Narconon Warner Springs in Warner Springs, CA

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35025 Highway 79
Warner Springs CA 92086

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Springing from research into issues of drug use conducted by the founder of the Church of Scientology in the 1960s, Narconon operates 45 residential rehab centers in 20 different nations across the world. Surrounded by forest and green hills in Warner Springs, Calif., Narconon Warner Springs is one of California’s only 216 (15.1 percent) detoxification and withdrawal treatment services for clients seeking recovery from issues of substance use. Non-medical social detox is also available.


Treatment is divided into three components: drug-free withdrawal, new life detoxification, and life skills. During withdrawal, a withdrawal specialist assists clients by providing nutritious support and special techniques aimed at easing discomfort and painful symptoms.

The detoxification phase is based off research proposing that residues of toxic substances remained in users' bodies many years after initial use. The program aims to detox these chemicals from clients' bodies through exercise, sweating in a dry-heat sauna, and monitored hydration and intake of vitamins and supplements.

In the final phase, clients develop life skills by identifying recovery objectives and honing a present-focused frame of mind, rather than dwelling on the past.


Narconon employs withdrawal specialists. In the state of California, 98.3 percent of substance abuse treatment centers have higher education requirements for staff. The sole alum polled by to date awarded staff level of support five out of five stars. On the other hand, the sole family member polled at the time of this writing gave just one star to the staff’s level of experience and training.


Clients stay in guest rooms and enjoy nutritious dining for meals. Amenities include a jacuzzi, pool deck, fitness center, and jogging path. Pictures on the website depict picturesque landscaping and brick paths with benches.

The sole alum polled by at the time of this writing awarded five out of five stars to the facility’s cleanliness, as well as its exercise and leisure activities. The loved one polled by to date, contrastingly, gave these categories just one star.


The sole alum polled by to date gave the facility perfect five-star ratings in nearly every metric, including accommodations ad amenities, meals and nutrition, exercise and leisure offerings, holistic treatment offerings, level of staff support, cleanliness, the visitor policy, and the quality of individual and group counseling. Alum M.B. praised the facility's staff, writing: "Run by people who really really know how to get you off drugs and back into relationships without drugs."

Of the two Google reviewers to date, one gave a five-star rating and described her experience as “amazing,” while the other gave two stars and commented, “There scientologist who brain wash heroin addicts...”[1]


In contrast to the alum, the sole loved one polled by to date rated Narconon Warner Springs only one out of five stars in the same metrics. Loved one M.N. wrote that the facility was "dirty, rundown, unsafe environment" and that it "Uses scientology as it's whole program," despite the website's assertion of non-religious affiliation. She also added, "They lied to us from the first phone call to the bitter end. HUGE waste of money!"


Narconon's website offers no information regarding their rates or payment methods. Of the two individuals polled by to date, one, a former client, indicated that the treatment was worth the cost, while the loved one disagreed.

[1] GoogleReviews

Published on June 2018

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No strengths, maybe just a few well-meaning, but not trained, people working there. ... Uses Scientology as it's whole program. Dirty, rundown, unsafe environment. ... Having a loved one addicted to drugs is a stressful and desperate situation and this facility totally uses that to their advantage. They lied to us from the first phone call to the bitter end. HUGE waste of money!


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My family was my source of aftercare treatment. Run by people who really really know how to get you off drugs and back into relationships without drugs.

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