We’ve all seen the recent news about arrests within our addiction community. There is no denying that some of our sober homes, providers and labs have been involved in the illegal abuse of the system in order to make huge profits at the expense of those they claimed to serve. Like overcoming addiction, denial won’t make the problems go away. An educated client plus positive new changes will have a huge impact on getting our addiction recovery community “clean”.


Good news. Our local community is leading the way:

  1. Palm Beach county officials including Delray Beach Mayor Cary Glickstein, are involved and demanding more resources be put toward solving Florida’s substance abuse problems. The state’s new budget includes an additional $4 million in funding for the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council with half of that money allocated to investigating cases of opioid abuse.
  2. Facilities involved in illegal practices have been shut down. The Sober Home Task Force in Palm Beach County is aggressively making arrests of sober home owners and doctors ordering unnecessary drug lab tests.
  3. New Florida state legislature that impacts addiction treatment services and housing for patients is in the process of being solidified during the current 60 day session. The new laws will govern areas significant to addiction treatment such as recovery residence referrals, patient records, deceptive and fraudulent marketing, patient brokering, and substance abuse licensure.
    Read about it in detail at:
    Sober Law News, Important Changes Are Coming in 2017 to How Florida Regulates Treatment Providers

  4. Insurance providers are making it more difficult for treatment centers to get approval for inappropriate testing and care.
  5. Local press coverage (such as from the Palm Beach Post and Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel) about the crack down on the recovery business boom has been timely and consistent. Stay informed and stay safe.

“Delray Beach IOP is among the few ethical providers, in South Florida, who place clients first and foremost above profits. We refuse to pay kickbacks for patients or order unnecessary lab tests. Our commitment to support a healthy recovery community and remain client focused continues to be our top priority. You can count on us to only partner and network with other ethical recovery organizations and labs.

As a result of greater oversight and accountability, the South Florida recovery community is great place to seek help. Having more varied recovery meetings taking place here than any other location in the United States, is just one reason why many chose our area to seek treatment. The changes that are occurring are very exciting and will result in even better treatment. Don’t feel discouraged. Stay strong and stay in recovery, get into recovery if you haven’t yet.

We know with the best treatment and support, recovery from addiction is possible. There are ethical treatment centers. Whether you get help from us or one of the others, just make sure you get help.”

– Promise from CEO, Allen McCormick, on behalf of all the staff at Delray Beach IOP.
Helpful Guidelines:

Warning signs; what you need to know; what you need to avoid:
bad signs

  1. Being recommended to a level of care that you know is not appropriate for where you are in your recovery.
  2. A patient being told that they are “not allowed to leave” an inpatient unit is illegal.
  3. A patient’s belongings being held for 24 hours after they leave is illegal.
  4. Some centers will admit a patient after doing a financial check on the family, without their consent, and bill them. Keep an eye on your credit activity.
  5. One nefarious recruitment practice is, being told two weeks into treatment that your loved one is going to die unless they stay and receive more treatment requiring additional funding from the terrified family.
  6. Not all sober rooms are the same. Make sure the sober home you are signing up for is the one you will be placed in. Beware of a bait and switch. Parents of a troubled youth might be shown a house online and it may be a beautiful house, but the owner might have several houses and that’s not he one their son or daughter is sent to live in.
  7. Sober homes without strict rules and supervision may attract drug dealers laying in wait just outside the property boundary or even worse actually living with the clients. They are just waiting for someone to have a moment of weakness and a little bit of money. That is when the cycle of abuse really begins.
  8. Being told that rent in a sober home is covered by insurance. Insurance does not cover room and board. Ever. Beware of a five bedroom house crammed with 12 clients.
  9. A sober house collecting insurance money for therapy that the clients may or may not be receiving. Call your insurance provider if you expect abuse in this area.
  10. Another big scam game is when a sober home owns their own lab. Every time the client comes back from outside the house they will do a urinalysis and bill the insurance company $3000 or more for drug screening. They call this random drug screening. Insurance companies have cracked down on this practice by limiting the number of toxicology urinalysis that can be billed each year. Different clients require different levels of supervision and drug screening. Be wary of what seems like excessive drug screening for you.
  11. Don’t let one bad apple spoil the bunch. Beware of excessive vigilante activity that paints the entire recovery industry as “bad”. This is extremely unfair to the ethical treatment providers and may prevent you from seeking help. Where does free speech end and threats or extortion begin? Click to read this article in Sober Law News describing in detail how the passion of recovery reform can transform an advocate into a vigilante.

What is Quality Care? Signs that let you know you’re in good hands:
good signs

  1. A single Case Manager who oversees your treatment progress
  2. Licensed therapists and doctors with years of experience treating addiction
  3. Level of care and treatment is dictated by your needs and not by the amount of insurance or benefits
  4. Programs have specific evidence-based treatment modalities

Many examples and further information regarding best practices can be found throughout our website. There are many effective approaches to address various ongoing issues that present as challenges to recovery. If you also suffer the effects of trauma or depression, we understand how it influences your addiction and effects your recovery. A qualified team of experienced professionals know which treatment is effective for each individual patient’s needs.

Call us. We can guide you to the appropriate care you need.