For those who deal with drug misuse, checking into a rehab facility is often the best course of action. Here, they can be weaned off of the substance safely and effectively while being looked after by professional personnel, all of whom are properly trained for the job. Families who have a loved one in rehab have a lot at stake, too — they put their trust into the facility to provide what the patient needs.
But what happens when some rehab centers could potentially harm the patient even further? You’ve heard of Scientology — the religion Tom Cruise has so famously touted and Leah Remini has also sought to expose. You might not have realized, however, that the religion has its own rehab place known as Narconon.
According to the Scientology website, Narconon uses a drug-free process to detox the patient of any “drug residues” and to help them heal both their mind and body. It sounds legit, but certain individuals who have attended this facility came away with some pretty shocking stories of their procedures — many of which sound downright dangerous.
First, what’s Scientology?
Before we delve into Narconon, it’s important to note what exactly Scientologists believe. The Telegraph reports this religion was founded by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer who created the first church in 1954. He based the religion off of the idea that people are immortal spiritual beings — in fact, you’re supposed to sign a 1 billion year pledge to symbolize your eternal dedication. And you thought marriage was a serious commitment.
Scientologists have one common goal in mind — to know themselves, and other human beings, completely. They believe through their practice, they’ll one day be able to free themselves of their human form and become their true higher, spiritual selves. That sounds nice, but here’s the catch: They don’t believe in medications, they sort of believe in aliens, and they’ve been caught in a whirlwind of controversy over the years, including allegations of human trafficking and forcing people to stay with the church — even when they want to leave.
If Scientology sounds a little strange, you can only imagine what the rehab facility would be like. Here’s what you should know.