Poop Dogg wrote:
> Someone in alt.drugs was raving about their successful treatment
> at a Narconon facility. He went through the whole regimen of
> saunas and toxic doses of niacin and they only charged him
> $14,000 for a 3-month session!
> Is this really a typical price for Narconon "rehab?" What kind
> of fool would fork over $14,000 for a treatment they could
> get for a few hundred dollars elsewhere (i.e. gym membership
> for sauna and drugstore vitamins)?
Yes, it is. $15,000 is the usual amount listed. As to what kind of fool would pay that, desperate relatives who believe the Narconon hype. Their PR material is very glossy, and has many bright colors, not to mention glowing (if unsubstantiated) testimonials.
Think about it. If a family's addict requests help, the Narconon program has the best statistics, usually they say they have a 70-80% success rate, well over the norm. Since there is no mention of Scientology, or Scientology courses, you would naturally think you were sending your addict to a real treatment facility. Imagine the surprise when the program is completed, and you get back a gen-u-wine, indoctrinated Scientologist instead of the clean and sober person you expected.
I was, emphasis on *was*, one of those fools who did the Narconon program to 'rehab' my purification rundown. I'd already done the purification rundown to rub out the nasty drugs - at a cost of about $2,700 back in late 80's. But I got injured and had to take a lot of Rx drugs and on top of that, I was bad and started questioning Scientology policy. As kind of an ethics punishment, in order to remain/continue, they forced Narconon program on me. This was in 1996. My cost, which was to do a 'mini-program' was $18,500! Yes, that's correct, $18,500. The cost of the 'full program' and which is what most 'students' whose families or even insurance funds paid for was $37,000!!! One thing people used to always say to themselves was that it was worth the huge cost because there was no time limit. That was true. You could stay as long as you needed to. Some people had been a year or more. Typical stay was 2-3 months.