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CDC Reports a 63% Increase in Heroin Usage

A large portion of us have lost somebody near to us through addiction. Our commitment (simply like most recovery homes) is to help other men recovering from addiction. That is the reason we are so alerted by the latest stats originating from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). We have a national crisis staring us in the face and recovery homes are more essential than any time in recent memory.


As indicated by a CDC report discharged yesterday Heroin usage has quadrupled in the previous 5 years. It says heroin utilization has increased 63% from 2002 through 2013 over all demographics. This has prompted the growth in heroin related deaths. notwithstanding this the study found that heroin users also ingest different substances, including marijuana, cocaine, liquor, and opioid medications.


The greater inquiry is the means by which do we address this crisis? As indicated by the CDC “States assume a key part in tending to heroin utilization, mishandle, reliance, and overdose. States can execute techniques to decrease the misuse of opiates, the most common variable for heroin misuse or reliance. They can likewise enhance access to solution based treatment for opiate abuse and extend access for naloxone to invert overdoses.” One city making real moves to diminish this is Gloucester Police Department. The Gloucester Initiative places the individuals who are battling with addictions into treatment as opposed to correctional facilities and jail cells. Under the activity, a man experiencing drug addiction can turn over their remaining supply to the Gloucester Police Department without the risk of arrest. The arrangement became effective recently with an end goal to address a developing opioid pandemic and to lessen the quantity of overdoses in Massachusetts.


Likewise helping the cause is Naloxone (Narcan), a pure opioid antagonist. Naloxone is a medication used to counter the impacts of opioid especially in overdose. A growing number of police departments are mandating their officers to carry this at all times to prevent deadly overdoses.


We at Oak Tree Recovery Homes are here to create a brotherhood of support for men looking for long term recovery from drugs and alcohol. We understand the challenges involved in dealing with life on lifes’ terms one day at a time without the use of chemicals. We offer a comprehensive recovery program to help each man find his way to a healthy and fulfilling life. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section of our website to learn more.

7 Ways to Help Someone You Love Stay Clean and Sober for Life

Numerous individuals who choose to get help with their substance dependence may feel that detox and recovery are the main parts of the recovery process, yet finishing medical treatment is just the starting point. Healing from a compulsion is a deep rooted procedure, on the grounds that staying clean and sober takes responsibility and determination. It encourages for people in recovery to have support from their friends and family, so its vital that individuals empower  recovering folks by rousing them to keep carrying on with a clean, sober, healthy and productive life.


A great many individuals battle with addictions every year. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health found that 8.5 percent of the US populace had a substance reliance or misuse issue in the earlier year. Of these individuals, just 2.5 million individuals got proficient treatment. These measurements demonstrate that habit is a typical issue that numerous individuals overlook.

Qualities for a Life of Recovery

For addicts who get proficient help, recovery is a process. So to keep up the long haul of recovery, its vital for a man to start healing, as well as maintain the recovery process. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration clarifies, recuperation starts when a man takes the accompanying activities:


  • Manages his issues without utilizing medications or liquor to manage his emotional stress
  • Understands his own limits and how to ask for help from other individuals
  • Has no less than one individual he can be totally authentic with
  • Takes time to restore his physical and emotional vitality when he is exhausted
  • In the event that individuals take these lessons to heart then they can live a life of freedom from addictions


Staying sober is a long lasting adventure that is much simpler with the backing of loved ones. When somebody finishes  treatment, friends and family may not know how to empower recovery, but rather you can do as such with the accompanying seven proposals:


  1. Acknowledge him without judgment – Since numerous recovering addicts feel judged by their families and companions, you ought to cease from feedback and antagonism however much as could reasonably be expected. Rather, express love for your cherished one and acclaim his choice to look after restraint.
  2. Provide a healthy  environment – One of the greatest indicators of long term recovery is having clients live in drug free situations. Investing in a stable transitional environment like a sober recovery home during the first 6 months of recovery can go along way to establishing a firm foundation of new friends and healthy routines and structure to support men in recovery for a lifetime.
  3. Effectively listen – Some recovering addicts need individuals to hear them out, so be accessible to listen to their triumphs and battles
  4. Empower solid habits – Cooking meals, exercising and playing  sports are all positive drug-free activities that recovering addicts can do with their friends and family to begin having fun without drugs and alcohol.
  5. Recommend joining a care group – In care groups, recovering addicts can collaborate with other recovering addicts while getting support
  6. Be persistent – Recovery is a lifetime process of healing. Individuals frequently make mistakes, so its imperative for them to realize that their family companions still support them when they screw up.
  7. Stay positive and keep the faith- When you encourage your loved one to stick with recovery, they are more prone to stay clean and sober.

Jon Clarke discusses recovery homes

In this podcast, LakeView Health interviews Jon Clarke, founder of Oak Tree Recovery Homes of Asheville, NC discussing recovery homes. The mix of structure and independent living can make a recovery home a valuable tool to make that important first step out of addiction treatment a successful one.

Podcast Transcript

Gina Thorne: Hello everyone, this is Gina Thorne with Lakeview Health, thank you again for joining us for our Lakeview podcast series. I’m joined today by Jon Clarke, founder of Oak Tree Recovery House in Ashville, North Carolina. Welcome, Jon.


Jon: Thank you so much, Gina.


Gina: We’re excited to have you here today to learn a little bit more about what Oak Tree is about. I understand you’re a clinician, you’re a person in recovery and of course you’re a business owner. Can you tell us a little bit about how Oak Tree Recovery House got started?


Jon: Yeah, Oak Tree has been around for about two and half years. It’s been kind of a new venture for me. Most of my career I worked on the inpatient side. Basically the reason why I switched over to recovery residences is because it gave me the opportunity to be more hands on, be a part of people’s daily lives and build stronger relationships and I feel that’s been a big part of an avenue of therapy, is the strength of the relationship and also they’re there for a while. Most of my guys stick around for 6 or 8 months. So, it a fairly new venture for me, in terms of being a business owner. I’m brand new at that, you know, and it’s been a learning curve and I have lots of coaches.


Gina: You surround yourself around some pretty smart people to kind of help you through some of the process too, I’m sure.


Jon: Yeah, most definitely, I have a lot of support.


Gina: Good, so Oak Tree is a male-focused aftercare program, correct? And why did you decide to focus on men vs. women?


Jon: You know, I think more than anything, is I wanted to learn the recovery residence, the business side, how it looked clinically, how it felt. The best way I could train people that would come behind me is to learn it from the ground up and I knew that if I didn’t choose the men population, I wouldn’t be able to be there. I lived on property for the first year. So I wanted to know what every aspect looked like. What it was like getting up, what it was like in the evenings, transportation, food issues, doing yard work–whatever it involved, I wanted to know the very intricacies of what is was like to run it. That’s worked out very well because I’ve been able to, you know, kind of guide the guys that work for me now on how that looks and how that feels and when they get frustrated, I can say ‘that’s exactly what happened to me.‘ So it’s worked out real well and now that I understand it better, I have had thoughts of opening a women’s house, as well.


Gina: A little different than a men’s house, I’m sure.


Jon: Yeah, a little bit different, a few new challenges.


Gina: Well, I think it’s neat because what makes it separate from other programs that I heard of is that you’ve taken the time to invest in being part of the community and being there so you can say I’ve been there, done that , which is really kind of cool, that’s very unique about your program.


Jon: The guys would say that to me. Unfortunately, the way addiction works and recovery is it doesn’t always happen the first time. And I’ll have guys that have been to several different recovery residences and halfway houses, whatever you want to call them, that will say, “Jon, the reason we like it here is because the owner’s around. We’ve never been to any place where the owners are in every meeting, there every day.” So it does, it makes a difference.


Gina: Well, you already hit on my next question, but can you tell me a little bit more about what distinguishes Oak Tree from other recovery residences?


Jon: You know, a big part about it, I think, is my clinical background. There’s a lot of people that open halfway houses, recovery houses that don’t have that. It’s more like: ‘There’s your bed, make sure you go to your meetings, get a sponsor and I’ll see you next week to collect your rent.’ Mine isn’t like that. We have groups every day. There are 12-step meetings on property. In terms of initially when they get there, it’s real structured in terms of curfews and drug testing, communication. We usually wait few weeks before someone gets a job, there’s no dating for the first 30 days. Those types of things that just get people grounded in recovery, and then it’s just a process as we begin to gain jobs, cars and girlfriends. So most houses aren’t set up that way, where you still have a little bit of emphasis of more support in the beginning and you kind of gradually you work your way into independent living. So I am able to see that both through my own personal recovery as well as just clinical experience. This is not ‘let’s see if I can just fix my problem real quick’ and it’s a gradual process.


Gina: With some great structure to it, which is really important.


Gina: So, you obviously have a great passion for recovery and you indicated on the Oak Tree website that your recovery is your number one priority. Do you encourage philosophy for all residents in the program?


Jon: Most definitely and I think that for anyone that might be listening is that that doesn’t mean that the number one, I wake up every morning, that whatever happens stay away from drugs and alcohol. Recovery has become a lifestyle for me, and that’s what I try to introduce to the guys that are there. You know, they talk about it being a spiritual program and to me that is the number one priority. I say spiritual, basically that’s a journey towards humility, towards doing the right thing by others. You know, people overthink that and that’s what the number one priority is and I do instill in my guys is to work on your character, work on your integrity. You know people think that spirituality that they got to run out and catch it and the best way I can describe it is, to be spiritual is the same as having health. You cannot not have health. You either have good health or poor health. Spirituality is the same thing–everybody’s got it, it’s just are you taking a message out to the world that is positive and helpful to others or are you self-centered and hurtful? And that’s as simple as it makes it and I really emphasize to the guys to see that. That’s what recovery looks like. It’s just not hurting yourself or others. So very much that what I wake up every morning and try to accomplish.


Gina: Now you can see that and you can see that it really exudes through you. You visited with Lakeview today; you had some time to meet with some of the staff and learn a little bit about our program. What is one thing you can comment on about your experience with us today?


Jon: There’s a bunch of things I could. I mean obviously the number one thing is the staff that I’ve had the opportunity to sit with, the investment that I’ve been able to see, the enthusiasm. You know, just that fact that I’m sitting here, they came to my property in North Carolina, Heather and Derek, and to meet the clinical staff, Roy, he’s the top dog, I believe, and for him to take time talking with nurses, you can see it. What you complimented me on, I can say that back to you guys: You can see the passion and investment, that jumps out at me. Obviously the facility is beautiful. I was talking to Derek– it’s weird to see a facility that not surrounded by mountains and the thoroughness, you guys are so comprehensive in all the different facets that need to be addressed.


Gina: Well, thank you for that we appreciate it, we’re really glad to have had you here. So if someone wanted to access services at Oak Tree how would they get in touch with you?


Jon: That’s the easiest thing that sometimes is the hardest. Literally, it’s just picking up the phone. There’s two numbers for anybody that may be interested, one being what we call the hotline, which I will answer or my right hand man Delvin would answer and that number is 828-275-1319. And it would always be helpful to look at the website. It’s pretty inclusive and tells you more about what we do and that is oaktreerecovery.com, again oaktreerecovery.com. There’s no money that’s exchanged hands, there’s no paperwork, the only thing that happens for an admission decision to be made is an interview with me and then we decide whether or not we feel you’re a good match. You know, I very much want to help you as well as that your energy brings an asset to the Oak Tree community as well. You can interview me as well but that’s all it is a phone conversation away. And if the Oak Tree doesn’t work out, I know a lot of people and I’ll try to help you find a place that will work for you.


Gina: That’s great, that’s great. That good business, that’s really good business. Well thank you Jon for taking the time visit with us at Lakeview today and also for talking with us about Oak Tree. For those of you interested about learning more about Lakeview Health, we encourage you to visit us online at lakeviewhealth.com and of course if you have someone that’s struggling with substance abuse and needs treatment right away, they can give us a call at 866-460-8416, again 866-462-8416. Thank you.


Jon: Thank you.

Christmas Decorations Workshop

Learning to Celebrate the Holidays!

The guys at Oak Tree Recovery Homes in Asheville, NC have a merry time learning to make their own Christmas tree decorations this year.

Christmas  is almost here and for some the men it can be a very challenging time. This is a time to gather with friends and family and they may be faced with some difficult situations. The holidays are important in recovery because most of these guys weren’t exactly “present” for these celebrations in the past.


No matter what traditions we celebrate, alcohol consumption may be involved. We counsel the men on spending the holidays with loved ones consuming alcohol. It’s important for them to remember why they are not partaking in these actions.


If this is their first time around family in this atmosphere, have a plan of action. Understand that there may be alcohol present and they may feel uncomfortable.

Here are some Tips:

  • Let friends and family know ahead of time that you may feel triggered and may need to remove yourself from the environment.
  • Call your support system in the program.
  • Check in with  your sponsor regularly, and share honestly.
  • Talk to someone at the gathering who may be supportive.
  • Attend  meetings regularly, ESPECIALLY the day of  a big event.

If they are not able to make it home for the holidays, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The holidays can be very stressful and being in  old playgrounds may not be what is best for their recovery.  We provide a safe and festive home and brotherhood to celebrate the holidays with!

If you're on your own, here are some Tips:

  • Ask members of your support group what their plans are.
  • Set up your own safe and sober holiday celebration!
  • Local meeting club houses hold holiday events and have a heavy meeting schedule during holidays
  • Don’t isolate, reach out to supports and sponsor.

The holidays can be stressful but remember, being clean and sober is the best gift you can give your friends and family.

Thanksgiving at Oak Tree Recovery Sober Living Homes

Oak Tree Recovery Homes of Asheville, NC celebrated a traditional Thanksgiving feast this year with a brotherhood of men all staying sober and grateful! The holiday season in early sobriety can be a tough time for many young men. Family and social parties, along with other holiday events can put you in us in dangerous situations and avoiding triggers can be challenging. In addition, many people, including addicts and alcoholics, suffer from increased depression and anxiety during the holiday season. It’s a time when loneliness and regret can come creeping in, which can cause thoughts of using to ease the pain. Oak Tree Recovery Homes helps each client to have a plan in place for handling holiday stresses to help avoid relapse and enjoy being clean and sober.

Maintaining Support on the Road

One element of the holidays that can really challenge recovery is travel. we encourage the guys to stick close to home their first year out and stay connected to their new friends and family in recovery, but if they do decide to head out of town, we help them maintain their support system while away. We arrange for trustworthy friends or family members to go along as a travel companion. We advise letting their host know their situation and other family members and friends who you will be spending time with them. We help them Plan their trip out day by day, including only safe and healthy activities. We help them find and schedule 12-step meetings while they’re away as well.


The holiday season can be an easy time for stretching yourself too thin. We teach the guys to reduce stress and dodge triggers by avoiding...



 If you feel hungry, eat something healthy.


If you feel angry, talk to someone about it.


If you’re lonely, connect with other people, call a friend, or go to a meeting.


Get plenty of rest to avoid getting tired. If you get tired, take a break and take a nap.

As we stick to our holiday plan, and work to build new, healthy traditions with friends and family, we find even deeper enjoyment in sobriety, and in new, healthy ways of living.

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