the mission

We exist to tear down the strongholds of substance use disorder and transform lives through counseling, education and long-term support.

ranch recovery

Empowering Lives, Embracing Recovery.

The South Texas Recovery Foundation (STXRF) is a leading substance use disorder and alcoholism recovery center in South Texas. As an extended recovery center for men, with an emphasis on ranch principles and animal assisted therapy, our  program provides several different elements that help residents on their recovery journey.

success and growth

About Our Recovery program

As a ranch recovery center we provide hands-on experiences to help transform individuals. With emphasis on personal responsibility through onsite sustainable farming and animal assisted therapy, we give our residents a one-of-a-kind recovery journey. The goal of our program is to prepare our residents for future success and growth beyond our ranch. We encourage residents to build bonds with like-minded community members and obtain long-term support through the development of relationships with individuals on similar journeys.

We believe that with the right resources and assistance, individuals can overcome addiction and live fulfilling lives. We are committed to offering a comprehensive approach to recovery that addresses not only the physical aspects of addiction, but also the emotional and psychological factors that contribute to it. As a center focused around the methodology of ranch recovery, our program provides several different elements that help residents on their recovery journey.

The Keystones of Recovery with STXRF

  • Hands-on experiences
  • Accountability
  • Career coaching
  • Family programming
  • Team-building
  • Group workshops

holistic healing

Find freedom within our 20-acres

The South Texas Recovery Foundation was established to support the underserved population of people struggling with addiction in South Texas. Through collaborative partnerships, STXRF secured a 20-acre ranch and recovery center called The Oaks. Here, up to 12 clients can participate in our live-in recovery program, which lasts up to 60 days. Our program emphasizes holistic healing through programming integrated with the 12-steps and spiritual principles. We open our doors to provide solutions and care to those in need of finding a solution to a healthy and meaningful life.

recovery is possible

We can help.

Are you or someone you love struggling with alcoholism or substance use disorder? Are you looking for a safe, nurturing, peer-led long-term recovery program? Our staff consists of Recovery Support Peer Specialists, all with their own personal recovery stories. Contact us today to begin your journey at our ranch recovery center.

with your help we can change lives

STXRF believes that with the power of a strong community full restoration is easily obtainable. With donations from community members our ranch recovery center can continue to provide South Texas with services and care.

Rocky Haggard, LCDC

Program Director

Three years experience as a licensed counselor, and 9 years experience in recovery. Rocky is a combat veteran, and survivor of the USS Cole bombing, and has experiential and professional working knowledge of Co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders. Since getting sober in 2014, Rocky has worked with countless veterans and recovering addicts to help make the holistic life changes that lead to a successful recovery. He advocates for veterans and addicts in the courts, and has built a network of resources in the Coastal Bend recovery community. He is dedicated to helping others, and is passionate about cultivating recovery on a whole life platform.

Raegan Strause, RSPS

Administrative Director

Raegan has an extensive background in nursing, coaching and recovery. As the daughter of a head coach and teacher, Raegan understands the value of discipline in achieving goals. She also knows, firsthand, the destruction that addiction can bring, as well as the path out of that destruction.

While working at a healthcare clinic, Raegan discovered that underprivileged people have very few options regarding recovery. While she was able to refer many people to specialists for various other matters, she realized that those who dealt with substance abuse had nowhere to go. Two of the biggest barriers that they faced were lack of insurance and extended wait times.

Raegan struggled with addiction for 18 years. Through her own personal life experiences, Raegan has demonstrated that recovery and long term sobriety is attainable, with the right resources. She has a firm belief that recovery is bolstered by both physical and mental health.

Raegan’s desire is for others to experience the benefits and freedom of long term recovery like she has. Her contagious smile, encouraging optimism and steadfast passion for her own recovery makes her a critical member and valuable asset of our team.

I have played in front of 7,000 people in France, that feeling doesn’t compare to seeing the life come back in the eyes of an addict.

Bob Strause, RSPS

Executive Director

Bob has worked in the recovery field since 2018. After a seemingly perpetual journey of drug and alcohol abuse that lasted 35 years, Bob officially got sober in 2017. At that moment, he decided to devote his life to closing the gap between the desire to get help and successful recovery. He found his passion in working with addicts and alcoholics to help them achieve the long-term sobriety that has changed his own life.

Before beginning his journey in recovery, Bob had various other talents – all of which he now hopes to incorporate into his recovery efforts. Bob is a talented musician. As the lead singer of The Pear Ratz, he has traveled around the world playing music with his band. Bob is also a master cabinetmaker and fourth generation carpenter. His goal is to bring his talents into recovery. He plans to use his musical skills for music therapy to create a healing environment. He also plans to teach carpentry skills, which people can take with them after treatment.

Ever since he began working with mostly indigent addicts and alcoholics, Bob has seen the difficulty of placing those without insurance into treatment. He has also seen the lack of opportunity for employment and housing. With most treatment centers releasing people after only 30 days, many people are left with very few options for success.

Bob has a desire to offer underprivileged people the same kind of high quality treatment that is offered at first-class recovery centers. He has made it his life’s mission to see that treatment is available and sobriety is attainable for everyone. For the last two years, Bob has worked in the public defender’s office as an advocate for clients with mental health and substance use struggles. Bob’s zeal for recovery is unparalleled and ensures success in all facets of his career.