How My Addiction Recovery Led to The Raleigh House
I think it’s important for people to understand that recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is not a singular event. It’s a gradual, on-going process. Even after successfully completing rehab, I still had a lot of work to do – not just as a recovering addict, but as a person who wanted to do something meaningful with his life.
Over the course of my treatment, I started to think about what it would be like to build my own addiction rehab center. If you’d asked me back then, I couldn’t have told you what my program would ultimately look like. But, thanks to my own struggle with addiction, I knew the values I wanted to represent and the things I wanted to do differently.
Gradually, much like my recovery, I began to build what would become The Raleigh House.
Building My Character and My Rehab Center
Like many upstart businesses, money was tight in the beginning. But, I made the most of what I had and purchased the essentials. Some cheap beds, an old TV… anything remotely useful I could drag off the curb. No, it wasn’t glamorous, but it was enough to get started.
I realized quickly that for this to be successful, I would need more than material objects. I’d need to surround myself with talented people who not only understood addiction and recovery, but who had the formal training I lacked. Perhaps most importantly, I needed people who shared my passion for helping others and my commitment to client satisfaction.
The People Behind The Raleigh House
As I continued to fill The Raleigh House with all the necessary items an inpatient addiction rehab center needs, I also made sure to fill it with the right people. Master’s-level clinicians. Nutritionists. Nursing, medical and psychiatric professionals. Eventually, The Raleigh House grew to include a dedicated team consisting of more than 60 professionals. I credit these people with everything – from helping me learn how to run a high-end rehab center to ensuring client satisfaction every step of the way.
The Raleigh House Today
Now with five buildings and licenses for multiple levels of care, including general outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential and detox, The Raleigh House is inspiring more people to improve their lives than I ever thought possible. 80% of our employees have degrees in higher education and we recently earned our accreditation from the Joint Commission.
As for the future? For me, it’s all about maintaining and improving the client experience as we continue to grow. That’s why we will remain committed to hiring the best people we can get and giving them a great experience as valued team members here at The Raleigh House. One thing I can say for sure is that our addiction rehab program is bigger than any one person. And, thanks to the talented people who have given us their time and talent over the years, it’s only going to get bigger.