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February 2, 2008

Program suggests Americans use too many prescription drugs


His teen years passed in a blur. “Eventually I decided that I had to get off the pills, and I came here because they get people away from their addictions and they do it without drugs.

“My parents said they could either spend the money on me coming here, or they could spend it on my funeral. They decided to spend it to keep me alive.”

Treatment for drug or alcohol addiction at Narconon “starts at $30,000,” Cleo Glenn Johnson-McLaughlin, senior vice president, said, adding that the final cost depends upon how long a person stays there and how many phases of the program they complete.

Miss Cleo, as she is called, said “There is no free solution to getting your life back, and that’s what we do here: We give you back your life.”

When considering how much to pay to get off drugs and alcohol, Miss Cleo said to “think of how much you paid for drugs.

You didn’t care what they cost, you just paid for them and paid for them.

“Now it’s time to pay to get your health back. And here, you can get your health back. We replenish your body with the vitamins and minerals that the drugs took out of it. And then we put you in the sauna to get the drugs out of your fat cells so you won’t crave them anymore.

“God gave you a perfect body. You’re the one who put junk in it and destroyed it. We can help give it back to you — and get rid of the cravings.

“Some people think our program costs too much, but drugs aren’t free and getting off drugs isn’t free. Some people are looking for a state-funded treatment center, but nobody gets off drugs in 28 days.”

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