Learn More About Recovery Beyond Paradigm
Recovery Beyond Paradigm is a non-profit service group that augments addiction recovery and homeless programs at local non-profit service agencies by providing clients with a physical fitness program and incentive to achieve their recovery goals. For the past 8 years, a small group of dedicated volunteers sponsored an annual climb up Mount Rainier to those who have completed all benchmarks. This program originated at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission and is currently being hosted at Tacoma Rescue Mission.
Members from our recovery program partners are handpicked to participate, and must be on track to complete the recovery program and maintain a high level of sobriety. We supply them with climbing expertise, equipment, professional guides and mentors. We also provide program managers and mentors to assist in developing the physical skills and stamina required to climb the highest peak in Washington State. Ten months of preparation go into readying a climber.
The Climbing Out of Homelessness program uses climbing Mount Rainier as both a literal and figurative metaphor for the effort required to turn one’s life around, with the five day ascent as the culminating event of achievement. For 6 years the program has maintained the highest safety record and successful participant completion results. To date, 30 climbers have summited. During this period COH has achieved superior results in breaking the cycle of relapse during recovery. In the last 2 years nearly all of the participants have successfully achieved sobriety in a lasting and meaningful way.
This program’s purpose goes beyond traditional recovery approaches to include physical fitness and personal achievement. Participants gain goal setting and commitment follow-through skills. They practice teamwork and working with guides and mentors. All this builds their confidence and endurance, setting them up to have a successful life plan. They now have a solid foundation for rejoining the work force and overcoming poor habits and choices that contributed to their addiction and homelessness.
Two documentaries have been produced about the impact of this program; the most recent is called A New High, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).
We believe it’s never too late to earn redemption, to bring healing and health to body, mind and spirit and to reclaim purpose, value and direction in life. Help us to help others restore the soul and inspire the human spirit.
Successful Treatment On The First Ascent
On average people go through treatment recovery programs seven times before life changes stick. This program is different.
Homelessness due to addiction to any substance abuse is on the rise. Existing solutions are anemic and costly; they also fail to get long term results. By coupling a ‘whole person’ approach to treatment programs the client learns not only to deal with physical aspects of their addiction, but also the socialization, emotional, mental and skill development needed to fit in with ‘normals’. Climbing Out of Homelessness couples physical fitness with a host of other interpersonal skills to prevent the slide back into the destructive patterns of the past.
What we are about…
Taking those who are serious about recovery and offering them an remarkable opportunity to excel.
The Root of Addiction
Addiction is not just a substance abuse problem, it is a socialization problem. Climbing Out of Homelessness (COH) seeks to address isolation while building a community of support. We actively remove the “us versus them” attitude to set the individual on the right path towards lasting recovery.
Creating A Positive Reality
COH works with program climbers to provide a fresh spin on their current reality. By emphasizing new possibilities, our participants begin to see a new, alternative reality. This forms the foundation for them to see the world in a new way. We do this by calling out each individual’s best personal attributes as we challenge their skills, determination, and ability to be part of a team.
It’s About Teamwork
Teamwork is central to the COH program. The road to lasting recovery is challenging, and we help the participants recognize that to be successful they cannot do it alone. Through the teamwork they experience leading up to the climb, participants learn from each other and talk about the life changes they are going through. Mountain climbing requires a team in order to reach the summit, and the teamwork they have practiced become real.
Building The Plan
Achieving and sustaining major life changes requires solid planning. Climbing Out of Homelessness enhances each climber’s overall recovery program by aligning the climb’s physical preparation program with their recovery activities. This combination reinforces their learning of how to overcome temptations, find a rewarding path in life, and developing the life skills that will help them stay away from addiction.
Over the last 6 years, COH has achieved superior results in breaking the cycle of relapse during recovery. In the last 2 years nearly all of the participants have successfully achieved sobriety in a lasting and meaningful way. Many have returned to, or found new careers; reestablishing a promising future.