Monday, February 3, 2014


A former Narconon insider recently revealed to Miss Fortune that Brian Kuehne, shown in an undated photo at left, has relapsed and been replaced as Executive Director of Albion, Michigan's Narconon Freedom Center by former Senior Intake Counselor John Walser.

Kuehne's roll in a September "Recovery Month" PR stunt was chronicled on this blog in a story named "From Hopeless to Dopeless...And Back Again", revealing that Kuehne took former Freedom Center "graduate" Sara Doane, on a media tour while concealing the fact that he had a personal relationship with Doane and that she had been arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated four days before the September 22 live interview at Indianapolis' Fox 59.

The former insider reports that Kuehne has gone "back to school", and may be serving as an intern at the Freedom Center.

Miss Fortune would like to share an interview Kuehne did less than a year ago with "Whitney" for a site called onceanaddict.org. Kuehne's interview, part of a series of interviews with drug and alcohol rehabilitation professionals, was called "Holistic Approach Rehabilitation".  

Whitney explains the holistic approach as follows:

Holistic approach centers are most notable for their drug-free approach to addiction based rehabilitation. They offer a wide-variety of treatment options that focus primarily on this one aspect; a drug-free approach. Most offer health-based programs while focusing in different ways on physiological treatment for addicts. Some include heavy vitamin regimens as well as diet and exercise therapy while others focus on educational treatment for addicts and their families. Others still work diligently to focus on both of these aspects in long-term, in-patient settings.

Whitney goes on to explain why she selected the Narconon Freedom Center:
The featured holistic rehabilitation center is Narconon Freedom Center of Albion, MI. This center was chosen as Narconon is a world-wide and renowned drug and alcohol rehabilitation organization with a high success rate, per published reports. They also offer a relatively affordable long-term in-patient program which, in my opinion, is highly valuable to readers of this blog.

Here are some highlights from Kuehne's interview:

Tell me a bit of your own story- how did you end up working for Narconon Freedom Center? What is your job title and how long have you been there?
I ended up on Narconon’s doorstep on June 11th of 2005, as a patient, after several failed attempts at other rehabilitation models including state funded 12 steps, premier 12 steps, dual diagnosis treatments, intensive out-patient programs and multiple near death scenarios. After completing 5 ½ months at Narconon Freedom Center, I returned to a new and more stable me. After graduating, I returned home and felt the need to do something more impactful.  I opted to return and volunteer my services in an effort to help others achieve what I had achieved through the Narconon program.  After a few short months, I found that my original plan to “get on my feet” while volunteering was no longer the plan and that I had finally found my calling in life.  I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to helping others get out of the enslavement of drug addiction.  Since beginning my employment at Narconon Freedom Center in the spring of 2006, at 22 years old, I have been trained and apprenticed at every position available within the facility.  I am now the Executive Director of Narconon Freedom Center. Along with being charged with the running of the facility that once saved my life, I do drug education lectures at local schools and work closely with local justice systems in an effort to steer drug addicts away from incarceration and get them a shot at rehabilitating their lives.

Tell me about Narconon Freedom Center and the unique approach you use there to rehabilitate people from drug and alcohol addiction.

Narconon Freedom Center is a long-term, in-patient holistic rehabilitation facility.  The program length varies anywhere from 3-5 months.  The reason for the variation is that we are not a time based program, but rather result based.  Meaning, each client that starts a portion of the program is treated as an individual. Understanding that all individuals are different in what needs to be addressed in regards to their rehabilitation, it takes different people different amounts of time to complete each step of the program.  I like to think of the program as a 3-phased program.  When a client first arrives, their body and vitamin balance is addressed.  This starts with a drug-free withdrawal which is promptly followed by a short communication course. They then enter a sauna program designed to rid the body of accumulated toxins from years of substance abuse.  Following this, the 2nd Phase begins.  The 2nd Phase includes a short course on how to study effectively (most individuals who arrive at the facility do not have the best educational backgrounds and we want to ensure that the material being studied in the rest of the program is retained,) followed by a more in-depth communication course. The 2nd Phase is then wrapped up using a series of cognitive exercises designed to get the client’s attention more focused on the here and now.  Here, as you can see, we are primarily addressing the mind.  After Phase 2, the client starts Phase 3, which is essentially a runway that launches them back into the world with the tools they need to stay off of drugs.  They learn about who to trust and how to handle people in their lives better, they learn about responsibility and what happens when transgressions are committed in life, and they learn about how to repair conditions that they created or may create in the future.  These 3 phases pretty much wrap up the main program but there is more that is done on the extended program and aftercare.

Is there a specific reason you chose to work for a holistic approach rehab rather than the other types of approaches? What benefits do you see this approach as having?

I chose to work for Narconon Freedom Center because I had seen such miraculous results.  Narconon boasts a 75% success rate, and to be honest, this is why my family chose this program for me when I was struggling.  For some time, I thought that it was a subjective estimation of the effectiveness of the program but we’ve implemented an after-care tracking system and I’ve found our success rate to actually be even higher.  Currently Narconon Freedom Center’s success rate is 89.1%.  Many people don’t know this but up until 2012 SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration) had not defined concisely what recovery meant, so statistics across the field really couldn’t be verified.  With the newly released definition, Narconon International [Narconon’s Corporate Office, based in Los Angeles, CA] pulled case studies dating back to 1972 to document its successes.  The studies range in the amount of subjects studied.  Some of the studies were done as control groups and some were not but the bottom line is, all the data equates again to a 75% success rate.  This study can be downloaded at http://www.narconon.org free of charge.

Gee, I wonder if Narconon considers Kuehne a success? 

1 comment:

  1. Well, I don't know if Jeannie Trahant will be coming any time soon, but Ramsey Darwish was recruited from the notorious Narconon Georgia by Per Wickstrom up to Michigan to supervise the FSM "bait and switch" referral arm of sales for AFR and BDR. Besides, Jeannie Trahant already did a tour of duty at Freedom Center a few years back.