Director of Outreach: Recovery Boot Camp

RBC's Director of Outreach Jon Raum is a recovery success story. The New Castle, Delaware native moved to Florida in April 2008 to get sober at our affiliated Healing Properties after seven years of shooting up drugs and being mostly homeless. The run was so bad that even the birth of his daughter didn’t stop the substance abuse.

These days things are decidedly different. Now 35, Jon’s been sober for nearly six years. He’s engaged to a woman who is nine years sober and the two recently bought a house together. And yes, Jon’s heavily invested in the life of his daughter.

That’s because for the past ten years Jon’s life has revolved around sobriety. It wasn’t always easy. And it didn’t happen overnight. But it happened alright. And it gave Recovery Boot Camp an outstanding Director of Outreach. It also provided hundreds upon hundreds of now sober men with one helluva friend.

When (& why) was the first time you decided to seek treatment?

The first time i sought treatment was in 2003, for no other reason other than I was tired of being homeless and it seemed like a good Idea at the time. I went to a six-month, state-funded Therapeutic Community where, after a bit, I started feeling like being sober was something I could get use to. The program was more behavioral-based, and although we read 12 Step literature at times, I did not take A.A.’s action portion seriously. I stayed dry for about two months after release; then I turned back to heroin. That run didn’t stop until 2008.

Were there any relapses?

After Healing Properties I stayed sober for four years. Then complacency in my 12 Step program and a failed relationship caused me to relapse. I got sober again in early 2012, and I’ve been sober ever since.

When (& where) did you decide to turn recovery into a career?

I decided to turn recovery into a career in 2009 when I first started working for Healing Properties. It was the first thing I was ever really passionate about and found a talent in. Helping people was my passion, and I had a deep respect for HP. I learned how to grow up there, so getting the opportunity to work there was a no brainer for me.

Where did you first apply that decision?

I starting working for a program called Delray Recovery Center in late 2008, then left to work for HP in October 2009. HP has been the only facility I have worked at that I’ve been hands on with. I did some back end admissions work for a company called Sunspire Health briefly, as well as a program called White Sands. They were both office jobs where I worked in admissions, ie. sales.

What differentiates Recovery Boot Camp from the other treatment centers you know?

Recovery Boot Camp is different because it is a small, intimate, very hands-on program that incorporates strong, solution-based material. The environment at RBC is something that can’t be replicated at other programs. Plus, RBC offers long-term treatment, which allows men to have a greater chance at staying sober in the long run.

How about for those who decide to stay at Healing Properties?

When men stick around long enough to experience Healing Properties, they automatically give themselves a better chance at permanent sobriety. The problem didn’t happen overnight, and neither will the solution. Living at HP keeps the guys in a safe, structured environment while experiencing the ups and downs of early sobriety.

Would you say Recovery Boot Camp and Healing Properties make a nice one-two punch for winning the fight against addiction?

Between the strong clinical approach incorporated at RBC and the structured sober living at HP, it is by far the best recipe for combating addiction. I’m sure the thousands of men who’ve gone through the treatment will agree.

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