Parents at Odds Over Success of Straight's Therapy - 1982-07-14
The new "intakes" stand nervously before the sea of parents and peers in the Straight auditorium in St. Petersburg, Fla. They are druggies and alcoholics. They are bad kids and scared kids and confused kids.
The confessions pour out: the tales of cocaine, acid, pot, uppers, downers, vodka and gin. If they hold back, the crowd presses for more, and out come the gut-wrenching stories of shattered lives and devastated families.
In private sessions, the intensity creates a therapeutic pressure-cooker. Endless counseling and rap sessions. Monotonous meals. Constant confrontation, verbal poking and prodding. They are told how to dress, how to act and, frequently, how to think.