'American Rehab' And The Dark History of Rehabilitative Treatment : 1A "A lot of people believe instilling a work ethic in people with substance abuse disorders will cure them, but what we found is that these programs don't work for most people," says reporter Shoshana Walter.

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'American Rehab' And The Dark History of Rehabilitative Treatment

'American Rehab' And The Dark History of Rehabilitative Treatment

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'American Rehab' is a new investigative podcast from Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. CIR/PRX hide caption

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'American Rehab' is a new investigative podcast from Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, overdoses have increased monthly across the nation. And a new podcast shows that rehab facilities across the U.S. are exploiting those who come to them seeking help.

"American Rehab" explores a system that puts its patients through a form of indentured servitude — and has roots in a cult. It's an investigation three years in the making, by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

What exactly is going on in many American rehab facilities? And what impact is it having on people trying to recover from issues with substance abuse?

We talked about it with reporter and producer Laura Starecheski and lead reporter Shoshana Walter. And we also spoke with Tim Roe, who was a patient at one of these rehab facilities last year. Tim's experience is featured in the podcast.

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