They do have some pretty strange programs for addiction out there. The example he referenced with the women and the shaming T-shirt’s they had to wear reminds me of this program in the 90s, not sure if it’s still around, but it was this “tear you down to build you up” type of thing , where they would basically destroy someone only to “build them back up”. A more recent one I saw was some of these “work” rehabs where they basically are using people as free labor: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rev...en-plants/amp/
I don’t really agree with him regarding his take on the actual physiological effects of addictive substances (or lack thereof, as he’s implying)though. I do believe that plays a role, and has been an issue since as far back as recorded his story shows: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3202501/
Not sure where in the world people are located, but I’m in the States, and it makes me cringe when people take what’s going on in a small, homogeneous country, like Portugal, and try to apply it to a place like the United States. I remember there was so much buzz going around about how the Mexican /South American drug cartels were going to lessen/ disappear once pot became legal in the US. With something like 80% of their countries income coming from the drug trade, all it did to the cartels with certain states legalizing it so far, was create a shift in their business model. Now they are pushing more crystal meth and heroin/ fentanyl (our pushing of / and not adequately educating the public on, how quickly a person can become addicted to such things, prescribed by a doctor or not, factors in too, as well as various other cultural influences), and selling to minors and in areas where pot shops were voted down instead (where it was legalized). One of those things where you pull a weed and think it’s going to take care of a problem, but 5 others weeds grown back in its place.
I don’t know, it seems to me that so much is profit driven, including Rehabs. You can grow up in the best environment on the planet, but the truth is, there is money to be made, and anyone can be a potential customer. If you grew up in poverty or abuse, or some other dysfunctional environment, the cards are even more stacked against you. And as much as I agree that there is no one size fits all approach that works for everyone struggling with addiction, I do believe all kinds substances (street drugs, prescription, alcohol..) have the potential for addiction, that piece of it is really important. Other factors come into play too, but I’m not sure if it’s helpful to gloss over or minimize that piece of it?