Recovering from Rehab


A film by Olivia Loomis Merrion

In 2010, Brad McGahey was sentenced to a year in prison for buying a stolen horse trailer. But when he went before a judge, he was told he was going to carry out his sentence by working instead, through a program called CAAIR, or Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery.

McGahey wasn’t addicted to anything at the time of his sentencing. Hundreds of men are sent to CAAIR in lieu of a prison sentence each year. The program promises recovery from addiction for participants, but most of their time is spent working at a chicken processing plant, where they pull guts and feathers from slaughtered chickens and prepare them for distribution to companies such as Walmart, KFC and PetSmart.

This Glassbreaker Films short doc was produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Full Credits
Director/Producer: Olivia Merrion
Reporters: Amy Julia Harris & Shoshana Walter
Editors: Jennifer LaFleur & Andrew Donohue
Editor in Chief: Amy Pyle
Executive Producer: Amanda Pike
Senior Producer: Aubrey Aden-Buie
Coordinating Producer: Rachel de Leon


In June 2018, Recovering From Rehab was honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. 

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