After building a small fortune, Synanon’s megalomaniac leader turns the revolutionary rehab into a violent cult.
Despite deadly injuries and multiple investigations into illegal labor practices, work-based rehabs are an American growth industry.
Reveal exposes how a treatment for drug addiction has turned tens of thousands of people into an unpaid, shadow workforce.
“I can’t fathom this being legitimate,” one former Labor Department investigator says of a drug rehab’s work program.
“It’s like slavery,” said one rehab participant, “like we were on the plantation.”
“It was a slave camp. I can’t believe the court sent me there.”
Billy Chiu manages Grant Place Restaurant. In this comic illustrated by Thi Bui, he talks about how COVID-19 has impacted business.