Good Decisions Sober Living, an apartment complex owned and operated by Ken Bailynson that housed recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, was raided recently by the FBI for suspected insurance fraud. The Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), which is an organization that sets the standards in Florida for recovery sober living services, assisted with the investigation. This is, supposedly, the first of many impending raids of bad sober living homes to take place in South Florida.
When trying to avoid halfway houses or rehab centers like Good Decisions Sober Living, it is important to research if the facility is a licensed and accredited hospital, like The Watershed.
Weeding Out The Good From The Bad
We feel it’s imperative to express that not all aftercare programs that provide sober living apartments are bad. There are great sober living communities, like the Watershed, that abide by the laws and offer regulated and approved services. The Watershed provides a safe and structured environment to assist those newly out of treatment continue to stay sober long-term, while transitioning back into society. These select few fraudulent sober homes are giving a bad name to many good facilities, and to those addicts and alcoholics who are trying to recover. This being said, we also support getting rid of all corrupt sober living homes that are causing harm to our community, while at the same time safeguarding this vital component of the recovery process for those who need a safe place to heal while they continue to recover.
The Watershed is aware of many local individuals who have been exposed to this type of behavior, and we continue to actively work with legislators and regulators to remedy this type of conduct. Taking advantage of addicts and alcoholics who are in early recovery by committing insurance fraud is not acceptable, and we will continue to help fight against those bad practices to ensure that our community not only stays safe, but that we can continue our ultimate purpose of helping addicts and alcoholics recover long-term.
How Can You Help?
How can you help be part of the solution, and not the problem? If you know of any bad sober living apartments or facilities that are conducting illegal practices, you can choose to report them. If we want to help break the stigma of addiction, it starts with our recovery community and our behavior in society. If we act out as liars, cheats, and thieves, then we will not break that stigma, and people will continue to think all recovering addicts, alcoholics, and facilities are bad. The bad behavior of these sober living communities is affecting more than just those that reside in their care; it’s affecting how the community views addiction and those that suffer from it. Help us break the stigma, by showing others that we care about our community and all those in it.
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