Scientology builds tiny new drug rehab, marking Narconon's dwindling US fortunes - 2020-02-03
In the year 2000, the Church of Scientology paid $1.9 million for a 256-acre resort in Oklahoma from the Choctaw Nation, which had purchased it in a government fire sale fifteen years earlier for about the same price. The resort had been built by the state in 1965, and it still had the mod look from that era.
Originally it was designed as a swank outpost for upscale visitors, but Scientology had something very different in mind for it. A decade earlier, Scientology leader David Miscavige decided to experiment and go big with the "Narconon" drug rehab model that L. Ron Hubbard first put in place in the late 1960s. In 1990, that meant opening a 57-bed clinic on an Indian reservation in the state, but now, in 2000, Miscavige was really scaling up. At the Arrowhead lodge, his spokesman said the new Narconon flagship facility might have as many as 300 beds.
For years, Scientology had claimed that it was the "expert" on treating drug addiction, but without large facilities, how could it claim to be making a dent in the country's actual drug problems? Narconon Arrowhead was Scientology's answer.