Reporting on recovery

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Shoshana Walter of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Teri Sforza of The Orange County Register; Maia Szalavitz of independent journalist
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 11:30am
  • Location: Briargrove
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

As the opioid epidemic has swept across the country, the addiction recovery industry has surged along with it. And like other businesses, the rehab industry can be rife with fraud, predatory tactics and questionable treatments. Panelists will cover how to navigate sensitive topics and legalities surrounding addiction recovery.

Speaker Bios

  • @terisforza is a lead reporter on OCR/SCNG's probe of fraud, abuse and death in Southern California's addiction treatment industry. "Rehab Riviera" won 1st place for investigative reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and 1st place for projects reporting from Best of the West. She also contributed to the OCR's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of fertility fraud at UC Irvine and is author of "The Strangest Song" (which Oliver Sacks liked).  

  • Maia Szalavitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction. Her book, Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids was the first to expose the damage caused by the “tough love” teen programs. She has written for numerous publications from High Times to the New York Times, including TIME, the Washington Post, the Guardian, VICE, Scientific American, and the Atlantic

  • Shoshana Walter is a reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where her work has won the Livingston Award for national reporting, the Knight Award for Public Service and was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, among other awards. She and reporter Amy Julia Harris exposed how rehabs across the US have sent people to work for free for private companies, from Exxon and Shell to Walmart and KFC. The series prompted numerous criminal probes and class-action lawsuits, alleging slavery, labor law violations and fraud.

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