Building a Community for Lasting Results. Giving Those In Recovery “A New High”.

Building a Community for Lasting Results.
Giving Those In Recovery “A New High”.

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Today, over 40 million Americans live with substance use disorder. For the first time in 2021, this epidemic cost the lives of over 100,000 people (CDC). In addition to the irreplaceable loss of lives, substance use costs us over $700 billion in healthcare, crime, and lost productivity. Only about 10% of people with a SUD are able to enter into a formal treatment program. Of those who receive treatment, as much as 85% will suffer symptom relapse within the first year of recovery. Drug Relapse | Drug Addiction Relapse Statistics & Prevention (

In 2011, a collective group of people living with substance use disorder, social work professionals, and outdoor enthusiasts teamed together in an effort to find long-lasting sobriety through climbing mountains, specifically Mt. Rainier. Year-after-year, substantial relationships and sustained recovery resulted from this mountain-top, community experience. Recovery Beyond was created in 2016 as a non-profit organization with the purpose of multiplying the impact discovered on Mt. Rainier. Recovery Beyond’s current peer-driven model works in partnership with treatment programs and community partners to provide additional, critical success factors for maintaining recovery:

Recovery Beyond’s volunteer-driven model works in partnership with current addiction treatment programs to provide the two additional, critical success factors for long-term sobriety:

  1. health – tools for learning to manage the symptoms of substance use disorder and making positive behavioral choices;
  2. purpose – meaningful activities that allow exploration of interests and development of life goals; and
  3. community – a network of recovering individuals and their allies who offer support, encouragement, and hope.

The critical elements of recovery are met. There is external supervision and support outside of treatment. Vigorous physical activity and exercise-driven endorphins provide a healthy and pro-social behavioral alternative. Members also enjoy a close-knit community, forming new and positive relationships that last a lifetime. The long-term goals with a sense of accomplishment, opportunities for growth, and engagement in a community of service help provide a purpose. We know that when these exist, long-lasting recovery is possible.



We believe it is never too late to pursue personal goals and dreams, to value self and others, and to become a unified core of health in body, mind, and spirit.

Want to see more of Recovery Beyond’s history? A feature-length documentary, A New High, tracked the impact of our program and made its world premiere at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). In 2018, Recovery Beyond was also featured in short-form documentaries produced by REI and Now This.

View the trailer for “A New High,” the documentary about the Climbing Out of Homelessness program

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Recovery Beyond and the Climbing Out  Program Featured by REI Co-op Journal and NowThis

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