Mission & Vision: What drives Recovery Beyond
To empower individuals to achieve long term sobriety through a supportive community that enables goal setting, lifelong learning and healthy lifestyles
Sobriety supported for a life-time.
Building on our Success
Our graduates come back and give back. They not only become productive members of society; they also become contributors and leaders. 85% do not relapse. The results are dramatic. But can they be multiplied? This question is critical.
Today, over 20 million Americans—1 out of every 12— are addicted to drugs or alcohol. This epidemic kills over 100,000 and costs us over $500 billion annually. While over 700,000 people are currently enrolled in nearly 15,000 different recovery programs, it is reported that 40%-60% of those that complete a recovery program will relapse within the first year.
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 volunteer-driven model works in partnership with current addiction treatment programs to provide the two additional, critical success factors for long-term sobriety:
1. a new, enduring lifestyle of healthy behaviors and activities; and
2. a long-term community filled with positive relationships and support.
All 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 alternative habit. Participants also enjoy a close-knit community, forming new, healthy relationships that last long after their addiction recovery program.
This outdoor recovery community gives all those deciding to get clean and sober a safe place to belong, healing relationships that last a lifetime, and healthy active hobbies. We know that when these three exist, long lasting sobriety is the result.
We believe it is 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.
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!
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.
- 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."
- Katie WhitmanSupporter“I love that this organization has partnered with The Rescue Mission to walk alongside those experiencing addiction and homelessness. We are all broken and saved by the Grace of God, we are meant to walk with one another in relationship and ultimately that will create healing.”
- Lisa CandlerMinistries Manager of KentHOPE"I am so grateful to work for an organization that partners with others to create opportunities for long-lasting recovery. Thank you SUGM and Recovery Beyond."
- Volunteer"I drove guys, hiked with them, trained with them, and got to lead a rope team. I was only a small part but added to the environment of care and encouragement to them pushing forward to their goal of climbing out of addiction and climbing rainier. We are healed through relationship and I hope I was able to love the guys well in the time they were in my life and I in theirs."
- 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."
- 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."
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