Despite deadly injuries and multiple investigations into illegal labor practices, work-based rehabs are an American growth industry.
Recovery Connections Community in North Carolina is one of many drug rehabs nationwide that put their clients to work in private businesses, and keep their wages.
Medicaid-funded caregivers in North Carolina must receive 80 hours of training and can’t have criminal convictions for drug trafficking.
There’s a reason Community Cafe’s prices are so low.
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”