Complaint Review

Marvin Sponaugle

Report: #706794

Wed, March 16, 2011
Wed, April 06, 2011
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Warsaw Missouri United States of America
Marvin Sponaugle
32815 US Hwy North Palm Harbor, Florida United States of America Phone:

Marvin Sponaugle Rick Sponaugle Charged me $15,000 for an opiate detox, withheld information from me and re-doped me with Subutex ,another very addictive opiate, as if I was a life long Heroin Addict. I came to him on a very low dos Palm Harbor, Florida

*Consumer Comment: addicted for 10 years...

*General Comment: Sponaugle Wellness Clinic

*General Comment: Sponaugle "wellness" clinic

*Author of original report: More Proof that Sponaugle is a Scam Artist

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).

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#1 Consumer Comment

addicted for 10 years...

AUTHOR: thankfully recovered - ()

I went  to several national treatment centers none of them helped for the long term journey. My mom was praying for a way to help me and one night she found Dr Sponaugles website, I begin to research his site then read reviews. My thoughts was this was to good to be true. I called and spoke to Linda the patient coordinator and became more confident that this might work. 

The day before I was to leave on the plane for treatment I found this site. I began to doubt everything I read. Surely this site was right, however my ticket was nonrefundable  and my parents had already paid.

I showed up at the clinic it was a mad house so many people in and out. I waited two hours to see my nurse, threw a bun a supplements at me and ushered me into the seminar I was suppose to attend

The next afternoon I was scheduled to see the doctor' he was two hours late' but it was so worth it. In five minutes he had told me my life story.

Three weeks later I walked away drug free, 10 lbs lighter and ready to face the world. It has been 1 year next month and I am still free from my past additictions

I am writing this to say anyone who reads this don't let it stop you from getting the help you need. It almost stopped me but I pushed forwards and it paid off 



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#2 General Comment

Sponaugle Wellness Clinic

AUTHOR: texas twister - ()

 Please excuse my spelling in my previous report. The name of the clinic in question is SPONAUGLE not Sonaugle.


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#3 General Comment

Sponaugle "wellness" clinic

AUTHOR: texas twister - ()

 I just wanted to add that one of my doctors I'm seeing presently referred me to this clinic for detox etc. Fortunately, my father-in-law did some background research and I discovered more than a few articles similiar to this one. I personally emailed the complete contents of one of these complaints to the Sonaugle clinic and requested a response from them. Well, long story short, they NEVER responded to me. I was promised upcoming responses for the last 2-3 weeks but NOTHING has been forthcoming from them. Where I come from when a person/company fails to respond to allegations against them, that LACK of a response is considered as good as an admission of guilt/duplicity. I am NOT deciding for or against the Sonaugle wellness clinic. I am just reporting my experience for those who are interested. For the record, since I was never given a response I have decided to PASS on giving the clinic $15-20,000 of my hard-earned money.

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#4 Author of original report

More Proof that Sponaugle is a Scam Artist

AUTHOR: Cocomo - (United States of America)

This is an update to my first testimony.  Marvin Sponaugle has become famous, as of late, for having poor testimonies of himself and his detox institute, deleted from website. It can only be assumed that he is paying them a hefty amount to have countless Important and Informant testimonies about his Scam Detox and Wellness Institue, taken off of the ONLY website that Florida Detox steers their patients to.  This is just what Rip Off Report Website is NOT doing. Rip Off Report is fighting for the rights of those that have been victimized, and Vitals is accepting payoffs to keep others from being informed for the sake of their health and their life. This is outrageous behavior on the part of Vitals and Sponaugle.  How could anyone give their money to Sponaugle when it is apparent he has much to hide.
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