Narconon is a front group for the Church of Scientology. It purports to offer drug rehabilitation services. What it actually delivers is, for all intents and purposes, identical to Scientology training.
In the US, Narconon facilities take substantial sums of money from people with drug issues, promise to provide effective drug rehabilitation in residential facilities, and then trains them to be Scientologists instead.
There are no Narconon residential facilities in the UK at present – but the Church of Scientology operates a variety of Narconon entities which present worthless ‘drug education’ programmes in schools and lobby for the creation of a UK treatment centre. At one point, Narconon Scotland attempted to promote a dangerous ‘home detox’ scheme by mail order, costing more than £150 a week. Mercifully, their website was closed down.
In this series of posts I hope to demonstrate that Narconon ‘rehabilitation treatment’ is Scientology recruitment in disguise, using its own literature. In each part, I will post one of the eight workbooks that are issued to Narconon clients and describe their content. It will soon become obvious that the activities required have nothing whatsoever to do with drug rehabilitation, but are actually Scientology training.
This series will consist of at least 11 parts – this introduction, one post for each of the eight workbooks, another for the L Ron Hubbard book “Clear Body Clear Mind” and (finally) a post which covers all passages which appear in all of the workbooks.
Front groups like Narconon are used by the Church of Scientology because (thanks in part to films like “Going Clear“) Scientology’s image is at an all-time low and recruitment is declining. Instead of presenting itself honestly, the Church hides behind a bewildering variety of organisations – not only Narconon, but also Applied Scholastics and many others.
I object to Narconon because not only because it misrepresents itself but also because Narconon’s ‘treatment’ regime (based on the writings of L Ron Hubbard) is at odds with scientific medicine at almost every point. It is at best ineffective and often positively dangerous. There is no scientific evidence to support Narconon’s inflated claims to success rates of better than 75% and Narconon presents some very questionable ‘research’ to support its claims. Narconon clients are being systematically deprived of proper treatment – and delays in the treatment of such a serious illness leads to unnecessary suffering and premature death.
This is illustrated by the experience of a German client of Narconon, who participated in a secret filming exercise which included footage of his fellow patients being drilled in the Scientology Training Routines which will be the subject of the next part of this series.
I would be very grateful to any ex-scientologists who could provide links to the Scientology training literature which corresponds to the material in each Narconon workbook (e.g. from websites such as matrix files).
I will add these to each post to drive the message home: Narconon = Scientology in disguise. Please use the comments section below or the feedback page to suggest links.
Also, Narconon typically employs people clients who complete their course on staff as ‘supervisors’. There are a variety of Narconon books which instruct them in how to do this. There are also Narconon books which teach other aspects of Scientology and even one entitled, “Opening a successful Narconon Center” by L Ron Hubbard. I would be glad to obtain scans of any of these for later inclusion in this series. There is a list here.
In the next post in this series, I will examine the first Narconon workbook. This is issued to recovering addicts and ‘teaches’ them Scientology’s ‘training routines’ – which include the bizarre drill which requires students to shout orders at an ashtray at the top of their voice (no – sadly, I’m not kidding).
As an introduction, you might like to visit this post in which two ex-Scientologists demonstrate Scientology’s training routines.