January 27th, 2010 10:23 EST
In regards to an article posted on the SOP: Drinking in College: Most Students Do It
Dear Judyth Piazza,
I have always found the articles presented by the SOP to be insightful and well informed however one recent article has me concerned. The article Drinking in College: Most Students Do It http://thesop.org/education/2010/01/21/drinking-in-college discusses the prevalence of alcohol abuse in college age students but instead of reading like a well balanced article detailing the issues of over consumption of alcoholic beverages the article reads more like an advertisement for Narconon. While it is extremely important that anyone with an addiction they can`t over come on their own seek help, Narconon is not a safe place for anyone.
Not to be confused with the more credible Narcotics Anonymous programs, Narconon is a controversial international drug rehabilitation program that is based on the theories and pseudo-scientific principles on drug addiction written by L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard is best known for his science fiction writings as well as being the founder of Scientology. Hubbard had no background in health issues and addiction except for his own experiences with drug usage. Narconon does not outwardly claim ties to Scientology but many of their employees are scientologists. The money that many of their students pay to be helped through these trying times is siphoned back into the church and the students are then groomed to follow in the footsteps of so many others who had been drawn into the Church.
Narconon`s methods of treatment include hot sauna treatments that run often far longer than recommend in conjunction with potentially dangerous levels of vitamins far beyond what the FDA considers safe. Their methods have no basis in fact or science and have proven dangerous for many a Narconon student.
Some of the following links can shed more light upon the issues associated with this group and others tied to the Church of Scientology.
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter and keep up the wonderful work.