Another Former Scientology Official Blows the Whistle

In the wake of multiple deaths at Narconon Arrowhead, a Scientology-linked rehab center, the former president of that facility and a former official at a similar facility here in Michigan are speaking out about the terrible practices at such centers.

“Narconon preys on vulnerable people. That’s part of the sales techniques,” said Lucas Catton, who stepped down as President of Narconon’s Arrowhead facility in Oklahoma in 2004.

In an interview to be broadcast Friday, April 5, on Rock Center, Catton and his former colleague, Eric Tenorio, alleged 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.

Tenorio, the former executive director of Narconon’s Freedom Center in Michigan, showed Rock Center official-looking certificates he received as a “Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.” He said he purchased them 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.

“No course. No tests. No oversight,” Tenorio said. “It’s absolutely fraud.”…

Tenorio said he believes the deaths at Narconon Arrowhead could have been prevented if qualified addiction counselors had been on staff. Beyond the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, he said, staff members do not receive instruction on how to treat people addicted to drugs or alcohol.

“Part of what I have to do to right the wrong is just be honest about it. If it gets me in trouble, that’s the risk I’m willing to take. Any quote, unquote, ‘punishment’ that may come of it is better than someone dying,” he said.

Both Tenorio and Catton describe Narconon’s methods of treatment as “pseudo-science.”

Pseudoscience in Scientology? Say it ain’t so! It’s time to put this fraudulent organization out of business for good. Here’s the video of that report:


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  • So, two more Scientologerms “come clean” after 8-9 years of scammin’ the sheeple. This looks like a classic case of disgruntled employees. Why is it that these guys don’t go postal?

  • davidct

    Since Scientology is a self declared religion, they may have some of the same political protections as faith healers. As a faith based organization these frauds are often not held to the standards as a secular facility. Once again respect for a religion can be life threatening.

  • Randomfactor

    Irredeemably evil cult.

    And it’s the United States’ official religion.

  • Randomfactor

    “Why is it that these guys don’t go postal?”

    Some have. One shot up an org in the Northwest. Another had a shootout with police a few miles from where I’m sitting, with a vanful of bombs.

  • jamessweet

    So would that be called “Psuedoscientology”?

  • So would that be called “Psuedoscientology”?

    Only if we could raise the standards for truth in advertising.

  • bmiller


    Nah. The United States’ official religion is Capitalism. Or, personified, MAMMONISM. All the rest is window dressing. LOL

  • typecaster

    Irredeemably evil cult.

    Absolutely. If anything, too mile a description.

    And it’s the United States’ official religion.


  • typecaster

    Dammit. “mild”.

  • Ysidro

    You’ve got to “love” a rehab program that has an actual success rate less than doing nothing.