Report: Narconon Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center
Category: Cult organizations
Narconon Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center Scientology Cult based drug rehab deceiving the desperate Battle Creek Michigan
Narconon Stone Hawk Rehabilitation Center
216 ST MARY'S LAKE RD.
Battle Creek, Michigan, 49017
Submitted: 1/4/2008 6:31:14 PM
Modified: 1/4/2008 6:31:00 PM
Sent my 21 year old son, a crack addict, from Texas to Michigan, in
hopes of getting him professional help for his addiction. Assured the
'counselors' would stay in close contact with me as my son acclamated
to the program. I never received a phone call, nor had a phone call
returned after many attempts to contact, leaving messages to return my
calls. My son phoned me, having to sneak the phone calls, informing me
about the 'program' tactics. He told me they were using brainwashing
technicques, having the 'students' sit for hours with 'eyes closed',
then 'eyes open'. If there was a break in the trans-like state.
blinking, smile, cough, any movement. the process would start all over.
Once this altered state was mastered, the 'students' were asked a
single question, like 'do birds fly', over and over again. and the
'student' is to answer 'yes'. for hours on end. These 'counseling
sessions' are referred to at 'Training Routines'.
When I contacted Shaun Keilty, the intake 'counselor', a former drug
addict who had graduated from the program, and questioned about the
validity of the information and the connection to Scientology, he
laughed and denied the connection. After much investigation to identify
the validity of the reports my son was giving me, and speaking with
Jeff VanVonderen from A&E TV'S 'Intervention', and Dave Touretsky,
a Research Professor, who has researched the Church of Scientology and
Narconon, I made the informed decision to immediately drive to Michigan
and retrieve my son.
Once employees of Stone Hawk got wind I was on my way to get my son, I
had a barrage of phone calls from the Ethics Officer 'Andy', the intake
counselor, and I don't know who else, I quite taking the calls. The
phone calls were filled with insessent interrogating questions about
why I was coming to get my son, where was I coming from (I thought they
knew about their 'students'), how I was getting there, how long it was
going to take. I became very uncomfortable, and worried about the
safety of my son and what I was going to run into when I did arrive at
The harrassing phone calls were made to my mother as well. When
arriving in Battle Creek, I contacted the police and had 2 police
officers escort me into the facility. One police officer commented that
they are called quite often to escort families to the Stone Hawk
facility to pick up their family member. I was able to get my son
without any incident.
Once home, in Texas, I wrote a demand letter for a refund, and sent
to Narconon Stone Hawk via US Postal first clas mail, certified mail,
and faxed to the Stone Hawk facility as well as the business office. I
have not received any response.
This drug rehab facility advertises itself as having a 75% success
rate, having fully qualified and certified staff of drug rehab
counselors, being scientifically sound. No counseling takes place, and
the 'students' are not even allowed to speak of/mention drugs let alone
their addictions at any time during their stay. Money is paid upfront.
$27,900 plus $200 medical acct and $200 student acct, for a 4-6 month
Supposedly a 50% refund is given if the 'student' does not complete
more than 15 days. My son was at Narconon for 11 days, no contract was
signed, and no contact has been made by Narconon Stone Hawk to me,
before or since my contact attempt for refunds.