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About the Freedom Model Retreats

Providing Evidence Based Solutions to Addictions since 1992

The Freedom Model's HISTORY

About the Freedom Model Retreats In 1988, a career researcher, Mr. Gerald Brown, sought to determine the actual success rates for conventional alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation, as well as 12 Step support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. As he was conducting his research, he met the man who would become his research assistant, Mr. Mark Scheeren. After three years of intensive research, together they created the first social/educational model to help people to overcome drug and alcohol problems. The Freedom Model Program was born in 1992, providing the solution to the ever-increasing substance use problem in the United States.

The Retreats Now

Today, The Freedom Model Team has grown to more than 60 dedicated individuals who have brought new hope and renewed lives to thousands of people struggling with substance use issues. As researchers, educators, and the original creators of the non-disease, non 12-Step model, this is the most experienced and effective team within the industry today.

The Freedom Model continues to lead the way for the drug treatment industry as our program is continuously updated with the newest research. Our goal is to provide the most effective system and we build effectiveness into every aspect of it.

Why the Freedom Model Retreats Name?

Due to the empowerment our program provides people to help them obtain sobriety and overcome substance use,The Freedom Model name was fitting. We have solidified our research into The Freedom Model of today as the only true alternative to treatment and recovery in the world. We don't rehabilitate people, we don't treat them, we don't give them a plan of recovery, nor do we teach them a recovery lifestyle. We show them addiction and recovery are constructs and that they have always been free to change their behaivor. We clarify the making and unmaking of personal preferences and how choices naturally follow from these preferences. We provide the truth about substances and their use. We prove to people that their uniquely human attributes of free will, mental autonomy, and positive drive keep them in the driver's seat of their own lives. Finally, we send them back into the world as more informed decision makers, fully empowered to live life as they see fit, not with a lifelong disease or disorder of addiction to fight or recover from, but with choices they will make in the pursuit of their personal success and happiness.


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