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Complaint Review: narconon freedom center
narconon freedom center809 west erie st. albion, Michigan United States of America
narconon freedom center narconon stone hawk, narconon second worst experience of my life to date... albion, Michigan
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so i was in need of a drug rehab. i arrive in albion, michigan at this huge facility. it was late at night and i was really high when i arrived. from the outside it looks pretty good, really good. i go in and i pass out until about noon the next morning. at first because of how high i am the detox (withdraw) facility looks and seems pretty nice. three meals a day, about eight other drug addicts to talk with and pretty decent staff members, i have my own room with my own sink. anyway lets get to the good parts...
i complete the detox/withdraw part of the program. i start what is known as book one. book one consists of TR's (training routines). pretty much what this translates to is torture. you find yourself staring at another person who is known as your twin for hours and hours each day. only allowed to blink and breathe. if you move they make you start over, no coughing, sneezing, NOTHING (not a joke). you also talk to ashtrays as loud as you can and command another person to walk to and from a wall over and over. each of these for hours upon hours.
after i completed book one which took me about two weeks (on average it will take somebody a week, but i did not give into the torture so easily and had constant questions), i started sauna, which is where you sit inside of a sauna room for about five hours a day with only a break in the middle for thirty minutes to eat. you do get regular breaks whenever you want but its all bullcrap. in sauna they feed you extremely unsafe amounts of niacin which makes you break out in an extreme rash and often hives for sometimes upwards of an hour. they also feed you extreme amounts of nasty tasting vitamins which cause diarrhea.
i almost forgot to mention, all throughout the whole time i did the program there, other students were constantly getting high and buying booze from the local liquor store right down the street, which does not card because i had actually done it once or twice. these students usually get little more than a slap on the wrist and allowed to stay and get more students high yet again with little or no punishment.
besides that little tidbit the amount of staff members that get high and drunk is an extreme amount. every staff member there with the exception of a couple kitchen workers and two or three security guards went through the program there. there are no doctors on sight, the doctor makes an appearance once or twice a week or maybe an hour or two. the nurse is a fat piece of crap who doesnt do anything and has no knowledge of anything medical whatsoever. her name is melissa but she goes by mo. her intelligence is that of a ten year old.
all throughout sauna i was getting extreme migraines and was given nothing for them and yelled at saying i was faking it. you are not allowed to have any tylenol or anything like that, no advil nothing. its all bullcrap, they dont believe in that stuff because they are directly related to and ran by the church of scientology which they will never ever mention. they will die over it first. several of the staff members attend the church of scientology regularly, such as travis albritton.
let me tell you about travis. he was working there and he got a restraining order put on him by a female student, so he had to leave and wait until she graduated to come back and work. this guy is the ultimate creep. he is a child molester on steroids. and if you ever meet the guy you would never know because of his sharp appearance and he is well dressed. he talks to all the girls around there like a piece of meat as well.
anyway after sauna aka book two, you do book three which is bullcrap, nothing good in it. book 4a which is TRs again on steroids this time though (took me a month to finish, absolute torture). let me tell you about book 4b, oh god, this book is the worst out of them all, you would find your loved ones walking around touching walls and tables all day long and this is suppose to help them realize why they started using drugs or alcohol in the first place. this book took me three months to complete when others can complete it in a month on average. i just question and say how things were bullcrap too much. the people teaching these books have no degrees whatsoever in anything except for scientology. and incase you didnt know l. ron hubbard (founder of scientology) was a science fiction writer, a felon, and a woman abuser. by the way if you ever go tour the facility they will never ever let you go into any of the classrooms while they are in session with students. they may let you see the sauna, but all you do in there is sit in a box.
the rest of the program on is mostly bullcrap, nothing interested, nothing really works. its pretty much a torture/scientology based program to convince you to never use drugs again. they advertise a 70 percent success rate which is bullcrap. throughout the time i was there id ofter hear about and even witness people who completed it to constantly come back to it and do the whole program over with no results still. there is no real substance to the program besides the torture aspect and maybe the first two weeks of sauna which they keep people in sauna for twice that long or longer on average (very dangerous).
some of the people to look out for if you do send your loved one there are keith ritchie who has had to do the program three times because of his habitual crack and alcohol use, he works there now, believe it or not haha. chris wattles who is a two timer of the program as well who crashed and flipped his car while drinking. these two are roomates and i know for a fact that they both still drink, they have a fridge stocked with beer (i know because of a recent phonecall). JJ, kyle, and whitney, all hipocrits and tell you how not to drink and do drugs when they drink on a regular basis at their home (more than three nights a week). these people are all bad for the everyday person. i would stay away at all costs. avoid travis big time, hes good with words and manipulation.
i know of two different people who narconon freedom center was suppose to refund their money and never did, both lost 14 thousand dollars. a lot hu?
there are some decent people there but there are at least one bad person for every good one working there. the decent ones are just blind and not very intelligent and also very gullible to the fact that its a scientology organization.
i know all of this because of my six months spent in the program and my over a solid year of working there. i had to quit and leave because of all the nonsense i read online about scientology. i one day just looked it up online and was amazed at the amount of stuff i read. for every pro scientology website there are at least ten negative ones exposing the truth behind scientology.
oh i forgot to mention, ive heard on more than one occasion of staff members sleeping with students. such as chris wattles girlfriend (i cant remember her name right now, not important though) sleeping with a guy named yada working in withdraw. also an old security guard sleeping with a female student in the womens wing late at night. all one hundred percent true.
be warned, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
the facility is also full of trash, holes in the walls, overpacked rooms (four students per a room, and the room is smaller than the one i have to myself back home as i write this), foul talking staff members (they all cuss and make sexually forward comments, especially to the girls, watch out for travis), broken windows. they hide all of this stuff really well, but if you get a tour and look very closely, you will see it all, just keep your eyes peeled.
they brainwash you into using all scientology lingo/terms such as data, technology, TRs, KR report, CSW, the list goes on and on.
if you believe we were banished here by an evil alien named XENU (yes look it up on google) then this place is for you. ive seen allies with better people and that were cleaner.
yours truly, EX NARCONON STUDENT AND STAFF MEMBER FOR A TOTAL OF EIGHTEEN MONTHS
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