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383. House of Hope Academy, Mexico

House of Hope Academy was closed by the authorities in Mexico in 2004. During the raid the police found punishment cells for the teenagers who for some part suffered from substance abuse problems or was just suspected of suffering from this illness.

News back then spoke of Illegal Psyc scams.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager suffering from the illness or not.


380. Sorensons Tonga

Nothing much is known about Sorensons Tonga. It was located on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Communication with family and friends at home must have been difficult. To live in another country and deal with an illness at the same time cannot have been fun as a teenager.

Sorensons Tonga (Carring 4 youth marketing site)

379. Santa Rosa Substance Abuse Treatment Center

This treatment center was closed down by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The cause was concern about problems involving safety and security for the 14- to 18-year-old boys in its program.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


351. KIDS of El Paso

KIDS of El Paso was a so-called drug rehab based on the Straight Inc. model. It has since proven to be a dangerous system which causes more relapse compared to parents doing nothing.

Kids were isolated in untrained foster families where they were confined like they were in prison. Result was relapse and an alarming percentage of suicides among the kids who were sent there.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.


332. Concept House

A boy sought help for his emotional problems and was admitted to Concept house in Miami, Florida.

It didn’t help him. He was found dead hanging not a full day after being signed in. He died in the hospital.

To be forced to live away from your home is surely one thing but not to get help either it is tough. I cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.


311. Palmer drug abuse program

This rehab program was inspired by Bob Meehan.

It doesn’t sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.


309. Pathway Family Center

Pathway Family Center in Indiana was a spin-off based of the teachings of Straight Inc. known to be one of the most abusive rehab programs invented through the 1980’s in the war on drugs. While some of the aspects of the original program were watered down the program still caused emotional damage by the youth who was so unfortunate to end up in it.

The program didn’t enroll teenagers proved to be addicts in their scam based on positive drug tests but teenagers suspected of abuse. As result teenagers were suspected to undergo treatment for something they didn’t need. Needless to say that it could not be fun to be there as a teenager.


300. Teen Challenge, New Mexico

Various testimonies speak of poor treatment at Teen Challenge in New Mexico. An investigation was launced by the authorities after photos of teenagers cleaning sewers with no proper safety gear. It seems sure that it cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.

A parents group on Facebook working against the facility has been founded.


284. KIDS of North Jersey

KIDS of North Jersey was marketed as a drug rehab program. It basically functioned like a prison. What exactly took place there is hard to tell. The video below gives an idea. If you research memorial sites you will find that a larger number of the “students” have died since they graduated from the program.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

Factsheet about the program (Fornits Wiki)

277. Daytop Village

If drug users are accepting that they have an addiction and the treatment program respects their boundaries the treatment program can have good long term effect but if they use a privilege based program with ro rights unless certain progress is made, the long-term effect can be as worse as a prolonged drug-abuse.

A number of clients will try to escape. People in the local community could be hurt or robbed.

Based on police reports about runaways from this program it is safe to say that Daytop Village is not a safe place to be. Hopefully the economy will close them totally in the end.