John Travolta: ‘Scientology has the answers to drugs & detoxifying the body’

Before I even get into this latest cult propaganda, let’s review the fact that at least nine people have died in drug treatment centers run by the “church” of Scientology. Scientology runs dozens of drug treatment facilities under the misleading name “Narconon.” The treatment they offer is a front for Scientology, and is ineffective at best and deadly at worst. In just nine months, three people died in a single Narconon facility in Oregon, which was not state licensed. Former executives at the rehab came forward to say that the facility was committing fraud, required no traditional drug training for staff, and regularly preyed on vulnerable families of addicts.

So just keep all that in mind when you see John Travolta enthuse about the effectiveness of Narconon. There’s a clip from Entertainment Tonight above and the text is below. John made the speech at a big party over the weekend at the Scientology Celebrity Centre. Among the other celebrities who attended were Jenna Elfman, Laura Prepon and Parenthood’s Erika Christensen. ET interviewed Erika after John’s speech and she parroted all his talking points.

Travolta: The Celebrity Center is a place where I’ve come to since 1975 for all sorts of reasons, but it’s my oasis in Hollywood. This year in particular I just had a message I wanted to give to the industry. So tonight for the first time ever I spoke up. Impromptu. It was not a prepared speech.

[Travolta on the pulpit] We’ve lost way too many artists to drugs. There’s people that are looking for solutions, and their solutions are drugs, and that I understand completely, but when you have a program that is designed to help you solve your problems different, but more importantly immediately getting you off of drugs, cleaning your body of the adverse effects of those drugs and then getting a new start.

It’s not just a detox program, it’s a detox program that takes full responsibility for the reasons you started to begin with. I don’t want to lose any more artists, it’s too much already.

Erika Christensen: What Jon said is so easy to grasp, we all have the same idea. There’s too many people that we’ve lost. It’s got to the point in the last several years that it’s such an alarming rate. The fact that there are answers to these problems and we can stop this from continuing to happen is really important to get that known.

Travolta: Something needs to be done about all the artists we’re losing to drugs because I’m tired of it. We have in Scientology the answers to drugs. We have the answers to the solutions people use them for. We have the answers to detoxifying the body after the extreme use of them. Celebrity [centre] sounds like an oasis for all artists. In a very hectic town… you have a place to get relief if you need it. It’s a place for solace and for knowledge….

Kelly Preston: I think Celebrity Centre is an amazing place for artists to come to handle anything they want in their life. To gain tools to better their life in every single aspect. I have done the purification program here, detox, I have gotten tools as an artist. I have handled things in my life that I was wondering about or that I was having really difficulty with.

Kelly Preston then enthused a little about her son, Ben, two and a half. She looked a little tipsy but she wasn’t wasted or anything. I had a hard time figuring out if she’d had too much to drink or if that was just Xenu talking.

These celebrities sounded pretty desperate to get other “artists” to join their cult. The word has been out for years that Scientology robs their members blind, uses forced labor, splits apart families, imprisons people who want to leave, and tries to destroy the lives of anyone who dares question anything that leader Miscavige does. They’re surely hard pressed for members, not to mention high profile ones. Listen to Kelly and John shill hard for the cult. So where was Tom Cruise at this shindig? Where was Kirstie Alley?

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  1. CTgirl says:

    Yet after all the money that Travolta has likely contributed to Scientology’s coffers, Scientology hasn’t been able to convince him to abandon the ridiculous faux hair.

  2. Elodie says:

    Well if only Scientology had the answers to that hair/Sharpie goatee situation…

  3. Easi says:

    Who are those men in the photo background? Scientology Air Force and John is the captain?

  4. lem says:

    what the f*ck is on his chin?

    • Diana says:

      Hahahaha, your comment made me laugh so hard. Thanks!

    • Slim Charles says:

      It totally looks drawn on! I had to do a double take.

    • Sarah says:

      OK, now I understand what Elodie was saying about a goatee. Before your comment, I didn’t even see it in the picture. And yes, it is pathetic too. It’s ample proof that CO$ makes you crazy – because no sane person who wear that “goatee”. Maybe his son Ben drew it on with black marker. He is 2 years old after all.

  5. Minnie says:

    Whats the fatality rate at traditional rehabs though? I imagine getting off hard drugs can be dangerous even under conventional treatment. And I realise I sound like a Cult apologist so be easy on m.e.

    • SummerRose says:

      While many rehab facilities prove to be unsuccessful and patients leave still addicted, very few places can say that nine people died under their care.

      Also, go here;

      It’s about parents trying to get their kids out of Narcanon and being hustled for even more money to do so — among other horrific Narcanon tales.

    • Tapioca says:

      Depends on the drug and whether you’re physically or psychologically addicted. In the UK 3% of addicts on heroin-replacement therapy die within a year of finishing treatment, although it’s still fewer that would have died still taking the heroin. (Thank you British Medical Journal)

      If you read the reports on the Narcanon deaths though, it’s clear that medical assistance was either not summoned or unavailable when patients developed problems. Which is unacceptable and a well-deserved lawsuit.

      • Lucrezia says:

        What Tapioca said. I thought 9 sounded fair (I was assuming they were all relapse/overdose or suicides, and some would be expected), but all I had to do was read the wiki link and it was clear that the majority of them were easily preventable.

        A few cases were niacin (vitamin B) overdoses – which is the Narcanon treatment of choice. Those are definitely a case of “Narcanon killed them”. A few cases where other diseases (such as epilepsy) weren’t treated quickly enough. While those deaths aren’t directly Narcanon’s fault it’s a clear failure of care. You’d expect a detox centre to provide prompt medical care.

      • Emily C. says:

        There are multiple reports of the people who are supposed to be care providers at Narconon facilities providing patients there with alcohol and illegal drugs. They are not in any way actual rehabs.

      • Lauren says:

        Dying within a year is much different than a death at a rehab facility. Substance abusers have increased risk of death by any number ways, including suicide.

        In a rehab facility, though, there should be appropriate measures to keep people safe. That includes appropriate detox for the select substances that have physiologically dangerous withdrawals either before or during,

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      Narconons are notorious for claiming “medical supervison” but many people never see a Dr. Drugs are rampant in their facilities, which are mostly run by ex-patients. They claim a 70 or 80% success rate (20% is more realistic at actual rehabs). It is a Scientology starter school, with hours spent in saunas and megadoses of niacin, which can damage an already stressed liver – and doesn’t DO anything. It’s based on bunk, made-up “science” – they claim the niacin “runs out” drug reside stored in the body from all of your life. Real science knows that is impossible because your body doesn’t work that way. And they have dishonest marketing. It’s about the worst place you could send someone who is already vulnerable.
      So, yes, they are CONSIDERABLY worse than the most budget legit rehab you could find.

  6. epiphany says:

    Can you imagine the dirt they have on this guy?

    • mischa says:


    • RocketMerry says:

      Yep. Some dirty, hairy, musky, masseur-y dirt.

      And his involvement with $cientology just went from sad to disgusting and dangerous; it’s one thing to be blackmailed and treated like a brainless puppet, it’s another to promote this kind of fraud at the expense of desperate people.
      Sigh. Here’s another “actor” I’ll start boycotting.

      • springingforward says:

        I came to the same boycotting conclusion when they didn’t get help for their autistic son because Scientologists don’t believe in autism. Idiots, all.

      • Linet says:

        I quit watching Travolta when I realised that he is shitty in everything where he isnt playing the villain. And since plays the villain exactly the same way each time, why even bother?

    • Minnie says:

      Probably a stable full of gropped masseurs.

    • Arock says:

      The movie in my head- every time he threatens to quit or not pay up Capt Xenu/David pulls back this huge red curtain with a hooked cane to reveal 40 spa peen boys in wiglets with chin straps, high kicking in quantas speedos to the “springtime for Hitler” song from the Producers.
      Travolta scratches his crotch and looks sheepishly at Kelly, who’s head is exploding.

    • holly hobby says:

      Don’t have to imagine. They released some damaging stuff about him earlier this year (the masseusse lawsuits, getting handsy with male staff etc). Did you notice that with the hard shill, those suits and stories disappeared?

      Tommy probably doesn’t want to be the public mouthpiece since it backfired spectacularly on him.

  7. Lauli says:

    And how they draw from his bank account.

  8. 20 Quid says:

    Narcanon is probably no worse than the 12 Step movement and by that I mean both are terrible.

    • SummerRose says:

      Nah. The 12-step program, while arguably beneficial, does not force participants to ingest scary amounts of Niacin every day, and then sweat it out in a sauna for hours (also extremely dangerous).

      • 20 Quid says:

        Nah they just diagnose everyone who walks through the door with having a non existent disease and tell them to pray to a non existent God for help. This is bad news for people with psychiatric disorders who really should be on meds.

      • Lucrezia says:

        Narcon tells everyone who walks through the door that they have non-existent engrams and should believe in a space being called Xenu. AND then in addition, prescribes overdose of vitamin B plus saunas.

        12 step obviously wins (and I’m not a huge believer in abstinence only programs). How can this even be a topic of debate?

    • Emily C. says:

      You are completely wrong. The 12 Step program does not provide drugs to drug addicts; it does not attempt to indoctrinate them into a cult (and do not try to tell me “believe in some kind of higher power if you want” is a cult); it does not commit insurance fraud; it does not use supposedly objective referrers to channel people into the cult “rehabs” while giving those referrers a cut; and etc. ad infinitum.

      Is this Scientology’s answer when people talk about Narconon’s dangerous criminality now? It smells exactly like the “no worse than the Catholic Church” bs arguments. Always attack, never defend, eh?

    • TrustMeOnThis says:

      The 12 step people don’t tell you to stop taking necessary meds such as epilepsy meds, without which many epileptics have died. You are comparing apples and oranges. If scientology had any sense (HAHAHAHAHAHAHA) they would shut down Narconon before they get into worse legal trouble.

    • 20 Quid says:

      Bottom line is there’s no credible evidence to support the disease concept or the existence of God and these two things are the foundation of 12 Step groups. There are better options than NA and Narcanon.

      • KB says:

        Except NA doesn’t require copious amounts of money for their program.

      • KB says:

        And since I can’t reply to your earlier post, since when does NA or AA try and stop/prevent one from taking psychiatric drugs? My sister is both bipolar and an alcoholic, and in AA she’s been pushed towards getting mental health help not away from it.

  9. Justpassingby says:

    I’m shocked at how poor his “non-rehearsed” grammar and elocution are here!

    • erika says:

      Relax! Its just as annoying to feel like you’re back sitting in 3rd grade grammar lesson its a relaxed forum

      im typing on a kindle letter by letter im not going to edit for grammar

      • louise says:

        Erika, I’m pretty sure Justpassingby is expressing shock (not annoyance) at Travolta’s grammar, not that of fellow posters. Travolta’s the one coming across as having the grammar of a third grader.

  10. lucy2 says:

    They’ll also detox your wallet and remove that pesky money.

    Seems like another tactic in trying to repair the PR damage. Apparently they can’t cure people of their urge to be a 60 year old mean girl with food issues, or to stop groping masseuses.

  11. swack says:

    This sounds like damage control. After Leah Remini left and the backlash from it, this sounds like they are trying a gentler approach. I think Kirstie Alley and Tom Cruise weren’t used because of all the controversy they have caused. I think they used John Travolta because he flies under the radar, so to speak, when it comes to Scientology. Yes, he expresses his belief in it but in a gentler (if you can call it that) way.

  12. erika says:

    Dude can they detox that black spray paint s**t outa your hair?

    Would you be embarassed if your churches interiors looked like the stage of a dragqueen beauty pageant

  13. Nicolette says:

    Used to like him so much, now he’s just creepy to me.

    • Penguin says:

      I know, me too. Was really tempted to watch Phenomenom on Netflix the other day. It was 1 of the only films my deceased father took my sister & I to watch as kids. Couldn’t do it though, refuse to support that cult.

  14. MeowuiRose says:

    I had no idea Erika and Lauren were part of The Cult! I live in Oregon and lately there have been ads on the radio basically saying give us a chance…come see what we are really about…..see what we can do for you. I had no idea they were up and running outside of Hollywood. It gives me the creeps.

    • Miss T says:

      Oregon is one of Scientology’s main bases. It’s home to the Delphian School, which is a boarding school that a lot of high-ranking Scientologists send their children to.

    • holly hobby says:

      Erika was born into. Lauren joined while she was dating Danny Masterson (damn him). Danny was born into it as well.

      • Sarah says:

        I thought Lauren was out of it now. Apparently not. Too bad as I liked her acting but I’m not going near her now. Why would anyone believe this crap?

  15. Ellie66 says:

    Ohhh hell I didn’t know Laura Prepon is a crazy. Damn I love her in Orange is the new black. Now I’m gonna look at her differently. 🙁 bummer!

    • Lee says:

      It sounds like she is only coming back to OITNB for a few episodes in season 2 and there has been some speculation that the scientology higher ups may have taken issue with the subject matter and put their foot down on her continued involvement. It’s pure speculation so far and will likely remain so, but it’s sad either way. I really liked Vause!

  16. Mia 4S says:

    Drugs and detox…and homosexuality, right John?

    Some small part of me wants to believe Travolta’s being blackmailed and otherwise would be out (ha!) the door. On the other hand he always came across as a bit…simple…to me, which would explain how he could be taken in by these Xenu idiots. Seriously these days no one of any intelligence or character should be anywhere near the Scienos.

  17. Kiddo says:

    I’m sorry, I am just so distracted by the Wizard of Oz Backdrop that he is standing in front of, I can’t even….How do people take this seriously?

  18. Kiddo says:

    Has Kelly Preston been in anything lately? She speaks about the tools she has found as an artist with Scientology? So splendid, it makes me ponder why she has never won an academy award or actually had a role in a film in a million years.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Unfortunate becuase she’s definately the more talented of the two. She did that Last Song Miley Cyrus movie which seems to be career comeback suicide. Hello Demi Moore.

      Also, is no one going to comment on how she’s opening schilling drug treatment while drunk off her ass and the irony.

  19. Jayna says:

    Can I just say I saw a clip of them being interviewed I guess at this gig, and Kelly Preston is so beautiul in a natural way (no trout pout, not a pulled, overfilled, botoxed heavily plastic way), and she’s freakin’ 50. Whatever she’s done is minimal and tasteful, and she’s always had such a sunny prettiness anyway. She’s what I want to look like when I’m 50, healthy and soft-looking, but not Real Housewives plastic surgery look. Too bad she believes in this kooky cult. I don’t get it.

  20. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Isn’t it strange how after his son died there was speculation they might leave the Church due to the boy having been untreated for autism and the seizures that killed him? And now he’s back towing the line. I think John has maybe been bumped back up to head Sci-bot after Tom’s Katie debacle. It’s all so weird, I can’t take any of the actors who buy this crap seriously anymore.

    • jwoolman says:

      His son was not untreated, they just labeled his problems differently to avoid problems with Co$. Nobody, celebrity or not, is obliged to make their child a public standard bearer for whatever illness he or she has, and I wish people would stop ragging on Jett’s parents for this. In addition to apparent autism, Jett had drug-resistant epilepsy and that is very tough, life expectancy is often not high for children especially. It’s a nightmare for parents. The side effects of the drugs tried can be worse than the disease (have to go off them periodically) and still grand mal and petit mal seizures happen frequently even with drugs. Jett’s parent’s obviously did everything they could to keep him happy and with them as long as possible. Modern medicine can’t fix everything and sometimes quality of life becomes a more important issue than quantity.

      • Mrs. Darcy says:

        Look, the child’s death was a tragedy, plain and simple. I don’t see how you could possibly know the details of his illness or what treatment he did or didn’t receive for epilepsy; it was only after his death that they admitted he was autistic and epileptic. Kelly Preston has indicated they took a minimal as possible drug treatment and attempted to cure him with organic food, lifestyle, etc., which according to her seemed to be working. I am not ragging on them, but if there was a drug that he could have taken that Scientology does not allow, I do think that is tragic.

  21. Kimbob says:

    Geez…Johnny T’s looking more & more like a corpse as each day goes by.

  22. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Scientology, unfortunately, doesn’t have the answer to hair – gf needs to have a talk with Jennifer Aniston.

  23. Aussie girl says:

    Why are they focused on saving artists??? Is it more to do with an Hollywood artists bank account compared to us mere common folk. Regardless COS has and always will be a cult

  24. Dimebox says:

    Thank you CB for preceding the Travolta’s propaganda with some of the horrifying facts about Narconon. This cult is dangerous in so many ways, and Narconon takes people who need true medical help with addiction and subjects them to junk science and doctrine written by an author of science fiction. No matter how their dwindling “celebs” try to dress it up, Scientology is a cult. One that bleeds their members financially and destroys their families.

  25. truthful says:

    Says A huge “groper and wearer of bad lacefronts” yeah OK.

  26. phillkatt says:

    People can believe what they want, but I don’t like religions that tell people to forego medication or help they need. I knew of one woman with Cooleys anemia — a very serious blood disease whose members must often have blood transfusions — but she joined a religion that did not believe in them so she stopped having them. I couldnt believe it! I’ve lost touch with her but I hope she is still alive. Here’s some info about it:
    Also, Scientology is against psychiatric medications and is very critical of the psychiatric profession. You may recall how Tom Cruise criticized Brooke Shields for taking meds for her postpartum depression. He apologized, but I think he’s still a jerk. Well, I’ve met some lousy shrinks, and psychotropic drugs do have their own dangers and are sometimes misused, but without them I wouldn’t have much of a life.

    • jwoolman says:

      Nowadays blood substitutes are available that may be acceptable to some with religious objections. There are real risks with blood transfusions, far more than many people realize, and alternatives to transfusions in medical procedures and treatments continue to be developed. In any case, it seems wrong to force someone into a procedure against their beliefs and desires. You can’t decide for someone else what is worse than death for them.
      I’m sure you can think of some things you would fight tooth and nail yourself. Also there are simply no absolutes in medicine. You can get the current standard of care and still die, or have complications from the treatment that cause lifelong misery. Look up iatrogenic diseases for starters…. The standard of care shifts frequently also. Modern medicine is far more uncertain and experimental than people like to believe. Progress is made in fits and starts but a lot is really quite murky. We’re not at the Star Trek point by any means, can’t just point a tricorder at somebody and get a complete and accurate diagnosis and then manipulate DNA to fix it….

      • Jessiebes says:

        Interesting view point.

        In 1980 blood transfusions saved my life. It also nearly killed me, giving me hepatitis (the temporary one), jaundice, some kind of haemophilia where my blood didnt clot, and more, I survived by the grace of God.. However more lives have been saved by transfusion, than without it.

        As for medicines being experimental, not so much. It’s more that the companies who make them are mostly focused on receiving a profit, not to cure people.

  27. LahdidahBaby says:

    G’ohmigod, he looks more like a vampire than EVER here, with his icky I-never-get-outta-my-coffin-before-the-angelus-bells-chime face peering out from beneath that dark molded-plastic hairhat. Didn’t he used to be John Travolta?

  28. Whatever!!! says:

    You can’t take Scientology or Scientologists seriously. Delusional people hearing what they want. If these folks didn’t have money they’d be running around in tin foil hats. In fact I bet they still do ….

  29. Claudia says:

    I have no respect for any of these people. They are supporting evil.

  30. Larissa says:

    But it did not detox his face.

  31. SusieQ2 says:

    I was sad and disappointed to discover that the actor Michael Pena (co-starred in the excellent End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhall) was also at this shindig.

    Since learning more about this insidious cult, I cannot and will not support CO$ ‘celebrities.’

    As for Travolta, boy, they really have him where they want him now, don’t they?
    He looks resigned to his fate.

    And if anyone out there should find need of a rehab facility for loved ones, please, please do an Internet search on your potential choices, even court approved facilities. You could be saving a life.

  32. That video gave me the creeps.

  33. Mindizzy says:

    If anyone is interested in helping, I posted further up, you can search whyweprotest and operation clambake. Just be careful as they are anonymously ran.

    • Sarah says:

      Since the Tom Cruise debacle a few years back (pre-marriage to Katie Holmes), CO$ has tried to market itself under different names. Commercials showing a skate boarding punk helping a little old lady across the street for instance. And then you get a a neutral sounding organization name & their web site but it is a CO$ front organization. Look at the small print at the bottom of the web page and they will mention something like Narconon or Study-Tech (“reading” program created by Ron Hubbard). Then you know it’s CO$ in disguise.

  34. Kiddo says:

    Has there been a large number of actors lost to drugs this year? I can think of less than a handful.

  35. m79 says:

    What dangerous ideology. Funny to hear Travolta talk about Scientology having the answer to drugs, provided his own son died from seizures because he refused to give him the psychotropic drugs required to treat the seizures because he is a Scientologist. This is no different than any of these other religious cults who don’t put faith in medicine and their kids die and they are often convicted and receive jailtime, while he gets off scot free and no one talks about it or holds him accountable. He had more than enough resources to provide the best medical care for his son and didn’t do what was necessary to save his life. Travolta is crazy, surrounded by an ideology that propogates it and destroys lives.

  36. Nevarmore says:

    Sit down John and stfu. The only answer Scientology has is a lie. And it’s always worse than you think.

  37. LaurieH says:

    I’m sorry, but when I read that someone in a member of CO$, they lose all credbility and respect from me. I can give a pass to Leah Remini – she was indocrinated as a kid with her whole family, but at least she had the intelligence and courage to snap out of it. It is a cult, not a religion. Their “prophet” is a dime-store science fiction writer (heavy emphasis on the word FICTION). I stopped taking John Travolta, Kirstie Alley and Tom Cruise seriously a long time ago. I I saw them coming, I’d walk – no, run – the other way.

  38. Deeana says:

    Last week a long-time Scientology member who was also the Public Relations Director for the Church of $cientology Celebrity Center Las Vegas was arrested. The charges are for the attempted kidnapping and murder of a random Las Vegas Police Officer.

    Devon Campbell Newman, age 67, has held various postions within the Scientology “church” over many years.
    Arrested along with her, was her 42 year old “roomate”, a convicted pedophile with a history of six felonies.

    According to the 30 page Police Report of the 4 month investigation that netted these two, they are both members of some anti-government group called Sovereign Nation. In the meanwhile, Newman continued in her “duties” as PR director for Scientology – even belonging to the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce!

    Oh, AND she’s an ordained minister in the Church of $cientology.

    I believe they’re all nuts. Some more than others. But, come on folks.