They’d been promised a “spa for teachers,” but were brought to a rundown, low-slung building on an unremarkable stretch of road miles from the beach. Employees confiscated their cellphones, credit cards, and driver’s licenses.
One after another, New Jersey public school teachers arrived at the Recovery Institute of South Florida after asking their union to find them addiction or mental health treatment. Instead of getting the help they needed, many said they were essentially trapped at the facility while their health insurance was billed tens of thousands of dollars.
“I felt like a prisoner,” said Michael Barone, a special education aide in a New Jersey public school who spent two months at the institute last year. He said he was forced to stay longer than he felt necessary because he couldn’t go back to work without the center signing off on his return.
The teachers’ experience is a stark example of what’s happening around the country to union members fighting addiction. Treatment center operators and middlemen who act as brokers for those facilities are targeting these workers because they usually have generous insurance benefits that pay for long stays in rehab. They also often need a health care provider’s clearance to return to work, handing the centers tremendous power over patients.
“There are facilities definitely keeping people to make money,” said Ken Serviss, the executive director of the Allied Trades Assistance Program in Philadelphia, which oversees substance abuse treatment benefits for several unions. Serviss spoke generally, and not about the Recovery Institute. “They have that leverage to hold over them and keep them longer than they need. That is a big issue.”
STAT and The Boston Globe interviewed 10 people treated at the institute over the last five years — teachers, mostly from New Jersey, as well as school custodians and social workers or their relatives. Most said they were allowed only limited contact with family. They complained about inadequate and cookie-cutter treatment, consisting mostly of group counseling and 12-step meetings, massages at a local chiropractor’s office, and plenty of free time.
Several said the staff warned that their jobs would be at risk when they tried to leave before the treatment center deemed it appropriate. Although the patients were there voluntarily, many needed letters indicating they were fit to return to work.
There is no standard length of addiction treatment because people progress at various rates, according to guidelines from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The longer someone stays in treatment, the guidelines say, the better the chance for a positive outcome — but that treatment can be either inpatient or outpatient. And family support and involvement are critical to success, as is combining individualized drug counseling with group sessions.
Many of the New Jersey patients said they weren’t trying to stop treatment: They just wanted to continue it closer to home and with more involvement from family. Several of those with mental health issues said treatment at the Recovery Institute, also known as RISF, was not tailored to their problems.
Officials of RISF, which has facilities in Davie and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., declined to answer questions about Barone’s and the other former patients’ allegations.
Unscrupulous operators have flocked to the treatment industry, drawn by the growing number of people caught up in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis. STAT and The Globe have published a series of stories since May showing that patients are often recruited by “brokers” or “marketers” working for treatment centers that provide shoddy care, with enticements of free flights and health insurance, sunny beaches, and an endless supply of cigarettes.
In pursuit of union workers, treatment providers and brokers frequently wine and dine labor officials and those who work in union employee assistance programs, creating an environment where referrals can go to operators more interested in getting rich than helping workers get better. Brokers and consultants are also often paid to send union members to particular centers; and some treatment centers hire family members of union workers to ensure referrals.
“The main reason people want union members is strictly financial,” said John Christian, the chief executive of Modern Assistance Programs, a Massachusetts-based company that runs employee assistance programs for unions. “Unions have good health and welfare plans; they have good benefits.”
The Recovery Institute treats patients from a number of unions, but many are public school employees. Many of the New Jersey teachers went to Florida after their union representatives put them in touch with a consultant who, they were told, helps members in need of treatment. That man is Terry Livorsi, a former union electrician who said in a 2007 deposition that he has been in recovery from substance abuse since 1982.
What many of the teachers weren’t told was that the smooth-talking consultant has a second business: He owns the Recovery Institute of South Florida.
‘I want to come home soon’
Ian Sandberg said he was relieved when his mother, Ruth, a Pennsylvania teacher’s aide, checked in to RISF for treatment of her alcoholism late last summer. Then the letters started arriving.
Ruth wrote one letter in a combination of English and French to disguise her concerns about the facility from staff, whom she was convinced was reading outgoing mail. In English, she praised the food and referred to her roommate fondly. In French, she struck an ominous tone: “Sometimes, I am scared because something isn’t good,” she wrote to her family. “That’s the reason I want to come home soon.”
When a friend left treatment, Ruth, who asked to be referred to by her middle name to protect her privacy, smuggled another letter out with her — all in English.
“I am convinced that Terry has a racket going and tries to make everyone stay 90 days for the $,” she wrote. “Anyone who wants to leave early, which RISF deems to be any time before 90 days, is bullied verbally & all kinds of roadblocks are put in their way.”
Sandberg, an administrator in a public school district, was shocked by his mother’s letters. “It’s unbelievable to me that this exists,” he said. “There is something wrong with this, and all I can tell is, there seems to be a link with the unions.”
Ruth’s therapist, Maureen Nolan, who has treated her for years in Pennsylvania and is not affiliated with the Florida center, said the staff refused to allow her to speak with Ruth for the first two weeks she was there, despite a release Ruth had signed authorizing contact.
“That gave me a very bad feeling. Like they were trying to isolate her,” Nolan said in an interview. “I work with drug programs. Nobody gets shut off like that.”
Ruth, 63, said in an interview that she contemplated escaping out the window of her room. She was the only public school employee interviewed who wasn’t referred to RISF by her union. Nonetheless, soon after she was admitted, RISF staff asked her to sign a release allowing them to communicate with her school district bosses.
After a few weeks, they began telling her she would need to stay 90 days, or they would not sign a letter allowing her to return to her job — even though she had checked herself in and it was during summer vacation. Ruth insisted on leaving after about 30 days.
When she got home, she said, she found that RISF had sent a letter to her school saying she would not be returning for several more weeks.
“I’ve always been pretty trusting of my doctors, and people saying they were going to help me,” Ruth said. “And I have lost that.”
State documents obtained through a public records request show that when Florida regulators inspected RISF in late 2014, they identified more than 100 deficient practices. They found problems with how the facility handled patients with mental health issues. Inspectors noted that staff were not always obtaining mental health treatment and sexual abuse histories from patients; it was “not evident” that treatment plans were being completed on each client; and staff were not always providing rationales for treatment decisions. That was the most recent inspection provided by the state.
The institute submitted a plan to correct the deficient practices.
Several other union employees treated at RISF told stories like Ruth’s, talking about feeling coerced to stay and describing the 28-bed detox and medical facility in Davie as moldy, cramped, and filthy. “When I went to wash sheets the first time, there were live bugs all coiled up in the foam bedding,” one New Jersey teacher wrote in a diary she kept during her stay last summer to treat alcoholism. There was dust all over the floor and ants in the cabinets, she wrote.
State inspectors also found widespread dust in the facility during their 2014 visit, as well as ants in the bathroom and “a giant rat trap” on the kitchen floor.
The teacher, who asked not to be identified to protect her privacy, noted in her diary that she did not speak to an individual therapist for 13 days after she arrived, with the exception of one 15-minute meeting. She was scheduled for only two hours of group therapy plus an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every day, and group was “sporadic/cut short,” she wrote. “I’ve learned and enjoyed from these groups but the remainder of the day is free time.”
Staff began to pressure her to stay for 90 days, telling her they “couldn’t give me a letter that said I was fit to go to work,” she added. “I strongly feel that I’m expected to stay just for insurance purposes. I was very upset/am upset that I was misled — lied to about the length of time in the program.”
Livorsi spoke briefly with STAT and the Globe but declined to answer specific questions about his businesses and allegations made by former patients about the quality of care at RISF. He twice hung up on reporters and did not answer several written requests sent via email and text messages for responses to specific questions.
“You gotta do better research or something,” Livorsi said in one short phone call, about a detailed list of questions reporters sent him. “You know, there’s things in there categorically, absolutely not true.”
When asked what, specifically, was not true, Livorsi hung up.
A ‘beautiful place’ in Florida
The patients said Livorsi was more talkative with them, often speaking glowingly about RISF to union members before they headed south for treatment. Many teachers and other former patients said they found him to be empathetic and charming — “His voice dripped honey,” one said — but also insistent that they come right away.
For Michael Barone, treatment in Florida was a way to avoid a pending drug test he knew he would fail and might cost him his job as a special education aide in New Jersey. He said his union representative put him on the phone with Livorsi, who told Barone there was a “beautiful place” in Florida he could get him into for treatment. He arranged a flight that day. Barone said Livorsi never told him he owned the treatment center.
“I was used,” Barone said.
Many of the other former patients said they learned of Livorsi’s ownership only after spending time at the facility.
A former employee of Livorsi’s union consulting company, HealthCare Assistance with Member Support, or
HCAMS, alleged in a lawsuit filed last year that Livorsi told her not to disclose his ownership of the Florida treatment center to clients of the consulting business. Former Care Services Coordinator Kathleen Rodebaugh claimed she was actually paid by RISF and received a bonus of $100 for each person she placed into treatment there. She also said he chastised her when she suggested sending a union employee to a different facility.
Livorsi disputed the allegations in the lawsuit, which was settled in May for $17,000. The terms of the settlement state that Livorsi did not admit the validity of any of Rodebaugh’s claims.
Asked in one phone call whether he mentioned his ownership to people he was advising to check into RISF, Livorsi said that was “common knowledge.” He said he also sent people to other treatment centers.
The executive director of RISF, who is identified on the center website as a former New Jersey school superintendent, and two other officials at RISF and HCAMS did not respond to requests for comment.
Detox for patients who weren’t addicted
Union members said much of their care at RISF seemed designed to maximize the bill paid by insurers. Five patients said they went for mental health issues, not substance abuse, but were still made to go through a sometimes weeks-long drug and alcohol detoxification program when they arrived.
One New Jersey teacher said she was admitted to RISF on three occasions for mental health issues, and each time was required to go through a four-to-five-week detox program. She was also drug tested twice a week and required to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings most evenings, she said. She stayed two to three months each time.
“I wasn’t there for substance abuse,” she said. “I was there for mental, emotional problems.” She said it was difficult to get help for her issues because there was only one psychiatrist affiliated with the center, and patients had to request time with him.
During the 2014 inspection, state regulators identified one patient placed in detox even though there was a doctor’s order that “clearly states” she did not meet the criteria for that program. In addition, patients with mental health issues but no history of substance abuse did not get treatment for their mental illness, inspectors found.
The center billed insurers at a higher rate for detox services than other treatment, according to licensing documents RISF submitted to the state in September of this year. They list the per-day charge for inpatient detox as $2,325, compared with $2,090 or $1,980 per day that insurers were billed for “residential level 2” treatment, and a charge of $1,430 for day or night treatment with community housing. RISF also billed insurers separately for individual, group, and family therapy sessions.
The state documents also show that RISF charged insurers far more than it charged private pay patients without insurance — more than three times as much for detox.
After completing detox and residential level 2 treatment, patients were sent to group residences and transported by van each day to a building in Fort Lauderdale called “The White House.” There they would typically meet in group sessions in the morning, the former patients said. In the afternoon, they would meet individually with counselors on occasion or walk down the street to receive massages at the office of a chiropractor. Most nights they were required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
The trips to AA and NA were tremendously helpful, said another New Jersey teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But he pointed out that Narcotics Anonymous is free. The institute was essentially charging his insurer thousands of dollars a week to bus him to meetings, he said.
“That’s what I mean by a New Jersey con. I’m a union member 25 years, and proud to be a union member,” he said. “But this to me — you know, is just wrong. It’s wrong for us to be connected to it.”
Wooing union business
Addiction treatment providers from across the U.S. packed expo booths, handing out pamphlets that advertised “privacy and tranquility” in the mountains and stays in one of the world’s “top ten most luxurious” programs. More than half the booths were occupied by a substance abuse treatment facility, and their targets were the hundreds of employee assistance professionals coursing through the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles during a conference last month.
These are the folks whose jobs include finding treatment for workers with emotional and substance abuse problems, and the sales reps eagerly offered them brochures and trinkets promoting their programs.
More than 14.5 million American workers belonged to unions in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While addiction cuts across class and professional lines, some of the most heavily unionized professions — including police officers and firefighters — struggle with a combination of trauma, mental health, and substance abuse issues. It’s a niche that treatment providers have rushed to fill: at the conference, many facilities advertised programs specifically for first responders.
Libby Timmons, president-elect of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association, which runs the conference, has noticed the proliferation of addiction treatment centers marketing to unions and employee assistance programs. “The business people — I’m going to get in trouble for saying this — but a lot of times they’re just chasing admissions, they’re not looking to help people,” she said. “People see something, they think they can make money, so they chase it.”
The chase for admissions goes beyond flashy brochures; some treatment centers pay for extravagant meals and other perks.
Timmons, a licensed independent substance abuse counselor, is the employee assistance and union specialist at Elements Behavioral Health, a chain of mental health and addiction treatment facilities. When union representatives come out to Utah to tour its first responder program, she said, Elements makes sure they aren’t offered any favors — no extra nights at the hotel or ski trips that other treatment providers offer.
“It costs us admissions,” she added. “But we’d rather not have admissions than do the unethical thing.”
Lyle Fried, cofounder and CEO of The Shores Treatment and Recovery in Florida, said some treatment centers hire marketers who have relatives high up in unions to steer business their way.
“That’s their only job, they massage that relationship,” Fried said. Fried said he knew one man who opened a treatment center with the hope that his mother, a top official for an Ohio company’s assistance program, would send him clients.
And the unethical behavior, Fried said, goes both ways: One of his employees recently told him about being approached by a man who said he was affiliated with a union. The man promised to deliver a certain number of union clients a month — for thousands of dollars in cash. Fried said they turned down the deal.
Some treatment centers advertise directly to union members on the web, but most connections are made in person.
Livorsi’s consulting business is no exception. Rodebaugh alleged in her lawsuit that she was instructed by Livorsi “to use her sexuality” in dealing with two male union representatives because it would get her “anything she wanted.”
In addition, the firm’s director of member services is the former chief lobbyist of the New Jersey Education Association, according to the company website. HCAMS promotes itself as an “NJEA approved Employee Assistance Program offered at NO COST to you and your family.”
A spokesman for the NJEA, which is the largest public school employee union in the state with 200,000 members, said the organization does not have a formal or financial relationship with Livorsi’s consulting company and did not approve or endorse HCAMS.
Spokesman Steven Baker said the company markets to its members and officials by paying to set up booths at its events and advertise in its publications — in addition to offering free training on a variety of topics to union locals.
Baker said that prior to hearing from the Globe and STAT, the NJEA was “not aware of the particular situations described” by patients. The union is in the process of finalizing a contract with a different vendor who will provide addiction treatment referrals, he said, adding that HCAMS submitted a bid but didn’t meet the requirements.
He did not respond to questions about whether NJEA was aware that Livorsi owned HCAMS, or whether the union leadership believed that was an appropriate arrangement.
Massages, music, and dominoes
It was an opioid addiction that brought Megan Elizabeth to RISF in the spring of 2013. She was not a union member herself but was covered by the insurance plan of her mother, a New Jersey public school teacher, and her mother’s union connected her to Livorsi. She asked that her last name not be used to protect her privacy.
The night she arrived in Florida, she said, there was no bed available in detox, so she had to sleep on a common room couch.
Megan Elizabeth, now 32 and living in Eatontown, N.J., said she liked most of the technicians and nurses at RISF. But she said counselors spent a lot of time talking about their own addiction histories, rather than patient therapy. Patients spent much of their time outside, listening to music, smoking, and playing dominoes.
Once she moved out of detox, the groups improved and there was less free time, she said, but patients were given the option of visiting detox to relax in the afternoons. She received regular massages, which she said she enjoyed but did not have any apparent treatment purpose.
Her stay ended abruptly after two months, she said, when her insurance ran out. She came home and within 30 days, she overdosed on two bags of heroin in her bedroom. Her mother found her and called 911, and EMTs revived her with the overdose antidote naloxone.
It would be two more years before she finally got sober.
A lot of this treatment of people I have seen over the years the one in California (ABL)that i had a no good Counselors and the time that I did have was having to talk about how another Counselor was useless and did not do her job and I can send video if you like because it was that bad that I had to make proof that I was being treated like shit so they could collect money I’m sick of this and could done with out I wanted to fast track treatment as to get in to a sober living situation and Tried to stick it out and the more I pushed the issue the more it got Pushed back and I was sober for six months when I went there And I just needed.mental health Support and got none and I am in a worse situation than I was .
While i cannot speak for this facility as it has been closed for well over a year and i never did visit this, i can speak to addiction. Some statistics are worth talking about, the majority of people with serious addiction have underlying mental health issues, the other is that the American Society of Addiction Medicine says the definition of addiction is a dysregulation of the brain. That dysregulation is the root cause of craving and relapse. Other statistics include NIDA and other sources say the longer time in inpatient treatment the better the results. This is based on the dysregulation. The brain needs 1-2 years to correct itself from this and so the patient struggles with craving drugs or alcohol . The push for aa/na is not that it is free, its that it can support the person for years in the struggle with craving and it is well accepted practice to teach people how to use this service and seek sponsorship. i would say without pushing it over 80% will avoid it because it makes them uncomfortable. so while it is free and all very few know how to use it. the other point i am hearing in all this is patients are deciding when to go back to work. many are in job jeopardy, so as clinicians we have to balance how bad the situation is back home and what they need. Some people just want to do the time to get back to work because they got caught, tested positive and really do not want help. many are in denial. an example is , well i drink at happy hour 1-2 times a week, at home 2-3 times a week and i drink on weekends; because of the medicine i take if i drink more , i will end up passed out on the floor. but i am a social drinker. so essentially they drink up to 7 days a week, and if you did a brain scan with a quantitative eeg, they may show up with an addiction score of over 500 and it should be 0-50. There is no perfect timetable i would say 45-90 days at most is inpatient treatment time. For many 90 is too much for some 90 is not enough. Today with the right equipment in neuroscience world , we can better estimate progress and length of stay. There are just as many stories about Terry where he saved their job, their retirement benefits and their life. Every person is different. While he encourages to get the most out of a treatment episode, his goal is to save that persons job, save their benefits and return them to the union in good shape. Whether you are in a union or not, all people who work usually have some insurance that will work somewhere. medicare and medicaid make up one third of the population, the other 2/3rds have insurance. Private rehabs treat all of the 2/3rds, not just unions. i would say unions have other benefits that other employees may not have like a pension and post retirement health plans that usually include a form of medicare, by the way medicare does not pay for detox or substance abuse unless you are in a hospital or psychiatric hospital. Many people in addiction have problems being honest. again i agree there are bad players in the field and i personally have led the fight to close them down. i have met with the attorney generals office of Florida to get the task force going because those few give the good ones a black eye by being in the same industry. so i am no stranger to that. again i have no personal knowledge of RISF other that they closed voluntarily and no longer in business. As far as i know they were not part of any investigation. i think the article could have been more like what i am writing. There is still a stigma to addiction, many employers treat it that way, unions need protection to get help, as does everyone else. Remember, there are 70,000 overdoses a year, 44,000 suicides a year and 88,000 deaths from alcohol every year. That is 553 deaths a day from drugs, alcohol and mental health. while i am sure every facility can be cleaner and better, there is a need for good long term care. i am all for holding people accountable to run a good facility, but it would have been nice to have a balance here and not vilify the industry. Elements is not the only “good ” place out there.
I worked for Terry Livorski for 3 months in 2009. Everything this article says is 💯 true. He was a sketchy, dishonest con man and it made me sick to perpetrate his lies. He used to tell me just stand there and look pretty while he pranced me around a NJ Teachers Union convention. He would say inappropriate remarks about my hair, body and clothing. When speaking about work he would go ballistic if you dared mention another rehab other then his amongst 100 other always changing rules he inforced.I am so happy to see he has received what he deserves. The man should be locked away.
My bad bout those down before this post. I can’t spell or write…drugs kill the brain.
Everyone who has been there leave a comment if you would like. Tell the viewers if I’m at all lying about this
The detox day at Risf:
6:00am- big old ugly Ed waking you up. Needing blood pressure. A 6″6 300lb man waking you. Thinks he’s scary but he’s a soft cookie
615-7am- cigs out back under a rip party tent over 2 picnic benches in mulch. Or walk on the back yard with snakes and lizards.
7-8am- breakfast. Wondering what that consists of? Box cereal, 4 bagels, old eggs (already cooked), 4 English muffins, string cheese. That’s it. I will say you get (as the call it) “hot breakfast” on Sunday and Weds. That’s just scrambled eggs or oml. That’s about the most cooking the cooks do. Want seconds???? Not happening…one serving per person. (It gets nippy in there when trays are being traded like jail)
8-8:59am- again it’s Cigs out back
9-915am- a group run by a selected member from the group to Rin a group that’s completely pointless. Next
916-11am-yup again we are smoking cigs
11-12. Church, NOOO mean Larry. The king of telling you about Jesus in group and also needed information like how he was homeless and smokes crack blah blah blah btw Lar…I’m Jewish so the god crap didn’t make me change my mind…I made myself change…again. pointless groups
11-1159am- you want to guess? Cigsssss
12-1- lunch. Stretch the time so you not out back doing what? Smoking cigggsss
2-3 group time. Again back to church with Baptist Larry or a nice young lady that just plays movies… Tiffany
3-5pm omg don’t tell me….ciggggssss!!!!!
5-6 frozen food section DINNER! HEATED UP FOOD AND YES YOU ONLY GET ONE PLATE
6-630 I’m getting sick of this just typing it…ciggggssss!!!!
630-830- this is the most expensive part of the day…a ride to a free AA or NA meeting
830-9 omg another cig break under the party tent
9-915- peer group. Pointless groups.
9:15-11- ciggggssss!!!!!! Again and again
That’s your day at detox. To also inform you that when you get there you will be on “black status” for the first 8 days. Don’t think your going anywhere in there first 5-7 days like promised. Your stuck in the detox for 30 days I didn’t see one person leave before 21 days. Most we’re between that and 30days. They will lie. All you got to do is lie and say your going home and Dr. Gibson who’s not even a doctor she’s a crook will send you over. More insurance money for detox is what they want. Then when you insurance runs out your on a plane the next day. So that’s for your first 8 days. No pool (Olympic???)Lol more like a bath tub…, No free AA or NA meetings. That’s really it. So pray you smoke!!!! Blue status just means you can use both. Omg don’t let me forget…Target or Starbucks on the weekends!!! Wow now that’s service for you. You get 1hr at each place but the good side of things…they sell liquor at Target so stock up while you can.
If you don’t smoke??? I can’t help ya
If you don’t like hours and hours of free time?? This isn’t the place for you.
If you are not an addict or drinker (still isn’t the place for you) and have depression or eating problem don’t let them fool you one bit…it’s only directed (poorly) towards drugs and drinking. Nothing for any other problems.
If you don’t smoke? Thanks Kimmy! You saved me my sister!
What Eric The Boss Did;
I came in March for mistakes I made while using drugs and needed time served. Not rehab but time served for court. I stayed in detox for 33 days than was moved to residents. While at Res. I was stressed out from doing absolutely nothing I decided for the one day we have to travel to Dania beach cause they liked and said this place was on the beach which it’s not….myself with my boy and 2 beautiful and I mean beautiful women went to the beach but also had some shots shots shots!!! At the tiki bar!!! Yes, we spent $450 of my man’s money (thank you) and got lit!!! One of the four (no names) had to go to the hospital, while us 3 got sent back to detox. Myself and 2 others had to stay in detox since a relationship between 2 people sent the one beautiful women back to residents the next day while us 3 stayed and suffered for weeeeeekks. My boy got sent back but myself I stayed for 7 straight week…7!!!!! Point of this is this place is all lies…all lies. What u just read is all true. It’s trash. The food sucks. Staff is from the hood. I mean every single one of them ( ya get me?) I’ve been to jail and it’s just like it but cig after cig. The same amount of free time and the groups are a joke. Straight joke. If you have a loved one do not send them here. They treat people horrible. I’ve seen some things like a 55 year old women that had a few beers get sent there by her son. She couldn’t wipe her own butt or shower. The staff was mad because they were not trained to deal with situations like this…they ended up taking her to the psych ward. No liesssssss that’s truth. Anyone that reads this and agrees with every single word I said comment and tell the new people to never go here. Trash hood rats run this place and that’s the facts. Sorry for the Grammar mistakes. I went to public school!!!! Good luck. Want more info leave you email. Ill be glad to tell you the exact facts which I did but there’s much much more. I’m just lazy and need a (you wanna guess???) A CIG
Right on the money. Trash place. Nobody send there loved ones to this place. They like,staff is horrible (detox or residents) they provide no help but free NA meetings. Detox was horrible. 7 weeks and 2 days I was there. First time 4 weeks. I spent more time in detox for the 165 days there than anywhere. No professional help at either but “larry” who is a idiot. Yes they tried to talk all my communication away. I did nothing there.
Right on the money. Trash place. Nobody send there loved ones to this place. They like,staff is horrible (detox or residents) they provide no help but free NA meetings. Detox was horrible. 7 weeks and 2 days I was there. First time 4 weeks. I spent more time in detox for the 165 days there than anywhere. No professional help at either but “larry” who is a idiot. Yes they tried to talk all my communication away. I did nothing there. That did not get me to stop drugs. Knowing there are places like that got me to stop. Don’t waste your money at a place like that
This is a very one-sided article. Where is the balance? It’s irresponsible reporting.
I agrre that the man should be locked away. I made the mistake of trusting him and sent my then 17 year old son to treatment. It was a mistake that i regret deeply. Terry is the worst kind of a con man, he’s a terrible liar, totally greedy and totally inappropriate. When i knew him he didn’t own a facility but got paid over 300K a year to send people to Florida and he acted like he was helping people. He also claimed to be a Christian to get into the church market and would wine and dine Pastors too. Unfortunately I knew him very well for a number of years and heard his conversations with people he was conning into going to treatment. Me and my family learned the hard way. If anyone reads this please look elsewhere he’s only in it for his own gain and don’t trust him.He’s very mentally unstable himself. His con is that he wines and dines the NJEA officials to get the contract to be there Employee Assistance Counselor and then Terry gets free rein to do what he does. He should be locked up!!!
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