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Florida Man Claims He Didn’t Know Cocaine Was Illegal

Guy Lanchester, 46, is in jail for cocaine possession and tampering with evidence. He stated, “I don’t understand… I thought cocaine wasn’t illegal in Florida.”

A security officer working at the Pier House resort reported to the Key West police that Lanchester along with two other men were acting suspiciously around 2 a.m.

When the police came, they found Lanchester behind a flower pot trying to ditch a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance.

Guy Lanchester Monroe County Sheriff’s Office 

He’s being held without bond, and is being charged with felony tampering with evidence.

Cocaine is definitely illegal and has many negative side-effects. Some of the short- term effects include anxiety, paranoia, addiction (even after one use) disturbed sleep patterns, panic, psychosis, convulsions, seizures, and even sudden death from high doses.

The long-term effects include permanent damage to blood vessels of the heart and brain, delirium, psychosis, severe tooth decay, severe depression, addiction, liver, kidney, and lung damage, risk of heart attack, stroke, and death.

Here at our Florida drug rehab center, we have specialized programs that treat chemical dependency, as well as substance abuse. Our holistic drug rehab program can help guide you on the road to recovery. It’s never too late to change your life and lead a happy, healthy, addiction-free existence.

Natural High® Promotes Being Happy, Naturally


Natural High, an organization that promotes young people to embrace life naturally by being sober, just held its 12th annual fundraising gala in San Diego last weekend. The 300K raised will go toward promoting Natural High programs in schools across the US.

Natural High’s programs include a DVD series that are distributed at no cost to every middle school and high school in the US. The series feature young celebrities embracing life on natural highs rather than using drugs or alcohol. Because these celebs are icons to many middle and high schoolers, Natural High hopes they will be positively influenced to follow suit. Those featured so far include professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, actress Lauren Conrad and the famous surfer who lost her arm to a shark, Bethany Hamilton. The DVDs come with associated lesson plans for teachers to promote living sober and having fun while doing it.

The organization targets middle and high schoolers because they are most susceptible to peer pressure. By seeing that being sober and saying “no” to drugs is considered cool among many young celebs, Jon Sundt the founder of Natural High, hopes the teens will lean towards natural ways to be happy. Jon lost two of his brothers to addiction who he says were influenced by peer pressure to use drugs.

Here at Synergy Group Services addiction treatment center, we promote activities that foster a natural sense of well being among our clients, which include but are not limited to:

Because recovery from drugs and alcohol begins with feeling physically well, we aim to help clients reach their optimal state while in drug treatment. Eating well can lift the mood especially when combined with exercise, which naturally releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain.

We also foster an unparalleled sense of community because we are small by design. An intentional and natural outcome of accommodating a select number of clients is that they bond with one another. Nothing lifts the mood better than the feeling of community and support from being with others who understand you. Many of our clients were isolated because of their drug use and are uplifted by interacting with others again.

By engaging in so many feel-good activities while in treatment, our goal is that clients incorporate these activities with their plan of personal recovery long after addiction treatment.  If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and want to learn how to live a substance-free life, Synergy Group Service’s addiction rehab in South Florida can help.

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