I had an introduction to a reporter who wants to expose what happens in Rehab and Sober living –the kickbacks, Drugs, Sexual assaults etc . We will be working together on the many stories down the road. We will late tackle AA Members who are counselors telling people not to take their medication. We will address the Doctor , Nurse and Pilot extortion. But we will focus on one thing at a time. He has written for the Daily Beast and is a journalist who graduated from USC Annenburg School of Journalism. So for now only criminal and Fraudulent Rehab Sober Living Stories. If you need to remain private for safety or your job he can do that…but it better if you can fully speak out…but again not necessary. Thank you . This would include this place where Karla Brada went and was bused to Eden Ministries where she met her killer.
IF you or someone you love have been harmed in any way by a Rehab or Sober Living- we are listening. We are looking for people to speak out and tell this story to us and be recorded/Filmed.
Including will be any Pilot, Nurse or Doctor who was forced to join and go to AA meetings.
This madness must stop. Already the FBI has shut down 3 big rings in Californian, Florida and New Jersey. The Department of Justice have their eyes on these places now. Better now we all speak up.
So much for taking a break. Well- it starts on Tuesday – that i mean , my break. 🙂
Hi everyone. I will be taking a badly needed break from blogging and FACEBOOK social media for a couple of months. I need to focus on a project I am working on that will continue to expose AA, but will include exposing criminal activity in Rehab, Sober Living and extortion of Pilots, Nurses and Doctors. I need to focus . I also need a vacation !!! LOL
I’m also tired – not physically – but I do see how big this AA beast is in our culture – courts- mental health and Entertainment. Its just not right, whats going on.
If you have been harmed please bring a friend/family member and go to the police. Make Written complaints and call NY GSO. Write to your congressman and or local politician or reporter about how you were harmed by AA.
Fee free to Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you when I resume blogging unless you have been harmed criminally or your civil rights have been broken please feel free to write to me.
If Crimes and Fraud are committed with Sober Living and Rehab – Please write your story and situation down and go to the FBI or JUSTICE Department. They already know the deal with these two hatter AA members . They have taken down 3 huge rings already in California, Florida and New Jersey .
Join me for a one hour show with Melanie Soloman to discuss her book and work in regards to Substance Over use and Mental Health.
Melanie’s Bio: After battling a twelve-year addiction, and being trapped in the “recovery merry-go-round” nightmare, I have finally woken up after almost dying several times. My second edition of “AA-Not the Only Way” which is also at www.aanottheonlyway.com has just become available, where you will learn about my life, as it has taken both its ups and downs, and how I have come out on the other side ok. There is also a multitude of alternative self-help groups to find out about, and other ways to assist you in either stopping your drinking or using, or moderating it to a harmless level. In this new edition, I have also added alternatives such as hypnosis, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Add to that a directory of licensed professionals and treatment facilities, if that is determined to be what you need, both within the U.S. and abroad, including all of their contact information…https://www.amazon.com/Melanie-Solomon/e/B002VZ5HAK
So she became the consummate researcher, finding new purpose in compiling information on evidence-based alternative recovery options that might better suit the complex and individualized needs of people suffering with substance abuse problems. In the process, she discovered that she was far from being alone in her AA “failure.” Indeed, it was instead a customized path that would help her create enduring sobriety. The result was her book, “AA Not the Only Way- Your One Stop Resource Guide to 12-Step Alternatives,” an Amazon.com bestseller in its 2nd Edition.
Lately in the news we have seen a few bad apples being taken down by the FBI and exposed for crimes and serious corruption . Crimes like Sexual assult, selling drugs to clients who are seeking help for addiction.
I too am being contacted by those harmed. It seems like a waterfall of calls I am getting lately regarding this aspect of Steppers and making money from people in need.
How does Athem Blue Cross, United Healthcare and many other companies not get to the bottom of the billion dollar rehab/ sober living scam/drug testing–health care racket. WHY is our health insurance paying for AA /12 step rehab with 4 people to a bedroom all charging $1,000. a day?
Urine tests, drugs testing is also big money.
Have you or a family member been hurt. Tell us your story. Maybe its time to shut down all sober living and put rehab in Commercially zoned areas with medical professionals there to attend to drug and alcohol addicted folks. Detoxing take 3-5 days. So why does anyone need 30 days in rehab and then farmed off to a house ( sober Living ) where they are driven to AA meetings 5-7 days a week and are sharing a room with 4 people. They are not getting ANY MEDICAL CARE—- so why is insurance paying at all? Oh Yea Obama Care made this easy game. CA Care are a bunch of suckers too.
Chris Bathum is going to trial for his deeds soon. Florida and New Jersey have also been exposed by the FBI and some are going to prison.
Its got so many legs. So many parties making money. Are they All AA two hatters?
Long before I made a film I was singing, playing and writing music. But in 2011 I went down a rabbit hole of exposing AA. I had finished this record but never got it up there. Life filled with film making, health issues as well as helping those who were victimized by AA, I finally took the action to get this music up there.
Record Store is a compilation of years of work. Some songs were written long, long ago. A few songs are covers, like Suzanne- which I have been singing since I am a teenager . Abraham, Martin & John was a favorite I learned after hearing Tori Amos perform it. It doesn’t Mater anymore I sang with a beat up crappy guitar when I was living in Manoa Valley, in Hawaii at age 19. Those were sad and hard years. I was embedded in AA during that time and AA actually made me worse. By the time I was 3 years sober in AA – the depression broke. I should have left AA when I was one year into their stupid cult. Oh well. The rest is history and I would not have made the film and I would not have met you all !
Hank Linderman and Michael Martinnson were key players in the recording.
Peace to you and Love,
By Jonathan Stempel
(Reuters) – The original manuscript that became the basis for Alcoholics Anonymous is the subject of a new lawsuit by the organization, which wants to reclaim it before it can be auctioned next month.
According to a complaint filed in New York on Monday, the working draft for AA’s basic text, known as the Big Book and describing the famous 12-step program to help people stop drinking and stay sober, is scheduled to be auctioned on June 8 by Profiles in History in Calabasas, California.
But the plaintiff Alcoholics Anonymous World Services said the seller, Ken Roberts, had no right to consign the manuscript because it had been gifted to AA in 1979, though because of the “extreme negligence” of others was never turned over.
AA said it learned about the gift in 2007, three months after Roberts bought the manuscript for $992,000 at Sotheby’s, and sued after he refused its demand to turn over the manuscript rather than sell it.
Profiles in History has estimated that the manuscript could fetch $2 million to $3 million.
The lawsuit filed in a state court in Manhattan names the auction house, Roberts and QuestRoyal Fine Art, a New York gallery that displayed the manuscript this month, as defendants.
“The manuscript is an original, historical document of unique importance to AAWS, and undeniably is a critical piece of its history,” and the defendants “are wrongfully detaining the manuscript for their own pecuniary gain,” the complaint said.
Roberts and a spokeswoman for Profiles in History did not immediately respond to requests for comment. QuestRoyal declined to comment.
The Big Book, also known as “Alcoholics Anonymous,” was written mainly by AA co-founder William Wilson, better known as “Bill W.”
First published in 1939, it is in its fourth edition and has sold more than 30 million copies, according to AA’s website. The group has more than 2.1 million individual members.
AA said Bill W.’s widow inherited the original manuscript after his 1971 death, and gifted it to Barry Leach in 1978, who the following year gifted it back to AA upon his death, which occurred in 1985.
The case is Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc v Roberts et al, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, No. 652676/2017.
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Richard Chang)
Copyright 2017 Thomson Reuters.
WEST PALM BEACH
Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman was a relatively small drug-treatment provider despite the millions he raked in every year, Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie Villafaña said Wednesday.
But he was “the most dangerous,” she told U.S. District Court Judge Donald Middlebrooks, and FBI agents “never worked harder” than the last few months of 2016, as they rushed to put Chatman behind bars.
“Our goal was to shut him down, to get him off the street,” she said.
On Wednesday, in a packed courtroom divided by Chatman’s family and Chatman’s victims, Middlebrooks gave Chatman a 27 ½-year sentence for crimes that Villafaña said were never before seen in a federal court: turning his patients into prostitutes.
Chatman, 46, can appeal the sentence, which would see him released at age 74. The sentence calls for him to register as a sex offender.
He said nothing, even as angry parents berated him in front of Middlebrooks, and showed no emotion when the judge announced the sentence.
“This man ran an addiction brothel,” said Jerry Smith, whose son, Schuyler, went to Chatman’s Reflections Treatment Center in Margate twice, after Chatman lured him back from a treatment center in Louisiana. “He’s worse than a pedophile.”
Tina Pekar, whose son, Ryan, overdosed and died in one of Chatman’s sober homes in 2014, trembled with grief and rage as she stood just feet away from Chatman. She recalled when she turned to Chatman for answers after her son’s death and he replied, “Ryan who?”
“You destroyed my life,” she said. “Do you remember my son now?”
Pekar then turned toward Chatman’s distraught wife, Laura, who was sentenced to three years in prison for pretending on paperwork to be the real owner of her husband’s facilities. Because Chatman was a felon, he couldn’t open a treatment center in his name.
“You’re just as bad as your husband,” Pekar said, as Laura looked back, red-eyed, shaking her head “no.”
Laura Chatman, 44, a mother of four, spent most of the hearing with her hand covering her face. She repeatedly apologized before Middlebrooks.
“I can’t even imagine what the families are going through, and I’m so sorry,” she said, crying. “I am truly sorry for your losses.”
Afterward, she hugged and apologized to Jennifer Flory, whose daughter, Alison, overdosed and died in a Chatman-linked sober home in 2016, Flory said.
Laura Chatman’s lawyers described her as an unwitting accomplice in her husband’s “house of horrors.”
Kenny Chatman admitted to keeping some of his female patients locked up in a Mangonia Park home and pimping them out on various websites. He withheld other patients’ medications and food stamps to control them. And he allowed anyone to do drugs in his sober homes, as long as he could keep billing their insurance.
One woman told Middlebrooks that Chatman kept her shackled in a home, where, during four weeks in 2015, more than 100 men paid him to rape her. She was just 19.
“I recall close to 150 in total, different faces of rapists abusing me daily over a period of three to four weeks,” the woman said in court. “I was unrestrained for brief periods, only to be cleaned up of bodily fluids. I thought I was going to die there.”
She said she escaped wearing only a T-shirt, and went to police. Afterward, Chatman found her and forced her to sign a statement recanting the allegations, she said. FBI agents later found the statement in Chatman’s office safe.
Villafaña, seated next to lead FBI agent Bill Stewart, said Wednesday that Chatman was pimping women out to “fetish customers.” When the women resisted, he would tell them, “Who are you to say no?” Villafaña said.
She also said that Chatman was having sex with his patients, bragging that he could sleep with any one of them for $50. When they got pregnant, he forced them to get abortions, Villafaña said.
“The amount of suffering is unprecedented,” she said. “There is no one quite like Mr. Chatman.”
Chatman’s lawyer, Saam Zangeneh, argued that his client was a victim of South Florida’s largely corrupt drug-treatment industry.
He had no experience in drug treatment when he opened his first sober home in 2012, and he leaned on others for guidance.
“He walked into an industry that is infected,” Zangeneh said. “He became another infected member.”
He argued that Chatman deserved just 14 years behind bars, partly because his actions were tacitly endorsed by the Department of Children and Families, which licenses and regulates treatment centers. This past year, DCF allowed him to open a second treatment center, in Lake Worth.
After the sentencing, most of the families who lost their loved ones said they were satisfied with the verdict.
“I don’t think any amount of time could take away any of the pain he caused,” said Michelle Curran, whose daughter, Mikaya Feucht, overdosed and died in a Boynton Beach motel room this past year.
Chatman’s activities were first detailed in a December 2015 Palm Beach Post story based on then-unconnected police reports and interviews with addicts and Reflections employees. At the time, he denied owning any sober homes, relying, apparently, on the paperwork mirage that authorities unraveled.
His treatment centers were anything but: Doctors rubber-stamped outrageously expensive and unnecessary drug tests, DNA tests and allergy tests. Sometimes Reflections employees were the ones submitting the samples. As many as 90 percent of his patients were doing drugs, his former clinical treatment director told the FBI.
That clinical treatment director was sentenced in April to four years and nine months in prison. Four other associates have pleaded guilty and one other has been charged.
Although Chatman faced up to life in prison, Villafaña asked for 35 years. She said with the number of other corrupt treatment center operators the FBI is investigating, she’ll need to convince them to take plea deals, and giving Chatman a life sentence after taking a plea deal could discourage them to confess.
WHAT THE POST REPORTED
The Post pieced together police reports and witness testimony in December 2015 to expose Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman as an operator who allowed drug use in his sober homes and forced addicts into prostitution. One year later, a federal investigation led to his arrest and prosecution. Read the coverage at MyPalmBeachPost.com
Not medicine, God: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price recommends faith in God as the solution to the current opioid crisis.
Price, a medical doctor, claims faith-based treatment is better than medication-assisted treatment when treating opioid addiction, despite a great deal of scientific evidence to the contrary.
Price, while touring communities that have been hit especially hard by painkiller and heroin overdoses, spoke out in favor of faith-based treatment programs while expressing disdain for science-based. medication-assisted treatment.
Charlotte Gazette-Mail reports:
Asked about drug treatment options, Price touted faith-based programs while showing less support for medication-assisted programs in which addicts are weaned off heroin with other opioids like Suboxone and methadone.
“If we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much,” he said. “Folks need to be cured so they can be productive members of society and realize their dreams.”
Reporting on the story Mother Jones notes:
The secretary’s comments directly oppose literature from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, a division of HHS. “The goal of medication-assisted treatment is to recover from addiction,” reads “Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends.” The literature goes on: “It does NOT replace one addictive drug with another. It provides a safe, controlled level of medication to overcome the use of a problem opioid.”
Business Insider elaborates, pointing out that the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) programs Price rejects are the “gold standard” for overcoming opioid addiction:
Dr Michael Langan has been extorted more then once to attend AA as if it were some special secret place in Doctor heaven.
I watched the entire video and was as outraged as I was the day he first told me his story back in 2013.
I hope to help get Media on this and expose and destroy these horrible organizations that are shoving AA nonsense down Doctor’s, Pilot’s, Nurse’s and Lawyers throats.
How are they in so much POWER?
How did this happen ? Marty MANN is one of the reasons.
Maybe this is why AA is so infested everywhere.