After amassing a small fortune, Synanon turns from a revolutionary rehab into a violent cult with mass sterilizations and a rattlesnake in a mailbox.
All Work. No Pay.
American Rehab wins Murrow award for best podcast
Amid a surging epidemic, American Rehab exposed how rehab facilities and their corporate partners exploit people who are in desperate need of treatment.
Salvation Army faces lawsuit over labor violations
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.
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Rehab work camps appear to violate federal law, senators say
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin ask the Government Accountability Office to investigate, citing Reveal’s project on unpaid work at rehabs.
American Rehab Chapter 4: Cowboy Conman
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.
The work cure
At 300 rehabs across the country, the main form of addiction treatment is work. And the participants rarely get paid.
At hundreds of rehabs, recovery means work without pay
Despite deadly injuries and multiple investigations into illegal labor practices, work-based rehabs are an American growth industry.
Coming soon: American Rehab, a new podcast series from Reveal
Amid the opioid crisis, we uncover a type of rehab that flourishes by turning thousands of people desperate for treatment into an unpaid labor force.
Drug rehab ‘skirted compliance with the labor laws’ for financial gain, judge rules
A top Arkansas senator used unpaid rehab workers at his plastics factory. Now, participants have been awarded more than $1.1 million in back wages.
Drug rehab shutters amid coronavirus outbreak, sending residents scrambling
At a Cenikor drug rehab in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residents were given two days to find a place to live. Some became homeless.