Narconon has long been criticized not only for it’s non-scientific, unsupported regimen for drug treatment but also as a less than secret recruitment channel for Scientology. Now, there is a lawsuit to address this.
Cathy Tarr and her son Michael Tarr sued Narconon Fresh Start dba Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Federal Court, alleging fraud, breach of contract and negligence.
For the first eight days, Michael spent time in Narconon’s “Treehouse facility” going through detox for his heroin addiction. For this, the Tarrs claim, “There were no medical professionals in the Treehouse, but only Narconon interns and staff who do not have medical training.”
After this “detox,” he entered Narconon’s two other “components: (1) course materials consisting of eight books by L. Ron Hubbard and (2) a sauna and vitamin program known as the ‘New Detoxification Program.”
According to the lawsuit, a representative of the program, a Mr. Penn, told Tarr that the Narconon program was so effective because of the New Life Detoxification Program. The claim is that patients sweat out residual drug toxins that cause cravings. He also said the program had been scientifically and medically proven as effective.
Yet the complaint states: “Narconon’s ‘New Life Detoxification’ program is identical to the Scientology ritual known as ‘Purification Rundown,’ or the ‘Purif’ which is a part of Scientology’s path to move to a state of ‘Clear” – highest goal for a Scientologist. The rehab program, Tarr alleged, was more like indoctrination into Scientology. Of course, it’s NOT been shown to be effective and has even resulted in several deaths at Narconon clinics. Their claim of a 76 percent success rate is unverified. The treatment at the facility was not successful for Tarr’s son who relapsed after leaving and overdosed. She is asking for her $33,000 back, her life savings, and her son is in a different treatment program.