Author Topic: Parent alleges Narconon Fresh Start mislead family and mistreated their son  (Read 1868 times)

Offline mefree

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Narconon Fresh Start NARCONON FRESH START d/b/a SUNSHINE SUMMIT LODGE, JLB RANCH and HUNTINGTON HARBOR HOUSE - California, Texas and Nevada Misinformation, careless treatment for drug rehab Glendale California

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My adult child was admitted to the Fresh Start drug rehab program for an addiction to herion. He and I were given invalid information by the Fresh Start staff and website and I believe he was mistreated and the staff did not provide care and oversight. I paid $33,000 for his enrollment. Brief summary of issues:

- Was never notified that Fresh Start was affiliated with Narconon.

- Was told my son could use his perscription medications for depression if needed

-Web site indicated that non-narcotic perscriptions can be used

-Staff appeared to be only former drug addicts that were in recovery

- My son my moved from Nevada to California back and forth 4 times in the first 2 or 3 weeks. The final move was against my son's wishes.

- Son allowed to visit psychiatrist nearby and he recommended medication for my son's depression and anxiety. However the staff said they do not allow any medications under any circumstances so he was not allowed to take any medications for his depression and anxiety. He was allowed to smoke cigarettes however! Also the first week he was under the care of Fresh Start he was in detox and was given medications.

More at https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/narconon-fresh-start/glendale-california-91204/narconon-fresh-start-narconon-fresh-start-dbasunshine-summit-lodge-jlb-ranch-and-hu-1426449
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Offline DeathHamster

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It's strange that there's no mention of Rainbow Canyon Retreat, even though that has to be the location in Nevada.

Offline mefree

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Yeah. It sounds like he was shuffled between a few different locations. Not sure why the Nevada location wasn't named.
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Offline Mary_McConnell

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He probably wasn't in NV for very long... probably in detox stage there, then shuffled around.

I don't think they use the Rainbow Canyon Retreat name much these days... too much bad press when Nathan BAca was reporting on it there. He's in DC now, ABC. I enjoy watching him on the news. Still an asskicker :D

Specking of Narconon in NV, they have 2 separate corporations operating there... saw this a while back, posting the details here now.

Search Results 1 - 8 of 8 search results https://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpSearch.aspx

 Entity Name    NV Business ID    Status    Type


NARCONON FRESH START    NV20041660095   Active   Foreign Non-Profit Corporation
Status:     Active
File Date:     11/23/2004
Business License Exp:  11/30/2018

 Officers    
 Director - TONY BYLSMA
Address 1:     13850 GARBER AVE   Address 2:    
City:     SYLMAR   State:     CA
Zip Code:     91342   Country:    
Status:     Active   Email:    

 Treasurer - IAN CONFER
Address 1:     2600 FOOTHILL BLVD SUITE 208   Address 2:    
City:     LA CRESCENTA   State:     CA
Zip Code:     91214   Country:    
Status:     Active   Email:    

 President - LAWRENCE TRAHANT
Address 1:     2600 FOOTHILL BLVD SUITE 208   Address 2:    
City:     LA CRESCENTA   State:     CA
Zip Code:     91214   Country:    
Status:     Active   Email:    
 
 Secretary - MARY WATTS
Address 1:     2600 FOOTHILL BLVD SUITE 208   Address 2:    
City:     LA CRESCENTA   State:     CA
Zip Code:     91214   Country:    
Status:     Active
https://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=vcdHsgiCUnEgd%252fviyKrMMQ%253d%253d&nt7=0


NARCONON NEVADA    NV20161594630   Active   Domestic Non-Profit Corporation
Status:     Active
File Date:     10/6/2016
List of Officers Due: 10/31/2018

Officers

 Treasurer - MANDY BERTRAM
Address 1:     17095 NV-317   Address 2:    
City:     CALIENTE   State:     CA
Zip Code:     89008   Country:     USA
Status:     Active   Email:    
 
 Secretary - NICOLE MCAVOY
Address 1:     17095 NV-317   Address 2:    
City:     CALIENTE   State:     CA
Zip Code:     89008   Country:     USA
Status:     Active   Email:    
 
 Director - MEGAN NICHOLSON
Address 1:     17095 NV-317   Address 2:    
City:     CALIENTE   State:     CA
Zip Code:     89008   Country:     USA
Status:     Active   Email:    

 President - MEGAN NICHOLSON
Address 1:     17095 NV-317   Address 2:    
City:     CALIENTE   State:     CA
Zip Code:     89008   Country:     USA
Status:     Active   Email:    

https://nvsos.gov/sosentitysearch/CorpDetails.aspx?lx8nvq=Cez2h6vv%252bNbAd1pIElIt0Q%253d%253d&nt7=0

I suspect they may have set up the new corp because they planned to sell the property, and maybe used that corp  (a NV one vs Fresh Start being a CA corp) for tax purposes? 
Narconon Nevada
17095 State Route 317, Caliente, NV 89008
https://www.trulia.com/property/3261455721-17095-State-Route-317-Hwy-Caliente-NV-89008
http://www.landwatch.com/Lincoln-County-Nevada-Land-for-sale/pid/25011769

As of today, March 26, this property had been listed for 663 days
https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Caliente_NV_89008_M26921-45507

When I looked last, on Sept 12, 2017, this property had been listed for 467 days
https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Caliente_NV_89008_M26921-45507

They are selling because they owe nearly $1 million in payroll taxes :P
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Offline brighterlights7

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Holy shit, Megan was just out of interning when I was at RCR and Nicole was my roommate at Warner Springs.

Crazy that the place is "for sale" since I was under the impression that the ranch was leased.

However, I'm pretty sure that they owned the tree houses a few miles down the road from the ranch, or maybe those were the ones that were leased, but the way I remember it, the ranch was leased, and the tree houses (withdraw) had been bought out for $3mil after the developer realized that no one was ever going to want to pay to go to play golf in godforsaken Caliente NV

Offline Mary_McConnell

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Holy shit, Megan was just out of interning when I was at RCR and Nicole was my roommate at Warner Springs.

Crazy that the place is "for sale" since I was under the impression that the ranch was leased.

However, I'm pretty sure that they owned the tree houses a few miles down the road from the ranch, or maybe those were the ones that were leased, but the way I remember it, the ranch was leased, and the tree houses (withdraw) had been bought out for $3mil after the developer realized that no one was ever going to want to pay to go to play golf in godforsaken Caliente NV

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Belated hello and thanks for posting this, brighterlights7! Former patients' experiences and knowledge is always appreciated, as is yours. It's sad how Narconon some recruits patients to become staff. Sadder yet that some become officers of their corporations. I gather they may well have become scientologists, because it's a big deal for Narconon to to put a name to once of it's corporations, unlike the Sea Org members listed on Scientology corps as trustees. As long as they are loyal, they are used.

I do hope you wil post again, and share more of your knowledge about this facility. Of course, your personal details should be omitted. Just general information on your experiences, and any observations of the place, staff, community, etc, would be helpful. It's up to you, of course. 

On the ownership vs leasing, Narconon has owned the a number of land and properties at this Caliente, NV site for many years. They are still deed registered as owned by Narconon Southern California. They have since taken the property off the market because there were no viable offers. They still need the money to repay the still owed $1.5 Million in IRS audited payroll tax underpayments Narconon Fresh Start failed to report and pay in in recent years.

Perhaps you mean the motel down the road when you refer to 'leased'. For some years, Narconon  leased the apparently then-vermin infested Caliente Hot Springs Motel and Spa, located at Highway 93 N in
Caliente 

The motel has since cleaned up it's act and it receiving very good traveler reviews on Yelp
https://www.yelp.com/biz/caliente-hot-springs-motel-and-spa-caliente-2

Here is the Google map of what it located on and near Narconon fresh Start ( Narconon Southern California) property
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&mid=1WXabb_IVwkZLuNL5929ngv-eV-o&ll=37.11347914082321%2C-114.75255399999998&z=8

In 2012, investigative reporter Nathan Baca ( then at CBS Las Vegas NOW station, previously in CA, and noted for his investigations into Scientology there) reported extensively on Narconon in NV, and did report on the motel where many student were housed. The motel was for some time leased by Narconon, at least until these reports by Baca came out.

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Just south of the town, the Narconon lodge is on a hillside surrounded by ranch land.

The I-Team attempted to speak with Narconon management.

At first, a woman named Kate approached the I-Team and declined an interview.

Another manager a day later gave the I-Team a cease-and-desist letter.

The I-Team then headed toward the former Caliente Hot Springs Motel in town.

Narconon leases the motel and keeps patients there.

"There's mold in our room," Justin Vandergriend said. "Within the first two nights, me and my roommate Yann were experiencing bites from bed bugs."
https://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/iteam-patients-struggle-at-scientology-rehab-center/76238163

Here is a post from 2013, in a thread titled
 "Getting my son out of a Narconon facility as we speak"
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php?topic=12670.0

Hi - I wanted to reply to the thread. This is Stacy's husband. I would like to thank all of you for the kindness, support and guidance you showed us while we figured out how to get him out. I was there yesterday,dealt with the "staff", went to the rat hole hotel on the other end of town where our son was living. I have seen this facility first hand. If I can assist please let me know. I am far from done with these people. Thanks again for the support.

You can find more information posted some time back on Narconon Nevada aka Narconon Fresh Start in NV aka Rainbow Canyon Retreat
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php?topic=6019.0
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php?topic=6019.msg14210#msg14210

You can find additional info on the motel, owned (still?) by members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS Church) and previously for for years in performing "Underage "child bride" polygamous marriages"
http://www.forum.exscn.net/threads/nathan-baca-airing-expose-on-narconon-on-november-1.29131/#post-743256




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