FAQs

You have questions. You’re not alone. Here we’ve shared some of the most common questions we answer about RecoverYES.

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No. 12-Step programs primarily look at the spiritual dimension of recovery, whereas the RecoverYES addiction recovery philosophy is more comprehensive and in-depth. We look at spiritual, physical, emotional and mental aspects of recovery. However, if you’re comfortable with a 12-Step program, RecoverYES can be used to complement it and aid your recovery. Remember, there is no wrong way to recover. Our belief is that recovery is a uniquely individual experience and there are many roads to a successful recovery.

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Yes and No. Yes – in that your fellow support group members are also members of RecoverYES and they have similar issues related to addiction, just like in a 12-Step meeting. The purpose of both meetings is to help you with your recovery and to have a safe place to express your fears, concerns, joys, and trials. One of the big differences is that RecoverYES meetings are facilitated by a trained coach and a 12-Step meeting is run by an untrained fellow addict. RecoverYES support group meetings are focused on a topic of discussion to provide new insights into your addiction and recovery.  There is time for guided meditation, sharing, questions and answers.

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We believe that most addictions have similar foundations for their creation and very similar processes for recovery. We also find that once someone finds their way to recovery, they are likely to discover that they have other addictions that must be addressed. Our suggestion is to come to the meetings with an open mind and an intention to make it a worthwhile experience.

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We accept most major credit and debit cards. This allows us to maintain security for the members in our community. While your identity is cloaked and your anonymity is maintained with other members, we have the ability to identify and cancel membership for anyone engaging in inappropriate behavior with other members.

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That is a personal choice of course, however coaching will provide more personal help to better understand your unique experience with addiction.  Our trained professional addiction coaches will help you to apply the information you are learning directly to your personal circumstances. For more information, click HERE.

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You have access to your account for any changes…including cancellation by logging in with the information that was provided to you. You should receive a confirmation acknowledging any changes made to your account. If you need further assistance, please use the Contact Us page.

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We believe that addiction is a much bigger problem than most people…even professionals…admit. It cannot be diagnosed with a simple “yes or no” answer. It is a complicated cycle of behavior that lies on a scale of behavior and actions. The earlier you address it, the greater the chance for full recovery. Addiction isn’t just a physical symptom- it is rooted in mind, body and spiritual issues that must all be addressed to create a complete and resilient recovery.

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The truth is that you won’t know if this will work for you until you try it. However, we think you know your life isn’t working right now. At the very least you will gain a better understanding of the nature of your addiction and the steps you need to take to recover. The truth is that the biggest deciding factor in any recovery program is you and your willingness to change!

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The programs and services at RecoverYES are always being improved and updated as technology changes. The RecoverYES support group meeting facilitators and coaches are trained by us to support you on your recovery journey. Whether your experience with RecoverYES is in a support group meeting, group coaching program or individual coaching program, trained coaches are there to help you learn how to use the program in specific ways – ways that work for YOU in your own personal situation. When you find yourself having trouble in an area of the program, a coach can be just the push you need in your efforts to make the necessary changes.

RecoverYES is designed to be your own personal resource to use 24/7 for feedback and to find out “what’s working” and “what isn’t” where recovery is concerned. The chance to share, anonymously, in a safe and private environment, has been a turning point for many in recovery.

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At RecoverYES, your privacy and security is our top priority. Your e-mail address and any other information related to your identity is maintained on our secure servers. While all secure methods to protect your information are in place, and we take your safety seriously, no company can 100% guarantee that any online system cannot be breached, thus you are accepting responsibility and risk in allowing RecoverYES to store your information. Also, keep in mind that it is up to you to maintain your anonymity by communicating exclusively in the RecoverYES community and with your avatar.

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We regularly record meetings for replays, transcriptions and to use in future programs. By attending, you are acknowledging that you’ve been made aware of this.

If it is fairly simple to do when editing, names will be removed or altered. We can’t guarantee this will happen, so it’s up to you to take measures to maintain your anonymity if it’s important to you.

Here’s a few suggestions…

  • You may turn off your video feed. Depending on the device you’re on, you’ll find a video camera icon. Clicking on that image will turn off/on your video.
  • The recording will not show your name but the live video will. You can join the meeting using an alias if desired. Do you have a favorite cartoon character? You can use that name when you’re joining the meeting. Watch this short video. [s3vpp id=17decc38a8472807e32adc0bfd7bebf4]
  • The meeting invitation included a call-in number. You are welcome to call-in rather than use the video link.
  • We do encourage that you watch the meeting online if possible. You will be more engaged. So, taking a few minutes to make any adjustments that will add to your comfort level will be beneficial.

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Recovery

That’s a great question!  We discuss it at length in most of our programs. Our book is available at Amazon. It’s a great way to get started. To get your copy of it click on this link: Insider’s Guide to Addiction Treatment: Keys to Recover from Any Addiction

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Long-term recovery is possible with willingness, the right tools, information and help. There is no one right way to recover and whatever works for you is OK. That is why RecoverYES approaches recovery from many different angles so that you can find the approach that works the best for you.

Sobriety is only the first step to recovery- full recovery involves healing in all areas of life. We believe that your recovery can be easy and fun, but that it also can be hard and challenging. We believe that many people can get sober by themselves, but that full recovery often requires outside help. For those on the high end of the addiction scale, recovery almost always requires help; just as someone with mild heart disease can usually recover by making lifestyle changes on their own, while someone with advanced heart disease may require surgery, medication, physical therapy, etc.

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Co-addict is another term for codependent. It was first described as the partner of an alcoholic or addict.  Recently, we have realized that the co-addict develops their codependence and their addictions the same way that addicts do. The only difference is that a co-addict may not have developed secondary physical addictions such as alcoholism, drugs, sex, etc. Our experience is that co-addiction is one of the most challenging forms of addiction to recovery from…and is often accompanied by extreme denial. The co-addict believes that the problem is with the addict and their job is to fix him/her.

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Many people ask this question when they first come to us. The technical definition of an addict is – a person who must take a substance or exhibit a behavior that is compulsive, progressive, causes withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop, and results in negative consequences. We believe that addiction isn’t a “yes or no” answer.  Rather, it lies on a scale of behavior. You can take our online assessment that will give you some indication if you have a problem and may be an addict. While you may not exhibit all of the symptoms, you may be on your way. Our hope is that you do not have to reach the level of full-blown addiction (with the dire consequences that usually accompany it) to decide that you need to make a change.

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It is important to have a support system. Whether that support system is your family is up to you and how safe you feel with them. Chances are they already know or suspect that something is wrong. Our experience is that the addict is in denial when it comes to their problem…and those around them are wondering when the breakthrough will happen. So, the short answer is that you don’t have to do anything…but it will help your recovery to decide who your support system will be and reach out for help.

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We hear the stories every day. Even those with long-term recovery go through a trying time and relapse. In most cases, “life” has thrown situations at them that their recovery tools were not sharp enough to handle. Resilient recovery implies that the possibility of relapse is made much less likely with tools that are ever sharp and readily at hand.

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ReachYES Recovery Thrival Program

We hear the stories every day. Even those with long-term recovery go through a trying time and relapse. In most cases, “life” has thrown situations at them that their recovery tools were not sharp enough to handle. Resilient recovery implies that the possibility of relapse is made much less likely with tools that are ever sharp and readily at hand.

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This question is one for the ages. Most humans resist accountability but are much more productive and successful when it is present. The key is to define the consequences for non-compliance. For professionals, losing their license is a significant consequence. Interestingly, the consequences don’t necessarily have to be so “dire” to be effective. Developing consequences that are appropriate for the individual is part of the orientation process that members who choose the option to work with an advisor experience when they come into the ReachYES program.

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Stakeholder is a term that was developed for business to refer to someone who has an interest or concern in its success. We thought this term was appropriate for recovery as well. The list of stakeholders for members of the ReachYES program include family, friends, employers and the community. Recovery must go deep and wide to provide the sort of resilience that ReachYES promises. This will require that the stakeholders embrace their own recovery…in ways that begin to reveal themselves as the immediate crisis of active addiction retreats.

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ReachYES makes use of the most readily available and secure technology. Mentoring and coaching uses a web-based video conferencing platform. Education is delivered through email, web content and video. Monitoring is made convenient and minimally invasive with the use of online assessment tools that are accessed daily. If substance testing is required, voice or text messaging handles notification.

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A “smart phone” is not required but would certainly make it more convenient to take advantage of all the benefits of the program. A cell phone with text messaging is sufficient as long as there is regular (daily) access to a computer and email. For those that need to restrict computer use, it is possible to limit access to only the applications required by the ReachYES program. If you aren’t comfortable using technology, ReachYES probably isn’t a good fit for you.

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There are a number of options that vary the cost of the program. If you would like to learn more about the ReachYES Recovery Thrival Program, the best way to get started is to register for the Turning the Tables on Addiction webinar by clicking HERE.

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When a member joins the ReachYES Recovery Thrival Program, they have the option of being assigned an advisor to provide assistance with developing the recovery blueprint and contract that includes requirements for monitoring along with the consequences for non-compliance. Typically, the consequences include notifying “stakeholders.”

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The short answer is “it depends.” Professionals are typically monitored for a minimum of one but, often, three to five years. It is possible to remove some of the monitoring conditions as recovery is integrated and resilience is developed. We embrace a holistic approach to recovery. So, the ReachYES Recovery Thrival Program focuses on much more than sobriety.

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