Narconon is a Scientology front group, which claims to provide paid drug rehabilitation treatment, but actually delivers Scientology indoctrination.
The website Osteobiz, aims to coach osteopaths on the business side of their occupation. In one entry, the author warns about a range of cons and swindles which osteopaths are liable to be exposed to.
One of these is headlined “The Drug Rehab Centre Scam”… and that’s where Narconon comes in.
The original is here, and I have quoted the relevant passage below. After discussing various swindles (e.g. promises to promote your services on the back of the bags pharmacists pack medicines into, which never materialise) the author publishes an image of a letter from Narconon UK (which was presumably sent to a practising osteopath).
The Drug Rehab Centre Scam
If anything, this one is worse because rather than preying on your for your money, it is preying on vulnerable people with drug or addiction issues. Here’s the letter which Matt Devenport shared on Facebook and which I am sharing here so that you can see what they’re saying.
Matt posted, “Just had this letter arrive through the post from Narconon, an alleged rehab and treatment centre that has just opened a centre in East Sussex.
Narconon are a front for the Church of Scientology which, and it should go without saying, are a nasty group. They prey on vulnerable people to indoctrinate and brainwash into their cult so if you have any patients in need of drug rehab services then please please please AVOID NARCONON”
I absolutely agree with the author on this subject.
This letter is dated the 22nd of July 2016 so we can infer that Narconon UK has been approaching alternative practitioners for some time in the hope of gaining referrals.
In the UK, medical treatment, including high quality drug rehabilitation services, are available free. Narconon’s small facility here faces an uphill struggle to find customers willing to pay its high charges. It would have greater difficulties if it was widely know that the ‘treatment’ offered was basically Scientology courses, as delivered in Scientology orgs.
Narconon = Scientology
I have obtained the Narconon workbooks given to clients in the US. These demonstrate that Narconon is practically identical to Scientology, and that Scientology has no relevance whatsoever to drug rehabilitation. You can read them and judge for yourself here.
Worse yet, Narconon is a subsidiary of the Church of Scientology, and the franchise fees paid by Narconon operations go indirectly (through a series of front groups) into the coffers of The Church of Scientology International.
The letter is signed by Lisa Borg Dip BCNH. I tried to looked up this qualification. It appears to teach ‘nutritional therapy’, and is conferred by the British College of Nutrition and Health. Diploma level is generally equivalent to the first year of a UK Bsc degree course.
It’s an odd subject area for the “Intake Counsellor” of a drug rehabilitation facility – until you learn of Narconon’s obsession with giving their clients potentially dangerous overdoses of vitamins and minerals (including niacin, which can cause liver damage).
Her name no longer appears on the Narconon UK website.
Narconon is strangely secretive about its facility here – so, if you have any information about Narconon UK, you are most welcome to contact me by email.
Full disclosure: I, personally, am highly sceptical about ‘alternative medicine’. It seems to me that there is only medicine is that be shown to work, through a series of fair tests called ‘scientific method’ and The British National Health Service website entry on osteopathy notes that “Although osteopaths may use some conventional medical techniques, the use of osteopathy isn’t always based on scientific evidence”. It continues to give a fair assessment of the limited evidence base for the treatment.
Having said that, I don’t doubt the sincerity of the person who operates the site which I have quoted from today.