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Category Archives: Substance Abuse

When Treatment Turns Deadly

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Deciding to enter a substance abuse rehabilitation program is no small feat. It takes courage, determination and strength to face your addictions head on and fight for your life. Every day, thousands of people make the decision to enter rehab centers with the expectation that the staff will properly care for them and provide… Read More »

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Gratitude House alumni return favor, speak with rehab residents

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

By Tony Doris – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Sunday July 26, 2015 WEST PALM BEACH — Nancy McConnell was a heroin addict. She also was a prostitute and the section of North Dixie Highway near Gratitude House, just north of downtown, was “my little spot,” she says. “I needed to get help and… Read More »

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Substance Abuse Service Provider Selling West Palm Beach Site

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Four months after closing the doors of its West Palm Beach location, the oldest provider of substance abuse services in Palm Beach County has sold its campus. The Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Program (CARP) sold the 7.2 acre campus on West Palm Beach’s north side for $11.5 million. It will be replaced by a new… Read More »

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Mental Illness, Addiction: A “Broken System”

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

I am part of TAM, The Addicts Mom. The article below is an example of the mistreatment of people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Please connect with The Addicts Mom on Facebook by clicking here. By Kelly Wallace (CNN) —Barbara Theodosiou anxiously awaited each text and call. Still, her stomach turned every time… Read More »

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Governor Scott Signs “Sober Home” Bill (HB 21) Into Law

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the “Florida Sober Home Bill” (HB 21) crossed the last hurdle by achieving Governor Scott’s signature on its way to become state law, effective July 1, 2015. For FARR, this voyage began in 2012 and charted us through some very challenging waters. We encountered hostile elements and, at various… Read More »

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Florida Facing Serious Problems with New Street Drug

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Florida police are struggling to deal with a new street drug that is sweeping through the state and has caused multiple instances of violence. The new drug, called “flakka,” is a cheap but potent synthetic drug. It has been linked to a number of incidents that involve bizarre and sometimes violent behavior. Similar to… Read More »

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Substance Abuse Counselor & Psychologist Sued for Negligence

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Two medical professionals in West Palm Beach, a psychologist and substance abuse counselor, are being sued by the family of a woman who killed her 10-year-old daughter and then herself in a tragic case of murder-suicide. In September 2013, Pamela Brooks stabbed her daughter Alex more than 20 times while she was conscious before… Read More »

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Mother Fights for Substance Abuse Treatment Bill

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Sharon Blair has been on a crusade since January 2009, when she had to identify the body of her daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, who died of a prescription drug overdose. Sharon Blair is working to pass a new law called the Jennifer Act, that would extend the treatment options available for those struggled with substance… Read More »

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Catching Up the Law with Sober Homes

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Visitors in recovery residences, or sober homes, are promised the best that Florida has to offer for a person recovering from substance abuse. Upon entrance to a facility, a resident is linked up with the local Social Security Agency, provided with transportation, and is provided with all of the support that they need. This… Read More »

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Sober Homes Defrauding Insurance Companies

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Federal agents converged on a sober home and treatment center in Delray Beach earlier this month to carry out multiple raids. The agents were at Real Life Recovery, a treatment center located at 268 SE 6th Avenue in addition to Halfway There, a halfway house located at 1100 SW 4th Avenue. Agents from several… Read More »

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