Memorial Hall Library

Troubled - The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

Author Kenneth R. Rosen will discuss his recent critically acclaimed book, "Troubled: The Failed Promise of America's Behavioral Treatment Programs."

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In the middle of the night, they are vanished. Each year thousands of young adults deemed out of control―suffering from depression, addiction, anxiety, and rage―are carted off against their will to remote wilderness programs and treatment facilities across the country. Desperate parents of these “troubled teens” fear it’s their only option. The private, largely unregulated behavioral boot camps break their children down, a damnation the children suffer forever.

Acclaimed journalist Kenneth R. Rosen knows firsthand the brutal abuse carried out at these programs. He lived it. In "Troubled," Rosen unspools the stories of four graduates on their own scarred journeys through the programs into adulthood. Based on three years of reporting and more than one hundred interviews with other clients, their parents, psychologists, and health-care professionals, "Troubled" combines harrowing storytelling with investigative journalism to expose the disturbing truth about the massively profitable, sometimes fatal, grossly unchecked redirection industry.