The venerated charity is one of the largest providers of drug rehab in the United States. Now former participants are demanding wages for uncompensated “work therapy” at thrift stores.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate, citing Reveal’s project on unpaid work at rehabs.
For decades, work-based rehabs have spread across the country. No one knows how many are out there, so we counted them ourselves.
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One man’s journey into Cenikor leads to almost two years of hard labor. The program will change him. But can it help Chris Koon with his addiction?
Before sunrise, a line of passenger vans heads to job sites across Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They carry squads of unpaid laborers.
Cenikor rises from the ashes, thanks to an inventor of NFL football pads, the war on drugs and the endorsement of an American president.
He’s a liar, a killer and a wannabe country singer. Luke Austin creates Cenikor in the image of a cult. But graft and violence nearly destroy it.
After building a small fortune, Synanon’s megalomaniac leader turns the revolutionary rehab into a violent cult.
At 300 rehabs across the country, the main form of addiction treatment is work. And the participants rarely get paid.
Despite deadly injuries and multiple investigations into illegal labor practices, work-based rehabs are an American growth industry.