Narconon Stone Hawk: controversy
The Church of Scientology is on record
stating that Narconon is secular, and in no way related to
Scientology. This is blatant misrepresentation, Narconon is
Also, consider this passage taken from
License Agreement: Narconon International/Centers—Marks, a
contract between any Narconon center and Narconon International:
"... particularly including the promise to actively use the [Narconon trademark] in advancing and disseminating the
Hubbard Philosophy and Technology in accordance with [Hubbard's written and
recorded spoken works] in [Narconon Rehabilitation Center's] field and to
promote and protect the Hubbard Philosophy and Technology"
Now consider this statement from the
Religious Technology Center — the
of Scientology scripture [ref] —
"The Scientology religion is based exclusively upon
L. Ron Hubbard
's research, writings and recorded lectures — all of which constitute the Scriptures of the religion
. These encompass more than 500,000
pages of writings, nearly 3,000 recorded lectures and more than 100 films." [ref]
(Mar. 28, 2007): "Narconon Stone Hawk: a close look at the numbers"
Between 2003 and 2005:
- The number of clients increased
150% (160 to 400). Keep that 150% number in mind, since it
should be used as a reference to judge whether the other numbers
'make sense'. Note that we would normally expect economy of
scale with regard to costs.
cost of advertising to attract new clients increased 1679%
($72,000 to $1,290,000; this certainly raises eyebrows...) Now
add $130,000 to this $1,290,000 figure, because outside
contractors were hired for marketing purpose: this means at
least $1,420,000 spent in 2005 to attract new clients. Now we
could add to this figure, since Narconon Stone Hawk pays
licensing fees to Narconon International, which itself
spends significantly on advertising...
This means at least 18% of Narconon Stone Hawk's revenue
went to advertise its services — if its
is to be believed. Now compare that with
Betty Ford Center
which allocate 0.5% of its total revenue toward advertising.
The Wog Blog (Mar. 17, 2007): "Who's Up for a Debate?"
Not Stone Hawk Narconon. Vince Daniels offered to
have an in-studio debate with Per Wickstrom and Clark Carr but they
refused to appear on the show. I wonder why?
To combat Vince’s
many effective shows on the abuses at Narconon’s Stone Hawk
rehab facility, Stone Hawk has purchased an hour of radio time each
Saturday morning for a month to spread their PR nonsense. Wickstrom
hops on a plane to come do their little show each week but can’t
stick around an extra few hours to answer questions.
Anyway, Kimberly Darr returns to the show. She has been
relentless in exposing the fraud and abuse rampant in the Stone Hawk
facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. She’s been working hard to see
that other patients and their families aren’t harmed by
Scientology’s drug-rehab front group. [...]
Dave Touretzky (Mar. 16, 2007): "A look inside Narconon Stone Hawk's
Dave Touretzky (Mar. 16, 2007): " Narconon Stone Hawk sued for fraud"
Fred and Phyllis Luthy of Albuquerque, New Mexico
have sued Narconon Stone Hawk for fraud, deceptive trade practices,
and unjust enrichment. According to the complain, they sent their
son John to Stone Hawk in August 2006. He lasted 5 days before being
dumped at a motel. Narconon not only kept the $23,500 "tuition"
charge, they even kept the $1,500 that had been placed on account to
meet John's expenses during the 4-6 month program.
You can Read
the complaint online:
Note that although Stone Hawk is located in Michigan, the lawsuit
was filed in New Mexico. The Luthys are arguing for home state
jurisdiction on the grounds that they were solicited by telephone
multiple times at their home in Albuquerque. Assuming they are
successful in keeping the lawsuit in New Mexico, this will bode well
for others wishing to sue Narconon without having to go to the
trouble of finding a Michigan attorney.
The Luthys are seeking TRIPLE DAMAGES and PUNITIVE DAMAGES based
on the deceptive trade practices charge. The complaint alleges that
John Luthy received no treatment while at Narconon Stone Hawk; he
was simply left to suffer through his withdrawal symptoms.
At least they didn't ruin his liver with a niacin overdose.
Dave Touretzky (Mar. 14, 2007): "More trouble for Narconon Stone
Things aren't going too well at Narconon Stone Hawk in Battle
A source inside the facility tells me that 10
students have left in the last couple of weeks. As the word
gets out about this place, students are being yanked by
Per Wickstrom's trick of dumping students in cheap hotels and
then refusing to refund their money has gotten him into some hot
water. A family in New Mexico has filed
against Narconon Stone Hawk for "unjust enrichment" after they
dumped their son and kept the money. That's lawyer talk for "you
ripped off my client and we're going to make you wish you
I've been hearing from a stream of dissatisfied Stone Hawk
customers recently. I can't post details here, but let's just
say that Vinnie has enough Narconon material to keep him busy
from now until Christmas.
And what does the Michigan Attorney General think of all
this? Enquiring minds want to know.
The Wog Blog (Mar. 3, 2007): "Vince Daniels Not Shuddered Into
All attempts to silence Vince Daniels on the topic of
have failed. He once again has taken on the issue
after Stonehawk’s officials have spent the week lying about the
Scientology connection and trying to do
In the first segment, Vince reads a letter
from an employee of Stonehawk who further spills the beans about how the
facility treats it’s patients. Can you say, “Dumps them in a
homeless shelter?” Unbelievable. [...]
The Wog Blog (Feb. 25, 2007): "Stonehawk Responds"
What do you know? Stonehawk posted a
blog entry on their site about the Vince Daniels show. Turns
out any patient who speaks out against Stonehawk is a criminal. [...]
No connection to Scientology? Unbelievable. It is Scientology
through and through. Listen to the
last Vince Daniels show. The patients reveal that the same
training routines are used, the same BS Hubbard policies of
Ethics Officers and
overts. I was stunned by all the Scientology jargon I heard
from these former patients.
Listen, you want the truth? Turn to Professor
He’s done the
research. Narconon is an
official church program and designated as such in the
church’s 1993 IRS agreement. [...]
The Wog Blog (Feb. 24, 2007): "Beneath the Planet of Vince Daniels and Stonehawk"
Segment two features features
from last week’s show. Kimberly’s
Stonehawk recently. Sheri’s
was kicked out of the the facility immediately
after last week’s show aired. He was dropped off at a motel 20
miles away with a few dollars in his pocket. Sheri had to drive
11 hours through a snowstorm to pick him up.
Kim reports that
Dave is in another non-Narconon program and doing better but
traumatized by his experiences and facing trust-issues. [...]
The Many Mood of Vince Daniels (Feb. 24, 2007): "Clean and Sober"
VINCE DANIELS: [...] I received 3:30 the other
morning, Friday morning, a letter. I can't identify this guy but
he's an employee of Stone Hawk and it says right here. First off, I
need to know that my name will not be used because I am still
employed with Stone Hawk and need my job. Next, I have listened to
the show that aired about a week ago and I wanted to add my input.
One of your callers stated that the guards were involved with
getting the students drunk and high. This is not true. The security
officers were not involved until it was discovered that the students
were using. The employee that did supply the alcohol and drugs is,
in fact, Kate Wickstrom's brother. He was accepting sexual favors in
exchange for the alcohol and drugs.
SHERI KOENIG: Wow.
VINCE DANIELS: There are two different centers. There is the
Withdrawal in the second half and Albion and the Sauna in the first
half in Battle Creek. So the students start out in Albion until they
leave Withdrawal, then they go to Battle Creek once they get to a
certain point in their program and they come back to Albion to
finish. Battle Creek is just plain nasty and, yes, they do have ants
and spiders throughout the center. The carpets, furniture are gross
with cigarette smoke and burns. When it rains, the roof leaks in
several different areas of the building. Stone Hawk has not paid
many of their bills. That is why the trash piles up. They require us
to wear uniforms and when they turn them in to be cleaned they keep
them instead because Stone Hawk has not paid their cleaning bill.
They allow the students to place orders for things they need or
want. Before they were using--I guess the store is Meijers,
M-E-I-J-E-R-S--up until about a month or so ago. I guess Meijers is
a pharmacy place out that way? And now they're using Kmart. They
never gave a reason why the switch but I know that it's because of
them not paying their bill.
There had been at least ten different employees that have had
their paychecks bounce on payday and this has happened more than
once. I know one employee that had his check bounce every week for a
month. There are very few of us working here that have not been
through the program already. The only reason that I continue to come
to work every day is for the kids that are here. I try to comfort
them and to get them out of here. This is just some of what goes on
around here, and he gives his name.
The Wog Blog (Feb. 17, 2007): "Vinnie Has Stonehawk Cornered"
Vince Daniels devoted the bulk of his radio show today to
in Battlecreek, Michigan. It was a terrific show
with people who were speaking out against their treatment at the
facility for the first time. Vince even managed to get the
executive director of the facility,
, and her husband,
, on the show for a brief segment as well as
who ran Narconon Connecticut before leaving
Scientology this past year. [...
Albuquerque Journal (Feb. 9, 2007): "Bernalillo County District Court"
Fred Luthy and Phyllis Luthy v. Narconon Stone Hawk
Rehabilitation Center Inc.
Verified complaint for fraud in the
inducement, unfair or deceptive trade practices, breach of
contract, and unjust enrichment.
Victims (Jan. 26, 2007): "Greg Beha settles"
Two days before he was to appear on the Vince Daniels show, Mr.
Beha contacted Daniels to inform him that he received his
refund, apparently with a gag order.
While we congratulate him on getting his money back, his is one
more voice silenced. Someday, it is hoped that someone will come
forward who will not agree to a gag order. We lost the skirmish,
but the war's not over.
Greg Beha (Jan.
22, 2007): "Open letter
When my step-son called and told me that he wanted out
and that Narconon had Scientology beliefs, I thought
that he was just a drug addict wanting out. I told him
that I didn't care what they were teaching him, and
what beliefs they inflicted on him just as long as he
comes home without an addiction after 3 to 6 months.
After 18 days you dropped my step-son off at a motel
with $10.00 and "washed your hands of him".
you, talked to you in person and you think that you
owe me nothing! You think you can walk into my life,
take $23,500 and just walk away. I sent you an offer
$16,400 that I could live with and you refused. [...]
Barbara Graham (Jan.
"My Son the Junkie"
It happens all too often. A family member gets in
trouble with drugs. Concerned relatives or friends
begin looking for a good rehab program. A web search
results in hundreds of websites, all from the same
source, Narconon. Some may associate the name with a
12 step program, like Alanon. One might also think
that, with so many websites, these people really
must know what they are doing. Who would ever
suspect this to be a recruitment branch of the
"church" of Scientology?
Greg Beha is one such concerned parent. He called
Narconon Stone Hawk, a large facility in Michigan,
and arranged for his son to enter their program.
He paid $23,000 up front for a "3-6 month
Two days into the detox, his son began passing out and vomiting blood.
Narconon personnel were reluctant to take him to a
hospital for treatment. The young man was treated
for severe dehydration. Once released, he returned
to the Narconon facility to continue his rehab
The Wog Blog (Nov. 4, 2006): "Vince Daniels In a Fine Mood"
Following Tory on the show was a segment featuring Professor
David Touretzky and
whose son was admitted to Scientology’s drug rehab program,
Narconon. After making a disparaging remark about L. Ron Hubbard, Greg’s son was kicked
out of the program and dumped at a seedy motel with a ten dollar bill.
Mr. Beha is attempting to
get a refund from Narconon.
on Dr. David S.
Touretzky web site.]
Greg Beha (Sep.
letter from the parents of one that was treated at Narconon -
] On July 2,
(2 days into Detox) our son passed out and was vomiting
blood, the [Registered Nurse] at the center would not let
him go to the hospital. Our son finally convinced them to
take him to the hospital. They said they would take him AMA
(against medical advice). At the hospital they said he was
dehydrated and started him on IV’s. After going back to
Stone Hawk, he finished the
of the program. Our son started the next phase of the
program (Therapeutic Training Routines Course) which teaches
one’s ability to confront and communicate.
Our son was
having problems with getting through this phase. During this
period we were talking with our son and the counselors
(Anthony, Patty, and Ramsy) trying to get our son through
this part of the program. On July 13th or 14th we talked to
Patty (our son’s counselor) and he told us that if he
couldn’t get our son though this course by the end of
weekend that they would have to let him go. We called Ramsy
and told him about the situation and he assured us that he
would talk to our son to help get him through the program. [...]
The Windsor Star (Jun. 5, 2006): "Presley aids
Scientology addiction recovery home"
Priscilla Presley helped inaugurate the 120-bed Narconon Stone
Hawk East residential center in Albion, Mich., Saturday.
Narconon is based on principles developed by L. Ron Hubbard,
founder of Scientology. Presley is a Scientologist.
The Narconon program is "capable of eliminating the very
cravings that drive addicts in recovery back to drugs," Presley
said in a statement.
Petoskey News-Review (May 20, 2005): "Petoskey planners reject drug
Wickstrom noted that TIA's Narconon programs are not affiliated
with the Church of Scientology.
"We are purely secular from
the church," she said. "The church has nothing to do with our
program here." [...]
The Stonehawk center is currently at its capacity of 100
clients and has a waiting list, Wickstrom said. The Battle Creek
location currently has state licensing, and she added that the
same would be pursued for the Petoskey center.
Petoskey News-Review (Apr. 20, 2005): "Comments sought on drug rehab center"
Kate Wickstrom, the owner of TIA Corp., said she
was not surprised by the denial.
"I think it is just a misunderstanding in the public what addiction
is. Addicts are not criminals. These people came to us for help.
They want to be there," she said.
TIA Corp. owns a similar Narconon facility in Battle Creek. Narconon
is a drug and alcohol treatment that does not use other drugs to
help clients kick their addictions.
Battle Creek Enquirer (Jan. 2003): "Stone Hawk rehabilitation ready
A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is set to open at the
end of January in Pennfield Township.
All of the remodeling at
the Narconon Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center, 216 St. Mary's
Lake Road, has been completed and the center's first 20 patients
should begin their stay Jan. 31, said Kate Wickstrom, executive
director of the rehabilitation clinic.
"All of the contractors are done now," Wickstrom said.
"There's furniture in the rooms, we're getting the kitchens
ready, ordering the food - we're ready to rock and roll."
Despite early problems getting a land-use zoning variance for
the former Neuro-Rehabilitation Center and a few unexpected
construction delays, seeing the finished product is worth all of
the time and money Wickstrom and her husband, Per, put into it,
she said. The renovation cost about $500,000. [...]