The Southern California News Group recently investigated the addiction industry and found it peppered with financial abuses that bleed millions from public and private pockets, can upend neighborhoods and often fails to set addicts on a path to sobriety. 

The revolving door between detox centers, treatment facilities, sober living homes and back again generates huge money for operators who know how to game the system. Even those who run treatment centers say California’s regulation of their industry is so weak and ineffectual that it’s essentially mired in the dark ages.