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Scientology rehabs are hiring — if you don’t care about money or a decent place to live

Rod Keller has another report on what Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon, is doing…

Narconon is hiring and the good news for those in need of work is that you don’t need any experience to work there. The bad news is that you may not get paid. Training as an addiction counselor is actually counterproductive in Scientology’s drug rehab facilities since they operate only under the policies of L. Ron Hubbard and not accepted scientific and medical practices. The program consists of the Purification Rundown, which involves saunas, exercise and overdoses of vitamins, and a series of Scientology training routines involving staring and shouting at ashtrays.


[Narconon Suncoast]


Addiction treatment staff from outside Narconon are unlikely to work under these conditions, so Narconon hires untrained Scientologists and addiction patients as soon as they complete the program. Narconon Suncoast opened in Clearwater, Florida in 2015. Clearwater is the home of Scientology’s Flag Land Base, which provides a pool of employees willing to work under the Narconon program. Narconon offers to train new employees at the facility while they work.


[Narconon Ojai]

Narconon Ojai in California is also hiring. It opened in 2015 and closed in 2017 after a wildfire damaged parts of the facility. It’s open again, and needs untrained workers. The facility is intended to serve as a “Celebrity Narconon” for addicts who want to get clean without alerting the press. The only patient we are aware of is Shay Carl Butler, a Youtube celebrity who filmed his return to Narconon after a relapse.


[Narconon Arrowhead]

Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma is always hiring. It’s intended to be the training facility for all other Narconons around the world, but in practice those facilities train their staff in-house. Most Narconons can’t afford to send their staff for Arrowhead training. The opportunity to live on a beautiful lake is less attractive to potential employees as it also involves living in a cabin rather than a house or apartment.


But it’s perfect for graduating staff whose families may fear they will relapse in their addiction. Narconon facilities continue to hire untrained recovering addicts as interns and then staff members. Without the tools that a traditional rehab facility can provide a large percentage of staff members will continue to relapse.


This explanation to Narconon’s recent staff recruiting efforts may lie with a lawsuit filed against the Arrowhead facility, and an investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Labor. Narconon is being sued and investigated for not paying some of its employees. We spoke to Jamie Adams, one of the plaintiffs against Narconon who tells us “That place is atrocious. The administration is pathetic. [They charge] $30,000 per ‘student’ (client), they received four new intakes three weeks before I left — that’s $120,000. But they can’t afford to do payroll or pay their phone bill apparently. Students eat ravioli from a can. It’s a mess.” At least at Arrowhead, Narconon may be recruiting because they lose staff when they fail to make payroll.


[Narconon Oasi]

In other Narconon news, Scientology opened a new Narconon in Italy in July, Narconon Oasi (Oasis in Italian). The grand opening was attended by over 100 guests including Giancarlo Guercio, the mayor of the nearby town of Buonabitacolo in the Salerno Province. Executive Director Francesco Petrizzo hosted the festivities that marked the opening of the tenth Narconon in Italy.

— Rod Keller




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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

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