They helped themselves by helping others. That’s what North Carolina’s Recovery Connections founder told state regulators to explain how her program operates. According to journalists’ new research, however, there’s abusive group therapy and work, for which the program gets clients’ hourly wages in exchange for cheap labor at homes for the elderly and mentally ill. The founder won’t comment on the findings, which include allowing untrained addicts to administer powerful painkillers, reportedly tempting caregivers to suck fentanyl out of pain patches. In response, the state’s sanctioning the program, which nonetheless continues to operate.