Why is Scientology opposed to psychiatric abuses?

Jul 8, 2018

The Principles of Forward Church in Society

As a prominent community and society organization under the category of Faith and Beliefs, Forward Church holds strong principles when it comes to societal well-being. Our mission is to foster a spirit of understanding, compassion, and resilience among individuals, and part of that mission entails standing against psychiatric abuses that may pose harm to individuals and communities. In this article, we delve further into why Scientology is opposed to psychiatric abuses and the underlying principles guiding us.

Understanding Scientology as a Belief System

Scientology is a religious belief system founded by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950s. It seeks to provide individuals with a path to self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. Central to Scientology is the understanding that individuals are immortal spiritual beings, known as thetans, encompassing a mind, body, and thetanic substance.

Scientologists believe that mental and spiritual well-being can be achieved through self-realization and the application of specific techniques and principles laid out in their teachings. The church places an emphasis on personal responsibility and encourages individuals to take charge of their own lives.

Psychiatric Abuses: A Cause for Concern

Forward Church opposes psychiatric abuses due to concerns over the potential harm they can cause to individuals and society. It is essential to differentiate between responsible mental healthcare practices and instances of abuse or overreach within the psychiatric field.

While the vast majority of mental health professionals work diligently to provide compassionate and ethical care, Scientology, as a belief system, has taken a stance against specific practices that they believe may be detrimental to individuals' mental well-being. These concerns have formed the basis of their opposition to psychiatric abuses.

Scientology's Concerns

Scientology raises concerns about several aspects of psychiatric practices:

1. Overreliance on Psychotropic Drugs

One of the main concerns expressed by Scientology is the potential overreliance on psychotropic drugs in psychiatric treatment. Critics argue that such medications may be prescribed excessively or without sufficient investigation into alternative therapeutic approaches.

Forward Church agrees that responsible medical decision-making and individualized treatment plans are essential in mental healthcare. We believe that a comprehensive approach that includes therapy, counseling, and complementary practices can offer a more well-rounded solution for mental well-being.

2. Informed Consent and Freedom of Choice

Scientology places great importance on personal freedoms and the concept of informed consent. They maintain that individuals should have the autonomy to choose their own path to mental well-being, free from any coercive influences.

At Forward Church, we believe that individuals should have access to a wide range of mental health treatment options and the ability to make informed decisions about their care. Open dialogue between healthcare providers and patients is crucial, allowing individuals to understand the potential risks and benefits associated with different treatment approaches.

3. The Role of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Another area of concern for Scientology is the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). While ECT can be a valid treatment option for certain conditions, the church expresses concerns about its potential overuse or administration without fully exploring alternative treatments.

Forward Church recognizes that decisions regarding the appropriateness of ECT should be made on an individual basis, taking into account a person's specific needs and circumstances. We advocate for a thorough assessment of alternative treatments before resorting to more invasive procedures, ensuring the well-being and safety of those undergoing treatment.

Scientology's Approach to Mental Well-being

Scientology encourages individuals to look within themselves for answers and believes that mental well-being can be achieved through a combination of self-reflection, personal development, and spiritual growth.

Forward Church acknowledges that mental well-being is a complex and multifaceted journey, and we strive to promote mental wellness through various community programs, supportive networks, and accessible resources. We believe in fostering a supportive environment where individuals can explore different avenues towards self-discovery and personal growth.

Moving Forward Together

While Forward Church recognizes that there may be differing opinions and beliefs surrounding psychiatric practices, we encourage open dialogue and respectful discussion. Our ultimate goal is to work towards a society where mental well-being is prioritized, and individuals have access to an array of safe and effective treatment options.

We invite you to explore more about Forward Church and our beliefs in the broader context of community and society under the category of Faith and Beliefs.


  • Hubbard, L. R. (1950). Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. Los Angeles: Bridge Publications, Inc.
  • Scientology.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from [insert relevant sources for further reading]
Bill Askew
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