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Re: re:Synanon, addiction & the web

Postby Dreams End » Wed Nov 16, 2005 3:55 pm

hanshan, do you know the specific connections between Phoenix House and synanon. Here's the official history of Phoenix House:<br><br>         <br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><br>They talked about the struggles of staying clean and decided to help one another through the tough days ahead. Together, they moved into a brownstone on Manhattan’s West Side and lived as a community, encouraging and helping each other to stay sober. That is how Phoenix House was born. What made it work was the structure and approach to treatment brought to the fledgling program by psychiatrist Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D. and counselors from New York City’s Addiction Services Agency (ASA). As deputy commissioner of ASA for rehabilitation, Dr. Rosenthal made Phoenix House the model for a citywide treatment network.<br><br>Phoenix House has grown to become the nation’s leading provider of substance abuse treatment and prevention services operating more than 100 programs in nine states. Over the years, we have treated more than 100,000 substance abusers. Currently, we care for a population of more than 6,000 at residential centers for adults; residential Phoenix Academies combining long-term treatment and schooling for adolescents; outpatient; afterschool; and day programs.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>They synanon site specifically says that Phoenix house is one of the places run by former synanon folks, but I don't know who specifically.<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: re:Synanon, addiction & the web

Postby mxmendo » Wed Nov 16, 2005 4:24 pm

I grew up in inverness/point reyes and remember the fear and alarm in the community even though i was only 10 or 11 when the real wierdness was happening. I still recall my mom warning me to be careful of the synanon people. <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Gorenfeld on STRAIGHT

Postby albion » Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:36 pm

John Gorenfeld was on Mark Levine's "Radio Inside Scoop" twice last weeek talking about STRAIGHT.<br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>November 10, 2005<br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>This Bush Crony Has Blood on His Hands!</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>THE INSIDE SCOOP on George W. Bush's Former Ambassador to Italy, Melvin Sembler, who ran a teen drug rehab center where thousands of American teens were physically and mentally abused in horrific, degrading ways.<br><br>Guest: Reporter John Gorenfeld<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>November 13, 2005<br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>The Bush Crony Who Tortured American Teens, Part II<br></strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br>Why is a man who should be serving life in prison for torture appointed by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to Italy?<br><br>On Thursday's show, This Bush Crony Has Blood on his Hands!, THE INSIDE SCOOP was the first radio show to report on STRAIGHT, Inc., the teen-age rehab center more akin to a torture/concentration camp run by Melvin and Betty Sembler. Melvin Sembler was for many years until a few months ago, George W. Bush's U.S. Ambassador to Italy.<br><br>The testimonials from victims of this place were so horrific and so numerous that we barely scratched the surface. So reporter John Gorenfeld has agreed to come back to discuss this story this Sunday.<br><br>My second guest, Dr. Arnold Trebach, Justice Chief for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission during the Civil Rights Era of 1960-65, is Professor Emeritus at American University and Founder of The Drug Policy Foundation in Washington, DC. For two decades, Dr. Trebach has been investigating STRAIGHT.<br><br>My third and most important "guests" are the many survivors of Sembler's torture and abuse that have agreed to call in as well.<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>Also check out Gorenfeld's new blog:<br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--> <p></p><i></i>
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re: Synanon & Phoenix House

Postby hanshan » Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:46 pm

...<br><br><!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>DE:<br><br>They synanon site specifically says <br>that Phoenix house is one of the places <br>run by former synanon folks, but I don't know who specifically.</em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><br><br>Yeah - unfortunately I don't either. <br>My connections<br>to the historical aspects (including names) <br>are dead - literally. & at the time the subject <br>was under discussion I wasn't paying <br>particular attention.<br><br>Sorry I can't be more helpful .<br><br><br>.... <p></p><i></i>
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