The Downtown Independent Research Team

About us

The Downtown Independent Research Team is an anonymous volunteer effort by several individuals with knowledge of drug rehabilitation, consumer advocacy, governmental licensing agencies, sociology, psychology, and Scientology.

The Downtown Independent Research Team's first study focuses on the methods and effectiveness of the Church of Scientology's Narconon program, also known as First Step, New Life, and Sauna Detox. There are few existing independent studies on the effectiveness of and methods used in the program. While a number of complaints of misbehavior on the part of Narconon exist on the Internet, they are dispersed chaotically among various message boards, blogs, consumer complaint sites, and court records.

The Downtown Independent Research Team seeks to collate statistics based on reports from individuals who have used the Narconon program, and to determine if the alleged misbehavior is widespread and common to all branches of Narconon, or if it is limited to a select few. Additional goals are to determine how people choose the Narconon program from the many substance abuse rehabilitation programs that exist, and how people respond if they don't receive the services they paid for.

The Downtown Independent Research Team intends to publish the results obtained by this study in a statisical format, but acknowledges that this study may take some time, due to not only the fear some have of retaliation by the Church of Scientology, but also due to the public stigma surrounding addiction. We assure you that your participation in this survey will be held in strict confidentiality, and that no respondent's personal information will be released.