“A resident of British Columbia, David Love arrived at Narconon shortly before Christmas in 2008. He was addicted to methadone and cocaine and had decided to follow the rehab program at the detox centre in Trois-Rivières, where he knew an employee.
During the first weeks of his treatment, Mr Love says he was surprised by the omertà that reigned at Narconon about Scientology. He remembers hearing an employee interrupt a discussion among a group of clients he was in, by issuing an order: “You are not allowed to speak about Scientology when you are at Narconon»
The employee later explained to him that Narconon wanted to avoid the subject so as not to scare clients, their parents, or the “sponsors”, who pay more than $20,000 for the treatment, a majority of whose clients are English speakers from the United states and English Canada.
On its Quebec website, Narconon presents itself as a “non-profit program of rehabilitation and detoxification” and boasts of having 50 centres in 21 countries. There is no mention anywhere that Narconon is part of the Church of Scientology.
For Paul Schofield, who was a member of the Church of Scientology for more than 20 years before becoming “case supervisor” at the Sydney and Melbourne Narconon centres and then director of Narconon for all of Australia, there is no doubt that Narconon is a satellite of the Church of Scientology.
“Aside from the withdrawal phase, all the courses you take at Narconon are almost identical to those you take at the Church,” he says, “Except that when you take them at the church, they only cost you about a quarter or a third of the price.”
While he was a client at Narconon, David Love says he was forced to memorize passages from books by L. Ron Hubbard, the science fiction author who founded the Church of Scientology and wrote the 8 books on which the Narconon program is based.
“Any book that might interfere with the mind-altering and brainwashing process is prohibited and confiscated,” says David Love.
In addition to reading books by Hubbard, David Love also had to practice regularly the “training routines” prescribed by Scientology’s grand master.
He remembers one routine that consisted of sitting for long hours while staring at another client without saying a word and without moving. There was another similar routine in which he was told not to react while his partner bombarded him with insults. . . To help addicts overcome their dependence, Narconon also requires that they strictly follow an intense vitamin and sauna treatment which Scientologists call the “Purification Rundown” and which is also provided by the Church of Scientology of Quebec City at a cost of $2,000.
For two weeks, David Love said he had to spend almost four hours a day in a sauna and swallow large amounts of vitamins and minerals each day. He recalls having had, among other things, to take a lot of niacin, a vitamin (B3) used to reduce a person’s cholesterol level.
In a July 17, 2004 interview with the Journal de Trois-Rivières posted on the detoxification centre’s website, the director of Narconon Trois-Rivières, Marc Bernard, described the virtues of niacin for expelling drugs from fat cells.
“The toxins remain trapped in fatty tissues for several years,” Mr. Bernard explained. “When they are released, this is what addicts call flashbacks.”
Asked about this practice, Dr. Lise Archibald, of the Ubald-Villeneuve Rehabilitation Centre in Quebec City, told Le Soleil that she has never read anything about the benefits of niacin for drug addicts.
A toxicology specialist at Quebec’s National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ), pharmacist Lyse Lefebvre, also has never heard of niacin as an aid to combat drug addiction. However, she warns that consuming too much vitamin B3 may cause digestive problems, aggravate asthma, lead to a certain form of arthritis attack, and cause redness and itching.
Health Canada recommends a maximum of 500 mg of niacin per day. Clients of Narconon and Scientologists who follow the “Purification Rundown” ingest up to 5,000 mg per day,” says David Love.
“The vitamin and sauna treatment was far from pleasant for the clients of Narconon,” recalls Mr. Love. “It was horrible. People were sick. They vomited and had diarrhea.”
The above excepts were taken from the article appeared in the March 21, 20010, edition of Le Soleil, “Intoxicated by Scienology,” by Marc Allard. To read the rest of the story go here: http://ocmb.xenu.net/ocmb/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=32283
Most people when they find out that they have been a victim of Scientology, in this case the Scientology front group Narconon, just run for the hills. A few of the braver or more contrary souls decide to take up the cause and warn others. David Love is one of these brave souls.
It would not be out of place here to provide a link to the history of Scientology in Canada. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientology_in_Canada