A former client of mine spent 3 months there. Her experience was similar to those also posting a one star review; sleep deprivation, isolation, unsanitary conditions and a dangerous indifference to their physical health. Her SNAP card was taken and sold for cash and the clients were fed from food bank donations.
When she finally decided to leave, after becoming very suicidal, her parents had to pick her up at the bus station because the cult, wouldn’t give them the physical address of the place.
This place needs to be shut down Yesterday.
This place was disgusting and abusive. They told me I couldn’t be on my psych meds while there so I stopped taking them before I came. When I had mental issues they said “who’s going to pay for a hospital visit?” I said “I’m working 16+ hours a day, what’s that for?” It’s apparently for having a bunk to sleep on. If you want to leave, they drive you to a homeless shelter, no phone calls, no letters home for the first year you’re there. Had girls there who said prison and the military was easier.
You wake up at 5 am, then you’re “on the move” until you go to work. “On the move” is cleaning around the facility, and outside. You scrub things with a toothbrush, on your knees, no sitting allowed. You basically find anything and everything to clean during the day. I used to be so happy to go to work because I was out of that hell hole. Work was 16+ hours a day, and the money you earn ALL OF IT, goes to the owners for “living expenses”. The food is donated, the clothes are donations, the toiletries are donated, besides having a bunk with 7 other girls in the same room, what expense?
They also tear you down constantly. If you break a rule, you get more work to do, but they don’t tell you the rules! I got “move time” because I didn’t fluff my pillow!
Every Wednesday night, they have the whole group come together to tell you how awful you are, and you’re not allowed to respond or defend yourself. You HAVE to pick 3 people to “confront”. We had to make stuff up just to have something bad to say. It was insanity.
Seeing the girls who had been in the program for months acting like it was okay really worried me. It was like they had been so abused and beat down that it became normal. They’re so happy to survive the program they only say nice things, probably because they’re still afraid of the owners.
Biggest messed up thing about this place, no talking to anyone outside the program. BIG RED FLAG. You are not allowed to speak to ANYONE who is not a female in the program. You are punished and degraded if you do.
RVC is and was a nightmare. I left that hole 2 years ago and I’m still sober, you don’t need this nasty place to get your life back on track. You need support and people who can help. This isn’t that place.
RVC is a terrible & I mean horrible place. They treat you so inhumane. They work you like a slave. You barely get sleep they don't feed you right. & if someone don't like you they can get you what's called on the move.. Its where after working 12 plus hours a day when u get back to the compound u are not allowed to speak and u must work until midnight before going to bed as the staff belittle u as they pass you by... I walked out at 3am in 2004 after 4 months & told my probation officer that I would rather be sent to prison.. But they got me in a homeless shelter & I got work & got off probation in 2007.. The directors & top staff live large off the money they get from all the clients hours. They take 90 plus clients food stamps and give us eggs & peanut butter & donated bread & noodles... They drive luxury vehicles get the nice clothes & other donated stuff & get their pick and clients wear clothes from Goodwill & other such like places... I wouldn't send my worst enemy there... do yourself & or a loved one a favour and find a better recovery facility to go to where they actually care about each client on a individual level...
I am a graduate from this program. It has taught and showed me life is worth living. When I came into RVC I was so broken I didn't want to use or drink anymore but I couldn't stop. If I didn't get help when I did I know I would not be in this world. I had to want the help as much as I wanted to get high. I was welcomed with open arms. This program is hard change is hard when I've lived a certain way for so long. I was determined but I had to be willing and that I was. We do work and it taught me to be proud of the work I do and know that I payed towards my recovery no one else did. I felt a love I never had before and they didn't ask for anything in return. I learned a lot but most of all I learned to forgive myself. I can look at myself in the mirror today and know I'm worth it. I have a job today, relationship with my family, wonderful friends, self esteem, I smile, I'm a responsible person with so many more miracles in front of me. I love the new broken women that come in because I can give them the love that was giving to me and show them miracles do happen I am one of them and thanks to RVC for loving me until I could love myself
Nothing is easy if it's worth keeping. Recovery Ventures has given me my life back. I came here a broken soul after two years I am a graduate who has all the things I once thought I would never get back and then some. I am a daughter again,a friend and a productive member of society. I owe everything to this program because with their tough unconditional love and guidance I am proud to say I love me again! Forever Grateful- Kellie Owens
This is a work program which means that most of the people who go there cannot afford treatment and have nowhere else to go. Many are court mandated and face return to jail if they leave or are discharged. They wield this power like a weapon for the abuse of the clients to make them do anything they are told to do, no matter how difficult or degrading it may be. They use many tactics to wear these clients down. They deprive them of sleep frequently, the associates who have spent more time in the program are given the responsibility of creating treatment plans, (what without a license you say?) They have one group every week where all associates sit in a circle while observed by staff as they take turns telling each other all the things they think are wrong with them, which more often than not becomes harsh and humiliating. The biggest problem is that if staff likes you, you get to say what you want any way you want, but if they don’t like you, they will interrupt you and “shut you down”. There are certain people who they decide they are not willing to help, so they antagonize those people until they believe they can’t do well for whatever reason. If you get an infraction they put you on the move, which means between contract jobs and household work, you will be on your feet for 16 hours per day. If you are not one of their “pets” they will look for more things to extend your move time, inventing infractions if they need to. The contract jobs that every associate works without pay are told to us so that we can pay our way through the program, but every single edible thing that goes into the houses come from the local food banks for free. What do they do with the food stamps they made us apply for upon arrival? Everything that the program provides for the associates are also donated, so where does $10+ per hour times 50-60 hours times 30 associates go?? Well the director seems to be doing very well financially, remnicient of Jennifer Warren, the previous director. It’s disheartening how little they seem to care about recovery as they do finance. This is how my personal termination went: I got 6 days on the move while in transition then moved to the next phase, one week later, they sat me and 2 other associates who they showed open disdain for in a “clean up” which is where they separate the associates from the rest and tell them to write detailed accounts of any rules they have broken and any rules they have seen others break. They will not tell the associate why they are there or anything. Apparently as a rule they reject the first report and tell the associate to keep writing or receive an undetermined amount of move time for not “cleaning up”. This gave us all 23 days of move time, and then they added 6 days to mine just because they could. After that the scrutinized my every move and gave me more days for anything they even thought I may have done. They even at one time gave me days for something that there was no possible way I had done it. This all led to a “restart” of the program, which is usually reserved for associates who relapse. This restart strips the associate of any privileges they have earned, and any hope of them being restored for 75 days. They treated me as if I were a disease to the community who was to be avoided. After going nearly 30 days after the restart, they gave me days for something that nobody ever gets in trouble for, and then I broke two rules by taking Tylenol while working a contract job. Meanwhile, I had been participating fully in every recommended aspect of my treatment plan and honestly expressed my desire to do better and affirmed my commitment to not break any more rules. They let me go over an entire week, trying very hard to do well and waited until I felt better about myself and began to believe that I could do it. Then one day after I worked all day, doing a great job, then took me to the office and bluntly told me they were terminating me from the program. It was obvious that they were fully enjoying my shock and that they were getting rid of me. I had to go to jail, and upon my release from jail I was simply put out on the streets of Asheville on New Years Eve, homeless and destitute, on a day where any resources were not going to be available for two more days. In desperation, I went with a stranger and was introduced to another group of strangers with whom I had to stay for a week until my parents could come pick me up. Where would I be had any of those people been a psychopath with rape and murder in mind? They didn’t care, let alone provide a bus ticket to get me home. I’m sure they will not return the $300 deposit they paid for my entry to the program. I never could figure out what that money went toward, especially considering that we began working on our first day in the program. Now I have to figure out how to get into another rehab before I am arrested again for pre trial release violation for being terminated, though I never had any desire to leave the program and didn’t commit a single infraction that involved relapse or threatened the safety of any associate in the program. I am more lost today than I was when I was shooting heroin and meth while in active addiction. If you want recovery, I would highly recommend not choosing to enter this program. There is First at Blue Ridge and Healing Transitions that so far seem to be more of an actual therapeutic community. I’m very discouraged by how they relished in the failure of an addict who really wants recovery, while professing to being passionate about helping desperate dying addicts find recovery. They talk about how much love the associates give new women in the program, but I didn’t ever experience any love from anyone, only condescension and status. I can see how much of what we went through in the program will teach us lessons that we can apply to our lives to counter our addiction, but there simply has to be a better way that treats everyone with compassion and respect that they deserve as human beings. I think their success rate speaks for itself. Less than one third of the associates who enter the program will go on to graduate. What that says to me is that two thirds of the associates who enter the program will be bullied, ostracized, and abused until they either gave up, ran away, or were dumped out on the streets like garbage, regardless of the serious threat to their personal safety. It’s sickening to me and I will tell anyone who ever thinks that RVC may be the solution to their problem that it more likely will become a living nightmare. Do not send anyone to this place if you love them, not with the odds stacked so highly against them to begin with
Okay this program is not for everybody that being said it's only for people that really is strong enough or willing enough change their life yes I graduated the program it was two of the hardest years of my life but it gives you very useful tools to use in life and all these negative comments I know why it's a lot of negative comments because yes the program is hard as hell because we as addicts are some of the most strongest stubborn...snekeist people...and ask yourself if you didn't complete the program of course you would have a negative view on it..... so people don't look at the negative reviews instead read the positive reviews and decide if you want to do it ....would I do it a second time around HELL NO....lmao...but I swere I'm glad I did it because it still helps me till this day...and I live in Washington DC. But I swere nobody told me or paid me to write this.but I have a second family In NC because of this program....chris lee
Simply put, absolutely disgusting and filthy! While i joined Recovery Ventures (based solely on their website and the many promises made therein), I did not, however, sign up for the atrocious conditions existing at this facility. The extremely dirty and over-crowed living conditions would necessarily embarrass the average person. Not so a this center! The are approximately 10-12 people for every restroom - and this is a one-person restroom - only one commode, one shower, and no urinal. I was placed on a top bunk at age (54) and given no identifiable or readily apparent means of climbing into said bunk. On the first day, i was fed cereal at breakfast and then required to report to work until lunch - at which point I was given a only baloney sandwich. At (12) hours into the program, I requested immediate discharge and transportation back to Asheville. The next day i requested a refund of my $300.00 dollar initial payment but any refund was denied. Upon a second call for reconsideration of a refund I was told by a person who identified themselves as "Angie" to not call back or she would consider it harassment. BEWARE! In my opinion this company has the right name as their only vision is to recover a PROFIT with no dedication rehabilitation
I am a former graduate of Recover Ventures who somehow managed to survive the humiliation of this 2 year treatment(?) program and have successfully reintegrated back into mainstream society. Please trust me when I say ALL of the accusations of unethical treatment are true. The average reasonable person simply can't comprehend the depth of corruption the exists in the community. But perhaps the saddest and most insidious aspect of this milieu is the complete lack of professionalism among staff, who thrive on the drama that they themselves create. And while they, I'm sure, would like to suggest that I grew as a person BECAUSE of the abusive treatment, mind washing techniques and daily degradation...I will always contend that I grew in SPITE of it!
Our daughter entered this program and it saved her life. There is no question
It is a very, very tough program but so is recovery. Teaching life long addicts
To take responsibility for their behavior and choices is no easy task. I take great
Exception to those who say this a place for those with no family support. We
Remained supportive throughout the treatment and continue to do so. No
Question there are times throughout the program you find yourself questioning
Their techniques , but for many it is lifesaving . It has given my daughter
The drive to obtain certification to help others . I take great exception to
Those who say the staff there do not care. They do. They understand because
They themselves have experienced this process.
Having worked in law enforcement, the courts and with families all of my
Life the reality is this type of program is necessary and needed . Few can afford
Residential treatment and here the residents pay by working. Yes, it is long
Hours but keeping busy during recovery is very important also. Yes, you have
limited personal contact and other restrictions upon initial entry into the program, but you take a hard look at your relationships and yourself to work towards earning those privliges back.
Those of you expressing negative feelings are certainly entitled to those but
Many of us have come to believe the residents and staff will forever be part
Of our family . The sad part is not those who refuse to commit to help themselves but to see the tears on the faces of families who have nowhere
To turn. Empathy is felt for both but don't slam a program with all this enhanced
Drama simply because it did not work for you .
It's extremely disheartening and sad to see so many individuals who simply seem to have misplaced anger and/or resentments. This program was by far the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, however; the mental, emotional and physical challenges that I endured while in this program were absolutely necessary for me to regain what I had unintentionally lost in active addiction. As most addicts we loose a lot more in active addiction than we are ever willing to admit freely. I am living a life today that I never thought possible and quite possibly had one of the hardest programs any associate could ever have. My struggles have helped make me who I am today...passionate, empathetic, loving, honest, loyal and dedicated. I find it extremely selfish of those who post these horrid reviews on here that spent little to no time here. You could possibly be discouraging an individual whose life could or could have been saved by this program. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but choose your words wisely, not forgetting to look at the part you played. This disease is life or death for most of us. I definitely did my fair share of "move time" including a 30/restart, which I am also grateful for. It took me a good six months to actually want to work the program, but I was dedicated to my recovery and willing to do whatever it took, PERIOD. Yes, it was extremely hard but if recovery was easy, everyone would do it. I thank RVC everyday for helping save my life!!!
This place is awful. I dont understand how they help people. If it worked for you that's great but I don't understand how it helped. Attached is my story.
This placed saved my life. I’ve been sober 34 months and honestly I never thought that would be possible. I work my ass off today and take pride in my work. I am in a management position at a restaurant when I used to be a welder. My life is so much better and I feel like I can handle anything that’s thrown at me. This program is really hard, probably the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. They work you hard and over the term of 18 months you earn more and more responsibility. In the 18 months I lived in the facility I saw 127 people leave (I kept track). I cried a lot. I wanted to leave a lot. It’s a lot to handle as sometimes it feels militaristic. But because of this program I am organized, I complete tasks, I hold my head up high with confidence that I can handle almost anything life throws at me. It’s not for everyone. I kept killing myself (overdose) or attempting suicide before this program due to my inability to live life on life’s terms and handle life’s many obstacles. I’m alive today because of this program. I have very very good relationships with my family. I am a reliable hardworking employee. I have the most amazing friends today that experienced this program with me and know me better than I know myself. This program did for me what I was unable to do for myself. The real bad reviews are from people who made it hard on THEMSELVES. You rebel, your held accountable. You break rules, you are held accountable. It’s hard enough as it is but then people lash out and make it that much harder. Once again this program isn’t for everyone, but if your willing to break yourself down entirely, then rebuild yourself into a good person as well as learn how to handle stress effectively and constructively, then this is the place for. Ask my family if they would have regretted “saving” me from this program that built me into the person today. I owe them my life for not picking me up when I wanted to give up so much
These people DO NOT CARE about your physical health. I worked at Tube World - Cataloochee Ski Area while in the program. While on the job, I was hit by a tuber, flown into the air, and landed on my neck. I heard my neck crack as it bent into the ground and saw stars. Fortunately, I didn't break anything or suffer nerve damage. However, I had terrible pains at night, trouble sleeping, and nightmares for weeks.
But the staff didn't care. They minimized the incident when I told them about it and made me feel weak for needing to share. Also, William Faulkner, one of the staff, punished me for being "late on the van" as I was dealing with this injury. I was getting about five hours of sleep a night while working at the Tube World from open until close. One morning, after nearly breaking my neck, I slept a bit too late. Our van left at 6:30 or 7:00 and I was barely a few minutes late. I was actually proud of myself for being that strong and for getting there almost on time, but then when I got home around midnight, I was pulled aside and written up for being late.
They put us through hell.
Avoid this cult, they use guilt, shame and control to manipulate you, they gaslight you into submission, rely on Jesus Christ to help you, not man and certainly not this abusive trap that does not operate from true love, you need only see the way they demean and enslave you to know it's a business for profit. Trust Jesus alone.
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
Oh look another review wrote by someone that was stuck up staffs ass...surprise surprise
We ask no one to come here to tell us how to run this organization. You don't agree with our rules and requirements... you are free to leave. The one thing to remember is that, YOU requested to come here... and in most cases, YOU will be accepted back if you ever need our services again. Please be sure to visit and read ALL the information on our website and the information package we provide.... THIS TIME!!! Donors and foundations who consider assisting us in our mission, and those hoping to save themselves or someone they love, recognize the personal selfishness that disgruntled clients, such as yourself, post. Instead of wasting your time making yourself look like a fool on the internet with your comments, why not tell a fellow addict that "YOU NEVER WANT TO GO TO RECOVERY VENTURES... so come to a AA/NA meeting with me.... BEFORE YOU HAVE TOO. Fair enough??? Best wishes to you and we sincerely hope your efforts to remain clean and sober are successful.
It is unfortunate to read reviews from disgruntled clients who were either terminated from the program due to multiple rule infractions or who left voluntarily because they were not ready to make the commitment to change their lives. I graduated from this wonderful program five years ago and have since moved steadily forward in my life and career. I know each of the staff personally and can attest to their unequivocal passion and dedication to the clients in the program. The program is difficult. There are rules that must be followed, and consequences when rules are broken. It is extremely difficult for someone who has been consumed by addiction to submit to any recovery program and make the commitment necessary to change their lives. Those who leave or are terminated from the program are also making a choice. A choice to continue to fight a battle that is unwinnable without humility and a willingness to change. They are making a choice to continue to selfishly cause their families and loved ones pain. They are making a choice to remain continue to try to manipulate the world to their liking...an exhaustive and futile process. Recovery Ventures gave me a safe place to land and the support and encouragement I needed to turn my life around when everyone else had given me up for lost. It was the most difficult thing I have ever done, and also the most rewarding. I did not always like what the staff had to say, and I did not always appreciate being called out when I broke the rules or made mistakes. It was difficult not to run from that, and I am so grateful that I found the strength to stay and see it through. The program taught me that I was worth fighting for and that my family deserved a much needed rest from all I had put them through over the years. I highly recommend this program for any alcoholic or addict who is ready to change. If you are not ready, nothing will help you. But if you are, this program can save your life and return you to your loved ones. All it takes is a little willingness, humility, and determination.
I was at rvc for the past 6 months. Sure it works for people who have no other choice and no family because your under such strict rules you cannot get high even if you wanted to.. I worked 70 hours a week and slept about 4 hrs a night. The groups i went to arnt even run by staff. They are just throw together by associates who are all mostly probated there and dont care about anything.. The ones who do care end up leaving eventually.. As for staff members thats the worst part. Not a single staff member spoke to me the entire time i was there then it turns out that the one who runs the remodling crew was using heroin the entire time and bossing all of us around like slaves and verbally abusing people. He also was stealing the money we all worked for and using it to support his habbit. The facility director is the worst one of all he talks to everyone like they are a peice of garbage meanwhile his wife is leaving her empty liquor bottles in our driveway before she comes over to visit apparently that's OK tho because she's a graduate of the program lol.. The place is ran horrible and the favoritism is so bad it alone will make you leave.. The only thing that keeps them going is the fact that people go there to pretty much avoid going to prison..
6 Months???... in a program YOU ASKED US to come to... and agreed to spend 2 years, at NO EXPENSE to YOU, YOUR FAMILY, or NC State Tax Payers... to provide you with shelter, (Inspected and approved through the licensure division of the State of NC), food, clothing, transportation, job training, GED and educational opportunities, recreation and leadership opportunities. RVC, Does not accept CHILDREN. The last question on the application you filled out, signed and submitted... as a ADULT.... asked... "Are YOU willing to do whatever it takes to change you life?" Think about it. We don't care if you are going to PRISON or to the GRAVE. We are going to try to help if you ask. If you don't like the way we do it.... find something that works for you. Best wishes.
Staff has the website remove negative reviews on here...ridiculous
rvc staff tries to control what's wrote on here they ask people that were treated with special treatment to write good reviews and idk if anyone has noticed but a lot of negative reviews are now gone...why? Because the founder asked non profits to remove them
The favoritism in the women's house is disgusting.
Those who comply with established policies and procedures do not seem to have any problem with fitting in. Those who think they will do what they want, when they want... "have a tough row to hoe" as we will not tolerate your negative behavior. Obviously, we were not up to your standards but wish you only the best in your future attempts in recovery.
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.
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!
OK. Hope you are doing well. Hope you find what you are looking for. BTW.... Didn't you ASK US to come here??? Sorry it was not it was you expected. Be sure to read the information ALL treatment programs provide BEFORE asking them to allow you to come to their program. Best wishes.
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.
Congratulations on your 3 years sober... and the credit you give to us for making this happen. THAT is our ultimate mission.. "that others will learn from us to live happy, healthy and productive lives... free from mind altering substances that have controlled their lives in the past." As far as your ACCUSATIONS of "multiple incidents of staff having relations with clients... and they misappropriate funds that were given as donations," I would personally like for you to furnish more information to me as the Executive Director to you allegations. These are criminal charges that I will not tolerate and if you will contact me at email@example.com, I will contact you regarding your statement. Thank you.
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.
It's not a BRIBE... Sir/Madame. If you were a true Volunteer... you would be aware of our mission and what are hopes are to do for others. BTW... Did we ask YOU to come to us to tell you how to run this program.... or did YOU ask US to come here and complete a lengthy application, interview, criminal background check, write a biography as to why you were begging for help??? Or, did our cult grab you off the street and ask you to come here and tell us how we need to run our program??? Think about it. Best wishes.