I can only be grateful for how this place has helped and is still helping me change my life. I read all these negative reviews on this site and can only shake my head in disgust. Disgusted how people blame their mistakes or bad decisions on an entire institution or other people, unable to own the role they played in their failure to complete this program. I graduated this program in June2016, I was not favored, given special treatment/attention. I was given the same chances and opportunities as everyother client. Anyone with sense knows you get what you put into your Recovery. Self-pity gets you no where. Expecting somewhere or someone else to solely change a defect in yourself is INSANE! For someone to be desperate and beaten down to WILLINGLY commit to a two year therapeutic community, means your best attempts at life aand recovery have failed you horribly. Before any client enters the program they are aware of what is expected of them to enter and to complete. I know alot, not all, but I the people in the reviews here, and most should be ashamed of themselves for giving such false statements about a place that IS SAVING LIVES DAILY, and tried to save theirs. Programs like these are not for every person, and I do appriciate reading honest reviews/opinions, It would be nice if people/former clients could be completely honest instead of giving a one-sided opinion. Just for the record NO-ONE asked me to write this! I NEVER do online reviews like this, but I don't mind standing up for what I know is right.- Brian Robinson.
This place was horrible I have been clean but no thanks to anyone there. They verbally abuse you, sleep deprive you and the staff are rude and try to embarrass you. I saw a girl not like another girl and would constantly tell the staff that she broke rules when she didn't just to watch her be punished. You feel like a worthless slave and they make it to where you can't even tell your family how bad it really is. They monitor your phone calls, letters and even your doctors visits and coach you on what to say. They got really mad and verbally abused a girl that suffered from depression and her Dr called to see how she was doing on her new antidepressant the staff told her to say she was fine and didn't need the meds but the girl broke down and told the truth that she was worse and getting worse being there. Wednesday came around and the staff made her cry by saying that she didn't listen to what they said and they were sick of looking at her sad face all the time..when she did finally sneak to talk to her mom to come get her they called her mom back and made up a story to stop her mom from coming. Luckily she risked it again and told her mom everything and her family did come pick her up. Its a awful program and its sad that once your there a little over 6 months you can give out punishments to the other associates most of the time its people being vindictive. Plus they try to embarrass you infront of the rvc boys and tell your personal past for everyone to laugh and make fun of you. Please don't let them make this place sound good because its not most of the people there are court ordered or there to get out of prison time and are faking their recovery. Its a scam. I had awful night terrors for 2 months after leaving that place and apparently its common to have PTSD after leaving RVC do not let them trick you into sending a loved one there its the worst mistake you could ever make.
This is not the right place for your loved ones. If you really care about your sons/daughters you won't send them here. Most of the "staff" is on dating websites through the day looking up past "graduates" and bragging about things they would do to them. This place is beyond disgusting. I come from a very strong and pride filled military family and I would not send my worst enemy to this place. I'm all for recovery and rehabilitation but please seek it elsewhere. The director of this dump is by far the worst and most miserable piece of crap there is. He would talk to you like you are completely worthless and he looked at you like you were garbage. Meanwhile, he would brag about going on his many trips with his friends and family while we all went to "jobs" for up to 14 to 16 hours a day while all the proceeds go to the business. That makes sense it being a nonprofit but the way the program itself is setup is not in any logical order that someone would follow that is seeking rehabilitation. I watched my father die from being an addict and three of my closest friends and I can tell you this place wouldn't have helped them either. Please don't send your loved ones here. Seek treatment elsewhere.
I was in this place for 5 months. The ONLY reason that I stayed there 5 months was because I knew I couldn't convince anyone at home here in TX that a place this terrible actually exists. I literally had to fake that I was suicidal to get to go to a hospital so I could use a phone to get home. It's a total scam and should not be in business. I mean this from the bottom of my heart. I literally believe I had PTSD from my time there. I've been sober over 2 years June 20th. Never send a loved one here. Never send someone that you even hate here. The existence of this place, how you are treated, how you are given no sort of Rehabilitation. Therapy. Counseling etc is beyond me. In 5 months not one seccion with a counselor, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist. Then you get out and get home and try to explain to your family how bad it is. They will never get it as I will never know what it's like to go to war. I'm that serious and passionate about what I'm saying here. The horrible reviews are ALL true. I hope the state eventually gets this place gone as they were under investigation by the state when I was there. It's been 18 months or more and am just now able to get my thoughts out. I could write a book but will end with. Never ever send anyone to RVC. It's a labor camp. I'd rather be homeless on the streets. No joke at all.
It's true you can't tell your truthful nightmare experience you had at this place because they remove it. Their is NO recovery there. Came to Florida to get clean. Been clean almond st 9 years now. RVC just wants to collect state money off people and food stamps. Then they make you work 70 hours a week. You never see a dime of anything. Plus they got money from my family for me to be there. Worst experience I've ever had in my life.
This place is a total NIGHTMARE! The staff are verbally abusive and horrible people! What kind of a "recovery" place forces you to sit in a circle while your peers rip you to shreds? The best part is when they are done, the foul mouthed staff starts in!!! They strip you of everything, you can't even have your own clothes or hair color(I was forced to dye mine). You work 12+ hours get maybe five of sleep and are right back to it the next day. It's basically a concentration camp! Your not even allowed to rest when you get home, they use you as slave labor until lights out. A ten minute shower??? It was like a horror movie. I basically got up at five in the morning, got dressed and ran out the basement door into the darkness with some of my leaders screaming after me. I will probably need therapy just to stop the intrusive thought this experience caused. PLEASE, PLEASE, I BEG YOU, AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS!!!!
I know this is a tough program but it works! We dropped our son off in June of 2008. We were so relieved. We had been thru all the things that patents of addicts go thru except the loss of our child. We felt that was next. Was it easy? No! Did he complain and ask us to come get him? Yes. The first time we got to visit him which was almost six months later, I almost didn't recognize him because he looked so good! All I can say is thank God for RVC. We still have our son. Things aren't perfect and he has to work hard to stay clean, When he relapsed after six years, RVC was there for him again and he completed a year program. This is a successful program for those with desire and determination to be healthy
RVC saved my sons life. Yes it was a tough program to get through and he worked long hours, slept little and left before graduating but he is now living a life free of drugs and alcohol. He is in school and on the deans list all while working a full time job.
If you truly want your life back from addiction you do what you have to do to get it back and quit blaming others for your inability to deal with all aspects of the program. It's no different than what life can and will throw at you. It is what you make of it.
Thank you Recovery Ventures for taking him in and showing him what a truly strong, capable person he is.
I have written three very true and negative reviews on this sh*t hole and they were all deleted! This proves that staff are deleting all negative reviews and should prove to you that awful things happen there. I really feel sorry for people that are court ordered there. I even knew a lady who escaped in the middle of the night in the middle of no where and said she would rather go to prison! Please believe me that this is the most terrible so called rehab that you could attend or send a loved one.
Not gonna say any names but a certain female staff member makes the women wear dresses to graduations (hideous dresses by the way to embarrass the women) and I saw with my own eyes how she made one of the women that was gay and NEVER wore girly things wear a dress covered in flowers and laughed about! The poor girl was humiliated! Threaten her with "extra duty" This place has disgraceful staff members...not to mention one staff member just got fired for having a sexual relationship with an associate