After the death of their son Rusty from a cocaine overdose in 2005, Rick and his wife Amy have dedicated their lives to helping other families fight and overcome addiction, grief, and trauma. They do this by being open, sharing their story, and offering free support groups as well as operating a men’s sober living recovery program. Rick has been working in the field of addiction since 2006. He started as a Behavioral Health Technician, an Interventionist, Patient Advocate, Counselor, and also runs recovery groups and speaking engagements. He is currently a Certified Addiction Counselor as well as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Interventionist. Rick’s sobriety date is May 8th 2005. So he understands what it takes and how the process of recovery really works. He lives it, and he teaches it.
Rick and his wife Amy opened Rusty’s House because the need for real recovery and people with true knowledge of how the recovery process works is few and far between.
This is why they live in the house and have one on one recovery with their clients. There simply is no better way to learn the 12 Step recovery process then from people who actual work and live it and have experienced a great deal of time clean and sober. Rick takes great pride in his recovery. Far from perfect, he understands the peaks and valleys and has always stood on the right side of the fence when it comes to putting the addict’s needs first. This is a very difficult thing to do, but with love and compassion, he fights for his own recovery and all those around him.
Amy started working in the field of recovery following the death of her son Rusty from a cocaine overdose in 2005. She and her husband Rick formed a nonprofit to help young people and their families with addiction, treatment, and recovery. Today, Amy runs the marketing, case management, and referral department of Rusty’s House and is the house mom. Amy helps with life skills, preparing family style dinners, fitness training, and water sports. She also helps get our clients to and from all their appointments if necessary.
To understand what true pain and misery mean, to feel it, live it, then by God’s grace, overcome it, is truly a miracle. Amy has been blessed with this miracle and has chosen to share it with anyone who wants or needs help with addiction. Losing a child to the senseless disease of addiction is bad. Really bad. Amy has channeled her grief and loss and has turned it into something wonderful and very powerful. She calls it hope. And if you’re a drug addict or alcoholic, it can be found at Rusty’s House.
Hailey, Rusty’s sister, was 16 years old when she came down from her bedroom on the morning of July 7th, 2005 and saw her brother lying in the driveway with her father and mother frantically trying to revive him. Their efforts were unsuccessful and Rusty was gone.
Hailey’s enormous strength and courage to support her parents, continue her studies and go on to graduate high school is a testament to her overwhelming resolve and character. Hailey was the driving force behind her parents starting and running a nonprofit dedicated to helping other teens and young adults who were suffering from the same addiction as her brother.
Hailey went on to graduate from Spring Arbor University in 2011 with a BA degree in Psychology. She started her career working at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and managing a sober living house in San Diego, CA.
During her employment at the rehab and sober living house, she dealt directly with all clients and their path to recovery. She was the Lead Resident Assistant and Administrative Assistant. Her main responsibilities included distributing medication, maintaining daily client logs, maintaining client schedules, transporting clients, planning all meals and managing all operations for the sober living house.
Currently, Hailey manages the social media and administrative tasks for Rusty's House. She also has over 4 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant.
Having grown up in an environment full of drug addicts and alcoholics, she knows how important recovery and sobriety is to maintaining healthy relationships and a healthy life.
John, the newest member of the Rusty’s House team, is from Western North Carolina and is motivated to lay a foundation in the business of helping others to recover from addiction. After struggling with addiction for 15 years, John is helping the newcomers in recovery by giving them a fresh outlook on what it takes to start the wonderful, new life of recovery.
John, too, knows about the pain of losing a family member to addiction. John’s brother, Matthew, passed away in 2006 from a drug overdose. John is dedicated to showing the suffering addict that there is a way out of the dark abyss of addiction.
At Rusty’s House, John oversees the daily operation of the clients at their residences. He also manages volunteer and work projects in the community.
“My goal here is to help the next guy seize the opportunity and gift that has so freely been given to all of us in recovery.”