Is Narconon Safe?
Inappropriate treatment

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5 November 2002
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A significant problem identified by the State of Oklahoma's investigative team in 1991 was the use of Narconon's own clients in the delivery of the Narconon programme:

Narconon permits clients under treatment for drug and alcohol abuse to handle and provide medications to fellow Narconon clients, to supervise the sauna treatment of fellow Narconon clients, and to supervise Narconon clients with psychiatric disorders. Such practices endanger the client's health and safety and are not in accord with acceptable drug and alcohol treatment.

Part of the Narconon treatment program involves touch assists between patients. Touch assists involve massages between patients in rooms by themselves. Narconon has both male and female patients who are involved in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. This practice of touch assists could likely lead to improper sexual contact between drug addicts or alcoholics in the process of recovery. An accepted standard in such programs is for the patients to keep their hands to themselves. The practice of touch assists between male and female patients who are recovering drug addicts or alcoholics in private rooms renders the program unsafe in this respect.
["Findings of Fact regarding the Narconon-Chilocco Application For Certification by the Board of Mental Health", State of Oklahoma, 13 December 1991]

This is, in fact, a standard Scientology practice which in its Scientology context is known as "co-auditing", where two trainee Scientologists cooperate in "auditing" each other. Significantly, it is also used in Scientology's own drug rehabilitation course:

[T]wo people pair up and work with each other on drills ... on a co-audit, meaning cooperative auditing, basis. (Auditing is the application of Scientology processes to another for his benefit.) Students study, drill and then audit many different processes on each other, helping another and being helped in return to become more in present time and oriented to the environment, all of which can greatly raise a person’s potential for success.
["Answers to Drugs" - <>]

This provides another illustration of how Narconon's practices are informed more by Scientology's beliefs than by recognised practice in dealing with addiction.


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