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New non-profit organization to advance scientific research in mental illness and addiction.

 The scientific study of mental illness and addiction is still in its infancy, which is probably why there are still so many unlicensed treatment centers, and so few laws to regulate behavioral health treatment services.

An important new non-profit organization has recently been established to help advance biomedical research and scientific initiatives in mental illness and addiction treatment.

Please ‘like’ and ‘share’ the Loving Mind Institute Facebook Page so they can make a difference.

FACEBOOK PAGE:
The Loving Mind Institute is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lovingmindinstitute/

Message from Loving Mind Institute:

64,000 opioid deaths per year
45,000 suicides per year.

Every LIFE, every LIGHT matters. 
#endaddiction #endstigma #WeCare

WEBSITE:
The Loving Mind Institute – https://www.LovingMindInstitute.org

Please donate $5.00 via the website (if you are able). This research is extremely important in putting an end to the unregulated treatment industry by discovering legitimate, science-based treatment for addictions or other mental health problems. It’s vital to lowering the numbers of suicides and addiction-related deaths that take place every year.

Video: Founder of Loving Mind Institute, Marion “Joe” Riggs, Ph.D., appears on BOLD Business TV, presenting the newly launched, 501(c)3, Loving Mind Institute. He advocates for a change in public perception to view addiction as a medical health challenge; and, the critical need for more biomedical research and clinical advance.

Founder of Loving Mind Institute, Marion “Joe” Riggs, Ph.D., appears on BOLD Business TV advocating for a change in public perception to view addiction as a medical health challenge; and, the critical need for more biomedical research and clinical advance. He covers the promise and progress in patient-driven, stem cell-based models for understanding mental illness and their potential application for addiction.

He initiates the interview discussing his connection to the cause, including the challenges in treating addiction. Furthermore, he details the historical example of Straight, Inc., an adolescent treatment facility that operated from 70-90’s known to use abusive, brainwashing tactics based on isolation, dehumanization, and continual guilt confessions. Joe concludes with the biopsychosocial model of addiction, the critical need to end the stigma, and the vital role of biomedicine to help break the addictive cycle in order to speed the path to recovery.

Watch this engaging and informative interview as Joe gets personal, speaking on addiction and how the Loving Mind Institute is designed to address the gap in public support for biomedical research and clinical advance in addiction treatment.

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“Therapy” for Entertainment = Pseudo-psychology (not to mention unethical)

Dr. Phil is not a psychologist, but he does play one on TV

Dr. Phil performs “therapy” for entertainment purposes only.

Dr. Phil is an ENTERTAINER, not a therapist.

  1. Dr. Phil is a Doctor.  He has a Ph.D. in Psychology.
  2. Dr. Phil is not a psychologist.  He is not licensed as a psychologist.  
  3. Dr. Phil used to be a psychologist.  He used to be licensed.
  4. He cannot practice psychology,  and what he does is not actually the practice of psychology.
  5. Yes,  he can call him self Dr. Phil.

Source: Paul G. Mattiuzzi, Ph.D.

Read more about “Is Dr. Phil actually a psychologist?by Paul G. Mattiuzzi, Ph.D. at this link.

The following clip was published by the Dr. Phil Show on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

Watch the clip and ask yourself if this seems like legitimate therapy to you.

Here is the blurb posted below this clip on YouTube written by the Dr. Phil Show:

Tom and Karen claim their oldest daughter, Madison, drinks, smokes weed, steals, is violent, and a bad influence on her 13-year-old sister, Liz. Madison says she would “do anything” not to be living at home, but when the 15-year-old is informed she’s been enrolled in a residential program for women and teens, she rejects the idea saying, “You’re sending me away…as if sending me away is going to help?” Watch to the very end to find out what Madison does, when Tom says they’re committed to getting her help.

Dr. Phil uses the power of television to tell compelling stories about real people.

The Dr. Phil show provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. For over a decade, Dr. McGraw has used the show’s platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing important personal and social issues. Using his top-rated show as a teaching tool, he takes aim at the critical issues of our time, including the “silent epidemics” of bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide and various forms of severe mental illness.

Category: Entertainment

Notice the YouTube category is ENTERTAINMENT.  Also notice, disclaimers (aka the small print) shown at the end of his show that reiterates that this show is for entertainment purposes only.

This poor family is in crisis and needs legitimate advice from a licensed family therapist, not a “Television Therapist” that participates in dispensing pseudo-psychology as therapy, despite the fact that he should know better with his educational background being in psychology.

There are no scientific studies and no evidence that support the legitimacy of the types of programs that Dr. Phil recommends.

However, I have seen in the credits of the Dr. Phil’s show that these programs advertise, in other words, sponsor the Dr. Phil show. So yes, Dr. Phil gets kickbacks for recommending these programs to desperate families and obviously has no problem doing so without any regards as to whether or not they are harmful or helpful.

I take huge issue with the paragraph that Dr. McGraw has used the show’s platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing important personal and social issues. Instead, he has made the science of psychology even confusing to the general public by presenting himself as a legitimate therapist, which he is not, and by promoting pseudo psychology which is NOT legitimate, evidence-based psychology.

The show’s writers state that Dr. Phil uses his top-rated show as a teaching tool, he takes aim at the critical issues of our time, including the “silent epidemics” of bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide and various forms of severe mental illness.  I don’t understand how he can allow this to be written about his show when he is well aware of the fact that he is teaching false psychological approaches to therapy, he uses bullying tactics to get these parents to enroll their daughter in this program in which he knows there is a possibility that these programs could possibly cause a client to become more depressed, to eventually partake in drug abuse or be abused by these unregulated, unsupervised businesses claiming to be therapeutic programs. 

Maybe Dr. Phil isn’t aware of the dangers of these programs.

NOPE! This is not the case. Even if this was the case, it seems the responsible thing for him to do would be to have his staff do some research on these programs.

But the fact is that this issue has been brought to his attention. In fact, there was a Dr. Phil show called “Children Sent Away: Trapped and Tortured?” See the clip and read more about it here.   Find one paragraph taken from that page:

Dr. Phil’s guests say the residential treatment centers they encountered as troubled teens did more harm than good. Marianne says she was abused at a therapeutic boarding school — and that her mom, Tami, did nothing to stop it. The two come face to face for the first time in five years. Can they call a truce and work on rebuilding their relationship? And, Nick and Theresa say they felt trapped and tortured at the residential treatment program where their mom, Leslie, sent them. Can these siblings find forgiveness?  

That was from 2013, yet here he is four years later still promoting the “services” of these so-called therapeutic businesses.

The Dr. Phil Show does not allow comments on videos about these programs because they know there will be many of them who disagree with them. Wouldn’t a legitimate, ethical therapist want the general public to become aware of both positive and negative opinions about the programs he suggests?

Lastly, why doesn’t the American Psychological Association (APA) speak out about this television show that is doing so much to delegitimize the real science of psychology?

I would love to hear from someone who is a member of the APA address this.

I would also like to hear all thoughts and comments about this issue, to get both positive and negative opinions in the public eye.


More about NON-EVIDENCE-BASED PSYCHOLOGY

“Therapy” for Entertainment = Pseudo-psychology (not to mention unethical)

What is Pseudopsychology?

pseu·do·sci·ence /ˌso͞odōˈsīəns/

noun – a collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.

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Memorial Day 2017

History of Memorial Day from the History Channel:
Let’s take a look at the holiday marking the official beginning of summer and America’s most solemn occasion.

 

America’s most solemn holiday — A day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their nation.

 

Civil War – 600,00 soldiers killed. Mourners in both the North and South began placing Flags & flowers on graves of fallen soldiers. On May 5, 1866, Waterloo New York’s citizens closed their shops and businesses so that everyone could decorate the graves of the men killed during the war.

 

An old war general and leader of the Union Veteran Association, John A. Logan, spearheaded an effort to unite all the decoration services into one national holiday, designating May 30th as decoration day.

 

Decoration day grew throughout the 19th century and by the end of the century was renamed Memorial Day.

 

When the World War I ended, May 30 became a day to honor all soldiers who died in battle as far back as the revolutionary war.

 

The first unknown soldier was interred in Arlington Cemetery on Armistice day in 1921. Every Memorial day unknown soldiers are honored in a wreath-laying ceremony conducted by the President or Vice President of the USA. They are reminders of all of those who never made it home.

 

Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971, and Congress shifted it from May 30th to the 4th Monday in May.

 

All across America veterans and civilians still gather in parades and vigils to remember the generations who gave their lives for their nation’s freedom.

(insert the civil war veterans graves I have pictures of.)

 

Memorial Day 35 years ago and today

 

How fitting, in my view, that 35 years ago today on Memorial day weekend, I was unexpectedly (and unjustly) thrown into Straight, Inc. This life experience was what initially taught me what “freedom and justice for all” truly were when both were promptly ripped away from me. Had my father who was a Korean War veteran had lived through the Straight, Inc experience, he would be mortified to learn what actually went on behind closed doors in this program. I am confident that he would be horrified that he risked his life and suffered in the Korean Conflict, only to have his child subjected to the same tactics used on the American Prisoners of War in Korea.

 

It saddens me that young men, like Sean Cutsforth (one of my son’s peers), who are still giving their lives for this country’s freedoom are being dishonored by businessmen like Mel Sembler who abuse their freedom to advance their own interests.

 

My dream is for one day to have the United States of America show its appreciation and honor for all of the fallen soldiers who have fought for freedom and justice for all, by allowing freedom and justice to be equal for all USA citizens regardless of the amount of money they have in their bank account.

 

Memorial Day, a day to recognize PTSD

 

For all of the soldiers that gave their lives, there are also soldiers who survived their ordeal and came back home broken from their experiences. Some of these soldiers have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many civilians who have been exposed to traumatic events also suffer from PTSD.

 

Many people who suffer from PTSD experience anniversary reactions, which you can read about here.

 

It is important for more research to be conducted in pursuance of knowledge about how to best recognize, understand and treat PTSD.

 

Project Straight Ink hopes to dedicate a portion of our site to the latest studies in PTSD, to help all Americans who have suffered from PTSD

 

The Start of Summer

 

On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the Memorial Day holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer. Some people get angry that the meaning of Memorial Day seems to be growing distant with more focus being on the unofficial start of summer.

 

I think parties and barbecues are a wonderful way to celebrate the freedoms we have, as long as we first remember WHAT freedom is, what is costs and to remember those who have paid with their lives to preserve the freedoms we still have.

 

 

 

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September, 1982 Straight Talk Newsletter

September 1982 St. Petersburg Florida Straight Newsletter Highlights:

Heroine of the month: Single Straight Parent, Barbara,

An Open Letter from:  A 7 Stepper Parent,

New Fundraiser: A Straight Cookbook for Christmas,

Newspaper Clippings (propaganda): 

  • Drug Program to Open Facility In Washington;
  • Marijuana plants dying after being sprayed with paraquat;
  • President Reagan Declares Battle Against Drugs.

Take a look inside the September 1982 Straight Talk Newsletter Below:

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A Question about Straight, Inc. and Money

Intake Fees and Documentation Required:

Intake day: May 29, 1982. St. Petersburg, FL

I found this document among my father’s Straight, Inc. documents.

The first three items are crossed through since none of them are applicable.

According to this document parents paid:

$35.00/month for food.

$25.00/Doctor fee.

$2,000.00/Pledge Payment (aka fee for ‘treatment’)

$125 (Random fee? Appointment fee? No written explanation.)

Hmmm. I’ve heard rumor that most if not all of the food was donated to the St. Petersburg, Florida program (which is where these documents are from), but I’ll have to find proof of this. (Note to readers: If you have proof of this, please forward a copy to this site.)  However, even if it wasn’t donated, I’m sure we didn’t consume $35 worth of food there per month (especially thirty-five 1984 dollars worth).

The $25.00 doctor’s fee is hilarious. I wonder how they accounted for THIS fee in their books. I never saw a medical doctor in all my days at Straight, Inc.

And the $2000 fee for the program was classified as a pledge. I guess our parents were donors to the non-profit program, Straight, Inc.

Now, considering 99.9% of the items that made up Straight were donated, where did all that money go?

Program Expenses: 

Warehouse Building (in an industrial zone) – (most often donated or paid for by parents’ fundraising efforts).

Utilities. 

Signs on the wall.

Plastic chairs (approximately 600-1000 chairs)

Meals (usually donated? Usually only lunch and dinner or just dinner, depending on the program location, other meals were supposed to be provided by parents when possible)

Salaries (kid-graduates did 99.9% of the ‘therapy’ and got paid minimum wage, when they got paid — which wasn’t consistently)

Non-profit business registration and filing: Only a few bucks per year.

That leaves Executive Salaries. But when I spoke to one former executive staff member he scoffed at the proposal that perhaps they got paid well.

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

When I entered Straight, Inc. on May 29, 1982, there were approximately 350 kids in the group.

Though more than 350 kids had entered the program (within the year and paid the fees) but were no longer there because they escaped or were withdrawn or on the rare occasion terminated.

So let’s use a rough and conservatively estimated number of anywhere from 100 – 350 kids admitted to the program in any one location and in any one given year in the early 1980s. And let’s use the low estimate* that each one was charged $2000.

(*Low estimate: because we know parents paid more than just the initial “entry pledge payment” because there were the additional fees listed above for each kid, plus the collections of additional donations two times per week at each open meeting, plus numerous other fundraisers going on at any given point in time, in which the parents were expected to donate either their time, money and/or other resources. ‘Afterall, who can put a price on a child’s life?‘, which is what the program proclaimed was at stake if the parents didn’t meet all of these expectations.

The Math

100-350 kids at (a minimum of) $2000/each = $200,000-$700,000 of tax-free money in any given year in the early 1980’s for the nonprofit corporation that went by the name of Straight, Incorporated and proclaimed to save kids lives with their ‘breakthrough modality of kids helping kids and parents helping parents.

The Question

Where did all of the money really end up? If you have any answers or ideas, please be sure to leave them in the comments below.

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Free Book (Until June 4, 2017) Dead, Insane, or in Jail, A CEDU Memoir

Free Book – Until June 4, 2017

Click on the image of the book to the left to order your free copy of Dead, Insane or in Jail: A CEDU memoir.

Take a peek inside to see how the teen treatment businesses of today operate.

CEDU – Charles E. Dederich University

Synanon Spawned Many Programs. Synanon went from being an adult drug treatment center to a so-called religion and finally became a murderous cult. This is the program that spawned many of the troubled teen programs that exist today.  CEDU is a direct descendant of Synanon. In fact, it is often said that CEDU is an acronym for the Charles E. Dedrich (founder of Synanon) University.

About the Book:

Excerpt: “Zack Bonnie was fourteen when his parents sent him to a “Troubled Teen” facility. The author takes readers there, in a thrilling psychological read. Sequestered where bizarre cult-like techniques become the norm, see for yourself exactly what the controversy is about. Should we mold a child’s behavior using the tools of brainwashing? With coarse, brutal dialog and authentic source materials, this nonfiction memoir, the first in a series, exposes the secrets and tells it all. Dead, Insane, or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir is named for the range of options open to the author at 14 if he ran away from the cult his parents inadvertently inducted him into.

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Memorial Day, 2017

History of Memorial Day

Let’s take a look at the holiday marking the official beginning of summer and America’s most solemn occasion.
(Source: History of Memorial Day – The History Channel)

America’s most solemn holiday — A day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending their nation.

During the Civil War 600,000 soldiers were killed. Mourners in both the North and South began placing flags and flowers on graves of fallen soldiers. On May 5, 1866, Waterloo New York’s citizens closed their shops and businesses so that everyone could decorate the graves of the men killed during the war.

An old war general and leader of the Union Veteran Association, John A. Logan, spearheaded an effort to unite all the decoration services into one national holiday, designating May 30th as Decoration Day.

2017- Virginia Confederate Veteran’s Decorated Grave  (Click on image to see  details.)

Decoration Day grew throughout the 19th century and by the end of the century was renamed Memorial Day. By the end of World War I, May 30th became a day to honor all soldiers who died in battle as far back as the revolutionary war.

The first unknown soldier was interred in Arlington Cemetery on Armistice day in 1921. Every Memorial day unknown soldiers are honored in a wreath-laying ceremony conducted by the President or Vice President of the USA. They are reminders of all of those who never made it home. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971, and Congress shifted it from May 30th to the 4th Monday in May.

All across America, veterans and civilians still gather in parades and vigils to remember the generations who gave their lives for their nation’s freedom.

Source: History Channel – The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day – 35 years ago and today

behavior modification, straight inc, seed inc.
Report that states that the Seed, Inc. (a.k.a. Straight, Inc.) uses highly refined “brainwashing” techniques used by the Koreans in the early 1950s

How fitting, in my view, that 35 years ago today on Memorial day weekend, I was unexpectedly (and unjustly) thrown into Straight, Inc. This life experience was what initially taught me what “freedom and justice for all” truly were when both were promptly ripped away from me. Had my father, who was a Korean War veteran, lived through the Straight, Inc experience, he would be mortified to learn what actually went on behind closed doors in this program. I am confident that he would be horrified that he risked his life in the Korean Conflict, only to have his child subjected to the same tactics used on the American Prisoners of War in Korea.

It saddens me that young men, like Sean Cutsforth (one of my son’s peers), who are still giving their lives for this country’s freedom are being dishonored by businessmen like Mel Sembler (commercial real estate capitalist and Straight, Inc. co-founder), who abuse their freedom to advance their own interests.

My dream is to one day have the United States of America show its appreciation and honor for all of the fallen soldiers who have fought for freedom and liberty, by allowing freedom and justice to be equal for all USA citizens regardless of the amount of money they have in their bank account.

Memorial Day – a day to recognize PTSDPTSD

For all of the soldiers that gave their lives, there are also soldiers who survived their ordeal and came back home broken from their experiences. Some of these soldiers have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many civilians who have been exposed to traumatic events also suffer from PTSD.

Often people who suffer from PTSD experience anniversary reactions, which you can read about here.

It is important that more scientific research is conducted in pursuance of knowledge about how to best recognize, understand and treat PTSD.

Project Straight Ink hopes to dedicate a portion of this website to the latest studies in PTSD, to help all Americans who have suffered from PTSD

Memorial Day – the Unofficial Start of Summer

arlington national cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

As stated on the history channel video, “On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the Memorial Day holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.”

Some people get angry that the meaning of Memorial Day seems to be growing distant with more focus being on the unofficial start of summer. I think parties and barbecues are a wonderful way to celebrate the freedoms we have, as long as we first remember what freedom is, what it costs and to remember those who have paid with their lives to preserve the freedoms we still have.

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