KIDS is a tough drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that, most assuredly, is not for every victim. The program is harsh. But then, the problem(s) being dealt with also are harsh. Recent testimony indicates it works for some and fails others. Expert testimony at court hearings late last week and Monday in Austin appears to be divided on its effectiveness as well as appropriateness. And it is not available to every victim because it is expensive and long-term in most cases. But "expensive" is relative to those who have spent thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of dollars on doctors and various treatments before a child is finally "straightened out" in the KIDS program. The KIDS of El Paso County Inc. was investigated by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Texas Attorney General's office and both recommended it be closed for patient abuse and other problems. It reopened, and whether it continues depends on the outcome of hearing. While there remain serious questions on its procedures, but it has helped some young people. Enrollment is voluntary, although there undoubtedly is much coercion by parents pushing their sick youngsters into the program. It should continue as an alternative to drugs and alcohol for young people willing and able to try this route in conquering their affliction.