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Surviving Straight Inc

Surviving Straight Inc

By Christine Flannery
This podcast is an extension of my website Surviving Straight Inc. Episodes will explore, in depth, the abusive adolescent drug rehabilitation program called Straight Incorporated that was opened from 1976 to 1993. Despite its well-known, publicized abuses in newspapers and lawsuits, Straight was still supported by many influential people including Nancy Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Straight Inc. Survivors and survivors of Straight's numerous spin-off programs will get to share their stories here.

For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
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Episode 6 - Part 4, Straight Inc - St. Petersburg, FL & Springfield. VA - Rich Moroski 1982 - 1983
In the last part of the interview, Rich talks how Straight affected him after getting out, going back to drug use, then about going to NA and being clean for 18 years, waking up around the year 2000 and how he found Straight information online. Rich explains how reconnecting with other Straight survivors online helped him heal and how Rich finally faced The Alter and how he was able to overcome it. For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
1:11:11
January 26, 2021
Episode 6 - Part 3, Straight Inc - St. Petersburg, FL & Springfield. VA - Rich Moroski 1982 - 1983
In part 3 Rich talks more about the transfer from St Petersburg, FL to the DC area, as part of the first group that opened the Springfield, VA program, more about 'The Alter,' and how Rich abused other kids in Straight, at the direction of peer staff, and how mentally ill kids were singled out for abuse, Rich was seriously injured while trying to prevent a newcomer from escaping. Straight then refused to permit Rich to go under general anesthesia. Rich was not allowed to get any pain medication either, even while surgery was performed on his hand. Rich finally had enough and escaped Straight.   For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
1:05:11
January 25, 2021
Episode 6 - Part 2, Straight Inc - St. Petersburg, FL & Springfield. VA - Rich Moroski 1982 - 1983
More about what it was like for Rich on first phase, the 'No Talking Behind Backs' rule, confrontation, restraints, and the Straight 'shine' from being a compliant, 'happy,' gung-ho Straightling.  Then Rich talks about set backs, food punishments and how 1st phase messed with his head. Rich survived by creating an alter ego, burying his true identity and became a Straight enforcer, inflicting Straight sanctioned, peer staff directed abuse on newcomers.  For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
58:44
January 25, 2021
Episode 6 - Part 1, Straight Inc - St. Petersburg, FL & Springfield. VA - Rich Moroski 1982 - 1983
In this episode Rich talks about family life and drug and alcohol use before Straight. Then Rich talks about his intake, day 1 and how he, as an 18 year old adult, was falsely imprisoned by Straight. For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
1:04:15
January 25, 2021
Episode 5 - Part 2, KIDS of North Jersey Survivor Katie Hedges, 9/92 to 11/95
Katie tells her story about having an eating disorder and the abuse she endured in KIDS of North Jersey, a Straight Incorporated spin off started by Miller Newton, who was Straight's former National Clinical Diirector. For more information about KIDS see  KIDS of North Jersey.com (fornits.com) Surviving Straight Inc - Straight Inc Spin Off Programs (Straight Renamed)  Newspaper Archives For even more information about Miller Newtonn please see  The Miller Newton Story (thestraights.net) and Surviving Straight Inc - Miller Newton For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
1:12:00
January 3, 2021
Episode 5 - Part 1, KIDS of North Jersey Survivor Katie Hedges, 9/92 to 11/95
Katie tells her story about having an eating disorder and the abuse she endured in KIDS of North Jersey, a Straight Incorporated spin off started by Miller Newton, who was Straight's former National Clinical Diirector. For more information about KIDS see  KIDS of North Jersey.com (fornits.com) Surviving Straight Inc - Straight Inc Spin Off Programs (Straight Renamed)  Newspaper Archives  For even more information about Miller Newtonn please see  The Miller Newton Story (thestraights.net) and Surviving Straight Inc - Miller Newton For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com
59:08
January 3, 2021
Episode 4, Part 2 - Sarasota & St. Petersburg Florida branches - Straight Survivor Tammy Koross 1982 - 1984
Tammy continues to tell her story about the Sarasota and St Petersburg Straight programs. She also talks about how she was hidden in a Time Out Room when Nancy Reagan visited St Petersburg Straight in 1982. Then Tammy explains how her life was effected by Straight, long after escaping. For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com *** note - in places there seems to be a bit of a delay in the audio ***
53:17
December 26, 2020
Episode 4, Part 1 - Sarasota & St. Petersburg Florida branches - Straight Survivor Tammy Koross 1982 - 1984
Tammy tells her story about the child abuse she endured in the Sarasota and St Petersburg FL Straight programs. She also mentions the criminal investigation of Sarasota. Two national TV news programs, mentioned in this episde, covered Straight. 20/20 in 1983  https://youtu.be/EccdPYsyrjQ   AND 60 Minutes in 1984  https://youtu.be/OKZfTwhZLAw For more information on the criminal investigation of Sarasota Straight, there are newspaper articles covering it here: Surviving Straight Inc - Sarasota, Florida - Opened 1980 - 1983 For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com *** note - in places there seems to be a bit of a delay in the audio ***
53:57
December 26, 2020
Episode 3 - Part 2 - Stoughton, MA Straight Survivor Jessica Ferraro 1989-1990
Jessica talks more about what Straight was like for her and how it affected her life afterward. For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com If you have any questions about the information presented in the podcast, Jessica can be reached at jessicaferraro@hotmail.com
1:19:16
December 16, 2020
Episode 3 - Part 1 - Stoughton, MA Straight Survivor Jessica Ferraro 1989-1990
Jessica tells her story of why she was put in Straight and what happened to her in the first few days in the program and on 1st phase. For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com If you have any questions about the information presented in the podcast, Jessica can be reached at jessicaferraro@hotmail.com
1:00:47
December 16, 2020
Episode 2- A Brief History of Straight Incorporated and the Straight Spin Off Programs
The first episode traces the origins and history of Straight Incorporated. I will also explain how many of the Straight spin-off programs got started and how each was connected to Straight. I will also review some suspected programs requiring more research. Finally, I will clarify a few misconceptions about Straight. For more information about Straight, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com If you have any questions about the information presented in the podcast, please email my website at surviving_straight_inc@yahoo.com
33:45
December 16, 2020
Episode 1 - Introduction
Introduction to The Surviving Straight Incorporated Podcast. For more information on Straight Incorporated, please visit www.survivingstraightinc.com If you have any questions about the information presented in the podcast, please email my website at surviving_straight_inc@yahoo.com
02:24
December 15, 2020