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Recovery Ventures Corporation

Rating: 2.79 stars   42 reviews 5,518

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Mental Health, Job Training, Human Services


PO Box 452 Black Mountain NC 28711 USA


Recovery Ventures Corporation offers long term residential treatment and aftercare for those who suffer from drug and alcohol addictions and provides opportunities to restructure their lives, in a safe and healthy environment that promotes self-sufficiency, personal accountability, emotional growth, and a positive interdependent lifestyle.

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Reviews for Recovery Ventures Corporation

Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The last review of course was written by a former staff member. Wonder if you had a choice to be there or in jail. As for the clothing issue I brought everything correctly as appearing on the application. Staff is a joke and are not state qualified to help anyone. What about the clothing barn and the smelly rags that people have to choose from. All the so called designer clothes are giver to senior residents and others wear clothes that are way to large. I have no problem wearing proper apparel but you are not told what they consider proper. I just need to be quiet and stop giving them ideas. The way the so called great staff member who wrote the last review just proves that they all curse like crazy. Just being honest huh? Remember that God is watching you mistreat people everyday. Yes I am sober for the simple fact that I learned a valuable lesson that I won' t EVER use again to avoid going back to a hole like that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am so sick and tired of reading that positive reviews are "fake" or "encouraged by staff". First of all staff are graduates so not only did the participate in the program they actually completed it. Secondly how would someone who was only present for aprroximately 1/8 of an experience be able to say anything remotely accurate. They are ignorant and inexperienced...and anything that goes against their opinions, the products of a tiny bit of experience and bias, they are being coerced and are not real. My review is more real than your joke of an attempt at this program. To deny a sick person a chance at happiness by pretending to know what you are talking about is so extremely selfish...sound like a pattern? As for all the negative comments about people that work there...100% of the negative is posted by people that have never been staff. These people sacrifice more than associates and their family members will ever know (speaking from experience). They have families and dreams and put it all on hold to help those that suffered as they did...shame on you for saying such terrible things about people that give up so much for NOTHING except helping those who suffered as they did. Stop whining about having to work I have to work like that and I live in the real world...guess it is a major change from laying around, stealing, lying and getting high. Stop misleading people who need this program and are actually willing to learn how to actually live without a substance. As a disclaimer I have no loyalty to recovery ventures and no contact...I just don't want someone to loose a once in a lifetime chance due to blantant lies of those who have failed. Also the clothes you give up were those that don't comply with a specific list of appropriate attire for someone living in a therapeutic community ( sorry you cant look cute/fly when trying to overcome a crippling disease) provided before entry and are replaced by name brand clothing that is donated by companies that are contacted constantly by the "evil staff", some of the food comes from the food bank but hundreds of dollars are spent at a grocery store weekly resulting in fresh produce and a balanced diet that is carefully planned by associates that are actually living there, and as for the facilities they are all stick built the men's facility is resonable as far as persons per living space and bathrooms. The women I have to honestly say are living in tight quarters and it is true upwards of 10 have to share a bathroom but its a small price to pay for the rewards at the end. I was a graduated staff member and had to share a bathroom with 10 people...and I got over it. So as an associate wanting freedom from addiction I hope you can do the same, lets be honest you've had to deal with much worse in active addiction. So stop picking apart positive reviews looking for false patterns and calling from-the-heart statements fake to make you feel like what you did was more real. I'm sure that little bit you experienced was significant considering a past of laziness, selfishness, betrayal and superficiality, but it wasn't real. By the way just because you were in the program for "3-6 months and it sucked and I'm clean anyway blah, blah, blah" doesn't mean anything here. Just because your sober doesn't mean your living, you missed out on something really special to be a brat...worse part is you think the whole point is just being clean and don't know the difference. Good for you...just don't try to pass your crap off as truth. Talk all day about you but don't talk about staff unless you have been staff, don't talk about the program unless you graduated it and don't believe your own bullshi*t if it's hurting people who are still suffering. Stop cheapening the monumental feat I accomplished by talking about the one you failed to.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

the staff at recovery ventures have GOT to be asking graduates to post good reviews. The clients writing them must have had to go there or go to jail. Actually this place is much worse than jail. At least in jail you aren't belittled or made to go without sleep. Notice how the negative reviews are much greater spread out over time but the good ones are all within a week or two? The bad ones are totally true. I was there for 3 months followed every rule but I just went as long as I could and made my phone call to my family and begged to come home. The staff was right there listening and tried to make me hang up but I refused. They wanted me to drive another client to Ohio for a home visit only being sober 3 months, mind you. Whenever a client goes for a weekend family visit someone in the program has to drive them and stay with them in their home. They yell at you and name callings are a daily thing. I am a christian and had to listen to GD thousands of times a day. That is not a lie. The staff and clients have the foulest language imaginable. One of their facilities ( which are double wides) has ONE Bathroom for 15 ladies. You are only allowed to take a shower for fifteen minutes and argue who is next. If you don't have time to take one before bed you do without. This place was horrible. They tell you the only reason you want to go home is because you want to get high. I have been sober for 2 years since getting out of that hole. If you want to loose contact with your family member, then by all means send them here. The bad reviews outnumber the FAKE good ones by far. Rotten food from food bank is all you eat and the most fattening snacks you can think of, cookies cake candy chips . . etc. The staff take turns going on trips and are barely there. Please believe me when I ask you to not send ANYONE here. Both you and your family will regret it. They took all my clothes and traded them for rags. Thank you for heeding my warning in advance. And for all the clients who took bribes or lied on their review all I can say is SHAME ON YOU ALLLLL!

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

18+ hour workdays and verbal abuse , they condone drama and multiple incidents of staff having relations with clients, they misappropiate funds that were given as donations, this place is a cult that uses military brainwash tactics to manipulate and control you, use guilt to make you feel as if you couldnt make it without them, Wrong! Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Sober 3 yrs now so thanks for showing me how recovery shouldnt be. Sobriety is peace , not anger and insults. Place sucks.

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I love how STAFF can send out text messages to people BRIBING them to put positive reviews because theres all negative reviews and they are being watched by the state. Great job!! What a joke. This place is so dishonest. STAFF MEMBERS are using money for their own personal uses... what a joke. You can even see, how theres all positive reviews within certain dates. As a witness to this act of dishonesty, this place is poorly ran, negative, abusive, and not a place for recovery. Files get burned BY STAFF every year for a reason.. Again what JOKE. One word to sum this one up..FRAUD.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Im saddened by the negative reviews . This program saved my life and gave me a new start. I was willing to do what it took to have a clean and sober life. Taught me that i could do anything without using drugs or alcohol. The people who wrote these negative reviews clearly did not want to do what it takes and quite sure they did not want to follow the simple rules . RVC was and is a safe place to start a new life if you want it. I am a graduate of the program 2014 and still stayed connected to the women. The staff are there to help and they do care about your recovery. For all you disgruntled people stop blaming others for your unhappiness put the blame where it belongs on you

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Most of the following reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star with good reason. The 5 star reviews are written by successful graduates. The one star reviews are written by people who washed-out of the program due to problems of their own making. In fact, 2 graduates of RVC who read through these reviews, know many of the individuals who wrote them and said those individuals failed to work the program and were responsible for the their own failures.
My son was an addict for 8 years before he went to Recovery Ventures (RVC). He had already been through 6 other rehab programs. Most were short-term, 30-120 days programs. However, one of those programs was a therapeutic community program like RVC; he was at the latter,very large program twice for a total of 35 months. RVC is much smaller in size and that small size means each resident's attitudes & behaviors are common knowledge. Residents cannot feel like they are lost in the crowd. Similarly, any transgressions are noted immediately.
Many of the complaints written by the following people who gave RVC one star reflect an ignorance of what comprises a therapeutic community. If they had done their homework before entering, they would have known that therapeutic communities are characterized by:
1. Very long work days (there is NO fee for the program and the work done by residents pays for their clothing, food, shelter, and transportation to work sites. Also, if residents are exhausted, they have less time to think about alcohol or drugs.)
2. Very strict rules that may seem arbitrary (the whole point is to teach addicts to follow life rules that may make little sense to them, just as rules in society may make little sense to many of us.)
3. Chores at the site itself (teaching addicts important life skills such as caring about where they live & assuming responsibility to keep their residences clean & orderly.)
4. All vestiges of their previous lives are stripped away at the beginning (Yes, applicants are asked to bring new clothing but those items are donated to the general clothing supply; residents must select from clothing donated by other residents or outside organizations.)
5. "Therapy" is peer-based not provided by a licensed therapist.
6. AA & Nar-Anom meetings are not required. Not all addicts respond well to the AA approach
7. Residents must work through a step-by-step plan with more freedom and off-site internships only allowed after the resident successfully accomplishes prior steps.
8. Residents graduate with work skills and experience in their fields from their internships.
My son has been clean for over 3 years and is happily working 40 hours a week at a job he learned at RVC.
I heartily recommend RVC to all addicts who are truly committed to cleaning up their acts and becoming healthy, happy members of society.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I can honestly say Recovery ventures saved my life. Upon entering the program I was asked if I was willing to do whatever it takes for my recovery, I was. You have to want your recovery and work as hard for it as you did out in the streets trying to get that next fix or that next drink. being an addict I was willing to go through any lengths to get what I needed when I was caught in the grips of active addiction. I knew that it was time for me to surrender and actually put in an effort for my recovery not only for myself but for my 3 children. I graduated the program in March of 2013. I'm working on 5 years clean. I now have my 3 kids in my life and couldn't be happier. if it wasn't for those long hours, early mornings and late nights that I worked at recovery ventures then I wouldn't know how to live being a single mom of three working full time. this program taught me how to live life all over again without the use of drugs or alcohol. yes it was the hardest thing I've ever done but it was well worth it if it wasn't for recovery ventures I'd be dead or in jail. all these bad comments and negative reviews really make me angry. most of the people commenting negatively are ones that chose to break the rules and tried to manipulate the program. all the rules are explained before you arrive and they tell you straight up that you're not coming for a vacation to a fancy resort, you come to work not only at jobs but on yourself. most of the people I know that left the program speak of it negatively because they didn't want to face the accountability for their actions they try to play the victim. recovery ventures is in the business of saving lives. the staff will do anything they can to help you if you just ask. I'm so grateful for this program it made me the strong woman I am today. I made so many lifelong friendships met so many strong beautiful people and learned so many life lessons and so much about myself that I didn't even know. I have relationships with old friends and family that I thought I would never have again.

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I would absolutely love to say that this program saved my life. And maybe in a round about way it did. But only because I had the emotional and mental ability to make it work. In theory and on paper this is an amazing program. The problem lies in the lack of professional staff. While I do think having staff members who have been through the program is advantageous and beneficial, there needs to be certified counselors and real therapy happenning, and from a client's perspective this is not happening at RVC. I believe the intentions are true of the people who started this program, but they have become profit biased and unaware of the lack of professionalism occuring here. Yes, RVC saved my life, but only because I had the wherewithal to do most of the actual deep inner work myself.

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You are absolutely correct in one primary area... you had "the wherewithal to do most of the actual deep inner work myself." That is the "golden ring" in a Therapeutic Community form of treatment.... It is UP TO YOU!!! Only YOU can change YOU and what you do. You might be surprised that ALL of our Clinical Staff are Certified Substance Abuse Counselors... and have completed all hours required and successfully completed all testing requirements to do so. The expense of this education was paid for by the program... and ongoing supervision of clinical processes are required through a 3rd party CSAS, (Certified Substance Abuse Supervisor) and attend meetings with this Supervisor ever other Friday of every month throughout the year. We try to teach people how to live in normal, everyday society, without using drugs or alcohol to deal with problems that effect everyone in everyday life. I see no reasons to change the way we do things. CONGRATULATIONS on your success and hopes and prayers that it will continue in your life.

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I think it is amazing that someone would have the audacity to write a negative review towards a place that has no other agenda than to help recovering addicts and alcoholics that apparently can help themselves. How else would you have got there in the first place.

My name is Jason Anderson and I am truly a grateful recovering alcoholic. I owe Recovery Ventures my life for the tools they provided me to once again become a productive member of society.

The only ones I see writing negative are those that chose to not do what they were asked. Those that thought they could manipulate there way through life. People that will not let go of pride and ego to get honest and face the truth of there addictions. These same people will never be at peace with themselves and remain miserable.

Inner peace begins the moment you take a deep breath own your actions and choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions as you are about this program and the ones in it.

In other words, the greater part of your happiness or misery in the long run depends on your attitude, not your circumstances. If you’re stressed out by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your interpretation of it; and this is something you have the power to change at any moment.

Just take that deep breath, adjust your attitude , and the frustration and stress is gone.

Stop blaming others for what you have or don’t have, or for what you feel or don’t feel. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility and perpetuate the problem. Stop giving your power away and start taking responsibility for your life. Blaming is just another sorry excuse, and making excuses is the first step towards failure; you and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions.

Nothing will bring you down quicker than berating yourself. The mind is a superb instrument if used right, but when used incorrectly, it becomes very destructive. Be aware of your mental self-talk. We all talk silently to ourselves in our heads, but we aren’t always conscious of what we’re saying or how it’s affecting us.

Recovery Ventures is designed to be hard as hell to show yourself that you are capable. As Henry Ford once stated, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” One of the major causes of why we fail is due to self-doubt and negative self-talk. The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. This is what the program taught me. Listen to your self-talk and replace negative thoughts with positive ones, over time you will change the trajectory of your life.

Trust me, if everyone threw their problems in a pile for you to see, you would grab yours back. Tackle your problems and fears swiftly, don’t run away from them. The best solution is to face them head on no matter how powerful they may seem or what you have to go through to better yourself.

Fears, in particularly, stop you from taking chances and making decisions. They keep you confined to just the small space where you feel completely comfortable. But your life’s story is simply the culmination of many small, unique experiences, many of which require you to stretch your comfort zone. Letting your fears and worries control you is not ‘living,’ it’s merely existing.

Bottom line: Either you own your problems and fears, or they will ultimately own you. I hope you all get help and turn your life around as I have. Once again I thank Recovery Ventures for what they pushed me through and never giving up on me.

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We always have to blame our downfall on something. Why not a place that only provided a opportunity to change when the begged us to come here. Good Post.