Narconon Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers
Narconon was established in 1966 as a drug rehabilitation program based on the book Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought by L. Ron Hubbard. However, as Narconon promoted its drug-treatment services to a variety of governmental jurisdictions within the US, the link with Scientology raised questions about the constitutional legality of governmental bodies sponsoring a religiously affiliated organization.
Narconon has faced concerns over the safety and effectiveness of its rehabilitation methods and the organization’s links to the Church of Scientology. Narconon teaches that drugs reside in people’s body fat, and to recover from drugs, addicts can remove the drugs from their fat through saunas and use of vitamins (massive doses of niacin). In one 2005 report scientific experts stated that Narconon’s treatment methods “does not reflect accurate, widely accepted medical and scientific evidence.”
One of the first reported deaths occurred in France in 1984. A female patient died from an untreated epilepsy crisis while undergoing treatment. The assistant-director of that center was convicted of lack of assistance to a person in danger and the Narconon center was closed.
Closer to home, multiple deaths were reported at the Narconon Arrowhead, Oklahoma facility from 2009 to 2012. Following media attention surrounding the four separate deaths, the National Association of Forensic Counselors permanently revoked the Certified Chemical Dependency Counseling certification of several Narconon Arrowhead employees, and in August 2013 the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services permanently revoked the facilities permit for medical detoxification after Narconon had exhausted all avenues for protesting the decision. The facility remains under investigation.
Rock Center’s Harry Smith interviews two fomer Narconon staff who spoke about fraud and deception at the rehab facility and its ties to the Church of Scientology.
In Georgia, Narconon avoided any potential criminal charges after surrendering its license to the state.
For a complete history on Narconon, see Wikipedia.
Attorneys David Miller and Jon Little are reviewing potential liability lawsuits for patients of Narconon. Call attorney Jon Little at (317) 721-9214 or fill out the form to see if you are eligible for a potential Narconon lawsuit.