More than 50,000 teens in the U.S are sent away by their parents or guardians to "behavioral modification" centers each year. Many of these centers claim to help children, usually aged 12–18, with a range of issues such as trauma, depression, or disobedient behavior. But in many of these cases, the children going into these programs find themselves isolated, traumatized, and are even subject to abuse.
Because this is unfortunately common and invisible, we'd like to raise awareness for the "troubled teen" industry. If you're a survivor of a "behavioral modification" center, and if you feel comfortable doing so, please share your story with us.
Many survivors, now young adults, are using TikTok to share their experiences, like Daniel Stearns (@danielthemammal). Daniel shared his story about being in wilderness therapy when he was 15 years old:
These videos use the hashtag #ISeeYouSurvivor.