Alcohol and substance abuse and addiction are chronic conditions which typically worsen without treatment, affecting not only the individual but damaging the entire family and even society. Current statistics reveal the leading cause of death in America among persons under 45 years old is accidental drug overdose. Approximately 30 people every day die from a drunk-driving incident. Substance abuse is an ongoing, common issue in veterans, with recent reports indicating 80% of veterans suffer from alcohol abuse, with 7% struggling with both alcohol and illegal drugs. Unfortunately, many people fail to recover because they do not get the needed help. Receiving effective treatment is key to lasting recovery.
Don Radon, CEO and founder, began Recovered and Free with a passion for helping men find their way out of addiction. Utilizing his extensive background in treatment and recovery, and taking the best practices of what addicts could do to help each other, Radon founded RAF as a whole system approach. Radon stated, “It’s not a spa with amenities; it’s for people who want to change their life once and for all.” RAF provides different offerings based on individual need, which include a personal plan for success. The program is insanely effective because of their peer-driven model, fellowship with alumni and other recovered men, and focus on life skills, family restoration, and codependency healing.
Recovered and Free is a peer-driven addiction program for adult men, located in Hubbard, Texas. This program is one of the most affordable addiction rehabilitation programs in the country. “RAF is a self-pay program,” Radon explained, “you will find the cost is a fraction of what average treatment centers typically charge.” RAF also works with non-profits as well as individuals, foundations, and grants, where applicable for program support.
The typical daily schedule at RAF starts with prayer and meditation, followed by chores and breakfast. Everyone participates in running the household with rotating assignments. Group time involves community and accountability. Radon stated, “This time sets the stage for the whole day, because other people can see areas where we can’t see for ourselves. This creates a situation that raises self-awareness.” Group time includes Big Book study and working on the 12 steps of CODA.
The men in RAF are involved in the community, bringing fellowship along with service. The organization does not belong to any specific church but participate with many area churches who have offered their love and support. RAF members have proved themselves to be caring and committed members of their community, serving in a variety of helpful ways. You might find them preparing the Civic Center for events, helping a church pack up Christmas decorations, groundskeeping at the rodeo grounds, volunteering at the city’s annual clean-up day, or working the concession stands at high school football games.
Radon reported, “Eugene and Paulette Fulton have been instrumental in coordinating community service opportunities for the men at RAF and have helped every step of the way.” Paulette explained, “Eugene and I have kept them under our wing since the beginning. We help them find needed areas of service, working only with non-profits and doing meaningful work. They have been doing the important work of keeping up the historic Pin Oak Cemetery.” RAF embodies an experience of selfless service which is imperative to their healing and recovery process.
For more information about Recovered and Free, visit recoveredandfree.com or call 817-240-4124 for 24-hour information.