VIDEO: Scientology rehab salesmen - Just exactly the humanitarians you imagined - 2015-08-21
After our story on Tuesday about the death of Amber Bullins at one of Per Wickstrom's rehab facilities in Michigan, we received numerous tips from readers about the Narconon-style network Wickstrom runs. (Some of Wickstrom's businesses are licensed by Scientology's Narconon network, others just make use of Narconon materials.)
The most interesting thing we received was a video that our tipster tells us was made in 2012. It features some employees for an outfit called Life Solutions, in Battle Creek. Part of the Wickstrom empire, it's a referral outfit that takes inquiries from members of the public who are desperately trying to find a rehab center for a loved one.
Two years ago, we showed you the kind of scripts that such boiler-room operations use to direct people to Narconon centers. They convince distraught parents or prospective patients that Narconon is their only solution. Such recruiters are also known to keep quiet that Narconon centers don't actually deliver drug counseling but instead put patients through Scientology training. Their job is to push people to Narconon, and they typically get paid a ten percent commission on the price of rehab, which is around $30,000.