WPBF Anchor Tiffany Kenney recently aired a special investigation into Palm Beach County’s drug and alcohol treatment facilities and the battle being waged to rid the industry of its endemic corruption.
At the forefront is Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, whose “Sober Homes Task Force has received national attention for targeting fraud and abuse in [the] county’s drug treatment industry and for leading the fight against the opioid epidemic.”
As Kenney reported for West Palm Beach’s ABC Affiliate, “since Aronberg created the Sober Homes Task Force in 2016, over 40 people have been arrested… most have been charged with patient brokering.”
“The money is in relapse as opposed to recovery” the State Attorney told Kenney, “which has corrupted the industry. There are good players... but they are being overshadowed by unscrupulous actors...”
One of those good players is Timothy Schnellenberger, who, Kenney pointed out in her feature, “has spent 15 years helping addicts get clean [and] runs a well-known, successful treatment center and sober living facility.”
That treatment center is, of course, Recovery Boot Camp, which, as the name suggests, is much more than the run-of-the-mill facility, as is Schnellenberger’s Healing Properties sober living facility.
“If you do the work you become happy and you stay sober,” the good guy told Kenney. “If you don’t do the work, things happen… I don’t want to say you die…”
“But it is a possibility?,” asked Kenney.
“Yes, it is a possibility.” replied Schnellenberger.
Yet, Kenney was sure to make clear, “75% of those who went through the program are still sober today.”