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The cult that spawned the tough-love teen industry

Title: The cult that spawned the tough-love teen industry
Date: Monday, 20 August 2007
Publisher: Mother Jones
Author: Maia Szalavitz
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The idea that punishment can be therapeutic is not unique to the Rotenberg Center. In fact, this notion is widespread among the hundreds of "emotional growth boarding schools," wilderness camps, and "tough love" antidrug programs that make up the billion-dollar teen residential treatment industry. This harsh approach to helping troubled teens has a long and disturbing history. No fewer than 50 programs (though not the Rotenberg Center) can trace their treatment philosophy, directly or indirectly, to an antidrug cult called Synanon. ... [Read the rest at]