Please join us for Coercive Treatment – Moving Beyond “For Your Own Good,” a conference and workshop series that will unpack the history and harms of coercion in drug treatment and mental health settings and explore patient- and rights-centered alternatives.
Calls for more treatment funding, or “treatment instead of incarceration,” are common in the drug policy, mental health, recovery, criminal justice, and disability spaces. The same indignities and negative consequences commonly associated with criminalization, however, can also be reproduced by public health and treatment interventions that fail to prioritize consent.
Indeed, even as we begin to move away from harsh criminal penalties for drug use and possession, coercive drug addiction treatment, fueled by racism, stigmatization, paternalism, ableism, and profit, is on the upswing. Forced detox, civil commitment, and drug and other treatment courts are proliferating with wide public and government support, despite a myriad of negative consequences for both individuals and society. The fact that many “treatment” facilities mirror prisons and asylums appears to be going totally unnoticed or is dismissed.
A New PATH/Moms United • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law • Broken No More • The Center for Harm Reduction Therapy • Community Access • Connecticut Legal Rights Project • Families for Sensible Drug Policy • Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care • Harm Reduction Coalition • Hearing Voices Network USA • Law Enforcement Action Partnership • Madness Radio • National Advocates for Pregnant Women • National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy • National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery • Open Society Foundations • Truth Pharm • Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community