The Dam Breaks

In 2015, someone I had reconnected with on Facebook, my “big sister” from Phoenix House added me to an online group of adults who, as adolescents, had been residents of the same facility I experienced. The catalyst for the creation of this book was the news of the closure of our our Phoenix House programContinue reading “The Dam Breaks”


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”