In an interview to be broadcast Friday, April 5, on NBC’s Rock Center two former executives of Narconon Arrowhead, a Scientology-linked drug treatment center in Oklahoma, will expose what they call deceitful marketing techniques and underqualified staff.
Last August Rock Center reported on three deaths at the facility:
According to Rock Center with Brian Williams the two former executives allege
that Narconon advertises a bogus success rate of 75 percent to lure in desperate families of addicts and hires recent graduates to be counselors without any traditional drug treatment training.
Lucas Catton stepped down as President of Narconon’s Arrowhead facility in Oklahoma in 2004.
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Eric Tenorio, the former executive director of Narconon’s Freedom Center in Michigan, says the certificates he received as a “Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor” were purchased by him
for himself and his staff for several thousand dollars from an organization called the Pita Group, Inc., which was created by Kent McGregor, a contractor for Narconon’s Arrowhead facility located in Canadian, Oklahoma.
Harry Smith’s full report airs Friday, April 5 at 10pm/9CDT on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams.
What is Narconon?
- Narconon is a Scientology front group that claims to treat substance abusers.
- In a landmark article on Scientology, TIME magazine has referred to Narconon as a ‘classic vehicle for drawing addicts into the cult.’
- Narconon’s approach is based on the writings of Scientology cult founder L. Ron Hubbard. A science fiction author, Hubbard was a fantasist who had no medical background. His medical claims amount to quackery.
- Not surprisingly Narconon’s published material have been referred to as lacking in quality and trustworthiness.
Are cults a hidden epidemic?
The hangout, titled “Are cults a hidden epidemic?” included
- Dr. Alexandra Stein – Former member of political cult, The O in Minneapolis. She is a board member of the Safe Passage Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works to protect children from abuse in cults.
- Steven Hassan, M.Ed., LMHC. A former member of the Moon cult, Hassan is a licensed mental health counselor, and a leading cult expert. He is the founder of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc. A review of his latest book — Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs — is available at our parent site, Apologetics Index.
- Dr. Lois Kendall. Born and raised in an English sect, which she left at the age of 17, Dr. Kendall’s doctoral research examined the psychological effects of former sect membership with a specific focus on those raised in such groups. She is a member of the editorial board for ICSA Today — a periodical published by the International Cultic Studies Association.