Last night, there was an interesting movie on TV. "Jessie", written by and starring Tom Selleck. In this story, Selleck is a former chief of police of a small town, and a girl whom he had befriended a couple of years earlier while he was the chief was found dead of a drug overdose.
In writing this script, Selleck mercilessly slammed corrupt rehab centers. The girl had gone into an expensive rehab center for alcohol problems two years earlier, and got dosed with tranquilizers and declared cured and released after only two weeks. All that the rehab center did was switch the girl's addiction from alcohol to pills.
Worse, one of the workers at the rehab center was really a pimp who used the rehab center to recruit girls who were sick, confused, and cloudy-headed while detoxing. He played games on their heads and convinced them that he was their friend. So they met him later after they got out of rehab, and he got them onto drugs like heroin and made them into his prostitutes.
The characters in the story repeatedly referred to the rehab center as a "rehab mill", and spoke of it with disgust.
Best of all, guess what the rehab center was named? "Serenity".
By the way, Selleck acts the part of a guy who is having problems with alcohol himself. The story never directly declares that the former chief of police lost his previous two jobs because of drinking too much, but it is very strongly implied. Selleck struggles to keep his drinking down to 2 drinks per night, and does not always succeed. But there is no Stepper nonsense about being powerless over alcohol, or needing a Higher Power, or Working the Steps. Selleck's answer is to just get a grip and drink less.
All in all, it was a refreshingly different story, free from the usual cliches and slogans and myths about rehab and recovery.