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Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:20 »
http://t.monroenews.com/news/2013/nov/14/drug-rehab-firm-looking-monroes-boysville/?templates=tablet

Here's an article detailing a possible joint effort between Per Wickstrom and some former NFL players

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#The idea to pitch the proj­ect to A Forever Recovery was developed by Monroe resident Sean Jordan, a West Point graduate and former NFL football player with the Dallas Cowboys. His busi­ness partner is Herman Moore, a star receiver who retired from the Detroit Li­ons.

#The two former players teamed with April Demers of the Monroe County Sub­stance Abuse Coalition to bring Mr. Wickstrom and his associates to tour Boysville.

Again they seemed to have forgotten to mention Scientology...

Offline Heartbroken1234

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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013, 10:03 »
This is horrible! These people have got to know this is all a scam and not a good thing for their state or town. It is sickening to me.

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 23:24 »
Miss Fortune covered this story on her blog.

FRENCHTOWN KISS: Per Wickstrom Tours Former Monroe County "Boysville" Center. Is This The New Home of A Forever Recovery-Monroe County? - Glistening,Quivering Underbelly (blog)
Friday, November 15, 2013
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..... The Monroe News appeared to parrot Wickstromworld's party line, describing A Forever Recovery as using "a five- phase program to overcome addiction where patients can stay anywhere from 60 to 120 days. It can be a faith-based treatment program, but the degree of spirituality is up to the patient."

 Wickstrom was claimed in the article that he was "surprised at the scope of the heroin problem in Monroe and would like to offer his services if it can be arranged."

“It blows my mind that it’s such an epidemic,” Wickstrom said, barely able to conceal his glee. “ That’s why we need to open this facility.”

more at http://glisteningquiveringunderbelly.blogspot.com/2013/11/frenchtown-kiss-per-wickstrom-tours.html
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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 07:40 »
Wickstrom's model of scam relies on out of state clients. 

He cannot afford to have locals spreading the word about what really happens inside his treatment centers.  Nor can he have concerned parents or family members actually coming to visit or communicating with the patient.  And he certainly can't have them physically in the office demanding their money back when they learn their insurance company has also been charged 3 times what he quoted you and they actually paid it.

He touts tours and visiting days, but an angry or worried parent is turned away from the grounds under the misuse of HIPAA laws.

Monroe County residents would not" benefit" from this facility.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2013, 16:22 »
Wickstrom's model of scam relies on out of state clients. 

He cannot afford to have locals spreading the word about what really happens inside his treatment centers.  Nor can he have concerned parents or family members actually coming to visit or communicating with the patient.  And he certainly can't have them physically in the office demanding their money back when they learn their insurance company has also been charged 3 times what he quoted you and they actually paid it.

He touts tours and visiting days, but an angry or worried parent is turned away from the grounds under the misuse of HIPAA laws.

Monroe County residents would not" benefit" from this facility.

they scream HIPPA when it benefits them but then on the other hand do whatever they want they are insane

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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 20:09 »
they scream HIPPA when it benefits them but then on the other hand do whatever they want they are insane

I've noticed the same thing in court proceedings. HIPAA is used when it is beneficial to their case, but ignored in other circumstances. I'll have to dig back through the Desmond case to see if I can find an example.

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2013, 06:49 »
Well HIPAA plays right into the secrecy and protection they need to make the scam possible.

Alcohol and Drug Rehab is the absolute perfect vehicle for them to abuse and is why it is proving so difficult to dislodge them from this lucrative way of promoting and funding Scientology.

1. There is often a shame associated with addiction that prevents clients or victims from speaking freely about their experiences.
2. "Addicts" are immediately discredited as people who cannot manage their own lives and who "lie and manipulate" for their drug of choice, thus allowing these facilities a large measure of control over the individual and their confused and desperate family.
3.  Medical privacy and HIPAA laws allow them a level of secrecy under which to operate. They can take in all the information they want, but do not have to divulge any info out except by court order.
4. "Rehab" ( other than in-patient psychiatric) is the only treatment that gets away with limiting client access to the outside world.  This is a dangerous practice in itself.  Did you know Hazelden allows even Detox patients to make private phone calls?  Albeit, you have to wait in line for a public phone and calling times are limited, but you can contact your family.  Only Narconon cuts you off completely.
5. Desperate people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse often have sleep issues, medical problems and just plain self doubt, making them easy targets for scientology propaganda and practices.

I fear Scientology has found a perfect niche to hide in. It will be difficult but not impossible to bring them down and get them out of cloaked rehab. It is currently just too profitable and too easy a system to manipulate.
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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 15:25 »
If we keep shining a light on the cockroaches (apologies to real cockroaches), sooner or later either the state or, better, Federal groups that can "extermate" them financially will get involved.

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2013, 22:54 »
A drug summit is to be held in Monroe on December 3rd. There is no mention that Per Wickstrom will be in attendance, but is seen in videos and pictures beside April Demers.

Monroe County Drug Summit Set For December 3 - Monroe News

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A summit to address commu­nity concerns about an epidemic of prescription drug and heroin use is set for Dec. 3 at Monroe County Community College. The summit, which will focus on what residents can do to re­duce the problem and get users into treatment, will be held from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m. at the college campus at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. Organizers are expecting up to 200 people to attend the event, said April Demers, community and youth developer for the co­alition. The event is being coordinated with the Monroe County Pros­ecutor’s Office and the court sys­tem. “ It’s really coming together,” Ms. Demers said. “ There is a potential for big changes in the community. Our hope is to walk away with a strategic action plan.” A steering committee organiz­ing the summit has been meeting every week to plan the event. The morning session will be the most informative and be open to the public, she said. It will include education and awareness programs and local, state and national data on heroin and prescription drug use. A 10- minute video and stories from families of drug users also are being planned. A number of legal and medical professionals and other stake­holders from the community will be invited to share information.

Read more at http://www.monroenews.com/news/2013/nov/05/monroe-county-drug-summit-set-december-3/

Video: http://youtu.be/gE3O2hC09KY
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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 11:20 »
Per Wickstrom was at the drug summit and apparently has April Demers snowed.

Drug Summit organizers hope to develop action plan - Monroe News

Summit addresses drug abuse in Monroe - Monroe News




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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2013, 18:31 »
Commented on article.
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2013, 22:44 »
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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2013, 10:33 »
its kind of funny how a lot of employs that don't work out end up working at AFR! munroe will just be another place for the 'church' to make money and take advantage of people! maybe jeanie trahant will come back to run this place michigan is unbelievable to let these criminals open

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Re: Scientology empire expanding to Monroe Michigan?
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2013, 22:12 »
Commented on article.

Good job. I commented as well.
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