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Synanon was a behavior modification program, which did open in 1958 and was forced to close in 1989 after an dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.

It was started by Charles "Chuck" Dederich Sr. (1913–1997).

It was located in Santa Monica, California.

One of the early members was Mel Wasserman, who left the organization in the late 60's and started his own facilities called CEDU

Although the program shut down in the United States, the organization still exist in Germany.

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The program was basically confinement for two years combined with sessions lasting all day.

In the later years teenagers were unanble to graduate from the program because the founders concluded that it was impossible to recover from drug use.

The use of forced abortions on females and forced vasectomies on males became the norm in the later years.


The concept has been used in the industry since in modified versions. Today a lot of programs nationwide use the concept of confinement and marathon group sessions. See Behavior Modification History.

In the News[redigér]

In 1965 Columbia Pictures produced a naive movie called Synanon about the program <ref>The film Synanon on Independed Movie Database</ref>. According to todays standards it is a commercial.

Sometime between 1972 and 1973 a 16 year old girl disappeared from the program never to be found. She remains missing - See Missing and wanted

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