Narconon, Scientology’s drug ‘rehab’ approach

Narconon at a Glance

Our View

The publishers of Apologetics Index consider the Church of Scientology (including its related entities) to be a commercial enterprise that masquerades as a religion. In our view Scientology preys on vulnerable people through a variety of front groups, including Narconon (which operates in some prisons under the name “Criminon”).

In our opinion Scientology’s medical teachings — based as they are on the writings of founder L. Ron Hubbard — amount to a mixture of fantasy, lies and quackery. [4]

Wikipedia puts it this way:

[Narconon’s] drug rehabilitation treatment has been described as “medically unsafe”, “quackery” and “medical fraud”, while academic and medical experts have dismissed its educational programme as containing “factual errors in basic concepts such as physical and mental effects, addiction and even spelling.” [3]

We encourage those who are addicted to narcotics or other substances to not get involved with Scientology or its front group, but to instead contact legitimate organizations, such as Narcotics Anonymous

The Scientology-front frequently features in investigative TV reports such as this one by CBS-KLVS News ( Oct. 31, 2012)
NBC, Rock Center report on Scientology’s ‘rehab’ program(Aug. 16, 2012)
NBC, Rock Center with Harry Smith (Apr. 5, 2013). Part of a series of Rock Center reports on Narconon

How the Church of Scientology describes Narconon

The United States Internal Revenue Service, as a condition of its 1 October 1993 tax-exemption agreement with the Church of Scientology, sent to foreign governments an official “Description of the Scientology Religion” produced by the Church of Scientology International. It gives the following concise description:


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See Also



  1. Wikipedia: Narconon, History [Back]
  2. Richard Behar, TIME magazine, Scientology: The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power. Cover story, May 6, 1991 page 50. Note: the Church of Scientology sued TIME magazine and Richard Behar for libel, but lost. Before that, writer Richard Behar was subjected to the kind of harassment Scientology has become known for. [Back]
  3. Wikipedia entry on the Scientology front group, last accessed Monday, November 12, 2012 – 6:57 AM CET [Back]
  4. See Jeff Jacobson, Medical claims within Scientology’s secret teachings [Back]