One Man’s Tragic Overdose Raises Questions: Is Rehab Getting Too Strict?

for Healthline

In 2017, Paul Reithlinghshoefer, a heroin user, was admitted to Adventist Behavioral Health Hospital in Rockville, Maryland.

He left the program a week early and told his mom he had gotten kicked out for smoking a cigarette (the hospital is a smoke and tobacco-free environment).

Less than a month after his expulsion, Paul died of a fentanyl overdose. The hospital hasn’t commented on the reason for Reithlinghshoefer’s expulsion, though they deny that it was for smoking a cigarette.

It’s made me ponder the question (and not for the first time, either): How do we decide, exactly, what is and isn’t permissible in rehab? Continued

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Katie MacBride is a freelance journalist, essayist, and co-founder/associate editor of Anxy magazine. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, Vice, Playboy, and Buzzfeed, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @msmacb

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