Falling Phoenix

A survivor of a cult-based “Therapeutic Community” coming to terms with her past and telling the whole story.

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Healing Begins

I have always had some moments after major betrayal and loss that I feel like I can’t and don’t want to go on. I pause, I rest. But the one thing that’s helped me cope with those feelings is writing, sharing truths, no matter how they make myself and others look, feel, react. I tendContinue reading “Healing Begins”


Hello friends. I appreciate your ongoing readership and messages I get through sharing this story. I’ve suffered a traumatic loss recently which is forcing me to take a bit of a sabbatical, but I will keep up with your messages as I’m able. I’ve lost my best friend and a lot of my strength toContinue reading “Sabbatical”

From Synanon to Hare Krishnas?

While I was at Phoenix House Descanso (San Diego) from ‘92 to ‘94, they began allowing “outside mentors” to come and chat and befriend and talk to us. The most memorable was the group of Hare Krishnas that would come up weekly and chat with us, in groups and individually. One young Hare Krishna, whomContinue reading “From Synanon to Hare Krishnas?”

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