Where is the organization headed?
The organization will continue to build on the initial program and look to share what we provide with other organizations who are interested in replicating our process. We also plan to work out a mechanism to help graduates find stable housing, jobs, education, and careers where they can discover their own passion and purpose. When new programmatic ideas are presented, we test them to determine if and how they work to support the outcomes we expect and then develop programs based on the process and materials needed to create repeatable delivery.
What comes after “The Climb” part of the program?
We are developing an alumni program to maintain the community support long after the treatment program ends. We also intend to expand into other types of physical fitness and sporting events. A high percentage of graduates go on to be program volunteers, helping others attaining the same outcomes they now enjoy. The hard work pays off and a better life awaits those who try.
How do you plan for sustaining sobriety?
This is the main reason for forming the Recovery Beyond non-profit organization. Our founders were willing to financially keep the ‘ad hoc’ program going as it became apparent that the program was producing great results, we needed to plan for sustainable long-term funding to build out a more robust program that would support an ongoing and thriving community.
What are your metrics to date?
The following chart shows how our program has worked over the last three years.90%
Program Sobriety Average80%
Percent Sober in 2016100%
Percent Sober in 2017100%
Percent Sober in 2018
# Of Climbers
% Sober (overall)
# Sober Summited
% Sober Summited
* In 2017, conditions on Mount Rainier prevented participants from completeing the climb when scheduled. 2 weeks after the scheduled climb, 1 climber summited after the route reopened.
How do you measure success?
Battling addictions is a lifelong process, so it’s really tough to determine trackable measurements. Measuring sobriety is difficult because it is ‘a day at a time’ process.
We define our success as:
“We have chosen to use “short and rare” relapse in our calculations, in other words, defined as less than a week and no more than 2 times per year.“
The other question is ‘what constitutes a relapse.’ Statistics tell us the average addict goes through seven treatment programs before achieving a constant state of sobriety.
We believe that every aspect of a person’s life impacts their ability to stay sober. This is the reason our Climbing Out program focuses on the whole person by providing people who care and people who are able to be called upon when a challenging situation occurs.
We are developing more support for graduates after their initial participation in the program. Life isn’t easy for any of us, and former addicts must learn to break the patterns that lead to negative consequences of the past in order to lead a better life. Further, we are looking at establishing additional measures related to other life areas, such as stabling housing, jobs, and access to medical care.