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…


Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a recovering alcoholic — at his side, the former…


Opponents of a proposed drug and alcohol treatment facility near Mud Creek Baptist Church say they agree such a facility is needed. With zoning authorities denying a permit for the facility, supporters are left with two choices: appeal the decision to the courts, or find another location. The Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment on…


The first hint something was wrong came when Carole Lewis’ legs started swelling. Then, she was plagued by shortness of breath. Next, fatigue started to drag her down. This past summer, she could barely walk across the parking lot to her job and had to sleep sitting up. She knew she needed help. Lewis, 60,…


Taylor Smith fell in love with opioids at age 12. He remembers suffering a knee injury from playing football and vividly recalls the feeling his first hydrocodone prescription gave him. He craved more. The next 10 years of his life became nothing short of a nightmare. After three overdoses, 16 failed rehab programs and a…


Who they need to reach, they admitted, were not those in the room with them but the half-dozen protesters outside the former Golden Acres nursing home on North Ridge Road urging a “no” vote on Issue 14 over concerns about a new tax on Lorain County property owners. Issue 14 would raise about $2 million…


When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump’s inauguration, we’re going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America. In…


When a parent has a teen or teens suffering from substance abuse issues, they maybe not fully aware of the types of care available. There are many adolescent drug treatment options that you can find by contacting a substance abuse program in your area. Making contact with healthcare professionals who have experience with different curing…



Drug addiction is a threatening disorder that needs immediate treatment; otherwise individuals with addiction problems become more addicted to these substances and are likely to face greater problems in the future. Illicit drugs have strong chemical components that could trigger compulsion among its users. A single dose of an addictive substance can seem harmless at…