Millions of dollars were swindled from an undisclosed insurance company in an alleged scam described as ‘appalling’. Five people have been arrested in connection with an alleged $3.2 million sober living home fraud scheme that preyed on vulnerable substance abuse patients to swindle millions of dollars from an insurance company, authorities announced Friday. Taken into custody…


The founder of a Los Angeles sober-living facility is facing 20 years in prison for running a $175 million phony health care billing scheme. Christopher Bathum pleaded no contest Monday to 14 felony counts of grand theft, insurance fraud, identity theft and money laundering, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced. Bathum, who once…


Civic clubs Rotary Club of North Garland County, known as Scenic 7 Rotary, meets at noon on the first, second and third Thursdays at Charlie’s Pizza Pub, 127 McNeely Circle, and adjourns by 1 p.m. On fourth Thursdays, the club meets after hours at 5 p.m. Visitors are welcome. Members and visitors are asked to…


Virginia’s Piedmont has no shortage of help for opioid addicts and their families. Here is a sampling of available resources. Some require payment; some are free. Some are local resources, some national.   Read more at: https://www.fauquier.com/where-to-get-help/article_54dd52ec-061f-11ea-87c7-a7b48b6cc377.html


There are 18.5 million veterans in the US, including 1.5 million of them dealing with substance abuse issues. And substance abuse can lead to life-threatening issues. For 2017, the year that the most recent data is available, roughly 17 veterans per day died from suicide, nearly 1.5 times the rate for other adults. The road…


Today I have chosen to write about the 12-step programs that are a big part of most treatment plans. I’m choosing this as my first segment of detailed information because it is a means of support that can be used before, during, and/or after treatment. Those who do not ever choose to go to treatment…


Excessive drug and alcohol use can destroy families and lives. Meanwhile, the person abusing drugs or alcohol is usually in deep denial and rationalizes his or her behavior, which makes the problem harder to treat. Whether you are a health care professional or a concerned friend, family member or coworker you can use simple techniques…


Everyone needs support and encouragement from others and it’s normal to want those that you care about to think the best of you, but when the scale tips into needing that affirmation in order to feel normal, the cycle of codependency has begun. Like other disorders that plague families, codependency breeds itself within the walls…


Sex addiction is a way some people medicate their feelings and/or cope with their stresses to the degree that their sexual behavior becomes their major coping mechanism for stresses in their life. The individual often can not stop this sexual behavior for any great length of time by themselves. The sex addict spends a lot…


One in five Billings teens knows an adult who’s sold drugs sometime in the past year, a public health consultant told stakeholders gathered at RiverStone Health on Friday. “Talk about access, right?” said consultant Katie Loveland. Loveland was citing a recent survey taken in the Billings schools by eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders. Read more at:…