Per Wickstrom Denied Expansion of Drug Rehab, Sues Michigan Town - 2013-08-21
We told you recently about Per Wickstrom, who owns a number of drug rehab centers in Michigan. Per's businesses have been associated with Scientology's drug rehab network, Narconon. But we've noticed that in recent years, he's been getting away from the Narconon brand — and can you blame him? With Narconon mired in controversies and investigations and lawsuits in places like Oklahoma and Georgia — and attracting national media attention — word is getting out about the network's shortcomings.
In Battle Creek, Michigan, Per owned a facility called Narconon Stone Hawk, but in 2008 he re-christened the place "A Forever Recovery," and not only dropped the Narconon name, he's doing his best to make it look like he's severed ties with Scientology altogether. At its website, A Forever Recovery says it offers Christian-based, Native American-based, and "holistic" approaches to addiction and calls them "evidence-based, comprehensive, and personalized."
Hey, that ought to appeal to everyone, right? Well, apparently the locals aren't impressed, and have stopped every attempt by Wickstrom to expand the place. So Per's suing!