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Offline creashev

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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2011, 02:21:55 PM »
This is really marvelous - finally a venue to share some haunting, and confusing memories of Operation RE-Entry!  Yup, I was there for 4 freeking years - No idea why other than I wasn't a bad girl, nor was I a good girl and Warren Klein loved me!  I was there commuting everyday from Coral Gables to Miami Beach from around 1970-1974.  I missed my childhood for sure!  I look forward to other posts.  I do have some pictures?
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2011, 02:24:01 PM »
You mentioned a death ... the boy who died had the last name of Warner.  His brother was more active - was a black belt and once smacked me across the head for being late to his carpool ride home as he didnt want to miss Kung Fu!  The brother died from a cardiac issue.  They called it a heart attack.  I remember the funeral.  Perhaps it was in Coconut Grove?
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2011, 06:50:12 PM »
Boy, Howdy! just read the previous posts. My re-action is just pure disgust. I didn't know that there were other 'programs in Miami at the time , all competing for LEAA funds,and it seems still the game goes on.
It is well known, and proven over and over that a person can be impelled to do things that would otherwise be morally and ethically repugnant to that individual.
i can and will refer to the literature if requested, but citing jonestown should suffice. Or Hale-Bopp, or the list goes on.
I live near orlando fl, and here's my tale. In Miami, there was a group called the 'Yahwehs' look em up, alternate reference Hulon Mitchell. they bought otherwise untenable properties, and buffed 'em up, advertising them as black resort destinations. pembroke pines, so hollywood, 79th st, at 7th ave and at the beachside.
A  warrant cop pointed out to me that those properties were commercially useless, except as firebases.
I know this because i was had communication with a contractor who hauled a lot of equipment for those folks. the equipment he hauled was what we call' boilerplate" ie: quarter inch steel, useful only for bulk storage, short term. Only for storage of bulk cash, weapons, drugs. (don't think drugs)
Anyway they're here now the yahwehs, and thre are the local mosque, and  how many other, masquerading as 'drug rehab, or intervention, or other such do=gooding, abstentious programs.
Lets all abstain from drugs any and all. we can effectively counter those vices with violent intervention in the lives of others.
let-s call it by the numbers, you all, and curtail this monster.
Jim Dandy.
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2011, 08:36:55 PM »
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jim dandy wrote;
'Lets all abstain from drugs any and all."

Surely,you joke, right?
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2011, 12:52:00 PM »
was just thinking about Operation "rear Entry" today, which pops up in my head on occasion.  I was 13 years old (1977) when my parents, freaked out about my older brother's drug problems, put me in this place after skipping school and trying pot.  I learned much of what I know about drugs in that place. To this day, the months I spent in this program continue to haunt my memories.  Rich so-called ex-addicts mentally abusing children and extorting money from their parents with promises to "fix" their child. My brother's head was shaved as punishment (many times), my hair was cut by inches at a time, forced to wear a stocking cap to represent a shaved head, a sandwich sign stating what a piece of crap I was, sweeping the gutters in the street of Collins ave and 36th st.  I was in fact a rebellious child and that saved me from this place and these people because I refused to buy into this scam (that my parents apparently bought out of fear) mentally and continued to rebel - my stubbornness and insight at the age of 13 kept me from going insane - the experience has however remained a trauma in my life. As OR taught me, "to be aware is to be alive"
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Re: Operation Reentry
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2011, 03:24:17 PM »
I tried ... I think this generation are opening those old doors and looking back at those confusing, humiliating years.  Please email - we were there the same time ... its nice just to vent with people from that generation creashev@yahoo.com
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« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2011, 01:51:12 AM »
I find the treads here very confusing - can the monitor of this website please create a heading of OPERATION RE-ENTRY and allow comments to flow from there?  Many of us from OR, would like to only speak to those who went thru this program ....
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2011, 11:05:38 AM »
I was there at OR with Elyn and I am also reading one of her books.  It is clear to me, that OR created boundaries for her and certainly not created her illness.  She states that very honestly in her book ...
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2011, 01:45:40 PM »
Quote from: "N.O.S.O.B."
do ya'll have any online links to info about this program?
So far ... nothing on the WWW!!  Imagine that!  eventually there will be - several hundred kids came through the doors of OR
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2011, 01:36:14 AM »
There is a WIKIPEDIA affiliated with Operation Re-entry, Miami Beach.  If any "graduates" of OR would like to contribute, just create an account with Wikipedia.  Here is the link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_ ... iami_beach
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Re: Operation Reentry
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2011, 07:01:19 PM »
Not sure where my post went, But I will try again.I was in Operation Reentry from 1976-1977
I Would really like to talk to anyone who was involved with the program. What a great way to reconnect.

I am also trying to find any counselors that might have been involved with the program.

Please contact me.

Sincerely,
Maryanne (Heggenstaller) beans
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Re: Operation Re-Entry
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2011, 06:29:24 PM »
I was a member in Operation Re-Entry from '72-'74.  Later worked there as a Staff Trainee, went to school and returned to work as a staff member from about '77 until they closed.  I can answer a lot of questions and clear up some misinformation.  Overall I want to reach out to any previous members, whether your experience was good or bad, and help you resolve any confusion or perhaps pain that might still exist.

In the 1970's the Synanon based model was pretty much all there was for drug treatment programs.  Synanon had success with alcoholics and drug addicts, and their well meaning graduates wanted to spread the word and help others.   Pretty much like Alcoholics Annon. does today.  And for the hard core drug abuser, these tactics probably worked very well.  However the problem came when the clients entering the drug programs became younger and younger.  The young confused insecure teenager who is experimenting with drug use, is not in the same category, and to use the same tactics was to me a little heavy handed.  But like I said earlier, in those days, that was all there was and all we knew.   For every client I think Re-Entry helped with their approach, three others were not.

Fortunately there developed by the late 70's other therapy's and methods of treatment that were less "humiliating" or "abusive".   By the later half of the '70's several staff members had joined Re-Entry who were trained in other disciplines and tried to influence the way the program was run.  It was not until the Synanon trained directors left the program that the program evolved. That is the time I believe Re-Entry had it's greatest positive influence in the lives of its teenager members.  I am proud to have worked there during that time.

To those who feel they have been hurt by their experience in the program I would like to say, from every staff member who ever worked at Operation Re-Entry...please forgive us.  Like early doctors who used primitive tools,  we also were well intentioned, but lacked the proper "tools" and education.  

If I can answer any questions that would help you come to terms with what you went through, I am happy to help.  Let me hear your story.

Jorge Carabelli
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Re: Operation Reentry
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2011, 06:46:55 PM »
Thank you for such a compassionate and warm note ... let's see who comes out of their shells now!  I think about 12 alumna now have made contact these new outreach efforts??  out of 1000?
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