For some, the year 2006 may seem insignificant, just another year passed of life gone by; however, for Addiction Recovery Care founder and CEO Tim Robinson, it was the beginning of an entirely new life. He grew up in Inez, the son of a successful father who served as Martin County PVA. Tim visioned a life in public service and politics.
Let's rewind to the late 1990s.
Tim appeared on the fast track to success. He graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with his bachelor’s and achieved his dream of being accepted into the University of Kentucky’s prestigious J. David Rosenberg College of Law. Everything seemed to go as planned until his mother’s terminal lung cancer diagnosis left a cascading impact on his life.
The news rippled through Tim, deflating his purpose and leading to spiritual decay. He started to cope as millions of Americans do, drinking considerable amounts of alcohol. Tim’s drinking didn’t standout. Many law students “de-stress” the pressures of legal studies by consuming alcohol. However, there was a secret, not even he knew about; Tim was predisposed to become an alcoholic.
Tim was dying, and no one realized. The impacts of alcoholism are often slow yet methodical. Despite his battle, Tim would graduate law school and become, by all accounts, a successful assistant prosecuting attorney and a partner at a law firm.
Back to 2006 now.
Local Pastor Rick May who also served as a court bailiff, routinely stopped to try and talk to Tim about Jesus. One specific day, faith would prevail. Blanketed by despair and shame, Tim surrendered and began a spiritual journey guided by Pastor May, which led to Tim’s sobriety, and so too began a new life and a new mission.
Tim noticed the lack of treatment centers in Eastern Kentucky and knew everyone battling a substance use disorder needed someone like Pastor May. He started a transport ministry in 2008. Only a year went by when he set his sights on opening Louisa’s first women’s treatment center, Karen’s Place.
Today, his vision and alignment with other successful people in recovery and addiction treatment have led Addiction Recovery Care to becoming Kentucky’s largest treatment provider. A nationally renowned treatment model marrying treatment with vocational training – leading to successful long-term outcomes through second-chance employment.