CATLETTSBURG, Ky. – 18 years ago Matt Bailey decided college wasn’t for him, so he enlisted in the United States Army.
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- Addiction Recovery Care is a rehabilitation center in central and eastern Kentucky
- CRA Helps Veterans With No-Cost Drug Treatment Programs
- Matt Bailey celebrated a year of sobriety on Veterans Day, thanks to the RCAF and another veteran who completed the program himself
Bailey was twice injured while serving in Iraq and became addicted to the opioids prescribed to him after he left.
“To get to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed unless I had a pill, I struggled with it and would overdo it,” Bailey said. “And I lost my family.”
Bailey struggled with drug addiction for years until a judge urged him to seek help from Earl Young, a peer support specialist at Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), a rehabilitation center with several locations in eastern Kentucky.
Young drove several hours to pick up Bailey on Veterans Day last year and bring him to the RCAF.
“I think it’s beautiful myself because anytime we can help a vet, we don’t feel like it,” Young said.
Young is another veteran who has struggled with drug addiction, working in the ARC program himself before starting a career there helping others.
He will celebrate his three years of abstinence next January.
“After coming to Addiction Recovery Care, it changed my life,” he said.
Young said the CRA offers veterans a “grace bed,” which means they don’t have to pay. This is especially important because veterans may find it difficult to seek treatment for drug addiction.
“VA insurance doesn’t pay for outpatient care; they’ll only pay you for veteran treatments at VA hospitals, and they stay excited, ”Young said. “Often there are waiting lists for these treatment programs. “
Bailey said the help came at a crucial time in his life.
“It saved my life,” he said. “When I say I was off to a bad start, I was off to a bad start. I weighed 137 pounds, literally eaten up by fleas and bedbugs. I mean, it was a miserable life.
Now Bailey has returned to his life with a year of sobriety under his belt.
“And ARC gave me that. If it wasn’t for me to come to the RCAF and meet a veteran brother like Earl, come into my life like he did, I could be dead or worse, ”he said. . “And I don’t want to go back to that lifestyle.”
Now every Veterans Day means another year of unique lifestyle for Bailey.