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December 4th, 2012
11:01 PM ET

Dr. Drew on controversial therapy

Dr. Drew makes the distinction between kids subjected to reparative therapy and adults who choose the treatment that's meant to change a patient's sexual orientation.

Anderson Cooper tells Drew what he's found when interviewing people who say they're formerly gay; they acknowledge still feeling attracted to others of the same sex while forcing themselves not to act on those feelings. Drew agrees with that assessment and says the biggest issue is the right to practice the therapy on kids, and whether the state should protect them from an untested treatment.

"Adolescents are exquisitely sensitive to these kinds of feelings and to undermine professionals' attempts to help them come to terms with this...that is what people are gravely concerned about," says Drew. "There are many people who have been through this who will tell you it didn't work for them. It's been quite miserable."

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