Narconon is a very controversial drug rehabilitation center, mainly because it is run by the Church of Scientology. They have centers in 45 counties across the nation and have been operation for over 40 years. One of the strengths of Narconon is that their rehabilitation center is completely drug free.
The Narconon drug rehab program steps are entirely drug-free; that is, our drug rehabilitation program does not use drugs or medications to solve the problems caused by drugs, but does use nutrition and nutritional supplements as an important component of its delivery.
However, Narconon is now under investigation and this isn’t the first time it has happened either.
Last Friday, a search warrant for the Georgia Narconon drug rehab center was executed. The state has already revoked Narconon’s license to practice. Allegedly, they have billed a patient $166,275 for treatment that should have cost no more than $15,000, a clear case of insurance fraud.
Investigators say they were surprised by the volumes of potential evidence retrieved from Narconon, which was stripped of its license in December following a decade’s worth of complaints that it was illegally operating a residential facility. Narconon is appealing the state Department of Community Health’s ruling.
The family at the center of this latest controversy is the Morton family of Rome, who’s 19 year old daughter Emily is the patient who received the allegedly inflated bill. The family scrutinized the bill and came to the conclusion that they weren’t just overcharged for treatment that Emily had received, but they were even charged for treatment that she had not received at all.
They were billing for doctor visits – one amount was for $58,000.00. And she never even saw the doctor.
Following this, they contacted Robbins Health Care Alliance, which set the ball rolling with News-Talk WSB becoming involved as well. This turned the entire situation into public knowledge, which is where we stand now. One significant problem, however, is that only an individual, and not a full corporation can be charged with insurance fraud. As the center is part of the Church of Scientology, it may be difficult to find a single responsible individual.
All of this is incredibly bad press for Narconon, who received some bad press last February as well.
In February, Narconon of Georgia and its parent company, Narconon International, settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit in the death of patient Patrick Desmond in 2008. That investigation led to the initiation of licensure revocation proceedings by the Georgia Department of Community Health.
The Arrowhead facility in Oklahoma, Narconon’s flagship facility, is currently dealing with the deaths of four of their patients.
Statement from the Families
Very often, when something highly controversial like this occurs, friends and families are rounded up to speak about their content with the company, explaining that accidents happen and a single mistake doesn’t take away from the overall good that the company is doing. This is what was expected here as well, particularly since the Church of Scientology has a lot of (very high profile) members. However, it seems that this was not to be this time. A joint statement has been released on behalf of the families of patients stating:
I sincerely hope that this spells the end of this dangerous and deceptive operation. I only wish it had come sooner so that those who have been harmed by Narconon could have avoided that fate.
It seems that Narconon is going to struggle to recover from this latest blow, particularly if those who they have treated are starting to turn their backs. Luckily, there are many other high quality rehabilitation centers in the country as well.