Pain that Can't Be Healed

One of the most painful marks of the US opioid crisis is the lack of safe, evidence-based treatment options for the people trying to escape addiction’s stubborn grip.

The first article in a must-read Vox series on addiction treatment includes the story of a South Burlington, Vermont family who lost their son. They spent more than $110,000—wiping out their savings, retirement, and their kids’ college funds—on cycles of rehab that still couldn’t save him.
Their story is far from unique; Lopez recounts interviewing family after family “sucked into an American rehab industry that is largely unregulated, shockingly ineffective, and ruinously expensive.”


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