Giving Sober Living a Bad Name

The founder of two “Sober living” houses in the Parker, Colorado, area isn’t giving up without a fight, despite complaints from neighbors. Meanwhile, former employees and investors are warning about his past behavior.

The founder of the company that operates the sober living homes, Christopher Bathum, is being pursued on allegations of fraud. Apparently, Bathum is a convicted felon, found guilty of Mail Fraud in 2002, and he also filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and has faced several other civil lawsuits.

“The problems were nobody was getting paid, checks were bouncing,” said Thomas Hedlund, a former clinical director fired by Bathum in California. “He was a criminal.”

Hedlund said he observed Bathum’s way of operating first hand, and said what’s happening in Colorado is common: Bathum secures large homes for unpermitted treatment centers and then fights long legal battles.

About Jeffrey Lynne

Jeffrey C. Lynne is a South Florida native, representing individuals and business entities relating to licensing, accreditation, regulatory compliance, business structure, marketing, real estate, zoning and litigation pertaining to substance abuse treatment facilities and sober living residences. Mr. Lynne has been recognized across the region as a leader in progressive public dialogue about the role that substance abuse treatment has within our communities and the fundamental need and right to provide safe and affordable housing for those who are both in treatment for addiction and alcoholism as well as those who are established in their recovery.