The Scientology’s drug rehab network is once again facing scrutiny tonight from treatment professionals who know what they’re talking about when it comes to saving lives and preventing relapse.
When I spoke to Melanie Alsager from Sunshine Coast Health Center in British Columbia tonight, she said; “I cannot even imagine having hundreds of addicts in one drug rehab, such as Narconon.”
Two different views on the cause and treatment of addiction:
Scientology/Narconon teaches and implements an L. Ron Hubbard policy doctrine of: “All illness in greater or lesser degree and all foul-ups stem directly and only from a PTS condition.” A PTS condition is caused by a person being in contact with a critic of Scientology.
Sunshine Coast Health Center Mental states: “Counseling is an important part of our drug and alcohol treatment program since there is a high prevalence of clients having both addiction and mental illness (also known as dual diagnosis).”
Sunshine Coast Health Center is one of the most reputable addiction treatment centers in Canada, and states on their website:
“Mental health counseling is an important part of our drug and alcohol treatment program since there is a high prevalence of clients having both addiction and mental illness (also known as dual diagnosis). Mental health counseling covers many disorders including mood disorders (depression, bi-polar), anxiety disorders (panic, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive, post -traumatic stress disorder), sexual disorders, somatoform disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorder, impulse control disorders, schizophrenia, cognitive disorders (delirium, dementia) and personality disorders.”
“Sunshine Coast Health Center has a skilled mental health team that includes a Psychiatrist and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse.” Indeed, the list of qualified professionals at this center is impressive.
“The Biopsychosocial model evaluates and treats the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual symptoms of substance use and related disorders.”
On Narconon’s side of the coin, they appear to focus on image, eye-candy renovations, and fresh paint instead of qualified professionals on site at all times.
Earlier today, Narconon Freedom Center in Michigan announced their new renovations were complete and could handle a capacity of 100 addicts at a time. Also bragging of a 70% success rate raised several ‘red flags’ as to their credibility.
Scientology’s flag ship, Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, can house over 200 suffering addicts at one time – a number that concerns many therapists.
It is well known that Narconon recruits recent graduates of Narconon to work as ‘so-called’ counsellors and other demanding staff positions, starting with below minimum wage. Some, like Lucas Catton and many others, end up joining Scientology. Catton moved up in rank to be the president of Narconon Arrowhead and was a devout Scientologist before being disillusioned and spoke in an interview with NBC Rock Center recently about the Narconon dangers.
Lucas Catton NBC Rock Center Interview:
According to Melanie from Sunshine Coast Health Center, reputable centers and safe drug treatment involves having a ratio of 9 clients to one ‘credentialed’ counsellor or therapist, with degrees and certificates in addiction and mental illness. Melanie said that up to 90% of women entering treatment often suffer from traumatic experiences of sexual abuse and eating disorders.
Melanie insisted each client should see a qualified physician at least once per week on an ongoing basis. “It’s hard to understand how Narconon is allowed to remain in business considering their lack of psychiatrists, physicians, and credentialed staff to care for clients,” she said this evening.
Psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies are some of Scientology’s worst enemies. Prescribed medications are taken away from Narconon clients, resulting in many documented attempted suicides.
To have 100-200 suffering drug addicts warehoused in a Narconon rehab is a recipe for disaster and death – as seen with several deaths at Narconon of Georgia and Narconon Arrowhead recently. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against Narconon Arrowhead et al. by Gary Richardson and a class action lawsuit in Georgia filed by lawyer, Jeff Harris, has attracted much media attention in recent weeks.
David Edgar Love