With the arrival of Paris Hilton’s documentary This Is Paris, the multi-billion dollar industry that we in the survivor community call “the troubled teen industry” has gained momentous attention that I truly never thought that I would live to see. These programs operate under strict secrecy, in real cult-like fashion and rely on kids who go through their doors to keep quiet once they’re out, which is usually what happens since it is instilled in you to never speak ill of the program while you’re there.

I was 13 when my parents sent me away to various programs until I…


Writer. BA in anthropology. Psychology grad student.

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