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Scientology going ‘Ideal’ with drug rehabs too, and will replace an ailing clinic

[Narconon Holland]

For a couple of years we’ve been keeping an eye on the ailing Narconon rehab in the Netherlands, which has served only three patients in two years. Rod Keller tells us that Scientology has plans for a new clinic there.

Joanna Kluessien retired as the Executive Director of Narconon Zutphen in July. The facility is located over 100 Km east of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This Narconon’s future has been in question since 2013 when the Dutch Inspectorate for Health Care (IGZ) put it on “enhanced supervision” following a finding that none of the staff had any medical training, and the patients were being put in danger with unscientific methods based on Scientology. The facility’s finances have been unsteady since then and Kluessien’s departure could have been the last straw.



Scientology is investing instead in what will be known as Narconon Netherlands, a new name and a new identity as an “Ideal” Narconon. Staff is being recruited to be trained at the Continental Narconon in Helsinge, Denmark. All positions are included, from Executive Director down to Estates, which handles sanitation and repairs.


[Jaimy and Libo, Narconon Zutphen patients in 2013]

Of particular interest is the position of Withdrawal Specialist. Following the 2013 assessment by the IGZ, Narconon Zutphen was prohibited from admitting patients who had not first seen a doctor, and also from admitting those with physical withdrawal symptoms. With enhanced supervision lifted long ago, this Narconon is going back to its old ways.


[Narconon distributing literature in Switzerland in June 2018]

Scientology intends to treat patients in English and German, but the ad doesn’t mention Dutch. Despite opening several Ideal Orgs in Germany and Switzerland, Scientology has been unable to open any Narconons in German-speaking countries. All Ideal Orgs are expected to operate a series of facilities to demonstrate the effectiveness of L. Ron Hubbard’s technology. For now, this will be the Narconon where German, Swiss and Austrian addicts can be brought.


We expect Narconon Netherlands to re-open in 2019. Unlike staff members at missions and orgs, Scientologists can receive a living wage at Narconon. The Ojai facility in California is offering between $42,000 and $52,000 plus room and board, and we think something similar will be offered in the Netherlands. There shouldn’t be a problem recruiting Scientologists to join staff.


Narconon is big in Europe, and this investment may pay off for Scientology. Rather than one or two patients at a time, Narconon Netherlands hopes to expand to the same degree as other facilities, such as Narconon Balkan in Macedonia, which recently received recognition for its highest ever on the course.

— Rod Keller


Bonus items from our tipsters

Looks like New York’s Celebrity Centre went “Ideal” last night. We’d love to see some photos.



Scientology’s celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs’ — now with comments!

[Tom Cruise and the Pasadena Ideal Org]

We’ve started a new project, building landing pages about two of David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, his celebrities and his ‘Ideal Orgs.’ For the next several weeks, we’ll post a couple of pages each day, and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about each of them, in order to build a record and maintain a watch as Scientology continues its inexorable decline — and yes, we finally have comments working on these new pages! Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments about all of your favorite celebrites and failing Ideal Orgs

Previously, we posted pages for celebrities Anne Archer, Beck Hansen, Catherine Bell, Chick Corea, Elisabeth Moss, Erika Christensen, Ethan Suplee, Giovanni Ribisi, Greta Van Susteren, Jenna Elfman, John Travolta, Juliette Lewis, Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley, Laura Prepon, Marisol Nichols, Michael Peña, and Nancy Cartwright. And for the Ideal Orgs of Portland, Oregon; Sydney, Australia; San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Perth, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Sacramento, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Silicon Valley, California; Rome, Italy; Orlando, Florida; Moscow, Russia; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; Melbourne, Australia; and San Fernando Valley, California.

Today it’s Tom Cruise and Pasadena, California!




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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,253 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,856 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 399 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 287 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,462 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,236 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,010 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,356 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,922 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,590 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,850 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,890 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,602 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,128 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,217 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,357 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,677 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,533 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,652 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,008 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,310 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,416 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,819 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,690 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,273 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,778 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,022 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,131 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on September 30, 2018 at 07:00

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