ABOUT NARCONON SUNCOAST
For almost 50 years, Narconon, a global organization, has been addressing addiction using an evidence-based, drug-free, secular approach developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Located in Clearwater, Fla., Narconon Suncoast treats adults struggling with substance abuse.
The facility’s residential program typically lasts between two and three months and includes a non-medical detox period. According to the center’s website, the program represents an alternative to 12-step methodology. Within the state, Narconon Suncoast is among 20.8 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities that provide long-term, residential care, and among 10.9 percent that offer residential, non-hospital detoxification.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
At Narconon Suncoast, clients begin their stay with the center’s signature “New Life Detoxification,” a non-medical process that uses vitamins, exercise, and sessions in the sauna. This regimen is believed to remove the “residue” of drugs and alcohol through sweat, thereby ending cravings. One of Narconon Suncoast’s “withdrawal specialists” also helps each client with a specialized nutrition plan.
After clients completely detox, they are guided to turn their attention from the past to the present by setting objectives. Residents focus on developing life skills, including overcoming life’s ups and downs, assembling a personal value system, and repairing relationships. Each of these lessons is taught through practical coursework.
Within the state of Florida, Narconon Suncoast is among 30.4 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities accredited by The Joint Commission. The staff comprises a medical and nursing team, state-certified addiction professionals, holistic practitioners, certified nursing assistants, and others, including “Shooter,” a specially trained drug detection dog. To date, the seven individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com gave mixed opinions concerning the staff.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.1/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Narconon Suncoast is set on seven acres of landscaped grounds. Photos show a large, bright, airy facility set on a lush, landscaped campus. There are both shared and private bedrooms, a volleyball court, communal dining room, patio for outdoor eating, student lounge with a pool table, sauna facilities, and a fitness room. The eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing on the matter appreciated the upkeep of the facility.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
At the time of this writing, the eight former clients polled by Rehabs.com submitted generally favorable feedback about Narconon Suncoast. Reviewers praised the results achieved and the staff, which an anonymous alum termed an “incredibly effective regimen” and another expressed to Rehabs.com as a “different approach. but it worked” and highlighted the “staffs knowledge of addiction treatment.”
In a representative review, M.K. wrote: “Incorporating the 12 Steps of Al Anon as the basis of recovery coupled with group and nightly alanon meetings. most effective.” However, two former clients offered negative views, one calling the program “terrible” and “hated it.” Even though another anonymous alum assigned the center’s treatment effectiveness four out of five stars, they described it as “FILTHY,” highlighting the “POOR FACILITY UPKEEP” and warning: “DO NOT USE THIS FACILITY – IT IS BEING RUN PURELY FOR PROFIT.”
On secondary site Google, Narconon Suncoast received favorable coverage to date: 4.1 out of five stars based on 20 reviews.  Reviewers (alumni, loved ones, staff, others) praised the results they achieved, repeatedly referring to the experience as unique and life changing, such as five-star reviewer David, who wrote: “Great program, saved my life and gained the trust back between my family that I destroyed. This is the only program that actually worked for me!”
However, there was an undercurrent expressed by three reviewers, who claimed the facility is essentially a front for the Church of Scientology, such as one-star reviewer C.D., who wrote: “This place is totally Scientology influenced, controlled, and used as a promotional vehicle."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The six loved ones polled by Rehabs.com submitted mainly favorable impressions of Narconon Suncoast to Rehabs.com. Of the total, five awarded positive ratings concerning multiples aspects of programming and policies.
Connectivity/Visitor Policy: 4.6/5
Family Participation: 3.8/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.8/5
Most cited the staff as a strength of the facility, referring to them as “very nice” and “pleasant,” and also commended the physical facility, calling it a “lovely facility” and mentioning the building itself as a positive factor.
Among weaknesses, the reviewers listed the small size of the program, limited food choices, and the cos*, although the loved one who referred to the cost wrote: “It was pricey to go to the facilities but overall was worth the price.” And although an anonymous loved one posted a moderately favorable review, they noted that when their son started “messing up,” the staff failed to address his needs.
There currently is no information provided online about the center’s costs. To date, the seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter gave mixed opinions concerning the facility's cost.
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