One of America’s biggest rehab companies built an empire
But after a patient named Gary Benefield died, its enemies — investors and business rivals alike — struck hard.
On the last day of his life, Gary Benefield expressed hope for the future. He was finally about to “get right,” he said.
A Harley-riding tough guy and retired utility worker, Mr. Benefield had let addiction get the better of him.
But that July day in 2010, he was headed to A Better Tomorrow, a California treatment center promising 24-hour care while he got sober.
Mr. Benefield was…