Man claims Narconon a front for Scientology

Published: Nov. 2, 2011 at 4:20 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. – A Lawton man is fighting to stop a drug addiction education program from making a presentation to students at three area schools over the next three days.

The program is called "Narconon" and Colin Henderson says it is not what it appears.  He is not alone in his concern.  A school in Purcell recently refused to allow a Narconon presentation, and states like California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii have also banned it from their public schools.

Henderson and the school are wary of the program because they say Narconon is a recruitment group for the Church of Scientology and Henderson says the methods the program uses are extreme.

7News called Narconon headquarters in eastern Oklahoma and contacted their speaker for tomorrow, Andrew Cuomo, but he refused to comment.  Henderson says his firsthand experience in the program made things worse.

The bridge to the bridge, that is what Narconon promises people who need help with drug abuse and crime.  For $7,500, Colin Henderson felt it could help him with that gap.

"I was having a problem with Oxycodone.  It took about five days of calling around.  I was making the decision with myself with the lord's help," said Henderson.

That is when Henderson came across Narconon.  He says he noticed the Scientology connection right away, and asked his recruiter if the programs practices were separate from the beliefs of the church.

"The answer was to quote him, I will never forget it, 'No bro.  Not at all, man.  This is a pure secular organization.'"

But Henderson soon found out it was just the opposite and said his two-week stay was a nightmare.  He says that the program starts off with segregating patients.

"They cold turkey you and pump you full of vitamins and minerals, each good stuff it really helped."

Then Henderson says there was a touch assess.

"They put you on what resembles a massage table, lay down on your front, lay down on your back and they start draping your body."

Henderson was told it was the programs way of getting patients to focus more on the sensation of what their body wants.  He claims some of it was like mind control.

"They'll say 'See that phone?' and I'll have to say 'Yes I see that phone.'  They say 'Ok, good.' and I'll go touch that phone and when I touch they'll say 'Do you feel better?' and I'll say 'No.' and it will continue on to whatever else they find."

A near death experience was the final straw, after he was denied blood pressure medication.

"They would not give me mine.  The day that I was pegging out, cause I had to have my blood pressure checked all the time.  It was something like 210 over 190."

Henderson says he was given more minerals and vitamins and told not to worry about his blood pressure.  He says he just wants them to be upfront about the program.

"That [they are with] Scientology, that what [they] practice is non-secular, it is not secular."

Henderson says he has not sued the program because he feels you cannot put a price on sobriety. He just wishes the program would be upfront about their religious background.