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Bad Therapist

Exposure collection, Book 1
Narrated by: Neil Shah
Series: Exposure Collection, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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Inside the biggest scandal in the history of America’s $40 billion drug recovery industry: a predatory Malibu rehab guru - and the fearless female patient who exposed his empire of deceit. 

Chris Bathum was a respected therapist, addiction specialist, and founder of one of the fastest-growing rehabilitation chains in America. But Bathum was a total fraud: he was a homicidal meth-head with a history of sexually abusing his patients, scamming insurance companies, and eliminating whistle-blowers. Like Rose Stahl. But this intended victim would be his last. Stahl would risk her life to bring down the monster she and so many other people in need had once trusted for their salvation. 

Evan Wright’s Bad Therapist is part of Exposure, a collection of six incredible and true stories of American double lives from millionaire CEOs and suburban teens to undercover investigators and scam artists - all for whom secrets are a way of life. Each piece can be listened to in a single astonished sitting.

©2019 Evan Wright (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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sex, lies and justice in LA

compelling read.. the narration is a kind of cheesy, but if you hang in there.. the story is worth wading past the ridiculous voice that the reader uses to imitate females..

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An RX for the rehab industry!!!

I'm a huge fan of this award winning-journalist's work, and I'm a very busy college professor during finals week, so I was very happy to be able to buy and audio version of this, as well as one to read. I closed my eyes and listened and could not stop until the story was done.
If you've read his book, "Generation Kill," (or seen the HBO version of the book, by the same name), you know what I mean. Wright provides through investigative reporting (I believe he won a Columbia School of Journalism Award, among other awards) on serious subjects, AND he knows how to touch the funny bone. I believe he locates in humor the source of human compassion, pleasure, and enjoyment, even the relief of stress in a time of war or when all the walls are falling down, as they do in this story. If you are like I am, you know countless people who have been affected by drug or alcohol addition. Like me, you may know people who have died from it, as my mother did. And so, this story is particularly compelling for me. It's about a con artist operating a multi-million dollar rehab scam in whom people entrust their lives and the lives of those they love. I sincerely hope and believe this book will change the rehab industry (what a word, industry, when it is supposed to be a health field to free people from the grip of a deadly disease). I believe Wright's newest book will have a huge impact on changing that industry. If you or anyone you know has been touched by addiction, I highly recommend this book. Anyone considering going to a rehab really SHOULD read this. Be informed, be aware, be picky. "Bad Therapist" has its heroes (the lovely sounding and brilliant Rose Stahl), its victims (how sad I am about the sisters from Ohio; coincidentally my mother was from there, she who died of untreated alcoholism); and its people whose lives and views hang in the balance..... and Chris Batham, its terrifying bad guy, a crook and con man, a "family man" who looks like he couldn't hurt a fly. In ways Wright describes so well -- drawing a picture of who the criminal element emerged -- the criminal Chris Batham convinces a great many very smart people to rely on him for the care of themselves or their loved ones. I wanted to post this tonight, even though I'm busy, because I think this book might actually help someone decide how to determine what kind of rehab to use, if they or someone they know is going to go that route. Our Country (and the world) is suffering from Opioid addiction. It's an epidemic. It's touching almost everyone in some way, be it through someone they know, themselves, or someone with whom they work.... So I hope they read this book. I would have done anything to get help for my mother, but I would NOT have wanted her to be treated in a rehab facility of this kind, and according to Wright the rehab business is a highly unregulated "industry," in many areas and ways. Yet people really do need help. There have to be reforms. The problems are tragically humanized and made real through the portraits and narrative writes, here.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 06-16-19

Predator Therapist

This is a sad story of predator who took advantage of people at their worst, in need of help and preyed upon them for sex, money and drugs. A man with no experience of credentials was able to create and run a series of sober living houses for recovering addicts which netted millions in insurance fraud. Many joined the gravy chain, but learned that the cost was much higher than expected in more ways than one. It took the courage of a woman who was a former addict to help bring him to justice. The lack of state and federal safeguards is also appalling regarding this issue. An eye opening read. I hope that Rose has a better life now along with the others. A must read for anyone interested in the racket that addiction treatment has often been. The audio book was a compliment to the book

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the narration was awful

For some reason they chose to use character voices for all of the quotes in the book. This was a really poor choice. If there was even just a one word quote in the middle of the sentence, the narrator would switch into character mid-sentence and it was pretty grating. I think for this type of book quotes should just be read in the normal narrative voice. To make matters worse, the character voices themselves were really bad, creepy, and breathy. And even though the narrator was male, most of the male voices were also done in his breathy female voice style. The narration almost gave this book a mock-u-mentary feel.

When checking out the blurbs for the books in this collection, this one, Bad Therapist, was the only one that caught my interest at all. It seemed like it would be the best of the bunch but I just found it pretty cringe-inducing.

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Very interesting and informative

I was born and raised in Anaheim, CA and I had no idea any of this was going on in LA.

The narrators impressions of people are very dramatic, to the point of annoying, but it helps keep the characters separated. The story itself is shocking but well written. Definitely worth listening to, very informative about the legalities surrounding recovery housing.

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Engaging and well performed

Another one in the Exposed set that was extraordinary. In light of what has been happening on our political front, it fits right in as a blazing story of unbridled corruption with no consequences.

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Eye opening book about the failed rehab system.

This book blew my mind. I still see some of the things going on with rehab centers that are described in this book. Amazing that there was some kind of justice paid out to one of the masterminds of the fraud. Feels as if nothing changed after that in the industry.

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Disturbing, Infuriating and True

Very accurately describes the fraud rampant in the drug rehab biz. Abuse of patients and billions in fraud paid for by the rest of us.

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A frighteningly real story.

Mental health issues are real. Sometimes it is like watching circuit breakers blow while others flash on and off; it is painful and frightening. To know that our law makers are not thorough enough to close and correct loop holes, to make sure their rules are followed, and that there are people that use other people to feed at the troughs of insurance and fear, makes my blood boil.

This story is about a man that acts as a therapist in order to get money for rehabilitation for drugs and to assist mental health patients. The degradation that he subjects his "patients" and employees that were his patients is disgusting. The knowledge that this is still going on despite the ugly truth being pulled into the sunlight disgusts and infuriates me. Drug addicts are lost. Most want to be found. It is an interesting true story of this man that creates a huge and prosperous business, and how he becomes a victim of his own business. As the author presents the facts from various points of views, he depicts the very real personalities and why they ended up in a rehab center.

Excellent narration and well written.

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Unbelievable deception

As a psychotherapist and addictions counselor, this was difficult to listen to at times. It is appalling that those in need where treated in such a dehumanizing way. I am grateful to see the outcome. If there ever needed to be a wake-up call in Addictions Health and Mental Health this situation demonstrates what needs to be stopped. Providing treatment is about compassion and caring - not abuse and deception. I did finish this and found it compelling to listen to the end.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-04-19

Gripping

Bad Therapist is a shocking true story of fraud, abuse and drug addiction in California. The book is beautifully written and researched. A gripping listen.