Scientology hails study vindicating its rehab program - so we take a closer look - 2018-10-30
Recently, one of our correspondents forwarded us a press release put out by Scientology's drug rehab outfit, Narconon, which was boasting about a new study finally providing some scientific evidence to back up L. Ron Hubbard's ideas about treating drug abuse.
Our correspondent sounded crestfallen that Narconon had finally managed to get a peer-reviewed study published which seemed to confirm what Scientology has been saying all along about its cold-turkey, sauna-based treatment regimen.
Well, hang on, we said. Let's make sure someone who actually knows something about scientific studies gets a look at this. We turned to Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dave Touretzky, who has been keeping an eye on Narconon for far longer than we have, and who maintains extensive web pages about how Narconon really works. We're glad we did, because Touretzky had plenty of questions about the study. We'll let him take it from here…