On eight acres of serene property, The Augustine Recovery Center lies within view of the meandering waters of Moultrie Creek. The spacious land, with its shroud of tall pines and oaks, is the setting for the life’s work of The Augustine Recovery Center owners, Jason and Lauren. The facility’s tranquil location is fitting for the same sense of peace that the Chanes impart to their residents. The center provides a supportive environment and various courses of treatment for men struggling with addiction and substance abuse.
Originally from Texas, both Lauren and Jason have experienced the grip of addiction. “Many people experiment with drugs and alcohol at some point in their lives,” says Jason. “For some, it’s just an experience, but for others, it changes the whole trajectory of their lives. It just changes their whole course. I was one of those people. It changed the whole course of my life.”
“Jason and I both are in recovery,” Lauren shares. Like her husband, Lauren’s battle with substance abuse began with alcohol which eventually led to the inclusion of other drugs. “Alcohol set off this craving inside of me that just never ended,” Lauren continues. “When my addictions started to spiral out of control, a friend called my parents and told them that if I didn’t get help, I was going to die.”
Through the interventions of counseling, family, and friends, the couple found the help they needed to regain control of their lives. They also found the necessary tools to abstain from drug and alcohol use. Both Lauren and Jason strongly emphasize that addiction is a continuing force that they and all people in recovery must face every day to continue a life of sobriety.
With hearts set on fire to help others struggling with substance abuse, the Chanes eventually came to St. Augustine, where they opened the doors of their recovery center. Their facility is a safe place for men dealing with addiction. Jason and Lauren specifically maintain their center for “Men Only” to keep the residents’ time and minds solely on their personal growth and healing. Any type of distraction may become a roadblock to the important counseling and activities that are required during recovery.
The ninety days of care at the Augustine Recovery Center are strategically arranged to give the men tools and outlets to regain control of their lives and counter their addictions. The peaceful atmosphere of the property is conducive to clear thinking. The residents participate in 12-step meetings, community outings, and wholesome meals, which they normally eat together as one family. The ultimate goal of the recovery program is to provide and teach residents structure, safety, and accountability.
“We see people from all walks of life come here for help – business professionals, doctors, and just everyday people. Then they leave here changed by the recovery program,” Jason says passionately. “When they go back into the community, they’re equipped to help others. Their lives have new purpose. That’s a great feeling! That’s why we do this.”