Drug addiction treatment center too c...

Drug addiction treatment center too costly, Broward County audi...

There are 112 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from May 26, 2008, titled Drug addiction treatment center too costly, Broward County audi.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Broward County taxpayers could be spending too much to run a recovery center for drug addicts.

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Hollywood, FL

#1 May 26, 2008
So they 've got 15 nurses?? Trim the staff not BARC!! The dope addict that doesn't recieve recovery will be crawling though your Grandma's window to rob her, then we'll be paying for incarceration as well as Grandma's health care. Yes, right that makes alot sense. Help those that want help. If the staff is so overwelming top heavy ...cut the staff. Simple solution. Send my consultant fee to 1122 Dumbtaxpayers Avenue.
No Kidding

West Palm Beach, FL

#4 May 26, 2008
Follow the auditors recommendations and stop wasting tax money on junkies. Its time to stop coddling and time for some personal responsibility. Too bad you made a choice to use - I didn't.
A greatful graduate

George Town, Cayman Islands

#5 May 26, 2008
Treatment through the facility in Coral Springs saved my life. I have 11 years and 4 months clean and sober today and it all started in the Coral Springs facility. I am active in recovery, sponsor people who are trying to recover and cannot express enough just what treatment has done for me. Please, please, please do not cut funding to these important parts of our county and society. By going through treatment in Broward County I have been given a second chance at life and pray that the system will not fail us now.
Green Sweep

Lake Worth, FL

#6 May 26, 2008
This program actually does work. It does however need tighter financial management but the alternative is higher crime. The clients served are on a voluntary basis or semi-voluntary (court ordered). The staff counselors actually care and do a solid job. If you want to trim funds, start with a $70 million playground for west indi negros.
BARC saved my life

Hollywood, FL

#7 May 26, 2008
BARC and BARC IRT (In-Patient Residential Treatment) saved my life 6 years ago (zero relapses since) and transformed me from your local everyday crack head robbed stole, "jacked" cars, you name it I did it-just to get high. I didn't care about no one except my high. Prisons, jails- that never once stopped me, but only fed my hunger deeper. Than I got popped on a felony cocaine possession charge and a Broward judge saved my life by offering me the gift of treatment, which at the time I wasn't interested in. I was sent to BARC IRT, and as the caring staff of top-notch counselors told me to "Take the cotton out of my ears and put it in my mouth." In other words I listened and I learned that it was possible to escape the negative and deadly wrath of dope and get my life together. I earned my GED, obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, and now I'm nearing completion of my Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW). All of this made possible by The Broward County Commission who funds and oversees the BARC Programs. I now mentor at-risk teens on avoiding drugs, crime and putting their dreams ahead of the gangsta-thug mentality that really consists of jails, institutions and death. I know I am a rare success story, but thank you BARC and thank you Broward County! I owe you my life! I am proud to say since BARC I now make many positive contributions to our community. Who would have thought that this Felony Offender could make a positive contribution to society? Only the caring counselors and staff at BARC who taught me that there is another way to live life. THANK YOU
Work in the field

Jonas Ridge, NC

#8 May 27, 2008
I work in this field and the private centers are great if someone has the money to pay for the program. BUT most do not and have medicaid and need these county run facilities.

it would not be good to make all the centers private, as many people who want help would not be able to get it becasue they do not have the 15,000.00 for the programs.

Miami, FL

#9 May 27, 2008
Just turn it into a BAR...........

Miami, FL

#10 May 27, 2008
Or Build a 100 Story CONDO
anotherdayinpara dise

Covington, GA

#11 May 27, 2008
Wexler says she doesn't have enough information to make a decision, that's because her head is full of liberal PUKE not brains.

Since: May 08

Hollywood, FL

#12 May 27, 2008
Do insurance companys pay for treatment?


#13 May 27, 2008
why waste money on these clown just send them hatti and let them die


#14 May 27, 2008
Broward officials said that one of the reasons for high cost is that Broward has a "bigger drug problem". Yet this analysis was on a per-patient basis.

With such clueless managers, no wonder they are fiscally reckless.

Spartanburg, SC

#15 May 27, 2008
Get rid of the stupid program altogether. Why should the hard earned money of the good citizens of any county or state or be thrown away because do-gooders think society can cure the incurable addictions of others. I say decriminalize drugs, let the freaks overdose and croak on their crack.

Xenia, OH

#16 May 27, 2008
Get a clue, the MORE addicts BARC serves, the more TAX money they receive.

Once an addict completes the out-patient program, the counselors "advise" them that they need the "next step" which is the 30 day in-treatment program. It matters not if a patient is successful initially, if you enter BARC, you will not be allowed to leave until THEY are finished with you.

If an addict is court-ordered into treatment, they are at the mercy of the counselor's testimony in court even if they've successfully completed their treatment. I went to court proud of completing the necessary court ordered steps, only to be sucker punched (figuratively) by the counselor who "suggested" ANOTHER round of "treatment" (in patient) meant to derail the progress I had made. I went to court thinking that I had progressed, only to have the counselor tell the judge (basically) that in her "opinion" my treatment wasn't complete without their in patient program.

I completed the outpatient program thinking I was on my way back to a normal life, when out of the blue the counselor tells the judge that they "recommend" the inpatient program - but this is what they do to EVERY patient - regardless of whether they "need" more treatment or not.

BARC is nothing but a taxpayer scam perpetrated by counselors who are ALSO mostly recovering drug addicts with a score to settle. The patients are subjugated by the whims of whatever particular counselor they happen to be assigned to - and MANY of the counselors need ongoing psychological treatment themselves.

These "counselors" have control of addicts lives in their hands and if they have a bone to pick with a patient, it's a simple matter of using their "expertise" to convince a judge to force a patient into more lengthy treatment at a different BARC facility.

It's all a scam to take more taxpayer funds in the guise of "helping" addicts.

BTW, I haven't touched any substance in years, but this negative experience with BARC is still fresh in my mind.
Wavy Gravy

Hollywood, FL

#17 May 27, 2008
Maybe we figure this out over a few drinks, after work?
Wavy Gravy

Hollywood, FL

#18 May 27, 2008
DAS wrote:
Or Build a 100 Story CONDO
With a bar.
Vote Obama

Pompano Beach, FL

#19 May 27, 2008
We should increase spending on this type of program not decrease it.

Broward should add taxes on rich zionist condos on the beach to cover the expense.

Xenia, OH

#20 May 27, 2008
BTW, if any patient has the intelligence to speak up about the obvious abuse of taxpayer dollars, the incompetence of the counselors, or the exploitation of the addicts BARC serves, the automatic response is: "They're not "working" the program" or they're in "denial".

The addicts have NO voice because BARC thinks that ALL addicts are the same and need the same "treatment" which is ridiculous considering that people abuse substances in different ways, for different reasons and all have individual reactions to treatment.

NO addict will recover until they themselves are ready and no amount of taxpayer funds, weaseling by counselors or negative testimony to a judge will change that.

Xenia, OH

#21 May 27, 2008
This boils down to job security for BARC, they exist soley on taxpayer funds and the more addicts they "generate" the safer their jobs are.
Fat Al

Pompano Beach, FL

#22 May 27, 2008
Is there a recovery center for county commissioners? YES..it is called JAIL. Abolish the county commission.

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