- In December, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul unexpectedly vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have required judges to inform drug court participants of their right to choose nonreligious rehabilitation.
- Around two-thirds of American addiction treatment programs for alcohol and other drug disorders, including over 90 percent of residential treatment centers surveyed, use the 12 steps originated by Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Dozens of courts have ruled that 12-step programs are religious, making it unconstitutional to require participation.
- Research suggests that the active ingredient in 12-step programs' success is peer support, not the steps themselves.
- Narcotics Anonymous is philosophically opposed to the most effective medications for opioid addiction.
- We need to separate medical care and religion in treatment for addiction, as we do for every other health disorder.
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People Have a Right to Nonreligious Rehab
The strange marriage of faith and medicine in addiction care. We need to separate medical care and religion in treatment, as we do for every other health disorder.