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'Cult' behavior at a Kansas City teen addiction program

Former members of Kansas City addiction treatment groups for teenagers allege the programs isolated them from friends and family and pushed them into unsafe behavior. Plus: a "foster care bill of rights" is moving through the Kansas Legislature.

When teenagers and young adults in Missouri and Kansas struggle with addiction and alcohol abuse, some turn to “enthusiastic sobriety” programs. The outpatient groups are based on the idea that substance abuse treatment has to be fun and feel good for it to stick. But as KCUR’s Noah Taborda reports, some former group members say the programs pushed them in reckless and illegal behavior.

In Kansas, lawmakers are considering a "foster care bill of rights" that would put protections for foster children and parents into law. Kansas News Service criminal justice and social services reporter Blaise Mesa talked to KCUR’s Steve Kraske on Up To Date about what the bill would do and its odds of passing.

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