A family's Scientology drug rehab nightmare: The Narconon 'Fresh Start' scam strikes again - 2020-07-02
Twice recently we heard from families going through the now-familiar Narconon nightmare: Desperate to find help for a son or daughter, they are fooled by Scientology's slick online operation that convinces parents they are talking to a legitimate drug rehab. And only after sending their loved one across the country at great expense do they learn that they've been suckered into Scientology's unregulated, unsafe quack cold-turkey rehabs that deliver Scientology training, not drug counseling. One of those families is determined to fight back, and is allowing us to publish this account they wrote up of what they went through. We're hoping at a later date to bring you more information about them, including their names, after they've had a chance to talk with attorney Graham Berry.
Our son is 54, and he has a serious addiction problem. As our medical care is obtained though BayCare of Florida, I searched the Internet for BayCare drug rehab centers for him. While reviewing the BayCare St Anthony's Hospital of St. Petersburg website for help with drug addiction a phone number popped up stating "call for help with drug addiction."
Thinking it was St Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg I called and spoke to Josh Penn who stated that with the type of addiction our son had it was extremely urgent that he get him help ASAP. Josh Penn sent a website that had information on the program called Fresh Start that looked and sounded like it would be of help. We were advised that it was a top notch facility. The treatment was professional and our son would be helped. He stated that there was a medical staff and certified counselors.