Scientology-affliated Narconon still allowed in California schools

The San Francisco Chronicle has an expose piece on Scientology-based Narconon program slithering back into California schools.

Narconon: Misleading antidrug program back in public schools – SFGate.

Despite the state’s warning in 2005, dozens of California public schools have welcomed Narconon into their classrooms.

“Students now have a broad understanding of drug addiction, its consequences, and the path they would need to take if they had to go to rehabilitation,” one teacher from Irvington High in Fremont wrote in a thank-you letter to Narconon on May 2, 2012.

The teacher declined to talk about Narconon.

At Santa Rosa High, a teacher wrote Narconon in 2011 that the lecture to her Life Skills class was “poignant and powerful … awe inspiring.”

Are these teachers Scientologists? I’d not be surprised. Maybe they are just not up on the background of Narconon.

The church says the program is secular but it bears much resemblance to church teachings.

Narconon is based on concepts developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the late science-fiction writer who created the Church of Scientology and Dianetics in the 1950s. The religion opposes drugs and alcohol, which practitioners believe interfere with achieving a state of mental purity that Scientology calls “Clear.”

Hubbard was not a scientist, nor are his ideas scientific or credible. There are many inaccuracies that had been pointed out in the Narconon program such as Hubbard’s idea that drugs reside in body fat that leak out and cause people to feel high all over again, even years later. So the process uses saunas to sweat out the drugs and remove them supposedly decreasing risk for a relapse. Then large doses of vitamins and minerals are used. Hubbard has other unreferenced claims that were made part of the Narconon. The detox method used can be dangerous. Several lawsuits have been brought against the program facilities.

Serious troubles for Scientology’s drug program Narconon

Narconon deaths prompt probe. Detox method is risky

Another death at one of Church of Scientology’s drug rehab centers

Scientology’s drug rehab network sued for conspiring to misuse counseling credentials « The Underground Bunker.

Therefore, not only is this a religious-related program, it is completely unscientific and without reliable supporting evidence that it works and it may kill you. I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of other bogus programs regarding drugs and other life issues presented in schools that are useless but this is a concerted effort to infiltrate schools with these claims. Is this something that should be allowed in schools? No. Check out the entire article for the long history.

  7 comments for “Scientology-affliated Narconon still allowed in California schools

  1. Tracy
    May 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Sounds like a complete scam….how anyone can become a believer in a religion that they KNOW was invented by a science fiction author is beyond me. Not that the older religions weren’t created by the fantasists of their times, but still…

  2. R.S.
    May 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Is Scientology against alcohol? From what I experienced as a child, they have parties and get drunk all the time. Smoking is rampant. It always seemed hypocritical to me.

  3. Fred
    May 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    I think (as with many other religions) as long as you can pay, you can play.

    I went to school with a kid from a Scientologist family, and his parents
    were always walking around their house with a drink in hand.

  4. Peter Robinson
    May 27, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    The Loony Rotten Huckster a.k.a. L Ron Hubbard, was a very heavy smoker and drug user (when you listen to his ramblings and read some of his ‘wisdom’ it is not difficult to tell he was off in la la land).

    Narconon has made claims that it has a plus 75% success rate in weaning people off drugs but cannot provide a shred of evidence. Tom Cruise has claimed that scifiology are the experts on dealing with addiction. A testimonial from that sofa jumping numpty should be a big red warning flag in itself.

    Apparently Miscavige has been cited in one of the more recent lawsuits to be brought against Narconon which hopefully will help draw even more attention to what is simply a money making scam subset of the long con that is scifiology.

    More details are available at The Underground Bunker at

    Like other religions, they love to indoctrinate children, even though scifiology has a very tenuous claim to being a religion. A claim that was only formulated by Hubbard when he realised the tax advantages available.

  5. Bill T.
    May 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    I got a revelation from the Flying Spaghetti Monster to not trust the other religious hucksters but to talk to my physician when I need medical advice. I have very rarely died following FSM’s advice.

  6. BobM
    May 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    But still – there are witnesses (still alive I think) who remember the bar conversation it arose from :-).

  7. Headless Unicorn Guy
    June 3, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    According to LASFS oral history, it was a bar bet at an SF con in the late Forties/early Fifties between Elron and either Asimov or Campbell (editor of Astounding/Analog), probably after the serious drinking got underway. Another part of the legend is a quote from Elron dating to around the same time:

    “Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If you want to make a million dollars, start your own religion.”

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