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: