Mission & Vision: What drives Recovery Beyond
To develop, fund, and deliver programs, services, or items that complement the efforts of established recovery programs in unconventional ways.
To truly address the problems of addiction, recovery requires solutions that go beyond the norm.
Addiction is not just a substance abuse problem, it is a socialization problem. We seek to address isolation by building a community of support. We actively remove the “us versus them” attitude to set the individual on the right path towards lasting recovery.
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. By calling out each individual’s best personal attributes as a part of a new closely knit-together community, recovery thrives.
Teamwork is central to our organization. Successful recovery cannot be done alone. Through the teamwork they experience in our programs, 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 becomes real.
Joining a recovery program is an audacious goal, to begin with. The recovery saying is true, “the only thing you have to change is everything”. Setting audacious goals, in an effort to achieve and sustain major life changes, requires solid planning. Through goal setting and accomplishment, addicts can begin to build new healthy habits of taking steps upward.
Since 2011, this program has achieved superior results in breaking the cycle of relapse during recovery. In the last 3 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. These accomplishments are heroic, grand, and so we celebrate any chance we get!
Our first goal is to expand our partnering relationship to more missions. We hope to branch out to other recovery programs within our area. We eventually plan to offer this programmatic approach to missions anywhere.
Our second goal is to expand into other physical fitness activities and sports. Mountain climbing is a physically demanding sport not open to all. Running, biking, hiking and water sports could easily be substituted for mountain climbing. The benefits of this program’s structure are not tied to any one endeavor. The metaphor of ‘climbing a mountain’ applies equally to the challenging journey anyone dealing with addictions must climb to achieve and maintain sobriety. In 2019, we will begin offering a Backpacking option.
Why do we do this?
This work is important because there is no end to the population that struggles with addictions of various types. The journey is basically the same while meeting the individual where they currently are and helping them to find a path that leads to the life they deserve is unique. We look at the whole person and provide mentoring and teach the additional skills they need to successfully re-enter society and to become a valued team member.
We don’t give a ‘hand out’; we help by giving a ‘hand up’ climbing out of the desperate situation many addicts find themselves in. The loss of community is replaced with caring team members who share the daily challenges and encourage growth so our participants can be the best they can be. We teach skills that are necessary to handle daily life. We provide experiences that build confidence and turn lives around.
Finally, we do this work, because we get very positive results and change lives for the better. It is our mission to make our community stronger, one person at a time.
- Erin ClowesClimber Encouragement"My daughter is in recovery and the thing that sustains her is frequent access to the wild trails and natural wonders she can access in Bozeman, MT. Her fitness level is amazing. These days of training and climbing will be intimidating, but those days will rise and set regardless of how you spend them so keep at it – no one knows suffering like an addict knows suffering – you can do this! You are already charting a new course! I was so inspired by your project, it’s genius!"
- Volunteer"I had the privilege of being a porter for the 2016 climb. I had met Nat Lanting at the top of mailbox peak about a month prior to the climb (divine appointment). I am a recovering alcoholic that has been given so much in sobriety...first and foremost is an intimate relationship with God. The road to happy destiny is 'trudged' better in community and fellowship."
- Volunteer"The climb is such a tangible metaphor for the program climbers, providing inspiration, motivation, and positive rewards at each stage. Success in this "impossible" goal teaches vision, skills, discipline, faith, confidence, teamwork, and habits to succeed with all life challenges. I was a community participant in the 2016 team training and summit climbs for Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. The training and instruction on mountaineering skills was top rate, and we had superb guides. The leaders provided everything we needed to succeed as long as we put in the effort. More importantly, the relationships with the program climbers were rewarding and will be enduring. I am so thankful to see them succeed in life as well as reach the summit."
- Program Climber"The most helpful aspect about climbing out of homelessness was the people it really allowed me to connect with people who were in recovery and outside recovery all different walks of life you really showed me that people don't see me as an addict they just see me exact and that I don't have to always identify as an addict."
- Greg BradenRBP Supporter"...in my past experiences in law enforcement and, currently, as a Victim Advocate, I am all too aware of the devastation that addiction and homelessness has on individual lives, families and communities. Resolving these issues is hugely complex. However, I also believe strongly that the solutions reside in innovative, local efforts being undertaken by RBP and similar organizations."
- Volunteer"I could answer in a thousand words because I saw many changed lives but the profound statement I take away that I want to share is one of the recovery climbers saying "one year ago I tried to climb up a bridge to kill myself and was too weak to do it, now I'm climbing a mountain to come out of addiction!" This is what many program climbers express each with their own twist and specific story."
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