For decades, work-based rehabs have spread across the country. No one knows how many are out there, so we counted them ourselves.
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.
Reveal’s American Rehab exposes how a treatment for drug addiction has turned tens of thousands of people into an unpaid shadow workforce.
Penny Rawlings is relieved to finally get her brother into rehab at a place called Cenikor. She doesn’t realize that getting him out of treatment is going to be the bigger problem.