“Drug users who are trying to kick their habit are perfect prey for cults like Scientology.” – Arun Arora, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Birmingham
If you suspect the drug withdrawal support group you belong to is harmful, and is associated with Scientology, via its front group CCHR, but are not sure, ask yourself these questions:
- do they claim to have a special corner on the truth, something no other group has?
- are you told to not question what is being taught and you must trust them?
- are you discouraged from asking questions as to why members have left, or died, and expected to accept the reasons the group leadership gives you?
- do they put down other groups while pointing out their faults and errors to build themselves up?
- are you made to feel your failures, as though your performance is not up to par to their standards?
- do they recommend for you to be around their people, expecting you to attend all group activities? if you do not, are you are questioned about your dedication?
- do they stop you from reading anything negative about themselves?
- do they call those who fall away enemies, dogs, cancer, etc?
- do they declare that the world outside is a threat to the group?
- do they defend themselves in every area?
- do they give importance to a goal that has no real tangible way of being measured?
- do they operate in humility, or seem arrogant, and make demands on you to obey?
Be aware of:
- an instant bonding or friendship without even knowing you
- being told you have a special calling or potential and that if you join you will move further ahead; flattery is used often in cults
- claims that only one doctor, in the entire world, has all the answers
- when you ask questions about the history of the group, the answers are vague or avoided altogether
- feeling that something is being hidden from you