Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dedicato Treatment Center’s Dr. Keith Marshall Smacks Down Sierra Madre

Dr. Keith thinks Sierra Madre is mean.
Mod: This article originally ran in a wee Pasadena publication called The Foothill Advocate back in July (link to the original here). There Dr. Marshall cusses out the good people of Sierra Madre fairly well, which is fine. That said, due to the lack of specifics, along with its emotionally charged appeal to a targeted out-of-town audience, the Foothill Advocate piece doesn't really go anywhere useful, and none of the questions being asked here in Sierra Madre about the Dedicato Treatment Center are actually answered. Or even recognized as being legitimate. Then again, Sierra Madre was obviously not the intended audience for this article, but rather its gratuitously selected target. 

Dedicato Treatment Center’s Dr. Marshall speaks out against skeptics - Dr. Keith Marshall chose to open a sober-living home in Sierra Madre because of the community’s natural beauty and tranquility.

He said he soon encountered an ugliness in online comments that belied that tranquility of Sierra Madre’s Mayberry-like feel.  The subsequent scrutiny of city officials felt like the sort of intimidation one might find in a less-enlightened community.

“I was hurt by the meanness,” Marshall said. “I dare anyone to judge me without first meeting me,” he said. I have a dissertation … I’m legit!.”

During a recent tour of the facility, Marshall, 53, a doctor of psychology, explained how he would clear the air. First of all, Dedicato Treatment Center is not a rehabilitation clinic, and despite the name, provides no medical treatment for drug addiction.  If anything the facility, which opened in the fall provides a support system and living space for men and women being treated elsewhere.

Despite his assurances, over the past few months Marshall and Dedicato have come under intense scrutiny. Sierra Madre’s city council demanded explanations from his Operations Director during meetings in May, and he’s been visited by police in what he describes as an attempt at intimidation.

Marshall also said it’s a red herring when he’s compared to competitors like Chris Bethum, founder and owner of Community Recovery Los Angeles. Bethum was arrested in Lost Hills on suspicion of drug dealing, according to reports in LA Weekly.

If the allegations about Bethum are true, Marshall believes, “Guys like him need to be thrown in jail,” Marshall said. “He’s using his influence to sell drugs to people who are suffering.”

It’s hard not to take things personally, especially given  Marshall’s own history.

Despite growing up in a middle-class neighborhood,and having attended Temple University in Pennsylvania, Marshall found himself in the grip of addiction after his first introduction to drug abuse in college at 19.

During his long road to recovery nearly 10 years after his first experimentation with drugs, he’s seen everything from luxurious and private rehab facilities, to nightmarish conditions on Skid Row. He often uses those experiences to connect with those seeking his help.

After his recovery, Marshall put himself through ten years of schooling, attending Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Now he hopes to convert unbelievers and critics of all kinds, and return the favor to those who need his help the most.

A tour around the sober living home reveals how seriously Marshall takes his mission. Every wall hosts a positive and uplifting image, or a gentle reminder of a life beyond drug abuse. Marshall spent thousands of dollars — most of it his own — to provide comfortable and safe amenities for his clients. A koi pond, a private gym, and other sites for reflection and relaxation help complete the environment necessary for a total shift in thinking. Although some might find the facilities too luxurious for those recovering from addiction,   Marshall says he understands the need for both safety and structure.

“Would you rather they be on Skid Row?” he asks his detractors. “That environment isn’t conducive to change.”

Marshall keeps a close eye on his critics, and understands the arguments laid out against him. He believes that people have a vision of addicts as dirty criminals — but that’s a simplistic picture, he argues. Most of his clients have six-figure incomes and seek the privacy and accountability a sober living home can provide.

No one enters Dedicato without extensive screening. They are tested regularly, and must not have outstanding legal cases or criminal records. They’re kept to a strict curfew, and even their visitors must submit to a background check.

“This is my life. This is my passion,” Marshall says. “I want to see people get clean.”

Mod: The notion that an addict with a six figure income is going to end up on skid row seems logically challenged to me. And if Dr. Marshall is as concerned about getting people clean as he claims, why does he apparently only treat the financially well off? Is the purpose of that "extensive screening" to keep the underprivileged out? If true, that would certainly detract from much of the social concern that he has claimed here. 

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42 comments:

  1. Intimidation from the Sierra Madre police? Really?

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    1. It's true. They threw their weight around.

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  2. This site can often be an echo chamber, but he sounds legitimate. Not a smack down at all. Hope you post this comment that will most probably go against the majority opinion.

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    1. "I have a dissertation … I’m legit!.”

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    2. And what might the legit fellow say about the impact on his neighbors' housing values because he's opened this business in a residential neighborhood?

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    3. Half of Sierra Madre either has done a dissertation or is working on one.

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    4. Read his diatribe more carefully.It is devoid of facts.It is all "feelings". And that from a man of Science. He knows exactly what he is doing -he is manipulative at best.

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  3. Are there people living there now? Have they caused any problems? And yes, Mr. Mod, people with six figure salaries can end up on skid row. It's too bad the Doctor didn't take the time to let himself be known to the public. He could and still could speak before the CC. As it is, it appears he assumed he could open his place without any community awareness. We do have the right to know. Anyone living around the house would know if there have been any strange things going on. Let us all know, please.

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    1. Why is it the responsibility of Sierra Madre residents to keep wealthy drug addicts off of skid row? Are they somehow exempt from having to take responsibility for their own lives? Is it an exemption we offer to the wealthy?

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    2. If Dedicato was legit they would have let the city know they were moving in. Instead they hid that, and only later did residents discover it. What were they hiding?

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    3. Good question, 7:19.
      Addicts, unlike the rest of us, expect to be supported no matter what.

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  4. The Chicago School. Not to be confused with the University of Chicago.
    http://learn.thechicagoschool.edu/go/main-new-step-1-3187O-4762IB.html

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    1. Dr. Dedicato should be commended on his inner work and personal growth obtaining the good fortune of over coming his substance abuse, and then continuing forward in order to obtaining higher education.
      The lazy Politicians in the State of California are operating as the pusher/drug dealer. These Politicians have opened the doors to neighborhoods by passing zoning and codes. The anger should be addressed on the legislative level; phone calls and letters.
      Nothing like the lure of money being one of the great evils.

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  5. "He said he soon encountered an ugliness in online comments that belied that tranquility of Sierra Madre’s Mayberry-like feel. The subsequent scrutiny of city officials felt like the sort of intimidation one might find in a less-enlightened community."

    You mean there are cities that wouldn't look into a junkie rehab facility that snuck into town unannounced?

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  6. It's all about the drugs and the money. Maybe Hillary can give him money to open a bigger facility at city Hall. I hear the cut employees will be looking for a new job soon...and city Hall could be vacant

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  7. He's selling the "natural beauty and tranquility" that Sierra Madrean's have worked so hard to preserve.

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  8. These "centers" are a money making hustle, pure and simple. Lawyers specialize in the paper work to set them up, realtors specialize in finding properties for them, marginally qualified staff are hired to run them, and good luck to the "clients." Neighborhoods all over the country are protesting their impact on the quality of the neighborhoods and the impact on property values. For Dr. Marshall to say he's hurt and people here are mean doesn't inspire much confidence in his awareness of the issues caused by his chosen way to make a buck.

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    1. Dedicato is in Sierra Madre because it will be able to charge its wealthy clientele more money. Period.

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  9. Let the buyer beware.
    I sure hope insurance companies examine these places to make sure they are getting what they pay for.

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    1. In all this who is watching out for the typical Sierra Madre resident ? No, not the local Authorities,not even the mainstream media. Tattler is ,only Tattler. Without Tattler most of us would not even know this abuse of Sierra Madre was going on.Well dome Mr. Crawford & thank you for your service to the ierra madre community and it's well being.

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  10. “I want to see people get clean.” I think the Dr. means he wants to see rich people get clean.

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    1. The good Doctor wants to clean up on their fine insurance. But sshhhh!! It is none of your business.

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  11. The village of Sierra Madre was founded as a location for recovery from lung and breathing difficulties. HIPPA laws medically protect all of us.
    I agree with the less than enlightened observations about Sierra Madre; if only predicated from this blog.
    More of a snobish attitude and outlook with some ugly mixed in for good measure.

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    1. A sober living home just for the wealthy, and the residents of Sierra Madre are the snobs?

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    2. Yeah. We owe the world a living. Especially junkies.

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  12. You get what you vote into office; just look at Hillary and her obsessive fleecing of diplomats and the wealthy to get "investors" for her Foundation of pay to play.

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    1. You mean the foundation that has paid out millions of dollars to charities around the world? Time to pack it in with Trumpy's lies. Nobody wants to hear that worn out nonsense anymore.

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  13. The "sober living home" industry is untested and unsupported by grounded, scientific evidence. As it stands, it takes advantage of an assumption that addiction recovery (of all kinds?) can be made more successful if the addict pays to get away from it all, clear his head, surround himself with nature, koi ponds, and positive reinforcement. But there's a fair amount of evidence that this extended, expensive vacation has either no effect on recovery, or in some cases a negative one. I'd encourage people to read two very recent articles: NPR's story "A Small Town Struggles With A Boom In Sober Living Homes," and FiveThirtyEight's article about opioid addiction (discussing how unregulated this industry is, and the potential fatal consequences of cessation and immersive group recovery). In my opinion, one of the inherent downsides of sober living arrangements, even in the most sincere circumstances: the people running them are limited to their own experience. They basically earn a Ph.D. in their own recovery, from an exceedingly questionable institution, and then erroneously believe they have important tools to help others.

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    1. Excellent and comprehensive comment 9:25. Thanks.

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    2. I could be wrong, but I believe this gentleman is a hire.

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    3. Which gentleman are you referring to?

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  14. This Country has all sorts of sober living houses located in all types of neighborhoods. Contact your elected officials for their lack of upholding City zoning codes and then vote them out of office; because if they remain in office, then you do support what is happening in R-1 properties.

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  15. You'd a thunk that before investing his own money Doc Marshall would have looked deeper into the psyche of Mayberry West and discovered it's elusive tranquility and less than enlightened underbelly. He should have chatted up those acolytes of fleecing the wealthy over at The Kensington ...

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  16. The Kensington appeared before Council asking for zone changes in order to help the wealthy invest their care; almost up to their final days.

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  17. It takes some very tough people to keep a town nice. All this bullcrap about meanness and a lack of caring because people here want to protect their community is idiot bait. Dr. Keith is just trying to guilt trip people into shutting up about his highly profitable business.

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  18. Some in this town live in bubble wrap. Protect the town from what? Being involved in this human condition called life?

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    1. Depends on what you call life. Some would say drug abuse is the antithesis of that.

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  19. Not if you graduated from Pacific Oaks College.
    "You" as a whole and complete being would be nurtured from cradle to dust from "your" fellow humans in a healthy and positive ebb and flow of life and "drugs" would be brought on by the negative influence (and Mental Health Issues) of one's surrounding and nurture from "family".

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    1. Hey, you're the trump supporter

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  20. Hello Everybody,
    My name is Mrs Sharon Sim. I live in Singapore and i am a happy woman today? and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will refer any person that is looking for loan to him, he gave me happiness to me and my family, i was in need of a loan of S$250,000.00 to start my life all over as i am a single mother with 3 kids I met this honest and GOD fearing man loan lender that help me with a loan of S$250,000.00 SG. Dollar, he is a GOD fearing man, if you are in need of loan and you will pay back the loan please contact him tell him that is Mrs Sharon, that refer you to him. contact Dr Purva Pius.

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    1. Will Purva Pius give loans to Sierra Madre Community college grads who want to attend the Chicago School?

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  21. The Dedicato people just seem like manipulative liars. Here is the red flag for me (quoting from the article):

    "First of all, Dedicato Treatment Center is not a rehabilitation clinic, and despite the name, provides no medical treatment for drug addiction. If anything the facility, which opened in the fall provides a support system and living space for men and women being treated elsewhere."

    Straight from Dedicato's website:

    "At Dedicato our mission is to provide responsible and comprehensive substance abuse treatment
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    enhance our client’s ability to achieve optimal mental health and recovery from chemical dependency."

    Check out "Dr. Keith's" Linkedin, complete with exaggerated embellishments (and probably other lies): https://www.linkedin.com/in/drkeithmarshall

    "Our facility is Licensed and Certified by the State of California Department of Health Care Services to provide treatment for substance abuse and detox services."

    Liar liar pants on fire! Looks like Dedicato does a lot more than provide "a support system and living space for men and women being treated elsewhere." The Foothill Advocate article is a complete hack job.

    Dedicato should simply open shop in an appropriately zoned area. This would be the end of the story. Why do we, the neighbors, have to suffer the consequences of lower property values?

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