“It is very unfair to the people who are providing these services today to associate them too closely with [Bob] Meehan, [founder of Enthusiastic Sobriety], or any failures that people want to dredge up because they simply don’t want to hear that this could be something that’s effective and good,” says Christine Tatum, a freelance journalist and co-author of Clearing the Haze: Helping Families Face Teen Addiction, written with her husband, Dr. Christian Thurstone.
CO Lacks Appropriate Resources for Teen Addiction
Despite declining rates of youth substance use, access to youth addiction treatment services is a challenge for many families in Colorado.
‘Reefer Madness’ and the Troubled Teen Industry
“Several months in, he started telling me the place was a cult,” recalls Anne Mitchell, a Boulder attorney whose son was referred to Cornerstone by Denver Health’s STEP program.
Enthusiastic Sobriety, 5280 High School, and Denver Health
During an August interview on Lori Corken’s podcast, Ben Stincer, the senior counselor at FullCircle, a support group for Denver-area teens struggling with addiction that uses the controversial Enthusiastic Sobriety methodology, described how the group got started in Denver.
Youth Gone Wild: Denver’s Teen Sobriety Group and ‘Fun Felonies’
Last month the Colorado Times Recorder published a story about FullCircle, a Denver-area 12-step support group for teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse issues. Our coverage — which failed to include critics of the group — was in line with recent reporting on the group from 9News and local outlet Front Porch.