This morning on NPR there was a great interview with John Lehman, President of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. Sober homes are in the news lately with the arrests of operators in South Florida. Lehman, who noted Florida is the destination of choice for recovery in the US, pointed to two strategies implemented over the last several years that led to much of the corruption in the industry. First, these halfway house owners figured out how to bill insurance for drug tests, which became extraordinarily lucrative. Second, Lehman noted some residents in these homes have been affiliated with outpatient treatment programs for years, though typical (and appropriate) length of treatment is 90 days. How? The recovering patients are encouraged to relapse and go to detox and then back to outpatient treatment, in exchange for free room and board, transportation, and even an iphone!
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