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"This week on the God Discussion Show … Escapes from Scientology's Narconon"
On Thursday, November 3, we will be speaking with David Love, Colin Henderson and Damian DeWitt about Narconon.
What is Narconon?
Narconon, according to Wikipedia, is a residential program for substance abusers. It operates through several dozen treatment centers worldwide, chiefly in the United States and Western Europe and has received criticism due to its ties with the Church of Scientology.
Narconon’s website states that it has over 100 drug rehab centers and boasts that “Thousands of people have successfully completed Narconon drug rehabilitation programs and, unlike many other alcohol and drug treatment methods, the vast majority of graduates go on to live stable, ethical, productive, drug-free lives. Our success rate is second to none.”
The program, which has operated for over 40 years, claims a 75% success rate, with graduates 'going on to lead stable, ethical, productive drug-free lives.'
At a glance…
Show Times: Thursday night, November 3, 2011 – 6 PST, 7 MST, 8 CST, 9 EST
Where to hear it live and participate in the chat room: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/god-di...drug-rehab-program-christian-survival-stories
Caller Line: (914) 338-0452
Narconon also offers a prevention program, saying, “Through drug education, we have helped millions of parents, teachers, employers, law enforcement officials and groups of concerned citizens prevent drug addiction in their homes, their schools, their workplaces and their communities.'
Not everyone thinks the program is as wonderful as advertised.
David Love – Canadian Narconon Graduate and Human Rights Activist.
David Edgar Love
David Love is one of those critics. Born on the West Coast of British Columbia, David Edgar Love now resides in the Montreal area. David formed a charitable organization in 1990 and was the Director of a rehabilitation center for substance abuse. He then completed a University of British Columbia Real Estate Course and was employed as a Realtor and Sub-Mortgage Broker for more than six years. David's life is fulfilled doing research on public safety, culture, disease and illness, and strives to help persons with human rights and freedoms issues; especially, but not limited to Scientology-Narconon.
David was a client at Narconon Troi-Rivieres, near Montreal, from December 2008 to May 2009. Love graduated the program and went on to work at the clinic for six months. He was interviewed by The Fix in March this year, where he recalled:
“When I was at Narconon, people were taken away in ambulances and had to spend days in the hospital. People have died in the Quebec facility. The vitamin and sauna treatments are horrible. Patients regularly vomited and had diarrhea. Addicts with substance abuse problems have liver problems and high enzyme counts—they should in no way be taking massive amounts of vitamins like Niacin.”
David’s close and cherished friend “Arlene” passed away in March 2011, a death that he says that may have been enhanced by Narconon’s toxic mix of vitamins, including huge doses of Niacin. Vowing justice, he has filed 9 formal complaints and is preparing a lawsuit.
Colin Henderson – Devout Christian and Former Narconon Client.
Colin Henderson is a “Watchman on the Wall,” and spent two weeks in the Narconon program in Oklahoma. Among his grievances, Henderson was not allowed to take his blood pressure medication while at the facility for the first week. He was only allowed to take his doctor-prescribed medication after threatening legal action.
Henderson is a devout Christian who thought that he was enrolling in a secular drug rehabilitation program. He said that he proselytized with Scientology teachings. Colin’s entire story can be read here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/45083371/My-Narconon-Experience-by-Colin-Henderson
Colin’s complaint is not against Scientology; rather, he believes the Church must be more upfront in its role in Narconon. Before entering the program, he alleges that he was told that Narconon “does not teach or practice Scientology.”
The Big Picture, with Damian Dewitt.
Joining David and Colin during our program on Thursday, November 3 will be Damian DeWitt, who received priesthood training from a Catholic order and went on to earn his Master’s in Divinity. DeWitt will give us an overview of the Narconon program and why people are protesting.
Show Time Details.
The show is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific, 7:00 p.m. Mountain, 8:00 p.m. Central and 9:00 p.m. Eastern on Blog Talk Radio. Callers are always welcome and may call in to the live broadcast by dialing (914) 338-0452. As always, our web-based chat room will be open. To take part, you will need to get a free log in name from Blog Talk Radio. You don't need to register with BlogTalk if you only want to watch the live chat and not comment.
More details about the chat, time zones and our hosts can be viewed at the God Discussion Show page.