 28, 2010.

Their counselors are not CARF certified as their international website suggests, either. Narconon Exposed is well known web site dedicated to informing the public about Narconon and it's practices. Sadly, most people find it after they have been ripped off by Narconon.

Others victimized by a similar set of tactics:

Ripoffreport.com has over many complaints about Narconon listed and many of these
are about Narconon Southern California and it's Newport Beach facility. In reviewing documents related to complaints sent to state agencies about Narconon, a common theme emerges to back up what Locatelli states in her claims.

For instance, 75 year old California resident Lillian Weaver and E.K. of Washington State were each taken in by fake referral sites run by Narconon & it's affiliates, the false promises of appropriate medical care availability and forced unwanted Scientology practices they were never informed about in advance, which turned out to be the whole of the program. Unbeknownst to them and their loved ones was the knowledge that Scientology is hostile towards traditional medical and mental health practices. Both were kept against their will when they wanted to leave and Mrs. Weaver's son had his diabetes and thyroid medicines & glucometer withheld for 2 days upon entry, endangering his health especially as he lacked a thyroid to produce what the medicine was necessary for! E.K.'s daughter became ill from the mega doses of vitamins they put her on, causing her to become ill. Both parent's loved ones suffered physically and emotionally due to this, the deception and the facility's subsequent negligence against the one the loved one once they arrived.

E.K. sent his daughter to what was supposed to be a licensed, medically based traditional theraputic program in NV owned by Narconon of Southern California. Within days he found out that the facility and their counselors were not licensed, there were no medical professionals or care on site as promised for his daughter's gallbladder disease which was exaserbated by the volumous amount of vitamins they insisted she ingest. She was so ill and in pain that he called and insisted they take his daughter to the airport so he could transport her to another rehab center or he would fly out and get her himself. He only received a refund when he reported the situation to the FBI Internet fraud unit, to all 3 state Attorney General offices and the NV licensing agencies.

States Vary in Regulations; The FBI Internet Fraud site is Helpful

For E.K., a Cease and Desist Order went out to the Narconon in NV for all unlicensed counselors and specifically to the executive director of their Narconon Rainbow Canyon facility, who had claimed on the internet to be licensed but was found to not. While owned by the Southern California organization, Nevada and it's stringent laws oversaw the matter for E.K. and Washington helped represent him as a constituent Locatelli says that she's had a complaint in with the California Alcohol and Drug program for over 1 year and they have a separate team investigating all complaints on Narconons in California. ADP is limited in oversite and underfunded, compounding the slow process on complaints.

ADP does, however, have a separate investigator on complaints about other programs using Narconon under different names, such as San Francisco County programs <a href="http://www.xenu-directory.net/news/library.php?t=Social+Betterment+Development+Company+(SBDC)+(dba%2C+New+Life+San+Francisco)">New Life Center SF( aka Social Betterment Development Company / SBDC) and Alternative To Meds Center, both of which are not licensed. ATMC was denied license and the City of San Francisco denied them a use permit for this unlicensed activity, but thy still operate to the dismay of the community. Both are considered dangerous programs. Recently a negligent death case was settled against New Life SF and owner Richard Prescott ( former director of Narconon Northern CA) after a patient committed suicide while on medication under nonexistent onsite medical care promised.

Locatelli went to Narconon to learn about drug and recover from them and found that there was no drug education nor traditional individual or group therapy as promised and required by the state of California. He was made to read materials written by Science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard and was supervised in the program steps by other patients called "students" instead of state required licensed substance abuse counselors. None of the counselors was licensed and the facility was overcrowded and in violation of local and county zoning laws.

The Little Hoover Commission and the Justin Foundation, who investigate and keep tabs on the state of affair of CA rehabs have isolated the loopholes that tie the hands of state agencies and give bad programs the free reign to victimize consumers, providing low to no quality care substance abuse services. One should read these reports before going or sending a loved one to a rehab facility, especially in the state of California. ADP was unavailable for comment.

<strong>The cost is more than most and refunds are prevented at all costs.</strong>

Narconon, depending upon the center and the desperation for funds and financial constrains of the victims, can cost between $20,000 to $35,000 Of the $26,000 Mrs. Weaver paid Narconon Southern California, she so far has only received a $15,000 chargeback credit from Bank of America after their thorough investigation and consideration of all the facts. Discover VISA, however, refused to accept the documentation and statements, closing her case witout any arbitration rights allowed. Narconon, however, wrote in response to Weaver's Better Business Bureau of So California complaint, that she'd received all her money back from all credit cards, so Mrs. Weaver is still trying to get them to pay back the balance of $11,000 via BBB. It would cost her more to go to court than the amount of the claim, so she is avoiding that last as a last resort.

Locatelli can appreciate Weaver's efforts and the obstacles she went through. Her bank, Washington Mutual, was on the verge of federal takeover at the time she requested her VISA refund. They had they audacity to deny the chargeback claim without even contacting the merchant Narconon for response. Her calls and letters to the bank, to the facilities and the Narconon reps fell on deaf ears and that is why she has resorted to suing both Narconon facilities. At ripoffreport.com, one can see that some have gotten their refunds while others not. Perseverence seems to be the key.

E.K. is one of the few who got his money without having to sign the traditional gag agreement, Although he promised not to badmouth Narconon, his complaint was already in the hands of others ( myself included )before the time of their settlement.

In E.K.'s case, his checks to "Narconon Nevada" were deposited into a Narconon of Southern California bank account in Las Vegas, NV instead of being sent to CA as he was told would happen. As they are not licensed in NV and their corporation status in NV was revoked last year, the settlement was probably made in part just to shut him up and make the problem go away. I have used that complaint as the basis of his information for this article, with his permission. You can read it in full here.

Mrs. Weaver says "Because of my son's medical problems, the referral Hotline gave our number to a man claiming to be a medical doctor who told us that Narconon was the best program to fit his needs. Well, "Dr. David Morris" of GA turned out to be a scientologist with an agenda - and a chiropractor, in violation of GA state Chiropractic disclosure laws."

<strong>There ought to be a law! Buyer Beware.</strong>

Locatelli says that the ordeal was " a terrible situation that no one should have to go through." They were fortunate that Daniel went right from that Narconon into an appropriate day program and continued in his recovery successfully despite all this, but that does not always happen to victims of these kind of scams. "

People looking on the internet for substance abuse services for a loved one are a target for unscruplous vultures. Rehabs specialize in honing in the 'must act now at any cost' sales pitch, often promising anything over the phone. Once the contract is thrown infront of the abuser, he or she is usually in a vunerable state as well. Often the contract is sent to the parent or family member after the patient arrives and services are started and what arrives states nothing that was promised over the phone.

"Some people lose their life savings to Narconon and other rehab scams. This happens every day and it's not just Narconon ripping people off like this, although they control most of the web sites on the internet. It's not fair and the federal Trade Commission should do something about it." says Locatelli.

Lillian Weaver agrees. " I trusted these people. That was a big mistake."

Federal and state deceptive trade practice and telecommunication laws are not widely known or enforced, leaving victims as easy prey. Victims often find themselves put into debt without refund while they scramble for another program to get the willing loved one the care they need once they escape the bad program.

"I am paying the credit card balance Narconon lied about and told BBB that it had been refunded when it wasn't. To help my son after that fiasco, I've had to use up my savings for another program and my retirement money to repay the credit card balance Narconon is refusing to give me back. It was not supposed to be that way and it's just plain wrong. These people have no conscience at all" says Weaver.

<strong>From the mistakes of others, protect yourself and your loved ones</strong>

When a person goes to a substance abuse rehabilitation program, and pays dearly for it based upon claims made, one would expect it to be a safe, nurturing and effective program based upon tried and true traditional definition of therapy. That is often not the case these days. That is why the buyer must beware of internet and telephone claims made those claiming to be rehab referral companies or hotlines or intervention specialists.

Locatelli suggests one "get your questions and answers in writing first. Then search on the internet for independent information at http://www.ripoffreports.com http://www.narcononvictims.com and http://narcononexposed.org . Also check with your state alcohol and drug program complaint department." Additionally, there are consumer driven complaint processes such as your county and state Consumer Affairs, and the Better Business Bureau who tend to side with the merchants but at least the number of complaints and their particulars are noted.

It's taken some victims years to get their money back and for many it's too exhausting and costly to pursue legal measures to get their day in court. Locatelli is the exception to the rule on filing her case in course herself. She hopes to inspire others to never give up, too.

If you would like further information about this case or other victims of Narconon, write to contact [at] california-rehab-referral.com and don't forget to visit Narconon-Exposed and ripoffreport.com keyword search Narconon.
by Charles Savage
( mktg.nnsocal [at] gmail.com ) Friday Jul 10th, 2009 6:21 PM
The Narconon program was founded in 1966 by William Benitez, at the time a heroin-addicted inmate of Arizona State Prison. Benitez named his program "Narconon" meaning "no drugs" to indicate that substitution of one drug for another would not be used in his program. Forty years later we still don’t use drugs to get an addict off his drug of choice.

Bill Benitez chose this new method based on books he had read by L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard’s emphasis on identifying and raising abilities and practical exercises to improve one’s skills impressed Benitez. Additionally, the precept of taking responsibility for one’s actions & decisions make up the core of the Narconon program then and today.

Narconon has always been an independent non-religious program. Students of all faiths are welcome in Narconon. The program requires no set religious belief or practice, either to enroll or to complete. Interestingly, it is not uncommon for a student to rekindle interest in the faith he or she practiced prior to addiction as they grow in sobriety and responsibility.

That Hubbard was also the founder of the Scientology religion has lead some wrongly to conceive that Narconon is a religion or church, or some such. It is not. Narconon has been fortunate to have the friendship and support in terms of fundraising and volunteer man-hours from Scientologists as well as members of other religions in the US and around the world. Churches supporting drug rehabilitation is nothing new in rehab, and help is always welcome.

Dr. Alfonzo Paredes, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, UCLA School of Medicine, has described our program thus:

"The Narconon program has several features which in my opinion justify the implementation of the program. An important aspect is the systematic application of techniques to improve communication and interpersonal skills in persons dependent on alcohol and/or drugs. The techniques include training in personal values, integrity and in general cover ethical principles. This aspect of the program is implemented using methodology developed by L. Ron Hubbard. This area is, in my opinion, critical in the treatment of persons afflicted with addictive disorders."

It is standard practice with residential drug rehabs in the US that no refunds are given once the client has begun the program. See http://www.slate.com/id/2171073/ and http://www.manorhouserehab.com/refund-policy.htm as two random examples. No-refunds is not something either new or peculiar to Narconon.

500 people completed their rehab programs with Narconon Southern California in 2008. Of those, the vast majority are still living drug free lives today. A few don’t make it, some never even get started. Those unfortunate cases are always a personal tragedy for those involved. Narconon strives to do its best in those circumstances and one way of doing so is that we hold the doors open for the person to return at any time. Unlike many rehabs, a Narconon client does not forfeit his program fee by leaving early; his program is still available to him.

It is a good program which has produced many stable graduates since the early 1970s. We are very proud of these Graduates and their Families!

More information can be found at:
http://www.narconon.org ,
http://www.youtube.com/narcononsocal ,
http://www.addictionca.com
by Kirk Reed
Friday Jul 17th, 2009 4:53 PM
NarCONon is a program derived from the Purification Program sold by scientology. You sit in a sauna for hours every day and take mega doses of vitamins. You also study L. Ron Hubbard junk.

It is a scam in every sense of the word. They hide the fact it's a front group from people because the word is getting out about what a sham scientology is and if they told the truth no one would pay up.

In fact NarCONon is as much a re-hab program as scientology is a religion.

I can attest to this because I am an ex-scientologist and have done the Purification.

Find a real program for your loved ones such as Narcotics Anonymous.
by NJ
Friday Jul 24th, 2009 7:09 PM
I went to Narconon. It was the WORST experience of my life, and set me WAY back. But my family and I are TERRIFIED to speak out, because of Fair Game Policy. Sigh.
by James
Monday Aug 17th, 2009 4:36 PM
I spent some time in Narconon too. It was CREEPY! My family got me out, and we got some strange threats later. Scientologists creep me out!
by jp
Friday Oct 23rd, 2009 10:59 AM
I went to Narconon in 2002 after several other treatment programs. No program helped me really look at me and what I did to get myself into a position where I was broke, no family and addicted to crack. I was told at all other programs that I had a disease and needed to mannage this. I relapsed time and time again, and after 6 months in narconon I finally got what I was missing, a true second chance to make a life for myself. It is not Scientology as far as I knew, I never was asked to become one , and it was never part of the program. It worked for me and today I would never stand up and say i am an addict, because i am not one. This is the truth and all facts
by David
Tuesday Dec 1st, 2009 9:55 AM
I graduated the Narconon program a little over 8 years ago. I have never been asked to be or join a scientology anything. I am no longer a drug addict but I am a productive member of society with my personal ethics and beliefs in tack. Thank God for the Narconon program.
by Mad MOM
Tuesday Jul 27th, 2010 11:11 AM
My son went to Fort Collins There are no medical staff as promised and every lie a falseity was told to me. My young son suffered greatly and finally manged to get thrown out by trying to gather money for a bus ticket to come home. I never felt at ease about the program and I am glad the nightmare ended. people need to speak out and have a class action suit against Narcanon!
They are nothing but conartist at it's highest level
by Katrina Carrillo
Friday Jan 28th, 2011 7:38 AM
Our son went to Rainbow Canyon in NV. It was not as promised and we will be writing a review letter to Narconon. The detox was good, the classes were good for teaching life skills, but the actual drug rehab program fell short. My son was "graduated" and sent home with him sying he would still smoke pot and some drugs were ok. The promised follow up did not exist. This particular facility is not worth the money as the program falls estremly short of what it's mission states.
MadMom...I also went to Narconon, 4 different times as a matter of fact. Worse experiences of my life! I actually have nightmares about it, and that is not a lie. These people promised my family that I would have medical care, that they had a pool, a hot tub...that I would get massages, all this bullshit that they promised never happend and was not the truth. I got there and it was a bunch of ex-addicts who went through the program, graduated, and got hired for 50 dollars a week starting out for six months teaching us the works of L. Ron Hubbard. What a crock of shit. Seriously...they hurt my family financially in the worst way possible. Please contact me.
by Matthew caldwell
( mattycaldwell4 [at] gmail.com ) Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2011 7:03 AM
I somehow survived their black magic attempts to induct me into the perils of the church of scientology.In short l. ron hubbard is on every text book and was mentored by the late Aleister Crowley'a self proclaimed satanist.Narconon is a fraud,and very dangerous.However,I dont scare to easy and I'm just getting started.
by dk
Monday Jun 27th, 2011 4:55 AM
I completed the program in NV and I thought it was a great program overall. Been clean for almost two years now and I know from personal experience that the people who have negative things to say about the program are unfortunately those who use the "scientology claims" to justify their own personal inability to overcome their addiction. As for the disgruntled family members, ask your loved ones to own up to the fact that they could not handle taking responsibility over their actions and that is why they blame the NN program. I went to a baptist church every sunday with about 12 others and at no point in time did I feel like scientology was being forced upon me. I feel blessed that I was given the opportunity to go to NV and do the Narconon program, and for all who were given the same opportunity but threw it away, i do feel sorry for you and hope that you are able to choose the path of sobriety in the future.
by CRR
Friday Jul 15th, 2011 7:47 PM
It's obvious you did not read the complaint or you would not have written such an ignorant response to what happened to this Mr. Locatelli.

Readers interested in knowing more about how to avoid being scammed by Narconon can find more information here
http://www.california-rehab-referral.com
by jane
Thursday Jul 21st, 2011 5:23 AM
it is also a shame that the 'intake' counselor is still an alcoholic and hides it very well. they are built on lies and harmful techniques.
by MEE
( mandy [at] gmail.com ) Sunday Oct 30th, 2011 9:14 PM
Hunter if it was so bad then why did you go back 4 times? LOL Look, I came to Narconon after having done 12 step rehabs and AA, NA, all that. Narconon worked better for me. Are there weird things about it? Yes. Is the sauna overhyped? Yes. But it DOES detox you better than MOST 12 step treatment centers. Many treatment centers give you drugs to get off drugs. They give heroin addicts methadone. They give everyone adderall or xanax. They feed one addiction with another. At least Narconon gets you off all mind altering substances.

The techniques they use are strange sometimes but if you WANT to get sober, you've had enough of the drugs, and look at the positive side of what you're learning you can get clean. Many I graduated with are still clean. The staff does not have a traditional drug/alcohol training, but I have had some "highly educated" therapists, counselors, etc, who don't know the first thing about addiction and didn't help me in the slightest. Rather than telling you you're powerless over your "disease" and doomed to be an addict forever until your "higher power" saves you, (THIS IS WHAT 12 STEPS TELLS YOU), Narconon shows you how to take control back over your life.

And they never once mentioned Scientology to me when I was a patient there. Yes the books are written by Ron Hubbard and they can be cooky, but the theories are strong, real, and they work if you apply them. All treatment centers have some spiritual foundation. Narconon actually didn't even mention this except the 7th/8th dynamic which allows the student to decide for themselves what spiritual life they want. They never force Scientology on anyone. Traditional 12 steps are based on Christianity but no one seems to get all worked up about that!

Narconon helped me and I am grateful for it. Some people just like to see the bad in any situation. Hunter you need to take some personal responsibility.
by Mandy
Sunday Oct 30th, 2011 9:17 PM
I agree 100% with DK. Well said.
Its a dangerous program. As well, Narconon is Scientology. Google that and see for yourself.
by Mary McConnell
Sunday Apr 1st, 2012 2:15 PM
This is one that everyone who has even the least bit of interest in Narconon will want to read:

Plaintiffs Patrick C. Desmond and Mary C. Desmond, individually,
and Mary C. Desmond, as Administratrix of the Estate of Patrick W. Desmond,
file this First Amended Complaint against:

Narconon of Georgia,
Delgado Development;
Lisa Robbins, MD.
The Robbins Group, Inc
Narconon International

The Plaintiffs add counts of Civil RICO by Fraudulent Statements to a Government Agency,
Mail Fraud, and Theft by Deception.

Plaintiffs hereby incorporate by reference each allegation, count, claim, request for damages, and all supporting evidence set out in their Original Complaint.
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,8408.msg22048.html#msg22048

The judge can and probably will refer the complaint to the authorities for prosecution!

"Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)

Sometimes there are extraordinary remedies available in addition to the normal lawsuit to enforce a business obligation. One such possible course of action is civil RICO.

RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations.

It was enacted as a federal law to combat organized crime, and many states adopted similar laws.

In addition to the strict criminal provisions, there are civil provisions. This will address the Georgia RICO laws..... "
http://jhwatsonlaw.com/Civil%20RICO.htm

by DiDi
Friday Apr 20th, 2012 2:37 AM
I am a Cristian and the Holy Sprit got me out. I would love to write a book on my experiences-seriously not good.
by whatever
Monday Jan 28th, 2013 9:18 PM
Way too much negativity. I'd like to see more studies out there that show lawsuits, deaths, being "forced" to stay and agree with a program's philosophies etc. about other programs out there that are not associated with the subject of Scientology. Are the one siders on these threads really so positive that these accusations only happen at the NN programs? You can't be that ignorant; can you? Face it, Narconon is always going to be targeted because of their affiliation with Scientology. It just seems ridiculous to me that there are certain disgruntled people out there that spend so much time trying to bring an entity like them down and all they do is expand and make more rehabs. Do you really think this foolish nonsense is going to someday take them down off of the map? What is the real goal here? People, you need to find hobbies. Maybe find a better way to attack. Most people do see through this. Anyone who is educated can see, if they follow the threads, why people are attacking them. Most comments are vindictive and filled with the underlying tone of revenge. Every once in a while I will sit and scan through to see what new crap is being said and it is always blah blah blah. No creativity, nothing but attacks on good people who actually try to help other people in bad places that they were in once too. Good people make mistakes. I would love to see some true information out there about other rehab programs' mistakes. I'd bet they aren't far off if at all. And the worst of all, seems to me there are people, even on this site who say that they are doing well due to the NN program. Do you really think it's fair to them to put down the one major thing in their lives that may have saved them from death or a life of misery due to addiction? Maybe think about your purpose. So many people stayed clean out there due to the "Quacky" rehabilitation methods of NN and the fact that this crap is even available to read on the web is a degradation to what worked for them. You may think you are helping those who will encounter those folks in searching for help for their loved ones or maybe even themselves but maybe take a look at what you're creating for the ones who need it in their lives. Revenge is not the way to change people. Seems to me, all the negative comments on here are from people who didn't like it there, like the guy who went 4 times. Right! 4 times? Do you think after the first or maybe even the second time there he wouldn't have gone back if it were so terrible. Sounds selfish. Sounds like someone who never stopped being an addict. There are better ways to resolve issues than taking to this free world of sabotage on the web. "Everything on the internet is true" Right? Doubt it. Wake up and find a better method. They'll keep growing as you keep saying the same things over and over and over and over........Later