Coerced treatment is always a tricky proposition. But it’s worse when people are forced to be treated for diseases they don’t actually have, and not considered “cured” until they admit to having them.
That’s Maia Szalavitz’s rather grim take on the burgeoning teen-drug-treatment industry. She knows what she’s talking about.
Dealing with kids who have real drug problems is hard work. But the field has also attracted more than its share of sleazy operators and child abusers. I wonder whether Andrea Barthwell, the widely-admired deputy drug czar for treatment, will be allowed to speak out about this? And can we expect to hear from the American Society for Addiction Medicine?