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Grand Prairie's RAFT Program Helps Coach & Educate Those Regarding Addiction Issues

Mar 24, 2017 06:17PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

As recently highlighted in our in-print edition, "Ellis Valentine on Baseball, Restoration & Volunteering," the RAFT Recovery program has been making positive changes for years in the Grand Prairie area. 

Courtesy of the RAFT website

RAFT Recovery is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) for adults that provides experienced services for Addictions and disrupted Behavioral Health related issues. Their mission is to coach and educate those regarding addiction issues, addictive behaviors and codependency, and to provide volunteer lawn maintenance help for seniors with limited mobility and resources.

Founded by former Major League Baseball player Ellis Valentine the RAFT Recovery program is based on the premiss that we are all in recovery from trauma in some way. Their website states, "The problem is that most Americans will not acknowledge or process that part of their life because it may be too painful or too shameful to address. For most of us it is because we just don’t know how to do it. We can coach you on how to do that." 

This program was inspired by Valentine's own struggles through drug and alcohol addiction all throughout his career in baseball. Valentine played for the Texas Rangers, California Angels, New York Mets and Montreal Expos. After 13 years in professional baseball Ellis has a testimony of his own that lead him to change his life. Becoming a “Helping Professional” was not his plan but a higher calling. He has answered the call in the tune of a 29 year personal passion helping others that has been a blessing to many.

According to the RAFT website, "Avoiding the trauma is the primary reason for most relationship failures. This lifestyle choice, and it is a choice, restricts you from having the conversations needed to move forward in your relationships and it will create a long lasting negative effect on your own self esteem.

Our goals are to educate participants by giving them tools to change their chaotic avoiding codependent lifestyle behavior and learn to live."

To learn more about this meaningful program or make a donation, you can visit their website

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