NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For many patients of Oceanside Addiction Services, their detox treatment included being left along in a hotel with no food, no money, and no way to contact their family.
"It's unconscionable that he preyed upon us when we were so incredibly vulnerable," said the mother of one former patient who wishes to remain anonymous.
This mother is one of the several dozen people suing Clayton White. She says White failed to provide treatment to her son who was addicted to heroin.
She did her research and believed her son was in good hands with White.
"Clay called me and told me that in his expert clinical opinion my son was going to die if he didn't get treatment within 24 hours," she said.
The woman says she paid White six thousand dollars to cover all costs of detox, doctor's care, and 90 days of rehab in one of White's facilities.
She wasn't allowed to contact her son because it could get in the way of his progress.
White also had prescribed her son narcotics; despite making it very clear he wanted to get off drugs.
"My son was like a kid with candy, you know, he was there to get away from the addiction and clay was providing him with the very drug that I helped pay six thousand dollars to help him get away from," she said.
She says her son was also being forced to sell furniture and fake designer clothing at flea markets.
After doing some research, she found he wasn't alone.
"We all started telling our stories and they were all very similar but with different little bits of nuances."
The families started emailing and found out White had similar facilities in other parts of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Since they say he was never caught there, they are now going to make sure he can't do it anywhere else.