The Dead Inside

The Dead Inside

A True Story

Book - 2017
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"[An] unnerving and heartrending memoir..."--Publishers Weekly

A fast-paced memoir that gives readers a glimpse into the unbelievable reality of a young girl's 16 months in the notorious "tough love" program the ACLU called "a concentration camp for throwaway kids."

I never was a badass. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi's jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight.

From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was...well, it was something else.

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a "drug rehabilitation" facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to "treat" its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered "healing."

Publisher: Naperville :, Sourcebooks Fire,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781492635734
Characteristics: x, 289 pages
Additional Contributors: Etler, Cyndy


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ArapahoeKati Jun 21, 2017

The "treatment" in this memoir is almost unbelievable--the abuse and brainwashing is astounding; good thing she included real case files at the end. I would have liked to hear more about how the author dealt with life after her time spent (months and months!) at Straight, Inc.

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