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Marvin Sponaugle
Marvin Sponaugle Rick Sponaugle Charged me $15,000 for an opiate detox, withheld information from me and re-doped me with Subutex ,another very addict
15th of Mar, 2011 by User864382
This doctor and his "Bogus Detox Facility" are truly an insult to those few doctors and detox facilities that are truly trying to help people. I paid $15,000 for an opiate detox (I have been told by others that he now charges $19,000) and was re-doped, right after the expensive rapid drug detox, with another opiate, Subutex. It was placed under my tongue and I had no idea that it was anything but Naltrexone, the ONLY agent that should be used in a rapid drug detox situation. Of course I felt normal after detox, as all of Sponaugle's Pitiful Patients feel. We are only feeling normal because we are NOT clean of opiates, only re-doped with another. He beckons everyone to come down and see his freshly detoxed patients so they can be tricked into believing the rapid drug detox is responsible for their euphoric afterglow. The rapid drug detox is not even necessary to be re-doped with Subutex. To me, it is completely criminal to charge $19,000 for an opiate detox, only to be re-doped with another. If you want another opiate stuck back in your brain, for God's sake don't go to this maniac and pad his pockets. Skip the horror of having the Sponaugle Boys and staff abuse you with their pompous attitude and just seek out the Subutex/Soboxone Pusher in your local area. It will only cost under $500 to be infected. It does not make any sense why he continues to poke an addictive opiate down every patient and act like Mr. Innocent. After 8 months of working hard on their wellness program, only to end up fighting another opiate addiction, I trusted no one, especially the entire cult at Florida Detox, but through personal one on one conversations with countless detox patients from RDD Center in Michigan, I made another long trip to this Wonderful and Truthful facility for a 2nd detox. You can find them at and read my full testimony under the name of Carol. I'm appauled that I let myself believe the STUFF that comes out of Marvin Rick Sponaugle's website, conference calls, and Monday morning SERMON. I put myself in such peril by allowing this facility to treat a very minor detox, from a few weeks of a very low dose of a traditional opiate and also a 1.5 mg. Xanax detox and trusting that the wellness program would change my life. I got nothing but another addiction from them. I have since learned the TRUTH about my opiate and Xanax detox(another $3000 to Sponaugle for the Xanax detox, when RDD Center in Michigan would have weaned me for free) and the danger I was put in by Trusting the "Christian" Doctor Sponaugle. Since no Doctor, upon arrival at Florida Detox, took out the time to speak with me, and let me decide my fate with Subutex, I was just cast into the crowd of Hopeless Heroin Addicts and Doped Up without my knowledge of what it was. No one bothered to explain the fact that I was not clean of opiates after a ridiculous bogus detox, nor that I would be brought down to my knees from trying to wean from the Subutex, nor that I would be seeking out and paying for another detox within a matter of months. I have filed several complaints, with the Florida Board of Health, against Rick, the mastermind and Steve Sponaugle, the brother who does not even hold a medical license but is allowed to take over your complete health and well being. He takes great pride in belittling you and making you feel emotionally worthless and physically ill beyond belief. I'm horrified that this JOINT can get by with this kind of abuse to one's emotional, physical and financial welfare. I was denied my medical records from Sponaugle when I legally sent for them, I was blackmailed by the brother, Steve, for a good testimony on the website, and I was left in the dust to find a solution to my “Slight Subutex Dependency” as Steve so casually put it. There is no dependency with such a hideous drug. There is only full blown Addiction. The sad state of affairs that Florida is in, with it's horrific opiate abuse and their greedy doctor abuse in writing the prescriptions, plus the deception of the pharmaceutical company that makes Subutex/Soboxone, plus the FDA that is so behind on the dangers of this drug, is one of the reasons why he continues to get away with such a crime as charging $19,000 for an opiate detox and re- doping with Subutex. Every week I speak with people that call from the RDD Center in Michigan's referral, who are seeking a detox from Soboxone/Subutex, (the very drug that Sponaugle uses on his patients) and all have been led to believe by doctors, pain specialists, detox centers and treatment facilities, that they were not ingesting anything so sinister. I say that this practice of The Quick Switch During Detox is nothing but criminal. It is called Theft By Deception, done by Con Artists all over the world. Under law, Theft by Deception is a crime in our society. My hope is that this fanatical Doctor will someday be held accountable by the Florida Board of Medicine, for all of the harm he has brought to his patients that DID NOT WANT to be re-addicted to another opiate because of their withholding of the Truth. If you are looking at Sponaugle's website thinking Dr. Phil condones his protocol of Subutex, just watch The Dr. Phil Show. Each week there are many guests with drug issues, but in the last 5 or 6 years, I have yet to see Dr. Phil send One More patient to Sponaugle’s Carnival of Horrors for re-addiction. I think he feels that two of his patients were enough to subject to the Sponaugle Switch, many many years ago. No one likes to be TRICKED, not even Dr. Phil. This is truly a Scam, Sham, Thank you mam detox facility, only in it for their own greed and to heck with those that are left with another opiate addiciton. I hope that Sponaugle and his Flock learn HUMILITY by being Humiliated (as countless Sponaugle Patients have been) and I hope they learn HONESTY by being cheated (as they have made countless Sponaugle Patients feel).
3335 days ago by Tomcla2175
I completely agree with everything you have said regarding both Dr. Sponaugle and his brother. All of my bad reviews over the last year have been removed by them. I just wonder how many people are going to come crashing down over the next few years from all the drugs not just subutex that he has prescribed to them. I hope the Florida Board of Medicine has listened to you and will investigate. I went on their website but, had a hard time finding a place to send a complaint or talk to someone.
3201 days ago by Coke
If anyone reading this website has experienced any kind of abuse whatsoever by Rick Sponaugle, Steve Sponaugle, or any member of the staff at Florida Detox in Palm Harbor, FL, please contact the Florida Board of Health at 1-850-245-4339 OR go online at to ask for a complaint form. Don't be ashamed to come forward. You can be anonymous and also make a complaint. Abuse can't be stopped if it's not reported and the perpetrator just goes on to another victim.There are countless other review sites that don't have such Rave Reviews as Vitals does. Make sure to visit all review sites and complaints against this doctor. Just google in what you are looking for and many sites will come up. You will be sorry if you don't do extensive research.
2899 days ago by Rosemaryk4
I want to thank you so much for providing this information. I thought it was kind of suspicious that Google's first page was full of positive information (that they themselves put there) about Sponaugle and his Institute. Something told be to go to the 2nd page and that's where I found your information. That is unbelievable what they do and get away with, but it doesn't surprise me one bit. As far as I'm concerned, they're all crocked from Sponaugle to the FDA who allowed Suboxone/Subutex into our county, another drug the people DON'T need. Thanks, Carol, thanks for the TRUTH.

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