Scientology-inspired drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure claims

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology-inspired drug rehabilitation clinic under fire over cure claims

    By Matt Johnston and Alex White, Herald Sun Melboume, May 10, 2015

    A drug rehabilitation centre with links to the Church of Scientology has been fined and ordered to remove unsubstantiated claims made online about “curing” patients.

    Among claims that led Consumer Affairs Victoria to investigate the Get Off Drugs Naturally Foundation was a graph showing “cocaine metabolites being excreted in the sweat and urine of clients participating in the Detoxification program”.

    The foundation’s site in East Warburton is owned by Narconon, an international group inspired by the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Counted among its supporters are singer Kate Ceberano, who won the church’s Freedom Medal.

    An online testimonial from Ms Ceberano says the detox helps people “overcome their addiction using no drugs but a thorough Sauna Detox and a series of life skills courses”.

    But the Consumer Affairs Victoria probe, triggered by complaints to the state’s Health Services Commissioner, found there was a “lack of scientific methodology” in the foundation’s claims. As a result, the foundation will remove claims from its websites, pay a fine of $3000, and publish information about the undertaking.

    Patients at the Get Off Drugs clinic pay thousands of dollars for rehab, which includes spending hours daily in a sauna and self-help classes.

    National policy manager at the Australian Drug Foundation, Geoff Munro, said people should be cautious about undertaking treatment.

    Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett said misleading health claims often made vulnerable people the target.

    “It gives people false hope that a complex health issue can be quickly and easily solved,” she said.

    Get Off Drugs’ executive director Andrew Cunningham said last night the foundation was working with Consumer Affairs to clarify its web content.

    “Anyone doing this program must have their healthcare professional’s advice as to their suitability for the program. This has also been a long-standing policy for our facility. We have been organising a scientific, peer-review study here in Australia,” Mr Cunningham said.

    “We have assisted hundreds of addicts and their families, over a decade, to become drug free and productive members of society.”

    He added that he had ten years experience in the field. Staff included a trained nurse, two naturopaths and paramedic and key staff members had also qualified for a certificate IV in disability for alcohol and other drugs, Mr Cunningham said.

    A spokesman for Ms Ceberano said she continued to support the centre.

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  3. BigBeard Member

    Like that's ever going to happen, unless the reviewers are being paid by NN/Cof$ for a particular result.

    An independent peer-review of NN's methodology and results is one of those things they have fought forever. The only "peer review" they've allowed was a paper submitted, not presented (there's a difference), at one conference. They've pointed to that paper as proof they've been "peer reviewed" ever since. Pure bullocks.

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  4. DeathHamster Member

    Naturopaths, ooo eer! I wonder if those "certificate IV"s are anything real. (Wait, he didn't actually say that they had them, just that they qualified for them. Weasel alert!)
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  5. Anonymous Member

    naturopathy meme copy.png
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  6. DeathHamster Member

    I've started digging into the corporate Narconons in Australia.

    Narconon ANZO Incorporated

    They seem to have lost some kind of tax exemption and Deductible Gift Recipient status recently. Hopefully that's permanent rather than just missing paperwork.

    From To
    Public Benevolent Institution 01 Jul 2000 (current)
    Tax concessions From To
    GST Concession 01 Jul 2005 30 Mar 2015
    FBT Exemption 01 Jul 2005 30 Mar 2015
    Income Tax Exemption 01 Jul 2000 30 Mar 2015

    There are a few more, and I'll have to map the existing/attempted Narconons to the corporations.

    Google Maps doesn't quite know what to do with "NSW 2251". It knows it's in Australia, but is stuck "Loading".
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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Melbourne drug rehab centre fined for misleading claims its detox programs can completely cure drug addiction

    By Mary McDonald, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), May 11, 2015

    A drug rehabilitation centre with links to the Church of Scientology has been fined and forced to remove claims from its website that it could completely cure drug addiction with detox treatments, including sauna visits.

    Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) investigated the Get Off Drugs Naturally Foundation in East Warburton, east of Melbourne, over its claims that detox programs helped cure patients.

    The foundation uses the Narconon Program as its model for rehabilitation.

    Narconon is an international organisation based on the teachings of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

    The CAV said the incorporated foundation claimed on its website that it had an 80 per cent success rate of drug-addicted patients completely withdrawing from drug use "usually within 30 days".

    It also claimed that 70 per cent of its patients remained drug free "for many years".

    But the CAV probe found the claims were unsubstantiated, and not scientifically tested.

    The foundation also failed to provide evidence that testimonials from patients quoted on the website were genuine.

    "The foundation provided 10 copies of statutory declarations (except for four patients) purportedly sworn by family members and friends of the 14 patients," the CAV report said.

    "As these statements were not made by the patients themselves, the director of CAV considers the statutory declarations to be scientifically unreliable in the circumstances.

    "Accordingly, CAV did not accept these 10 statutory declarations constitute scientific evidence demonstrating consistent success of the Foundation's Detoxification Program."

    Victoria's Consumer Affairs Minister, Jane Garrett, said misleading or deceptive claims were unacceptable.

    "They were making claims about helping people get off drugs without the use of any medication or other services," she said.

    "A lot of it related to using saunas and heat therapy," she said.

    The website included the claim that its detox program could "thoroughly remove the physical cravings for drugs and alcohol naturally and even rid the body of other toxins and chemicals".

    The company was fined $3,000 and forced to remove the claims.

    "This is a real warning to any other organisation out there who is offering services to vulnerable people, to drug addicted people, to people suffering health issues that they'd better be able to back up their claims that they're making because to mislead, particularly vulnerable people, just isn't on," Ms Garrett said.

    Ms Garrett said the company had cooperated fully with the investigation.

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  8. Anonymous Member

    I worked with "New South Wales instead of NSW." When I asked for street view, I was shown an extremely rugged and rocky shoreline.

    Perhaps a beach of some kind, as there were humans present in some of the views.
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  9. Hugh Bris Member

    Goggle Maps was saying to itself "It doesn't work that way, guys. There is no such direction as North South West."
  10. DeathHamster Member

    I thumped it a bit, and it eventually worked. It's up the coast from Sydney. Unfortunately it seems to be a municipal-type location rather than a street location. I don't get it, isn't the address a matter of public record?

    All the Narconons I've looked at are "Other Incorporated Entity", which means that they weren't incorporated as federal Australian corporations. That probably means that I should dig at the state level for more info, or outside Australia.
  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Narconon in Australia gets smacked around for deceptive practices

    Our man in Paris, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen, jumped on a news story out of Australia today regarding Narconon. Once again another country takes action while practically the exact same situation exists here in the United States. Take it away, Jonny:

    Continued here:
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  12. DeathHamster Member

    Some name and position confusion going on.

    The actual company is Get Off Drugs Naturally. Get Off Drugs Naturally Foundation is a registered Business Name alias.

    Nerida James is the president-of-record of the company. President is a wog-world title, and internally I think she is the Executive Director, with Andrew Cunningham as the deputy Executive Director.

    Starting from here: Off Drugs Naturally

    Drilling into here:

    Two thing to note at this level: It's still listed for Charity tax concession status and Deductible gift recipient status. Hopefully Senator Xenophon and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission will nail that in the future.

    You can click on ACNC registration:
    Registered as a charity view ACNC registration

    Give that window a kick by entering the Australian Business Number in the Charity ABN box, click on Find. Click on the "Get Off Drugs Naturally" result line.


    This should give the equivalent of a Guidestar view of the company data. Laugh at the "Who the Charity Benefits" crap. From here, stuff like Profit Loss Get Off Drugs Naturally Incorporated 2014.pdf (Form 990 type data)

    They claim to have run a loss, which usually means that they're hiding the profit elsewhere. (There's an cost item for student naturopathic services. Straight into Nerida James' ND (Not Doctor) pocket, I figure.)

    Anyway, I've updated their info:
    Category:Get Off Drugs Naturally

    I still have to rearrange the corporate structure above them and shift the news articles, because there is no Narconon Victoria. Above them seems to be Narconon ANZO, which lost its charity status in April.
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  13. RightOn Member

    you da bomb Hamp!
  14. DeathHamster Member

    Hmm. It's a still a charity, but there's a note:
    Entity Subtype
    Public benevolent institution (01/01/2014)
    Awaiting selection of new subtype
    They have 18 months to select a new charity subtype. (June 1, 2015?)
    Hopefully this will be the first step to their charity status being screwed like Narconon ANZO.
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  15. DeathHamster Member

    Prices for 2000. I bet they've up quite a bit:

    Full program payment $18,000.00
    Minus discount for completion of full program $3,500.00
    Sub-Total: $14,500.00
    Plus food and board for 6 months: + $ 4,320.00
    Medical Expenses (Blood tests and Medical check-ups) + $ 500.00
    Total $19,320.00
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  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Unhappy drug detox clinic patients demand their money back | Herald Sun

    By Matt Johnston and Alex White, Herald Sun, May 23, 2015

    Relatives of former patients at a drug detox clinic linked to the Church of Scientology have complained of being duped and ripped off.

    The Sunday Herald Sun has spoken to family members who paid about $30,000 for loved ones to attend the Warburton East Get Off Drugs clinic, which is backed by singer Kate Ceberano.

    Two alleged victims said they later learnt of harrowing experiences.

    Earlier the family had signed up for $30,000 after they were shown information about the site including an endorsement video from Ms Ceberano.

    After about a week the patient was allegedly sent packing from the centre for showing “no interest” in completing the Narconon program.

    It allegedly took legal threats to get a little more than half of the $30,000 back, with an invoice seen by the Sunday Herald Sun showing the patient was charged about $10,000 — or $66 an hour for 24 hours a day — for “treatment”. This included one session where a picture book of Alice in Wonderland was provided to read.

    “It was a nightmare,” one family member said. Another relative of a patient who also paid almost $30,000, said: “There were books of Scientology everywhere. They say it is not Scientology but it is done very subtly.”

    Family members of victims say that aside from massive fees to join the program, which includes readings by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, Centrelink payments are deducted for “food and board”.

    The worrying allegations come after the Sunday Herald Sun revealed the Get Off Drugs centre, which runs the Narconon program inspired by L. Ron Hubbard, was fined after a Consumer Affairs Victoria probe for misleading claims about curing patients. Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett said the Get Off Drugs Naturally Foundation was “on notice”.

    Consumer Affairs Victoria would continue to scrutinise the centre’s marketing activities. The Sunday Herald Sun sent a series of questions to executive director of Get Off Drugs Naturally, Andrew Cunningham, on Friday but did not receive a response.

    Previously, Mr Cunningham said the Narconon program was run across 40 countries and there were “countless testimonials from our clients that show the efficacy of our drug free program”.

    “People who enter our program are already off drugs, participate of their own free will and have paid for the program,” he said at the time.

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  18. BigBeard Member

    That's because writing a "testimonial", a.k.a., "Success Story", is required to finish the program.

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  19. Incredulicide Member

    Psychotic patients distinguished from controls while watching movie 'Alice in Wonderland'

    To ensure that the patients and controls receive the same stimuli while undergoing measurement, so that the brains of the patients and the controls are concentrating on the same things while being scanned a group of Finnish researchers have come up with a creative solution: patients and controls were scanned while watching the movie Alice in Wonderland, which guaranteed that they were receiving the same information-rich stimulus.

    Using a 3-Tesla MRI device, they were able to achieve almost 80% classification accuracy by scanning the brains of 46 first-episode psychotic patients (meaning that they had only had one psychotic event) and 32 healthy controls, while watching the movie. The researchers found that significant differences could be seen in the precuneus region of the brain, which is an area associated with memory, visuospatial awareness, self-awareness, and aspects of consciousness.
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  21. BigBeard Member

    When are the FTC, FDA, and any other 'alphabet soup' Federal agency with an interest, going to get off their collective butts and start hammering narCONon and Wickstrom's pseudo narCONon facilities for the same kind of false claims??? Why the hell are we paying taxes if they're going to let this kind of crap slide???

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  22. DeathHamster Member

    Probably a stale page by now (dates from 2011):
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  23. Quentinanon Member

    The proverbial question you ask. Why hasn't the U.S. Army gotten off its ass and produced their docs on the purification rundown. Fact or Fraud? Army, show us the dox.
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    Yarramalong wins again against Scientology’s rehab plans

    By Tony Ortega, November 25, 2015

    Bryan Seymour tells us he’s hoping to get a story out on this soon, so we’ll let him get into the details. But it looks like Scientology’s front group ABLE has lost its appeal in New South Wales of a local council’s decision not to grant a Narconon the zoning it needs to build a new 20-bed drug rehab facility there.

    Once again, David Miscavige’s plans for Narconon 2.0 take a hit from determined locals.

    Source and comments:
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  26. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology-linked drug rehab centre sued over $150,000 sniffer dog bills

    By Tom Cowie, The Age, Victoria, April 4, 2017


    A private security company that provided round-the-clock sniffer dogs to a secretive drug rehabilitation facility linked to the Church of Scientology is suing over more than $150,000 in unpaid debts.

    The company, Australian K9 Detection Unit, lodged a writ in the County Court last week, claiming the secluded Narconon rehab centre in the Yarra Valley stopped paying bills racked up from the daily use of a narcotics dog and handler in late 2015.

    The controversial international drug rehabilitation program Narconon was founded in 1966 and is based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, the creator of the Church of Scientology.

    The program has drawn criticism for its focus on detoxing from drugs through the heavy use of saunas. It has operated at O'Shannessy Lodge in Warburton East since 2001.

    Court documents show Australian K9 Detection Unit began providing sniffer dogs and handlers to the Narconon program, which was also run under the name Get Off Drugs Naturally, in October 2013.

    Sniffer dogs were on site at Narconon seven days a week between 6pm and midnight, according to court documents, with extra late-night services provided on Friday and Saturday.

    The unit was also stationed at the 48-bed centre for family visiting day on Sunday afternoons.

    The security company provided "student control", according to a statement of claim lodged in court, which involved regular sweeps of the facility to ensure drugs were not brought on to the premises.

    A photo posted on social media shows employees with a German Shepherd outside the facility.

    The security company claims the centre fell behind in payments in late 2015.

    But dogs were still being provided until July 31 last year after the centre assured the plaintiff it would pay up "once a large donation was received".

    Australian K9 Detection Unit is seeking $158,767.75 that it claims is still outstanding, plus late fees. Small weekly payments of between $500 and $2000 were still being made by the centre when the action was lodged, the writ said.

    The writ was filed against the Association for Better Living and Education, an offshoot of the Church of Scientology, as well as the previous secretary and executive directors of Get Off Drugs Naturally.

    The program was investigated by Consumer Affairs Victoria in 2015 and subsequently fined after claiming on its website that it had a high success rate of curing drug addiction with detox treatments.

    Clients are charged about $30,000 for a six-to-nine-month stay, as well as $260 weekly fees for board.

    Association for Better Living and Education was blocked by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in 2015 from opening a new centre in central Warburton after more than a year of intense community opposition.

    In the decision, VCAT ruled the residential site was an inappropriate location for the centre, due to the program's insufficient security and management regime.

    The objectors cited 26 police callouts to the centre since 2005, including an incident in which a student threatened staff with an axe, a psychotic offender threatened to kill and an offender detoxing from heroin and ice harassed neighbours.

    According to its website, Australian K9 Detection Unit also provides bomb detection dogs for government and private companies, including music concerts.

    The company's CEO declined to comment on the case on Tuesday. Get Off Drugs Naturally was contacted for comment.

  27. BigBeard Member

    Standard $cientology.

    From HCOPL 28 January 1965 "How to Maintain Credit Standing and Solvency"

  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Private security company suing Scientology-linked drug rehabilitation centre | Nine Network Australia


    Paul Schofield used to work at Narconon and believes "it's just a front group that turns people who are desperate and needy into desperate and needy Scientologists."

    "It's all about building up a pyramid of Scientologists for the planetary domination," he said.

    "It doesn't work, it's as pure as that. It doesn't work. It's not a drug rehab as much as it's a Scientology indoctrination program."

    Professor Jon Currie, director of the National Centre for the Neurobiological Treatment of Addiction, is concerned with some of Narconon's "wild and wacky ideas," such as prolonged saunas and multivitamin regimens.

    "The difficulty we've got is that there's no regulation for the industry," Prof Curry said.

    "Anyone can open a building and say it's a rehab or it's a detox. You don't need training, you don't need expertise, you can just say it is and you can charge any amount you like."

    Bryan Seymour: Scientology’s sniffer-dog problem is bad timing for Narconon in Australia | The Underground Bunker


    Bryan sent us a few additional links about Scientology’s struggles with Narconon in Australia.

    — Scientology tries a celebrity offer to win over Central Coast residents

    — A rare appearance by Scientology’s Australian ‘Leader’

    — Senior Scientologist Nigel Mannock gave 7 News reporter Bryan Seymour the slip this morning… but this afternoon, Bryan caught up with him in the streets of Sydney

    — 7 News at 6pm: Reporter Bryan Seymour questions two senior Scientologists outside the Land and Environment Court in Sydney.
  29. DeathHamster Member

    Fortunately, they have to file accounting statements with the government:

    There's something screwball about their numbers.

    In 2016, they remained afloat only thanks to a "donation" of $197,787.

    They currently have 20 staff, but from their gross income they seem averaging just 12 clients per quarter. ($2,448,998 program gross / ~$50K per client = 50/year or 12.5 per quarter.) Their gross is down a bit from 2015, but not that much. Some of the staff might be security shifts, but that still seems like a lot of staff for a dozen students.

    Also, 20 staff, wages $1,406,704, or an average salary of $70,335.20! (Probably clawed-back and sent uplines.)

    If they had 25 clients/quarter, they'd be grossing $5M and be laughing.

    Something about the numbers gives me the feeling that they've been cooked and adjusted to cover. In 2016, they changed accounting firms to Robertson Tax & Accounting, Alex Robertson.

    This might be him:
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  30. DeathHamster Member

    My client estimate is off. Apparently this Narconon is atypical: a longer stay and a weekly room & board:
    The staff levels won't seem so high if that's true.
  31. White Tara Global Moderator

    Sigh, the merry-go-round goes round, and yet yay, dogged and determined 'A current Affair' reporters.and Nick Xenophon.
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  32. The Wrong Guy Member

    Rehabilitation centre ‘forces patients to sit in saunas for five hours and yell at objects' and is 'converting drug addicts to Scientology'
    • Scientology claimed as the focus of treatment at a Victorian drug rehab centre
    • Former members of Narconon said they were mistreated at the Victoria facility
    • They said students are forced to take part in Scientology practices as treatment
    • Practices include yelling at inanimate objects and spending hours in saunas
    By Jacob Polychronis For Daily Mail Australia, May 21, 2017


    Converting to Scientology is the key focus of treatment at a Victorian drug rehabilitation centre, former members have claimed.

    Ex-students of Narconon in Warburton, east of Melbourne, claim they were mistreated at the centre and were forced to take part in Scientology practices.

    Narconon students are expected to yell at inanimate objects, consume large amounts of vitamins, and sit in saunas for up to five hours, A Current Affair reported.

    Narconon has long been subject to controversial claims in government reports and by former students that it is a front for the Church of Scientology, although it has previously said it operates independently.

    A former chef at Narconon - a worldwide organisation which has been linked to several deaths in the United States - has revealed details about the inner-workings of the Warburton rehab centre.

    Alan - who asked for his last name to be withheld - said staff members are expected to do a course based on the teachings of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard.

    Students work to the Scientology-type course and often become violent, Alan told the program.

    Drug addicts pay around $30,000 for a six to nine month stint at the rehab centre, as well as an additional $260 weekly fee for board.

    The rehab centre has no doctors or psychologists on-site, despite being home to troubled drug addicts, according to A Current Affair.

    Alan said he suffered an asthma attack while working at the centre and was unable to use his Ventolin.

    He said a common Scientology method for 'medical assistance' was performed on him instead.

    'They did one of their things, which they do, which is called a 'Body Com',' he told A Current Affair.

    'They'll put their hands on you and they'll go, 'can you feel my hands?' And you'll say, 'yes', and they'll thank you.

    'I used to keep my Ventolin hidden. They knew I was an asthmatic, but I'd keep it well hidden so no one saw it.'

    The centre was sued in April by a private security company over claims of $150,000 in unpaid debts.

    Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has called for Narconon to be shut down and slammed the government for allowing it to operate.

    'What's happening at Narconon highlights the fact that there is inadequate regulation or no regulation when it comes to treating people with substance abuse,' Senator Xenaphon said.

    'When you have people so vulnerable, so desperate for help, to be roped in to something that appears to be a front for Scientology is just not on,' he said.

    Daily Mail Australia has contacted The Church of Scientology and Narconon for comment.

    Source, with five photos and open comments:
  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    Bryan Seymour on another Australian Narconon kerfuffle | The Underground Bunker


    Fresh from their failed attempt to set up a new Narconon facility in New South Wales, Scientology has popped up supporting another group of crazies… the anti-vaxxer lobby.

    This is a group of people who refuse to vaccinate their children, arguing it cause autism and is unnecessary. Further, they believe vaccinations are driven by a conspiracy among pharmaceutical companies to push ineffective, harmful dugs on the unsuspecting masses.

    Sound familiar?

    Narconon Melbourne chief Nerida James appeared at a recent screening of the documentary Vaxxed, telling the audience she is a doctor (naturopathic physician) and she can help them.

    “We can support you. We have been supporting about 600 families thanks to Dr. John Piesse,’ James said. (See the video here.)

    James runs the Get off Drugs Naturally (Narconon) program at East Warburton in Victoria. Two years ago, her centre was fined $3,000 and forced to remove claims from its website that it could completely cure drug addiction with detox and sauna sessions. Consumer Affairs Victoria found the claims were unsubstantiated and not scientifically tested.

    At the time, the Consumer Affairs Minister Jane Garrett said, “This is a real warning to any other organisation out there who is offering services to vulnerable people, to drug addicted people, to people suffering health issues that they’d better be able to back up their claims that they’re making because to mislead, particularly vulnerable people, just isn’t on.”

    Piesse was reportedly referred to authorities last year after applying for immunisation exemptions after telling patients the shots would damage their health.

    Now we learn that Piesse will have his medical registration suspended over concerns for patient safety.

    Perhaps the best way to tackle the wider problem of the anti-vaxxer movement is suggested in a recent TIME magazine article: Instead of telling parents to get their children vaccinated, show them what happens when they don’t.

    This might suggest a way to alert people to the dangers of Scientology and Narconon – instead of telling them not to join, show them what happens when you do.

    — Bryan Seymour

  34. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology-run rehab centre a danger, says furious father

    By Reid Butler,


    A Melbourne father has lashed out at a secretive Scientology-run drug rehab in the city’s far north-east, after his son suffered a medical episode inside the facility.

    Colin Harold had no idea the Warburton centre – which advertises itself as Narconon – was linked to the controversial church when he signed up his drug-addicted son Brad.

    “I asked them straight out, I said do you make your students in anyway shape or form conform to Scientology ... and they actually said no,” Mr Harold told A Current Affair.

    Son Brad – who had been a heavy user of ice and GHB for years before being admitted to the facility – claims staff often spoke of Scientology, and tried to “brainwash” him.

    The program claims to cure patients of drug addiction using “natural” methods, and costs around $30,000. It also asks patients to sign over their Centrelink payments for the duration of their stay.

    "It speaks volumes about what they’re about – it’s money. Money, money, money," Mr Harold said.

    Narconon has no medically trained staff on site, and uses controversial methods like ordering patients to sit in saunas for hours at a time, yell at inanimate objects, watch the film Alice in Wonderland, and take a cocktail of “vitamins” on a daily basis.

    "They call it the drug bomb and they give you their vitamins and calcium and I wouldn’t take them at the end of the day, I’d pretend to take them," Brad said.

    The treatment has been linked to several deaths at Narconon centers in the United States.

    Brad was ordered to go cold turkey, and placed in an "isolation cottage" during his stay. He had violent withdrawals, and fell into a state of psychosis. Despite his rapid deterioration, Narconon staff told Mr Harold his son was fine.

    Eventually, Brad was taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery.

    Brad pleaded with his father to remove him from Narconon’s care. "He’s pleading with me, dad, you got to get me out, you got to get me out," Mr Harold said.

    Brad was placed into another rehabilitation program and has now been clean for more than two years.

    Mr Harold is trying to have the money he spent on the treatment reimbursed, but so far, hasn’t been successful.

    Professor Nicole Lee from the National Drug Research Institute said a patient who was a heavy drug user should never be made to go cold turkey without the appropriate medicinal staff nearby.

    “When someone’s heavily dependent on particular drugs, withdrawal from those drugs can be quite dangerous and quite life threatening” she told A Current Affair.

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    'They tried to brainwash me': Father's harrowing ordeal to save his son from scientology clinic after he joined the controversial religion to help overcome his ice addiction
    • Desperate father says his son's drug rehabilitation centre was Scientology cult
    • Colin Harold paid $15,000 for his son Brad's treatment at Narconon, Victoria
    • Brad, who was addicted to ice and GHB, said the centre 'brainwashed' him
    • The centre uses unorthodox treatments and makes patients go cold-turkey
    • Patients sweat in the sauna for hours and watch the movie Alice in Wonderland
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