“Narconon has been operating in Oklahoma since 1992. President and CEO, Gary Smith is a devoted believer. He said the program helped him kick an addiction 36 years ago.
‘I’ve had it personally, I’ve helped people, I’ve seen what it does,’ said Smith. ‘Yes, it’s very serious’.
According to Narconon International’s website, the treatment the facility offers is based on teachings by author and Church of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. A series of Hubbard’s books are used to help rehabilitate those in therapy.
‘They try to teach you to be a Scientologist. That is my belief,’ said Shirley Gilliam, the mother of Gabriel Graves.
While he admits the Church of Scientology is a supporter, Smith said his program is not a tool to recruit anyone to Scientology, and has no religious affiliation whatsoever.”