The Troubled Teen Industry

February 3, 2012

Troubled Teen Industry


The “Troubled Teen Industry” is a secretly connected industry, that consists of a network of similarly structured Behavior Modification Programs, Residential Treatment Programs, Boot Camps or Drug Rehabilitation Centers that all claim to cure the modern teenager of their adolescent behavior. They use deceptive marketing tactics to con desperate parents into thinking that for the price of an Ivy League education they can send their kids away and they will return obedient and grateful for the experience. This is rarely true, and there have been numerous studies concluding that aversive behavioral control is  rarely effective and can very well cause more harm than good. None of these facilities are properly regulated by the government and are commonly unlicensed and unaccredited by any state or federal organization. This lack of over site has proven to encourage violence by staff and the inhumane treatment that has been embedded in the very core of the behavior modification system since its conception.

Many former students have spoken out about their experience at one of the many schools associated with various umbrella corporations or separately owned facilities and no matter what state or country these schools are built in they have always shared a common ground of abuse and maltreatment. The staff are hired off the streets, completely unqualified to be working with teens. The “treatment” is not medically approved and employs many psychologically damaging processes including attack therapy, dehumanizing rules, fear, intimidation and physical abuse. Both parents and teens are subjected to brainwashing tactics, many that greatly parallel the tactics of a full fledged cult. Commonly, the out come is exactly that, in many cases the  parents develop a blind loyalty to the program in belief that if their child does not complete the program they will end up “dead, insane or in jail”. This misplaced trust has served time and again to excuse these facility owners of responsibility for the many crimes committed against these children. The truth is that the program is designed specifically to escape legal liability, the evidence of this can be found in their limited ownership and incorporations, making it difficult for victims to press charges or sue.

Today there is absolutely no excuse for parents to be swindled into these teen torture cults, the evidence of wrong doing has been made all too clear. In the last few years alone there have been many schools shut down and criminal charges brought against their owners. There are hundreds of websites out there warning parents of the dangers, there are dozens of advocacy organizations dedicating their lives to this cause and there are countless program survivors all living with the haunting experiences of a stolen youth.

Don’t be fooled, these programs have excellent marketing strategies, they have cornered the online market, they go by different names, and describe themselves as different kinds of programs, but the “Tough Love” system remains at it’s core shroud in abuse, deception and incompetence. Until the abusive practices of the Tough Love Programs have been legally abolished, and the government has stepped in to provide comprehensive regulation, parents must be very wary of this industry as a whole. When the very people who have repeatably abused children in the past are free to open up their own programs under different names and deny affiliation with the companies they helped make notorious for abuse, the question is how do you know who you can trust? How do you see through the deceptive marketing? How do we see past the brand new buildings and fancy uniforms and get a glimpse of the torture going on behind the walls? How do you see through the facade of the children who say they are fine despite the fact that they are dying to tell you the truth? When they know they will be severely punished if they do. The problem is that it is very difficult to tell the good programs from the bad, until it’s too late. All you can do is arm yourself with the knowledge that the former survivors of these program present to you, ask the right questions and never allow yourself to fall for false promises that are in reality, impossible for any institution to keep.

In the following blogs I will elaborate on the MANY MANY issues of the Troubled Teen Industry, including where these programs came from and their notorious techniques of abuse and mind control. For anyone looking to do their own research please feel free to follow any of these links, many of these sites have a wealth of information including articles, books, published research and survivor testimony. You can also get involved in the cause by supporting organizations that are working to influence our government concerning the issues of the Troubled Teen Industry. For anyone who has had an experience at a troubled teen program there are many outlets for survivors to find support and stay up to date with the progress of this cause. My heart goes out to anyone affected by the Troubled Teen Industry, We know how hard it can be to cope, and would be happy to offer support to anyone in need. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions, or leave a comment to suggest subjects you may like to see me blog about next.

For more information please visit these great sites:

The Troubled Teen Industry

Secret Prisons For Teens Blog

Secret Prisons For Teens / Fornits Wiki



Myspace and Facebook Groups

WWASPSurvivors Facebook Group

Reddit Troubled Teens

The Troubled Teen Supergroup

Stop Lichfield’s Teen Revitalization (The new WWASP)

Stop WWASP Facebook

Survivors of Abusive Treatment

CAFETY Facebook

CAFETY Myspace

Myspace WWASP Survivors


I do not endorse any products or services advertised nor am I in agreement with any other topics that are automatically generated to relate to this topic. I do not refer or endorse any programs or treatment methods. Comments containing endorsements will be deleted.

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About WWASP Survivors

As survivors of the systematic and deliberate abuse of children in the WWASP programs, We believe it is our duty to advocate for the kids currently in programs today, to demand their rights to be protected from physical and mental abuse and to warn any parents considering the risk of placing their child in an abusive "Tough Love" program. Please refer to our Red Flags list for advice on pinpointing and avoiding abusive programs.

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10 Responses to “The Troubled Teen Industry”

  1. Carolina Hatfield Says:

    Support H.R. 1981: Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2013

    H.R. 1981 is NOT about taking away a profit; it is about protecting a child. If a residential facility makes a profit by helping children without being abuse, then there isn’t a problem.What program that is meant to help teens would not want teens to have these protections?In theory, programs that operate safely would make MORE PROFIT because the programs that are abusive would not be operating as competition.
    – See more at:


  2. Peter Smythe Says:

    Hmm.. Difficult to press charges, eh? I have a better solution: get the most disabling object you can find, a gun or taser if possible, and organize a mass escape. Anyone who tries to stop you is a casualty of war. (This is a bad idea if there are guards with guns though, they could start shooting into the crowd.)


    • Bill Boyles Says:

      LOL. Obviously, there are legal ramifications to helping any child escape their (unfortunately legal) captors, and we don’t recommend breaking the law. We don’t blame any child that tries, however, and Natural Law would seem to support them.


  3. enzo pucci Says:

    These programs are sick they prey on parents at their weakest moments and pry thousands a month from them while manipulating them. Any parent with a troubled kids should avoid wwasp programs and any program outside the us. parents with troubled teens should give this book a read before deciding to send their kids away to be taken care of by people they dont know


  4. Chris Poole Says:

    ​Dear WWASP Survivors,

    “Straight, Incorporated” was a very destructive, highly controversial and extremely abusive cult that shamelessly and dishonestly, masqueraded as a drug rehab for teenagers in several parts of the United States from 1976 to 1993. Here is a website about people who have survived the dangerous cult known as “Straight Incorporated.” Please feel free to add this link to your site. Also please feel free to e-mail this website link to others who are interested in learning about the cult called “Straight.”

    Very Best Regards,

    Chris Poole



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