Located in a rural section of Albion, Michigan, a small city in the southern part of the state, the Narconon Freedom Center offers long-term residential substance abuse treatment. The facility is one of nine U.S. Narconon locations and the organization has multiple facilities across the globe, including centers in Russia, Egypt and Australia. Narconon, which was founded in 1971, is widely known for its unconventional treatment methods and affiliation with the Church of Scientology.
Accommodations and Food
Situated on a 10-acre wooded, tree-lined campus, the Narconon Freedom Center offers an isolated, self-contained rehab experience. Clients can expect a modern, expansive facility with common areas, a chapel for Sunday services and a sauna and treadmill room. Rooms are generally dormitory style sleeping two to a room, though some rooms accommodate three roommates. For an additional fee, clients can reserve their own room. Three hot meals a day are provided cafeteria style and clients eat together in the facility’s dining room.
Treatment and Staff
Men and women who seek treatment through the Narconon Freedom Center should not expect a traditional rehab experience. For starters, while the facility does provide detox services to begin treatment, this process breaks from a standard detox by emphasizing the use of vitamin ingestion and extended periods in the facility sauna. The latter is a major component to the Narconon philosophy, which believes that recovery can only occur when the vestiges of drug and alcohol use are expelled through sweat.
After the initial detox process, clients begin attending “therapeutic training routine” courses and daily classes. While the facility does employ a medical doctor and LADCs, clients should not expect conventional therapeutic practices, such as group or individual therapy, but rather educational classes such as a “changing conditions in life” class, a “personal values” course and an “ups and downs in life” course, all of which stem from the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
As should be clear from even a basic understanding of the Narconon program, the facility does not follow the disease model of addiction and 12-step recovery is not discussed. Furthermore, there is no dual diagnosis component or program to address co-occurring disorders.
The facility does offer an aftercare program once clients complete their stay at Narconon Freedom center, consisting of regular contact with staff members typically for an average of two years. Clients can also extend their residential period at Narconon Freedom Center well beyond the average two-month stay based on their personal needs.
While Narconon Freedom Center has many staples of a modern recovery experience—including a modern facility set in a calming natural setting—potential clients should note that Narconon Freedom Center breaks with many standard features of modern recovery. The program philosophy rejects a 12-step foundation, evidence-based treatment and dual diagnosis support, instead treatment is largely comprised of vitamin supplements, a sauna-based detox and educational classes.
Narconon Freedom Center
809 W. Erie St
Albion, MI 49224
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