Recovery ministry planned for Chattooga County, Georgia, faces wrongful death lawsuit

A faith-based addiction recovery program planning a new facility in Chattooga County, Georgia, is being sued for wrongful death after one of its residents committed suicide in April of last year.

In a lawsuit filed this month, the family of Patrick Drew Lindsey, 28, claimed Pilgrim Ministries directed the man to stop taking medication prescribed to treat his schizophrenia.

"After Pilgrim Ministries removed some of Drew's medications," the lawsuit stated, "it failed to provide proper treatment or assessment of his mental illness, failed to properly monitor him, failed to provide information about the disadvantages of discontinuing medication and failed to refer him to a qualified mental health provider, even though Drew was exhibiting severe and worsening signs of mental illness."

Neighbors of the 50-acre site in Teloga, Georgia, where the new facility is planned, said they've heard about problems with Pilgrim's recovery program and said they think their rural neighborhood isn't suited for that kind of facility.

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