What this addiction expert really thinks of forced rehab

Dr Leon Nixon believes we all have the right to be free of unnecessary illness, including addiction

The mandatory treatment of patients with severe drug and alcohol addictions is a vexed medical issue. Addiction specialist Dr Leon Nixon talks with Kemal Atlay about his experience working in forced rehabilitation — and whether it actually saves lives.

Dr Lee Nixon
Dr Lee Nixon

I worked in the NT’s Alcohol Mandatory Treatment program when it first started in 2013.

Under the system, people could be