Health and science journalist Maia Szalavitz
argues that the death of Canadian actor Cory Monteith
shows how dangerous the post-rehab period can be for people with drug problems.
And she argues that the way addiction treatment is portrayed in pop culture, on shows like Celebrity Rehab
, Brat Camp
, is giving people the wrong impression about the true nature of addiction.
"Addiction wouldn't exist if that kind of stuff was effective," she says of the harsh tactics employed by the intervention-style programs that viewers love. According to Szalavitz, reality TV portrayals of recovery are merely "good drama and bad therapy."
Szalavitz recently wrote about the Cory Monteith case for Time
and The Fix
. She speaks to guest host Terry O'Reilly
about what science tells us about what works, and what doesn't, when it comes to recovery.