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Offline Rachael

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« on: May 12, 2007, 08:16:09 PM »
Posted this on AARCSurvivor forum already...


For those of you in host home style centres, what stuff was contraband?


Ok, so I'm trying to remember what stuff had to be locked up in host homes. Here's what I remember:

- salt
- white sugar
- knives
- scissors
- razors
- shoes
- all cleaning products


What else am I forgetting? I think white flour may have been on there too...
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2007, 09:02:16 PM »
In the Seed, almost nothing.

In Straight, 80 - 82, knives and razors, but not those stupid little safety pins they made us pin up our shirt collars up to the collar bone with. Hmm, smokes, of course, and normal medicine cabinet stuff like mouth wash. Later, they removed regular bedroom furniture so that the kids only had a mattress on the floor of a bare room. Evidently ppl had used drawers as weapons or hiding places for various kinds of contraband. Maybe it was my fault. I don't know if he ever got busted for it, but my dad put a screw driver under my dresser drawer and told me about it in case of fire or newcomer rebellion. I used it to escape. It was right in keeping with the spirit of self preservation and self defense as he intended. Took him a few years to fully wrap his mind around it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2007, 10:05:13 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2007, 01:26:30 AM »
3 springs girls in ga--- it varied from cabin to cabin but the standards...

1. Clothes (including undergarments) - this applied to short term program residents as well as some longer term residents.

2. Shoes - outdoor shoes to be locked up in a "foot locker" (residents were allowed to wear flipflops inside).

3. Silverware - no knives, what little we did have was locked up.

4. Meds

5. Food - the pantries and fridges and freezers locked.

6. Any sharp objects (razors, scissors)

7. Lighters

8. Counselors Keys.

9. Cleaning stuff.

10. Any and all closets/rooms had to be opened by a key (most were kept permanently locked)
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2007, 01:28:25 AM »
Yeah, there's a bunch of stuff I forgot about...

belts
all books except for a select few AA/NA things
(even reading cereal boxes and street signs was off limits)
shoelaces (on zero club)
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2007, 02:50:52 AM »
O yeah, course,,, no belts, wrist watches, ID or money, music or tv, books except the bible, later school books till.... it varied, I don't remember offhand. No makeup or jewelry. No flip flops, concert tshirts or shirts with writing on them.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2007, 03:46:55 AM »
Benchmark had what they called an "individualized" program.  It basically meant they inforced whatever rules they felt with, and the ones that were written down were bent here and there by the staff or added to on a whim.  Lends a lot to the overall feeling of fairness...  contraband had a lot to do with "issue".   If the divine insight of your counselor said that XYZ is bad for you, well then.. it was banned.

General:

no verboten music / books / movies,
bedtime at 10 (lights out, and they check) so no late TV
no mouthwash,
no aerosols,
no make-up (even for girls, unless they didn't like make-up, in which case they were forced to wear it.. i shit you not),
no dressing in black,
no bandanas (must be gang shit),
no "wiggers" (yes they used that term),
most definately no rap music,
no porn,
no sex toys,
no condoms,
no passport,
no money,

if you wanted to leave:  no property, no clothes, no food, nothing... and in the super-fun-crime-ville that is Redlands California, most did actually end up dead, or in jail, or a hooker/stripper(if lucky), or on smack/meth... fulfilling the prophecy, and coming back broken(if parents still got cash)... usually fairly soon, so you can truly believe "im-a-gonna-DIE without program.. i can't make it on my own"... then you make it... no more faking it, you believe it... until you figure out you weren't crazy, and they really are fucking with you to make a buck.

There's probably a lot of banned shit i'm missing but it changes very rapidly...  They like to shuffle rules around and were known to change things pretty drastically at each staff meeting.  the absurdity of it was the point.  When you obey rules like that, without questioning...  And when i mean "without questioning"...  I mean: you are far better off not asking the rationale (becuase they probably don't remember/know, and have to make something up) and certainly not debating the rules (because it pointed out they had very little capacity for thought left after all the smack, meth, and god knows what else...).  I failed on both those points.  I came, i asked, i debated, i thought they would be cool with it...  I learned.  Sort of.  It took a beating down to get me out of my head.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2007, 05:57:29 AM »
I am sorry, Im gonna need a translation
What is a Wigger and what counted as verbotem music?
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2007, 06:00:45 AM »
hehe...

wigger = white nigger, derogatory term for those white folks pretending to be all "gansta"


verboten music... in AARC it all depended on the day and who you asked; it seemed to be everything except country, norah jones and coldplay
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2007, 01:41:27 AM »
Quote from: ""Oz girl""
I am sorry, Im gonna need a translation
What is a Wigger and what counted as verbotem music?


Pretty much what Rachael said to both.  Rap music was definitely banned.  As for the rest?  It really depended on the day you asked, and what your "issue" was.
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« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2007, 06:24:34 AM »
At my daughter's school (the stuff she says she really missed):

No personal undergarments.  All kids were issued the same white socks, panties, bras.  

No civilian clothes.  Only the 'uniform'.

No tampons.  Pads only.  
 
No razors.

No caffeine.  

The programs theory was that these could be 'dangerous' items.  In hindsight ... it was really just one more facet of mind control and forced conformity.  Controlling basic needs is step one of behavior mod I suppose.  But seeing this stuff in hindsight ... makes it so clearly skewed.  Good grief.
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