About the Memorial Foundation
In 1975, Rob Mathews, a seventeen-year-old boy, committed suicide. Rob changed from a bright, outgoing little boy, to a moody, depressed, teenager with ferocious thirst for alcohol. He was sent to a well-known treatment center that provided a traditional 12-step psychological, approach. All he got was talk therapy from counselors who reviewed his young life, and convinced him that his drinking was a psychological response of blaming himself for his father’s death— new idea for Rob. When he left the program he was abstinent, but very unstable with severe mood swings and depression. Shortly after returning home, he talked enthusiastically about his plans for school, and the next morning he was found dead under the exhaust pipe of a car. Treatment did its best, but it wasn’t enough. The tragedy started Rob’s mother, Joan Mathews-Larson, on a search for answers: what might have made a difference to save Rob’s young life; what was missing from traditional treatment; why do so many treated alcoholics end their own lives?
The Rob Mathews Memorial Foundation was founded in 1989 as a unique 501c non-profit foundation dedicated to the ongoing development of treatment protocols that address the underlying causes of addictions and mental health disorders. While many other health-based non-profits allocate funds to rehash and rerun research that supports the interests of “symptom-based” pharmaceuticals, the RM Foundation works to improve and expand tools for “cause-based” biochemical repair grounded in solid scientific evidence. The ongoing success consistently achieved from biochemical repair is needed to enlighten the treatment field, and expand the knowledge of those who wish to take part in an exciting new century of orthomolecular and ecological medicine for health and wellbeing. A donation to the Rob Mathews Foundation will support that effort.
Additionally, many of the donations received are used to help less fortunate people in need of orthomolecular repair to recover from their addiction. In this way a tangible account of good can be realized from a donation made to the RM Foundation.