Zoe Reed, Editor
Nashua, NH – Addiction has become an epidemic in America. Each year the US economy loses close to $450 billion dollars to drug and alcohol abuse. The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collects data on the disease and reports staggering statistics regarding its impact on society. Upwards of 500 million workdays are lost each year to addiction and estimates as high as 30% of children in foster care are placed into the program due to the presence of drugs or alcohol in their family. There can be no doubt that this disease requires attention and treatment. Unfortunately, modern rehabs cost anywhere from $10,000 a month to $180,000 for the celebrity rehab centers, making it unaffordable for those without insurance. Terrence McMahon, founder of Free Recovery, was once struggling with an addiction to alcohol and pills, an unhealthy combination that ultimately resulted in him fighting for his life due to alcohol-related liver failure. His experiences prompted him to develop a new approach to addiction treatment.
“I once lived a life heavily connected to alcohol. I understand what they are going through and the frustrations they have when seeking help due to the stigma of being labeled an addict. I had ‘end stage’ liver failure but could not receive a transplant without fulfilling the rehab requirement,” says McMahon. “I eventually made it through rehab just in time to receive my transplant; however, the process left me shaken. I came out not only more knowledgeable but also more empathetic. These places are incredibly unaffordable for most people and most of them just don’t get the results. Eighty percent of the people that go there relapse within a few months, sometimes right away.”
McMahon explains that the modern rehabilitation cycle has a lot to do with insurance companies and how they manage care—something he wants to change. His experience in rehab provided him with the foundation from which to base a new style of treatment. He calls FreeRecovery.com a “non-rehab rehab” because of its holistic approach to treatment modalities. Their programs treat the entire human, not just the addiction. The name “Free Recovery” was chosen because McMahon wanted to develop an approach that could be used by anyone, individual or organization. He understands that everyone’s resources and needs are different and doesn’t want anyone to be denied help or access to care.
“The cost of rehab is ridiculous,” says McMahon, “especially when you consider that people who are addicted have generally exhausted all resources, including family money on techniques that don’t work. So we’ve created a system that is available to everyone, not just ‘certain people’ while others get the treatment they can afford, which at times, means nothing at all. To meet all needs and financial situations, we developed an online curriculum for all stages of addiction and have partnered with both inpatient and outpatient programs. There is also a very affordable virtual treatment center that is under development and scheduled to launch later this year and will be available to individuals and organizations.”
Free Recovery offers individuals, families, churches and organizations access to education and virtual treatments that will enable them to create their own recovery plan. Their programs are based upon the four stages of drug and alcohol addiction treatment (Prevention, Treatment, Transition, and Re-entry) making it easy for organizations to work with people that are affected by addictions.
“I grew up in a town where drinking was part of the culture,” says McMahon. “We know that culture creates the early programming and connections and it is a big part of the addiction cycle. We also know more time and education can help people disconnect with their addiction and reconnect to a bright and clean future. A big part of what we do is breaking that cycle by filling the void with something more rewarding. Many people with these addictions are really creative and talented people that need a focus and to harness what’s inside them already. Our programs nurture people in ways that change lives.”
Company Name: FreeRecovery.com
Contact Person: Terrance McMahon
Country: United States