Synanon
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Synanon was a popular organization for rehabilitating drug addicts in the 1960s and 1970s.  It was founded in or about 1958, and collapsed amid scandals about forty years later.  

For more information, see these links:

Wikipedia

Alumni site

Article in Time Magazine Archives from 1977. (Largely positive article)

Article raises the question: Was Synanon a cult?

Charles E. Dederich (or Diederich)

Mel Wasserman

Last updated October 8, 2008

 
 

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