For years, I have been hearing about all of the fraudulent activity in Florida rehab programs. Many of the sober living homes in parts of Florida were not interested in sobriety but relapse. Treatment programs are high priced even for those who have to repeat the programs that often don’t work. Drug screens are high priced. It is a billion dollar industry and the lack of regulations for these homes led to a scandal known as The Florida Shuffle, an apt name for what goes on in those rehab programs.

This scandal hit the sports world recently with the death of Jamie Daniels, the son of the Detroit Red Wings announcer, Ken Daniels. It’s a very sad tale to read. It intersects the story of Jamie’s drug addiction with the scandalous activity in Florida. I encourage you to read about it so you can be aware of what really goes on at some rehab and sober living homes. It’s sad on many fronts: that a program designed to help addicts really is a scam and that this young man lost his life in a system of fraud and false help. Instead of helping with the opioid crisis, these programs hurt the battle our country faces. The treatment industry is broken.

That’s why I love helping local churches learn how to help the addicted with real help and eternal hope. I appreciate your prayers as our staff endeavors to equip the body of Christ to battle addiction issues with the hope of the Gospel.  I recently listed some very good faith-based rehab programs on our website dedicated entirely to addiction. These programs are tied to local churches and needed because some addicts are struggling beyond a church’s capacity to help. Romans 15:13 is the mantra of these biblical counseling programs: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

-Mark (glad to see some truthful reporting on the horrors behind some flawed and fraudulent programs)