The Scientology Idea That Found Its Way Into Court-Ordered Addiction Programs - 2016-06-20
America has a huge problem with pseudoscience in its addiction-treatment programs, especially when those programs are court-mandated for folks trying to avoid jail time as a result of drug charges. To take one example I noted recently — drawn from Maia Szalavitz's excellent new book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction — many such programs rely on the harmful, thoroughly outdated notion that folks struggling with addiction need to "hit rock bottom" before they can get better.
For another recent example — a bizarre one involving Scientology — read this article at the drug- and addiction-oriented publication The Influence by associate editor Sarah Beller. Beller's article helpfully traces the origins of "Moral Reconation Therapy," which she describes as the "primary drug treatment [program] used in the US criminal justice system." And yet MRT is a program, Beller explains, that basically no bona fide addiction experts have heard of or view as empirically supported (even though it's listed, as she notes, on the U.S. government's registry of "evidence-based" addiction-treatment programs).