Dispatch From #Rehab No. 1

The first night I got here, someone stole one of the two phones meant for use by the approximately 40 men in this program, leaving one working phone and a line to use it so long that some people gave up on calling their families for the night. Experts say maturity and adult emotional development…
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How Addicts Use the System Against Themselves

Flags representing the Native American tribes of the Upper Midwest hang on the aluminum-sided walls of the cafeteria-recreation room of this treatment center. Patients’ chatter, the din of Coke machines, and the clinking of industrial flatware is jumbled on the high ceiling. Greenish bright white sodium vapor lights shine down on our Malt-O-Meal, toast, and…
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Can Get Busted For in a Halfway House

Black people call it a halfway house, white people call it a “supportive sober living community,” and rich white people whose kids live in Brooklyn or San Francisco call it a “Co-op.” Regardless of the euphemism you prefer, I suggest you brush up on The Rules before checking yourself in. In no particular order: 1.)…
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