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Iran turns to US 12 step methodologies to fight drug addiction

from CBS News

Every city in Iran has back alleys full of desperate addicts and their dealers who sell the cheap drugs that flood across the border from Afghanistan. But for those who decide to kick the habit, there is help imported from an unlikely place: America. Deep in an old bomb shelter left over from the Iran-Iraq war a Narcotics Anonymous meeting is about to start. The same tried and true 12-step program used in the U.S. is now working for 400,000 Iranian addicts. One in 10 of them are women. NA conventions in Iran fill entire sports stadiums. And in a country where the Islamic government controls so much — NA is uniquely independent. more


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