MEET OUR TEAM
Our Sober Living Team Lives Recovery Every DayMeet the sober living team behind the dream. Real Recovery began with a mission to raise the bar in structured sober living. Our founders built the program they wish existed when they were searching for their own recovery. Everyone at Real Recovery today shares this same vision.
George Mattfeld was born in Voorheesville, NY and is the youngest of six children. His passion for the outdoors led George to attend North Country Community College, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, where he majored in Wilderness Recreation and Outdoor Leadership. After college, George’s drug addiction took complete control and almost cost him his life on several occasions. Knowing something had to change drastically, he moved to South Florida and devoted his life to staying sober and helping other alcoholics and drug addicts. This devotion to helping others and his love of the outdoors eventually landed him in Asheville working with the sober living team at Real Recovery. George has been with Real Recovery for over six years and in that time has worked as a house manager, parent liaison and site coordinator. He is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys mountain biking in his time off.
Sober Living Coordinator / Parent Liaison
Wesley Culpepper was born and raised in Columbus, GA. He grew up with a loving family and had dreams of playing golf in college. His dreams and aspirations took a backseat when he began using drugs and alcohol at the age of fifteen. By the time he graduated from high school he was drinking and using drugs daily. At the age of nineteen he was in his first treatment center. He spent the majority of his twenties in treatment or in active addiction. After almost losing his life on several occasions he found himself at Real Recovery where he quickly learned that it was possible to live a life without drugs and alcohol.
While at Real his outlook on life changed and when the opportunity to give back to the program that saved his life was given to him he didn’t think twice. He now spends his time helping others work through the same problems he has experienced throughout his life.
Jason was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Upon entering high school he started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Through the years it progressed, and before he knew it he was 30 years old and in his 4th treatment center. During treatment they suggested he take another step towards his recovery and attend Real Recovery for aftercare. He was hesitant at first, but was reminded that going home and trying to have sustained recovery without accountability and structure had failed him several times before.
He ended up leaving everything he had in New York and coming down to Asheville to rediscover what had been missing from his life for so long – friends, laughter, and fun. His life improved as a result of hard work, learning to ask for help from others, and working steps with a sponsor. Upon completion of the program, he had a strong desire to give back in the same way that Real’s staff helped him as a client. Jason has expertise in culinary arts and stand-up comedy that he likes to share with the Real Recovery community.
Men's House Manager
Spencer has been working in the field of addiction for over 2 years. He was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and had his own struggles with addiction growing up. He moved to Asheville in 2014 to start his journey in recovery and has found a passion in helping others.
He is an avid rock climber and loves to share the experience with others, along with his experience on the 12 steps of recovery which he has completed 3 times over. Today Spencer sponsors other men, treats those he meets with compassion and empathy and is always willing to meet someone where they are at.
Lindsey grew up in Raleigh, NC. She didn’t know what it meant to love and be loved, and she learned that through the process of recovery. It is one of the many gifts of recovery that she gets to give back what was given to her through a 12 step program. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with people and hopefully show them the way towards healing and trust the way others have for her. Being in recovery from substance abuse has helped her find passion for the field and is in school working towards a degree in Social Work. She hopes to help other women realize what it means to listen to their hearts and find their own paths to freedom.
Men's Program Assistant
Having worked in education to help students prosper academically, Douglas McDaniel wanted to bring the same spirit to males in the world of recovery. With two decades of personal growth in the areas of sobriety and mental illness management, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to those beginning their own journey towards inner peace and contentment.
Utilizing not only the 12 Step program and one on one therapy, Douglas also runs, hikes, and road bikes in order to find a greater sense of happiness, spiritual connection, and emotional balance.
Men's Program Assistant
Christopher struggled with addiction for ten years before getting sober two years ago. He was a Real Recovery client for seven months and fully enjoyed his stay. The values that Real Recovery instilled in Christopher are still relevant and beneficial to his life today. He learned the importance of an active lifestyle and participated in activities that brought joy back into his life. Christopher was fortunate to have had experienced professionals guide him during his stay. He now strives to instill those same core values into the lives of the men he interacts with on a daily basis at Real Recovery. Christopher encourages them to experience fun and sobriety at the same time, creating a life worth living for anyone who has struggled with addiction in the past.