I have a lot of experience with addiction, both personal and professionally.
In my job, I am in contact with many drug and alcohol addiction treatment workers. And I've been thinking about recommending integrating buddhist ideas and, perhaps more importantly, buddhist practice in drug and alcohol treatment programs. I think that introducing buddhism, both on a philosophical level and as practice could be a great help for a lot of addicts. This has to be done properly, with competent teachers and it has to be voluntary.
Compare buddhism to AA/NA ideology (just a few examples):
AA/NA etc: externalized power... Buddhism: internalized power
AA/NA etc: dogmatic... Buddhism: non dogmatic
AA/NA etc: "you can get sober, but you won't get rid of the disease"... Buddhism: "you can be free/get rid of the disease of suffering"
Does anybody heard of addiction treatment facilities trying to incorporate buddhism in their treatment?