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I was a client at this facility.   Elevate still operates as they did when named Narconon and just renamed some of the program terminology. Elevate's business model is the same as Narconon based on finding the Narconon coursebooks.  Elevate simply uses different names when referring to courses, etc.  For example instead of being called "students" it's now "clients".  Toxic people TP's, the coursework is divided into "phases".   In the course workbooks, you read and do an assignment, raise your hand and a "counselor" formerly referred to as "instructor" reviews your answers and signs off on it so you can move on to the next.  One still needs to use a dictionary to look up words, ie define what "communication" is - what's the definition and what does "communication" mean to you?  It's basic elementary crap.  In Phase 2, you do 4 Ed Blocks (education blocks which are 1 1/2 hour long) doing "observations"  You spend 5 minutes "observing" an object - a blade of grass, a bottle, a sign, a leaf, and then describing it - the leaf is green, it has some red in it, and so on.   They claim those exercises are to desensitize you to a bottle of vodka...it's just a bottle, blah blah blah.   

They punish clients frequently - a fellow client was having a difficult few days - heck we all have life problems complicated by drug/alcohol so of course people will be negative at times, she was placed on "amends" for 4 days.  Amends is when they pull you out of the program to perform laborious chores, raking leaves, pulling weeds, cleaning the bathrooms, mopping floors, etc. When you don't work the program your completion of the program is then delayed.  You progress in the program is doing coursework in "educational block"  that's why it's not a 90 day program and they call it progress based.  If you are educated then the coursework is easy and you'll finish the program quicker.  Elevate has no housekeeping or janitorial staff - they require clients to clean their rooms everyday (wiping down your bathroom countertops, cleaning the mirror, vacuum everyday, make your bed everyday -making the bed every day isn't a big deal but they are nit picky and look for any tiny flaw to issue a "CV" - conduct violation.  My roomate & I were ages 38 + &  very clean and orderly but were issued CV's because there was a couple of small tree leaves that had been tracked in & they said the room wasn't clean enough.  If you have a CV you aren't allowed to an excursion - church or a rewards outing which is either to the beach for the afternoon or a movie.   You must work off a CV by performing more chores.  The everyday chores are assigned & changed regularly.  They consist of building cleaning as they have no janitors - this would be cleaning toilets, kitchen clean up, trash removal, window cleaning, and so one.  On top of those chores, once a week you're required to do a deep clean of your room - again they are very very nit picky - the walls need to be wiped down, window sills, every tiny nook & cranny.  Your room is then inspected telling you if it's up to par.   Then once a week is the building's deep clean - this is hosing down the sunroom floor, cleaning the weight room, all class rooms/buildings, kitchen, bathrooms, front entrance, laundry room etc. That is also inspected and you aren't done until they say so.  One gets CV's if they didn't do their daily chore "good enough" One new client was issued a CV because 1 empty target shopping bag was in the room & not in the trash.   

Also the staff are NOT trained.  They have NO medical professionals 24/7, not even in their detox contrary to their claims on their website (medically supervised detox, doctors & nurses on staff) The detox is a cabin, a small cabin and COED!   Men share rooms with other males and women share a room with other females, however, the cabin is small and you share the bathrooms, kitchen and living space with both sexes.  Any woman who has had past trauma - ie assault, abuse, etc from a man this is NOT the place for you! No background checks on clients are done regarding whether a male has a criminal history of assault, etc.  Some come straight out of prison/jail.   The majority of the clients appear, to me, to be troubled youth, some who came off the streets and honestly I felt uncomfortable and unsafe.  After getting to know some I felt better but in all honesty when you see what looks like punk meth kids it made me feel uncomfortable.  I realize everyone deserves a chance to change their lives and I see the staff use intimidation to these kids - they're yelled at in abusive ways.  One girl was suspended for exchanging notes with another guy and they both were able to return to the facility and picked up where they left off.  She then got into trouble again for socializing with him out of public view and the Conduct supervisor, Doug, yelled at her and was overhead saying "What the fuck are you doing"  While I agree her behavior was wrong & this should've been addressed, I don't feel the way in which she was dealt with was appropriate.  Any girl or woman with trauma, this type of confrontation can be a trigger!     The fact detox and the program is co ed was NEVER disclosed to my family nor myself beforehand. The rooms are unlocked and men are in the room adjacent to women. They have a hired doctor - Dr. Stein -  who is off site and they have one nurse who is there during the day and another contracted nurse practitioner.  They have NO psychologists or psychiatrists.  All staff, or "counselors" are clients who went through the program themselves and when they "graduated" the program, they were immediately hired on as trainees.  They do not have any degrees in drug/alcohol counseling, therapy, etc.  When I was there, 4 people graduated the program then 2 days later returned as trainees!  They claim they treat co-occurring disorders, but NONE OF THE STAFF are even qualified to treat, let alone identify issues.  If someone is negative why not HELP them work through it instead of punishing them??? If you speak negatively about the program, staff or mention they were Narconon, you will be punished for it - you'll be issued a CV and get put on amends if they deem it serious enough.   

Also the family counselors mislead the families as if you want to leave in 10 days your entitled to a partial refund (they keep $15K) but they will tell your family you just want to get out of treatment so they apply pressure for you to stay.  I paid up front, in cash $39,500.00 for the 90 day program.   My roommate was insurance pay.  At 60 days into her program, she obtained a copy of the billing they've sent to her insurance co and discovered they have blled $100,000.00 and she has another 30 days - give or take to go!!! 

Their website claims to have a professional chef which they don't have.  They have a cook and trainees also cook.  Their food is supplied by Sysco as any other rehab facility and restaurant.  Their weight room is non existent as it's some dumb bells and a bench press and they are old.  They are building a new cross fit gym.   They still claim the sauna will rid your body of all the toxins of your drug/alcohol use.  Their basketball is a broken hoop off the driveway path and by the laundry room which has old washers & dryers which work poorly.   Everyone & the staff smoke like chimney's but tout fitness, nutrition, etc.  They claim you get massages regularly and this is only when you're in the detox cabin.  The water is crappy as they have their own sewage system and my skin was always itching!   

I was never able to have a private conversation even with my own insurance nurse case manager without their family counselor (Cassidy) present.  I thought this was odd.  When I learned they were Narconon I told them NOT to contact my family without me present and they would need to admit to my family they were previously narconon.  They went ahead and proceeded to call my family behind my back and claim that I was spreading lies about their program, resisting treatment and highly manipulative simply to get out of the program.   This was done because they didn't want me to leave within the 10 days so I could get a refund.   I had a panic attack and demanded they take me to the hospital and yet they aren't even QUALIFIED to make that type of diagnoses/determination! 

Regarding clients' exit strategy, they won't allow one to graduate the program unless they approve who they'll be around, living with, and their living conditions.  I can appreciate the need to make sure when one leaves they remain sober but to exert that type of control is too much.   Many learn about the program early on and leave - very few actually graduate and those who do, stay on to work there as robots.   

I have tried posting my reviews on Rehabs.com but my review is never posted.  I also believe all the reviews one finds on Elevate are fictious....I find it hard to believe all the glowing reviews when so few actually even stay, let alone finish.   This is just a big money making scheme and as of 2016 they became a for profit organization.     I am wanting to get an attorney to get my money back as well as pain & suffering for the additional trauma I went through there.   

I made friends with some good people and after I left, they confronted a guy and refused to let him graduate unless the put, in writing, that he and I had an inappropriate relationship.  This was done AFTER I made it clear to them I was retaining an attorney and sent them an email the day before confronting the fact they told me I was discharged from the program as I required a higher level of care yet told my family I was so disruptive to the other clients, trying to get other clients to leave the program and that I did all I could to leave the program.   Since they slandered me for retaliation purposes and I've caught them, they are now trying to find dirt on me to see if they can keep me from pursuing legal action or using it as a defense.   I have asked them, via email, several times to confirm what it was they told my family as my family has told me what they've said, but they won't even address it other than saying perhaps I should get a conference call with them and my family.   The fact I hear from my friends who are still in there what they're trying to dig up on me, tells me they purposely caused me additional emotional trauma.
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I also want to copy and paste the "contract" they have you sign upon admission.  I think much is self explanatory.  They have you sign the contract again after you've been in detox a bit and supposedly more clear headed as many enter under the influence.   I signed it again but was still on Ativan and not of sound mind.  The second signing of the contract then includes an addendum.  The contract is very interesting in that the claim addicts are manipulative by nature and the detox portion will determine if the facility is right for you or not, yet that addicts will try to get out of the program as it's a common avoidance technique to problems and it's imperative the addicts family don't take the side of the addict but to contact them about the program so they can be better informed...again this is all designed for monetary purposes.
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I was a client at this facility.   Elevate still operates as they did when named Narconon and just renamed some of the program terminology. Elevate's business model is the same as Narconon based on finding the Narconon coursebooks.  Elevate simply uses different names when referring to courses, etc.  For example instead of being called "students" it's now "clients".  Toxic people TP's, the coursework is divided into "phases".   In the course workbooks, you read and do an assignment, raise your hand and a "counselor" formerly referred to as "instructor" reviews your answers and signs off on it so you can move on to the next.  One still needs to use a dictionary to look up words, ie define what "communication" is - what's the definition and what does "communication" mean to you?  It's basic elementary crap.  In Phase 2, you do 4 Ed Blocks (education blocks which are 1 1/2 hour long) doing "observations"  You spend 5 minutes "observing" an object - a blade of grass, a bottle, a sign, a leaf, and then describing it - the leaf is green, it has some red in it, and so on.   They claim those exercises are to desensitize you to a bottle of vodka...it's just a bottle, blah blah blah.   

They punish clients frequently - a fellow client was having a difficult few days - heck we all have life problems complicated by drug/alcohol so of course people will be negative at times, she was placed on "amends" for 4 days.  Amends is when they pull you out of the program to perform laborious chores, raking leaves, pulling weeds, cleaning the bathrooms, mopping floors, etc. When you don't work the program your completion of the program is then delayed.  You progress in the program is doing coursework in "educational block"  that's why it's not a 90 day program and they call it progress based.  If you are educated then the coursework is easy and you'll finish the program quicker.  Elevate has no housekeeping or janitorial staff - they require clients to clean their rooms everyday (wiping down your bathroom countertops, cleaning the mirror, vacuum everyday, make your bed everyday -making the bed every day isn't a big deal but they are nit picky and look for any tiny flaw to issue a "CV" - conduct violation.  My roomate & I were ages 38 + &  very clean and orderly but were issued CV's because there was a couple of small tree leaves that had been tracked in & they said the room wasn't clean enough.  If you have a CV you aren't allowed to an excursion - church or a rewards outing which is either to the beach for the afternoon or a movie.   You must work off a CV by performing more chores.  The everyday chores are assigned & changed regularly.  They consist of building cleaning as they have no janitors - this would be cleaning toilets, kitchen clean up, trash removal, window cleaning, and so one.  On top of those chores, once a week you're required to do a deep clean of your room - again they are very very nit picky - the walls need to be wiped down, window sills, every tiny nook & cranny.  Your room is then inspected telling you if it's up to par.   Then once a week is the building's deep clean - this is hosing down the sunroom floor, cleaning the weight room, all class rooms/buildings, kitchen, bathrooms, front entrance, laundry room etc. That is also inspected and you aren't done until they say so.  One gets CV's if they didn't do their daily chore "good enough" One new client was issued a CV because 1 empty target shopping bag was in the room & not in the trash.   

Also the staff are NOT trained.  They have NO medical professionals 24/7, not even in their detox contrary to their claims on their website (medically supervised detox, doctors & nurses on staff) The detox is a cabin, a small cabin and COED!   Men share rooms with other males and women share a room with other females, however, the cabin is small and you share the bathrooms, kitchen and living space with both sexes.  Any woman who has had past trauma - ie assault, abuse, etc from a man this is NOT the place for you! No background checks on clients are done regarding whether a male has a criminal history of assault, etc.  Some come straight out of prison/jail.   The majority of the clients appear, to me, to be troubled youth, some who came off the streets and honestly I felt uncomfortable and unsafe.  After getting to know some I felt better but in all honesty when you see what looks like punk meth kids it made me feel uncomfortable.  I realize everyone deserves a chance to change their lives and I see the staff use intimidation to these kids - they're yelled at in abusive ways.  One girl was suspended for exchanging notes with another guy and they both were able to return to the facility and picked up where they left off.  She then got into trouble again for socializing with him out of public view and the Conduct supervisor, Doug, yelled at her and was overhead saying "What the fuck are you doing"  While I agree her behavior was wrong & this should've been addressed, I don't feel the way in which she was dealt with was appropriate.  Any girl or woman with trauma, this type of confrontation can be a trigger!     The fact detox and the program is co ed was NEVER disclosed to my family nor myself beforehand. The rooms are unlocked and men are in the room adjacent to women. They have a hired doctor - Dr. Stein -  who is off site and they have one nurse who is there during the day and another contracted nurse practitioner.  They have NO psychologists or psychiatrists.  All staff, or "counselors" are clients who went through the program themselves and when they "graduated" the program, they were immediately hired on as trainees.  They do not have any degrees in drug/alcohol counseling, therapy, etc.  When I was there, 4 people graduated the program then 2 days later returned as trainees!  They claim they treat co-occurring disorders, but NONE OF THE STAFF are even qualified to treat, let alone identify issues.  If someone is negative why not HELP them work through it instead of punishing them??? If you speak negatively about the program, staff or mention they were Narconon, you will be punished for it - you'll be issued a CV and get put on amends if they deem it serious enough.   

Also the family counselors mislead the families as if you want to leave in 10 days your entitled to a partial refund (they keep $15K) but they will tell your family you just want to get out of treatment so they apply pressure for you to stay.  I paid up front, in cash $39,500.00 for the 90 day program.   My roommate was insurance pay.  At 60 days into her program, she obtained a copy of the billing they've sent to her insurance co and discovered they have blled $100,000.00 and she has another 30 days - give or take to go!!! 

Their website claims to have a professional chef which they don't have.  They have a cook and trainees also cook.  Their food is supplied by Sysco as any other rehab facility and restaurant.  Their weight room is non existent as it's some dumb bells and a bench press and they are old.  They are building a new cross fit gym.   They still claim the sauna will rid your body of all the toxins of your drug/alcohol use.  Their basketball is a broken hoop off the driveway path and by the laundry room which has old washers & dryers which work poorly.   Everyone & the staff smoke like chimney's but tout fitness, nutrition, etc.  They claim you get massages regularly and this is only when you're in the detox cabin.  The water is crappy as they have their own sewage system and my skin was always itching!   

I was never able to have a private conversation even with my own insurance nurse case manager without their family counselor (Cassidy) present.  I thought this was odd.  When I learned they were Narconon I told them NOT to contact my family without me present and they would need to admit to my family they were previously narconon.  They went ahead and proceeded to call my family behind my back and claim that I was spreading lies about their program, resisting treatment and highly manipulative simply to get out of the program.   This was done because they didn't want me to leave within the 10 days so I could get a refund.   I had a panic attack and demanded they take me to the hospital and yet they aren't even QUALIFIED to make that type of diagnoses/determination! 

Regarding clients' exit strategy, they won't allow one to graduate the program unless they approve who they'll be around, living with, and their living conditions.  I can appreciate the need to make sure when one leaves they remain sober but to exert that type of control is too much.   Many learn about the program early on and leave - very few actually graduate and those who do, stay on to work there as robots.   

I have tried posting my reviews on Rehabs.com but my review is never posted.  I also believe all the reviews one finds on Elevate are fictious....I find it hard to believe all the glowing reviews when so few actually even stay, let alone finish.   This is just a big money making scheme and as of 2016 they became a for profit organization.     I am wanting to get an attorney to get my money back as well as pain & suffering for the additional trauma I went through there.   

I made friends with some good people and after I left, they confronted a guy and refused to let him graduate unless the put, in writing, that he and I had an inappropriate relationship.  This was done AFTER I made it clear to them I was retaining an attorney and sent them an email the day before confronting the fact they told me I was discharged from the program as I required a higher level of care yet told my family I was so disruptive to the other clients, trying to get other clients to leave the program and that I did all I could to leave the program.   Since they slandered me for retaliation purposes and I've caught them, they are now trying to find dirt on me to see if they can keep me from pursuing legal action or using it as a defense.   I have asked them, via email, several times to confirm what it was they told my family as my family has told me what they've said, but they won't even address it other than saying perhaps I should get a conference call with them and my family.   The fact I hear from my friends who are still in there what they're trying to dig up on me, tells me they purposely caused me additional emotional trauma.
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Narconon in Michigan / Re: Best Drug Rehabilitation
« Last post by DeathHamster on March 23, 2018, 08:54 »
Best Drug Rehabilitation appears to be doing a name change. (Gosh, I wonder why?)

Their Michigan listings changed to "BEST DRUG REHABILITATION, INC. D/B/A GREAT LAKES REHABILITATION CENTER".
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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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It's strange that there's no mention of Rainbow Canyon Retreat, even though that has to be the location in Nevada.
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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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Narconon and related groups / Re: Suncoast Rehabilitation Center
« Last post by mefree on February 20, 2018, 21:19 »
Another press release with pic of several "area notables' and Novus Medical Detox staff at ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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This ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, was held on Thursday, February 1. Several area notables, including West Palm Beach Chief of Police Sarah Mooney, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Fire Chief Diana Matty, Congressman Assistant to Congressman Alcee L. Hastings Dan Lifton, and a number of executives from St. Mary's Medical Center. They joined Novus Medical Detox Centers executives Chairman of the Board Kurt Feshbach, CEO Bryn Wesch, and VP of Community Relations Kent Runyon.

more at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/novus-medical-detox-centers-cuts-ribbon-on-new-state-of-the-art-facility-300595295.html
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 :o.

The deadline for SBPI to file their memorandum was extended x 12 by Frederick County Circuit Court judges. I wonder why???

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Between August 2016 and January of this year, Frederick County Circuit Court judges extended SBPI’s deadline for filing a memorandum in support of its petition for judicial review 12 separate times.

The most recent deadline to file the memorandum was Feb. 15. The day before, attorneys for SBPI filed a 13th motion for extension, requesting a new deadline of April 16.

The motion was denied by Frederick County Circuit Judge Theresa M. Adams on Feb. 14.

Attorneys for both sides of the case notified the court Thursday that they had reached an agreement and were close to finalizing a settlement.

Mary may know more.
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