Sunday, 12 February 2012

David Love's Speech Scientology-Narconon.

Narconon Aftercare Relapses

Posted on February 1, 2012

Perhaps a “pre-determined failure” would best describe a Narconon patient relapsing soon after they complete the Scientology rehab program called Narconon. Contrary to what Narconon claims, their actual success rate is not 70%, but rather this imaginary number is closer to the relapse rate. Narconon executives and other scientology staff members know well that most patients will relapse; many returning several times for a so-called repair, forking out many thousands each time.

Narconon websites and brochures profess to have qualified, professional councillors who tend to individual needs of each patient, when in fact, many of these Narconon “councillors”, have no training whatsoever, except for the Scientology courses taken at each Narconon., with a certificate printed off in fancy colors. This alone, is depicted to represent “certified councillor.”

As a Narconon Trois-Rivieres patient and staff member, I experienced my private life stripped away and dignity expunged into a state of obedience under the control of scientology gradient indoctrinations. As a staff member, I enrolled in the Scientology-Narconon courses to help suffering patients lead a drug free life – - I cared with my entire being.

To be a course room supervisor, was an easy task, although extremely boring and most of the material made absolutely no sense concerning drug treatment and rehab therapies. Listening to 12 hours of tape recordings by the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, was a prescription equal to a handful of Valium or bottle of Barbiturates; fighting off falling asleep failed me on several occasions.

As an owner/operator of a rehab facility back in the early 1990’s, I wondered what the hell this absurd course had to do with treating addicts – - “What is this, I thought?” For twelve days I listened to Hubbard ramble on about his photography experiences and about “word-clearing” such ridiculous words such “nomenclature’, “it”, “the”, etc. – - having to define dictionary perfect, what these words meant. Oh’, this should really help a distraught, suffering addict, I mumbled.”

I later learned it was all about being able to control others, as well as abiding by the control commands of superiors. A gradient of brainwashing may well describe the process.

When a patient completes the Narconon program, consisting of eight Scientology books with Narconon stamped on them, and completing the toxic Sauna Purification Rundown, many are more confused and unable to cope than when they first arrived. In this vulnerable state, being recruited onto staff by a keen scientology staff member is no big chore. “Saving lives”, is the motto of each morning at the military-style roll-call. Playing god in a science-fiction adventure of deception and abuse may well describe the plot.

Patients are coupled up in what they call “Twins”, do perform all the Scientology training routines and auditing sessions. Patients are yelling at ashtrays to, “ashtray stand up – - sit back down on that chair” – - others are commanded, “you, look at that wall – - you, touch that wall.”

Some can be seen standing between a table with a placed book, and on a windowsill, a green wine bottle. Commands from the Twin, “You, look at that bottle – - you walk over to that bottle – - what color is the bottle – - what the temperature – - what does it weigh?” Then the patient turns around, obeying the same commands for the book on the table. This routine can go on for days at a time.

Some patients go into hypnotized-type trances, others in near psychotic breaks, end up in the Ethics Office for misbehaving. Here they are interrogated and screened for possible connections on the outside to a suppressive person. If the Ethics Officer decides you are, disconnecting from family and loved ones may be the advice.

When I moved up the ladder as the Graduate Officer, I saw and read the absurd. Taking a “Product Clearing Course” was the order of the day and training on Valuable Final Product (VFP) took a day or so and I became a Certified Councillor in aftercare and relapse prevention. And of course calculating the Narconon success rate was an eye-opener!

Basically, my job post consisted of preparing statistics of the patients (Products), and having them ready to send up-lines to Scientology every Thursday by 2:00pm sharp. Nothing else seemed to matter, except these stats.

If a patient I contacted had relapsed, they were not counted as a VFP; these could not be expected to perform what we needed. A thrust of my job post, was to convince the patients who were doing well (VFP), to send a new intake patient to Narconon Trois-Rivieres. We were to infer that the successful patient’s life was saved by Narconon and now this same patient “owed” a debt to help Narconon.

For the suffering relapsed patients, I was instructed to spend less time on; no stats could be used for them and they didn’t want too many to come back at one time, it wouldn’t look good.

A graduating patient was an easy task that took only an hour or so to process and send off back to their same environment they came from. I knew some needed a half-way house or similar step to ensure a safe environment, but my words fell on deaf ears, with outlandish comments from my superiors.

When a cry for help came into my email inbox, my instructions were to have the relapsed patient read their Narconon books and perhaps do a Scientology “condition formula.” I thought, “They were here for 4 months reading these crazy books and they did nothing to prevent a relapse, what is couple more days going to do when they are not even here?” I remember sitting at my office desk in tears, reading their suffering episodes and cries for help – - “please David, help me.” Mistakenly, I did bring a couple back, but do regret.

Once the patient interviews are complete, the patient is driven to the Montreal airport and dropped off to catch their flight. Unfortunately, much time to visit one of the airport bars before the flight. Some lasted only minutes before relapse!

The Narconon staff who are also Scientologists, are well aware that the only way for a Narconon patient to remain clean and sober, according to L. Ron Hubbard, is to enroll in the “NED Drug Rundown” offered at the church of Scientology.

In Scientology’s own “NED Drug Rundown” words, “On this rundown, the harmful effects of drugs are erased and a person is freed from the compulsion or need to take drugs. This service handles drugs and the real reason a person started taking them in the first place.”

“Addressing drugs with NED technology removes the barriers that prevent progress up THE BRIDGE levels. It is a vital step on your NED program.”

What the aforesaid implies is that the Narconon program does NOT erase the harmful effects of drugs, nor does it free a patient’s compulsion to need or take drugs!

As evidence documents prove, Narconon is nothing more than a recruitment center for the church of Scientology, to expand their cult practices into the secular community using Scientology coercion and exploitation of vulnerable and very ill patients. Aftercare of patients in all but non-existent.

Patty (Pieniadz) Moher was an Executive Director of a state Narconon program and also a Scientologist for 27 years. “Narconon tries to pretend that it is not a Scientology front group but the links have been exposed many times in the past. It is just another hoax that the cult uses to make money.”

The participation in an aftercare program often makes the difference between abstinence and relapse. Overcoming months or years of addiction isn’t easy for anyone; especially those after Narconon. Going through treatment for the addiction is often a life-saving blessing. But it’s just the first step in an ongoing process toward recovery.

Addicts are never “cured” of their addiction; it’s a disease like many other. They learn to understand the basis for their addiction, contributing factors, how to cope with and manage cravings and temptations, and to develop more healthy behaviors that will sustain them on their path toward recovery.

Sometimes, individuals just need a friend or a loved one, someone who understands, and someone who’s been through the same type of experience. Whether it’s today, next week or next year, something may happen that rocks the carefully-established foundation of sobriety and the person in recovery needs help. Again, help and support – or an understanding ear to listen – is always available in the appropriate 12-step group. Friends, sponsors and those the recovering addict meets during these meetings may be the lifeline that keeps them firmly rooted in sobriety – or helps them out during periods of crisis.

David Edgar Love

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