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Those suffering from addictions to illegal drugs, besides alcohol, were considered to be significantly different from alcoholics, and therefore were not accepted into A. Dederich, after taking LSD,  decided to create his own program to respond to their needs. He was said to have coined the phrase "today is the first day of the rest of your life.
The program was based on testimony of fellow group members about their tribulations and urges of relapsing, and the journey to recovery. Synanon differed from Alcoholics Anonymous in that it aided both drug-users and drinkers.
The Synanon organization also developed a business that sold promotional items. In the early s Charles was able to utilize the media and his Hollywood associates to promote his organization. Later on, Synanon acquired a large building that had been the home of the Athens Athletic Clubin Oakland, Californiaand then transformed it into a residential facility for Synanon's members.
Children were reared communally in the Synanon School, and juveniles were often ordered to enroll in Synanon by California's courts. Professionals, even those without drug addictions, were invited to join Synanon. Men were given forced vasectomiesand a few pregnant women were forced to have abortions.
Newcomers were first interviewed by Synanon leadership to gain entrance into the community. During the first stage, members did community and housekeeping labor. During the second stage, members worked outside of the community but still resided within the community.
Finally, during the third stage, members both worked and lived outside of the community, but still attended regular meetings. While in The Game, members criticized each other, but left as friends and supportive community members. Because there was no hierarchy in The Game, members could freely criticize Synanon's highest leadership, who would then take member concerns into consideration when deciding policy.
The game was eventually used to pressure people to Dederich's will, to abort pregnancies, have vasectomies and commit violence. Synanon moved to create schooling for members, and Dederich wanted the members to mentally change for the better of society on the outside.
The school was headed by Al Bauman, which believed in innovative philosophy, and aimed to teach children in the same manner to think differently. The school attracted lawyers, screenwriters, business executives, all wanting to educate their children in a progressive environment.
The concept of "lifetime rehabilitation" did not agree with therapeutic norms, and it was alleged that the Synanon group was running an unauthorized medical clinic. Furthermore, it was alleged that on remote properties in California such as at Marshall in Marin County and in Badger, Tulare CountySynanon had erected buildings without the legally-required permits, had created a trash dump, and built an airstrip.
Taxation issues also arose.
In response to these accusations, Dederich declared that Synanon was a tax exempt religious organization, the "Church of Synanon. Children who had been assigned to Synanon began running away, and an "underground railroad" had been created in the area that sought to help them return to their parents.
Beatings of Synanon's opponents and its ex-members, "splittees", occurred across California. Beatings occurred in Synanon basements. The Grand Jury report also rebuked the governmental authorities involved for their lack of oversight, although it stopped short of directly interceding in the Synanon situation.
Though many San Francisco area newspapers and broadcasters covered the Synanon case, they were largely silenced by legal action from Synanon's lawyers, who made claims of libel. These lawsuits ultimately turned out to be a large part of Synanon's undoing, by giving journalists access to Synanon's own internal documents.
Criminal activity and collapse[ edit ] Synanon has been credited as being involved with several criminal activities, such as the disappearance of Rose Lena Cole around late or early Cole had received a court order to enroll in Synanon before she disappeared. She has not been seen or heard from since.
Much of the violence by Synanon had been carried out by a group within Synanon called the "Imperial Marines. Following this broadcast, several executives of the NBC network and its corporate chairman allegedly received hundreds of threats from Synanon members and supporters.
The Point Reyes Lighta small-circulation weekly newspaper in Marin Countywould later receive the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their covering Synanon at a time when other news agencies avoided reporting. Several weeks after NBC began receiving threats, on October 10,two Synanon members placed a de-rattled rattlesnake in the mailbox of attorney Paul Morantz of Pacific Palisades, California.
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