Current Affairs From A Survivor’s View

Watching the Presidential Debate last night, I was overwhelmed by a familiar feeling. Helplessness. If I had to sum it up, that’s the best word I can think of to describe it in a nutshell. It’s been especially “triggering” for a survivor of institutional abuse in a high control group to witness people we wereContinue reading “Current Affairs From A Survivor’s View”

How a Therapy Cult Goes Unchecked

Reports by the New York Controller regarding Phoenix House’s misuse of State funding date back to 1970, when New York City Controller Abraham Beanie sent a 165-page report to the NY State Attorney’s Office stating that there was not a clear separation between the City of New York and the Phoenix House entity, and thatContinue reading “How a Therapy Cult Goes Unchecked”

From The Ashes of The Phoenix

The Rise Of The Phoenix Phoenix House was started by Mitchell Rosenthal, a psychiatrist who had spent enough time with the cult Synanon to decide to replicate their program. Synanon was a recovery cult which spawned basically the entire “troubled teen industry” and tough love movement of the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Synanon methods,Continue reading “From The Ashes of The Phoenix”