Oak Tree Recovery Homes in Asheville North Carolina has a mission to help men of all ages, exiting in-patient treatment or struggling in early recovery, to achieve the skills required for long-term recovery. During an average stay of five to six months, men are provided recovery support on a daily basis, within a safe, loving environment. We guide all residents into a lifestyle based on the 12-step approach as the solution for overcoming their challenges of entering into a life full of freedom and choice.
My name is Jonathan Clarke, M.Ed., LCAS, and I’m the founder of Oak Tree Recovery Homes in Asheville, North Carolina. I am a licensed clinical addiction specialist (LCAS), with over 20 years in the field of helping men with addiction. I am in recovery and work a rigorous 12-step program, as do all Oak Tree staff. A 12-step recovery program must be established. It is a process which includes learning new coping skills, building a support network, and becoming familiar with a new lifestyle.
I began my career in the clinical field in my 20’s. I received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 1984 and a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling in 1991. I worked extensively in the field of addiction, primarily with young men. I was the director at two hospitals, had a private practice, and my own company. After about fifteen years, I called it quits and decided to chase the almighty dollar in the insurance game. I got to #2 in the country in sales, yet my life, both emotionally and physically, spiraled out of control due to alcoholism and addiction.
I then gave the next 2 years of my life to personally engaging in a 12-step program. I had known the 12 steps only professionally and through knowledge. It didn’t apply to me until I let it become a part of me experientially. I had to do it, not just understand it. My recovery now is the number one priority in my life and it guides my every decision. It is a design for life that works. The gifts I have received are immeasurable and I have learned long term recovery is available to all those who work it. I used to think recovery was like a scratch off lottery ticket; some people got lucky and others didn’t. Nothing could be further from the truth. It works 100% of the time for those who are willing to follow the simple suggestions outlined in a 12-step program.
I have, through the guidance of my God, my mother’s memory, and the love of others, created the soil necessary to heal. One can’t recover if they have to “watch their back”, or keep their guard up. The Oak Tree is an opportunity to grow out of a life of chaos and pain, and into a life of principle and value. The miracles I have witnessed are endless and continuous for both me and the men of the Oak Tree. I now know what I meant when I said I wanted to be a farmer. I am growing souls! I am the most blessed man on earth today.