Why are clients not allowed to bring outside books or magazines, and why is there no television?

On the topic of outside reading materials such as magazines, books and television, many [people] use those as escapes. [They] read a good book and [aren't] thinking about what is going on within. While in Intensive Residential Treatment, we want all the feelings - the anger, the anxiety, etc. of life to come up an "slap the client in the face." We want the mask, whatever it is, [that] the client wears to be ripped away and the anger within to come up. We call [this] "the client is showing up."

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