In my previous posts, I describe how I ended up at S.A.F.E., a facility that is part of the Troubled Teen Industry (TTI). In my last post, I described what was required of people at Phase 3 of the program. In this post, I’ll describe Phase 4.
Drug-free for Drug Addicts
This is the phase where we are supposed to be working on building friendships that are drug-free. We do everything like Phase 3, but spend less time in the actual building. We can go to 12 step meetings with other “Safelings”.
I remember, I went to a Sex Addicts Anonymous meeting with someone, as support, and boy, I have never experienced anything like that before!
But were we “Drug Addicts”?
…although I was a regular at 12 step meetings, because I was supposedly an
alcoholic and drug addict. It felt so strange, hearing all these stories from “oldtimers” who have drank and drugged their days away. People who had been prostitutes, been to prison, even people who have injured people drunk driving!
Here I was, barely 17 years old.
“Um…. Yeah, I smoked some pot and dabbled in other drugs, but I’M AN ADDICT AND AN ALCOHOLIC!!!”
How to Pretend to be a Drug Addict
I felt like I would have to embellish my stories if I wanted to share in a meeting (and sharing was a favorable thing, and looked good in group!). People accepted that I was an addict, and of course, I had to accept that fact as well, or I couldn’t leave the program. It is only now, many years removed, that I know this isn’t true. I can drink one glass of wine at night without “hitting rock bottom”.
Phase 4 was also Risky
Again, the threat of being dropped phases loomed heavy in these high phases. If I wanted to be dishonest, now was not the time to do it, although, sometimes the group would find something I couldn’t! It wasn’t up to me. Only one more phase to go…read about it in my next post.
Curious about Troubled Teen Industry (TTI) schedules?
You can learn how to brainwash others! I published one here for Red Rock Canyon’s schedule.