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 firstname.lastname@example.org, I will contact you regarding your statement. Thank you.