Category: Narconon

Narconon treatment center hearing delayed

LOS ANGELES – A public hearing on a planned drug and alcohol treatment center with ties to the Church of Scientology was postponed Tuesday over concerns about the center’s rural location in upper Bouquet Canyon. A proposal to establish a Narconon center came before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and drew a crowd of about 500. Concerns about traffic, fire and safety, and flood control remanded plans back to the Regional Planning Commission, which had approved the project in March. Tuesday’s hearing was called by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who received complaints after the commission’s approval. There is

Controversial Narconon facility to face public hearing Tuesday

The head of Narconon International says Bouquet Canyon is a great place to open a drug rehab center. But some neighbors strongly disagree, citing state records to back up their opposition. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will have a public hearing Tuesday morning in downtown Los Angeles on plans for the Scientology-based drug rehabilitation program in Leona Valley. Narconon Southern California plans to turn an abandoned boarding school on Bouquet Canyon Road into a rehab center for 66 people, people Narconon refers to as “clients.” Stays at the facilities typically last several months and cost some $20,000. Clark

Proposed Narcanon rehab clinic raises concern among residents

LEONA VALLEY – An organization with ties to the Church of Scientology that wants to open a drug treatment center in Bouquet Canyon was cited for dozens of violations by state inspectors within the last five years, according to documents. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will vote on whether to allow Narconon International to open a 66-bed facility near Leona Valley. Narconon runs four treatment facilities in the state. At the Newport Beach facility, state inspectors found in January 2003 that staff members administered medication to residents without authorization and had alcohol on the premises. In February 2003,

Presley to Speak at New Drug Rehab Center

Los Angeles (AP) — Priscilla Presley plans to speak at the opening of a drug rehabilitation center in Michigan on Saturday. Presley will help inaugurate the 120-bed Narconon Stone Hawk East residential center in Albion, Mich., spokesman Greg LaClaire told The Associated Press on Friday. Narconon is based on principles developed by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Presley is a Scientologist. What you should know about Narconon The Scientology organization is a commercial enterprise that masquerades as a religion, and that increasingly acts like a hate group. It preys on vulnerable people through a variety

Experts challenge claims of Scientology’s sweat-it-out treatment for addicts

EDMONTON – A drug and alcohol treatment program backed by the controversial Church of Scientology is promising addicted Albertans an extraordinary 70-per-cent success rate. The Narconon program is marketed as “100-per-cent natural,” and prescribes intensive saunas, exercise and high doses of vitamins to cleanse the body of “radiation, drugs and toxins.” Advertisements for the Narconon program have appeared in recent months on Edmonton’s CKUA radio and in weekly newspapers throughout the province. Addiction experts and academics in Canada, the United States and Europe have long warned the Narconon program has no scientific basis for its claims. University of Alberta sociologist

Narconon: Alarm over drug treatment group

Counseling experts have issued a warning about a drug and alcohol treatment group operating in the Capital, linked to the controversial Church of Scientology. The group, called Narconon Scotland, is targeting the city’s drug and alcohol addicts to join its rehabilitation programme. Leaflets have been put through doors in Leith and Muirhouse urging addicts or their families to get in touch. The leaflets contain no references to the quasi-religious group despite using the principles of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard to treat addicts. What you should know about Narconon The Scientology organization is a commercial enterprise that masquerades as a

Narconon buys Denham Springs site for $750,000

Narconon Louisiana-New Life Retreat plans to open a drug rehabilitation center on a 12-acre site in Denham Springs. Narconon paid $750,000 to Claude and Janice Penn Jr. at 35059 Bend Road, according to Livingston Parish Clerk of Court records. The rehabilitation center is expected to open at the beginning of March, said Cathy Davis, a spokeswoman for the center. What you should know about Narconon The Scientology organization is a commercial enterprise that masquerades as a religion, and that increasingly acts like a hate group. It preys on vulnerable people through a variety of front groups, including Narconon (which operates

Tel Aviv to try Scientology founder’s drug rehab program

The Tel Aviv municipality will soon be running a drug rehabilitation program developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Drug addicts enrolled in the program, called Narconon, spend extended periods in a sauna and receive food supplements and vitamins to increase their perspiration rate and speed up the detoxification of their bodies. The program is being financed by private donors. Despite City Hall’s enthusiasm, the Health Ministry and the Israel Antidrug Authority have not approved the program. “In my opinion, the Tel Aviv municipality cannot start such a process without the approval of the Health Ministry and the Antidrug Authority,”