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200 EpisodesProduced by Rachel BernsteinWebsite

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.


If You Leave, You're Going To Die w/ Nick Gaglia, treatment center survivor - S3E4pt1

In Part 1 of a 2 Part interview, Rachel speaks with filmmaker, actor, and storyteller Nick Gaglia. As a teenager who struggled with a tumultuous household and some substance use, Nick's parents sent him to a Residential Treatment Center run by Virgil Miller Newton.

This center, like all of Newton's centers, ended up being an abusive cult that tortured and manipulated teenagers while lying to their parents about helping them. And that's just the beginning.

Stay tuned, Before You Go: Rachel touches on George Orwell, his classic novel "1984", and how controllers and manipulators use the denial of objective truths to control their targets. Rachel dives into the similarities between totalitarianism and cultic thinking-- as well as how language, just as Orwell predicted with "Newspeak", can be warped to manipulate.

You can check out Nick's work at:

In Los Angeles and looking for therapy or a support group? Call Rachel's office: 818-907-0036 or send an e-mail to

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