The Narconon controversy continues today as many are outraged over Clark Carr’s ‘spin doctoring’ Narconon’s success rate into something it is not. Carr is the ‘President of Narconon International’ and Member of the ‘Narconon Science Advisory Board’ – a group of Scientologists.
Oklahoma Attorney Gary Richardson released this comment a few minutes ago:
“They can claim the 75% rate all they want to, but they NEVER HAVE HAD PROOF OF IT that I have seen, after months of reading their material. Nothing, Period! Number two, they have been using that number for years. Who would be foolish enough to believe this? Surely they could improve on that % if they had a basis for it. Thirdly, they give a lot of credit for their success to the “sauna”. Ah “no one else uses it”, they say, which is true as far as I can determine. For good reasons, of course not. Why would they?
Narconon never has had a shred of scientific evidence to support their claim that has been published, that I have seen. They were on the eve of trial in Georgia a couple of months ago and “folded” their tent the week before trial. They did not have an expert, so I was told, to support the ridiculous claims they make about the “sauna” or rational evidence to support their self-determined rate of success they claim to have. Which, if true, would be approximately three to four times better than any other rehab in the Country? Bottom line, if it were true, NARCONON wouldn’t have to advertise. They wouldn’t be able to buy, rent or lease enough space to service those that would be running to them for their services. Logic! Truth!”
Two days ago, Narconon International released a video “40 Years Evidence of Recovery” in what appears to be an attempt to redefine what ‘recover’ and ‘success’ really is. Scientology is well known for their continuing battle with media and critics who expose the Narconon lies — entrapping unsuspecting citizens into believing the unbelievable.
Perhaps a branch of the ‘Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services’ said it best by insisting Narconon Trois-Rivieres either produce science based evidence of their advertised success rate or stop promoting it immediately.
On April 17, 2012, CBC National TV published an article stating:
“Mauricie regional health agency director Marc Latour said Narconon Trois-Rivières advertised an 80 per cent success rate and charged $25,000 for its program.
Latour said the centre was dangerous for patients and violated many of the criteria regulating Quebec’s rehab centres.”
Prior to being shut down by the Health Agency, Narconon Trois-Rivieres was informed it must stop advertising a success rate that had no foundation or documented evidence.
The new law Oklahoma (Bill 295), regulating drug rehabs [Narconon] in Oklahoma that was recently signed by Governor Mary Fallin, states:
“H. All claims by and accomplishments publicized by any applicant for certification or any certified alcohol- or drug dependent organization, including but not limited to consumer count and success rates, shall be documented and verifiable by the Board.”
Instead of Narconon International releasing science based, controlled studies of patient success rates, they continue the ‘spin doctoring’ of the real truth by using outdated, false information in an attempt to mislead.
Lucas Catton, ex-president of Narconon Arrowhead who released his new book recently “Have You Told All?”, critiques Clark Carr’s success rate comments here:
‘Narconon Proves Their Own Claims are Fraudulent’
“I wrote about this success rate in my book and have spoken about it to various media outlets as well. However, despite statements and evidence provided by me and countless others, Narconon International President Clark Carr repeatedly claims that three out of four Narconon graduates remain stably drug-free.”
“Right from the beginning, they shoot themselves in the feet, and it only gets worse (for them) from there as you read the details of the evidence presented. The opening statement reads:”
“Some of these reviews have a small sample size. With some, it was difficult for the researchers to contact participants after program completion (as it is now, with more means of communication at our disposal). Any long-term study that is not directly involved with the criminal justice system, where legal restrictions ensure repeated contact, does suffer from this circumstance. The percentages stated below are often of those persons interviewed, those who could be reached.”
“This evidence reads more like proof they are committing fraud by claiming they have any particular level of success, because none of it actually backs up the claims they have been making for years and have posted on their websites.”
While Narconon International’s, Clark Carr, attempts to define what recovery and sobriety is according to his own opinion, Ex-Narconon executives from around the globe state without reservation, that Narconon’s promoted ‘success rate’ is closer to the true ‘relapse’ rate.
From the USA, Canada, and Australia, statements and evidence confirms Narconon is a failure; and more importantly, a deadly place to send an addicted loved one in desperate need of professional care.
Colin Henderson from Oklahoma sent this email this evening:
“To hear Narconon International President Clark Carr quote SAMHSA regarding maintaining “abstinence from alcohol” is profoundly baffling when you look at the context of Narconon Course 8, The Way to Happiness Course; “What is meant by do not take alcohol in excess?” and “Give an example you have seen of the effects of drinking too much alcohol.” One might gather that the message Narconon is portraying is that it is ok to drink, just not in excess. Imagine a victim finishing the Narconon program being told it is ok to drink alcohol when one is still recovering from their addiction and developing their coping mechanisms.”
“Narconon uses their false success rates on their websites and promotional material to lure unsuspecting families into the CON of Narconon” commented another source in the USA tonight.
David Edgar Love