Narconon's actual success rate is not nearly as high as crooks claim


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Subject: Narconon's actual success rate is not nearly as high as crooks claim
Date: 17 Aug 2005 21:54:26 -0700

Letters to the editor: 8/17/05
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Narconon's success rate is not nearly that high

I couldn't read Helen Campbell's mention ("In Rebuttal: Scientology Helps People" Aug. 15) of Narconon's success rate without responding.

She stated that Narconon has "a documented success rate of nearly 80 percent of graduates never returning to lives of addiction."

They have sometimes increased it to as high as 86 percent, without independent verification. But source data from studies is often hard to come by.

Independent researchers have concluded that the actual results of the Narconon studies are far less flattering than you would be led to believe. In a Swedish study, 6.6 percent of Narconon enrollees reported they were drug-free for one year after they were in the program. Numerous independent examiners have found similar results.

There is the issue of Narconon's detoxification program. Exercise is advocated, though heart rates can change dramatically during detoxification. Long periods in saunas are used; Narconon advocates five hours when no more than 15 to 30 minutes is recommended. There are mega-doses of vitamins recommended at a level that the state of Oklahoma (the location of one Narconon center) has called, "potentially dangerous ... according to the more credible medical evidence."

No method of treatment is foolproof, which makes it important to acquire good and objective information about your options.

Penn Hills

Editor's note: The writer is a social worker with experience in drug and alcohol addiction.


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