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A lender is asking a judge to throw the owner of the California Palms Addiction Recovery in jail in the latest salvo fired in a contentious, long-running legal battle between the two.

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Rucci opened in Austintown in early but had to overcome a series of regulatory, legal and other hurdles. It took two years to obtain state licensing and t Commission accreditation, another six months to be approved for insurance reimbursement, and then three more months to be approved to accept Medicaid patients.

Today, the California Palms Addiction Recovery Campus on state Route 46 has 50 patients and 36 full- and part-time staff members. The center still bears the trappings of the resort-style hotel that Rucci formerly ran on the site, then known as California Palms Hotel, including faux palm trees and a fountain. Although his level of optimism remains high, Rucci is not yet out of the woods.

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Pender then foreclosed, after which Rucci filed a countersuit that disputes the debt amount; those cases are pending. Rucci, who is a lawyer, has also filed a stay to delay any foreclosure action. In the meantime, the rate of inquiries California Palms gets from potential patients has tripled to about 40 per day — a rise spurred by the COVID pandemic and the isolation and stress it causes.

This would not have been possible without me living on-site and doing every task personally at first. The road, he said, has been full of mistakes and corrections but the center stayed true to its vision. Its patients are treated as adults and shown trust. The goal is to teach them good life habits, personal growth interests and goals — a car, a job, an apartment — so they can succeed when released.

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California Palms offers detoxification treatment. It has a staff of doctors, psychologists and counselors, plus kitchen, maintenance and security employees. In addition to the required classes, it offers patients special interest sessions, including music, crafts, chess, boxing, karate and dance.

The center puts an emphasis on screening potential patients before admitting them so it can find those who are most motivated and can handle the degree of freedom at the center. Patients are not locked down or forced to remain on the campus.

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They are treated with a system based on trust and reward. These include Jake, a something Army veteran who saw duty in Iraq. Jake was wounded twice and became addicted to oxycodone after being prescribed the painkiller by an Army doctor.

He also suffers from PTSD and a brain injury. You come home different but your family expects you to be the same person they knew before you left.

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Since returning, Jake has been in several rehab centers until finding recovery at California Palms. Combat veterans have daunting problems assimilating back into civilian life, especially those with PTSD, although they tend to be more motivated and structured than the Medicaid patients, Rucci says.

Medicaid patients often grew up disadvantaged, with abusive or dysfunctional family life, and have done time in jail. Many have no job or job skills. For these patients, Rucci and his staff step in as coaches, if not father figures. William, also in his 30s, is one such patient. His child visited him last weekend at California Palms.

Gerald Shulman of Jacksonville, Florida, is a clinical psychologist and addiction counselor and a Fellow of the American College of Addiction who has provided treatment, clinically or administratively, to alcoholics and drug addicts since He worked with California Palms as a consultant for six months before the coronavirus outbreak.

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He said the program stands out because of its freedom and its. He, in some ways, is like a father. He gives them an opportunity to behave in a responsible way while preparing them for when they have to go back out into the world. And I have to have a lot of faith in a guy to do that.

Rucci garnered a lot of negative headlines over the years, which are rooted in Go-Go Girls Cabaret, an adult club he briefly operated on the site more than a decade ago. Police raided the club and Rucci found himself facing multiple charges, alleging prostitution and drug trafficking at the club.

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He was eventually found guilty of four state liquor violations and served 30 days in jail in Rucci says he knows that he will always have some controversy attached to his name. But it should no longer detract from or overshadow the good he is doing at California Palms Addiction Recovery Campus.

His goal, he said, is to eventually open campuses in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and separate facilities for veterans. Pictured: Sebastian Rucci says his patients are treated as adults and shown trust. View More.

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