Discover a new strengths-based approach to facilitate addiction recovery for groups and individuals
Our addiction recovery system is broken. From individual counseling to group programs, addiction recovery rates range from dismal to depressing.
Whether we are talking about alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs, the truth is that the current treatment model for substance use disorders simply is not working.
These alarming numbers call for a shift in our treatment paradigm; a dynamic approach to facilitate addiction recovery and treatment.
The mission of Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ is to empower people struggling with addiction to move out of a cycle of destructive hopelessness and help them harness their strengths to build healthy purpose-driven habits.
Our facilitation programs take an innovative approach to addiction recovery.
Our workshops draw on research-based methods and real-life addiction recovery experiences to help facilitate transformational group experiences and create positive outcomes for those in recovery.
As a facilitator, Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops will allow you to:
In this training, you will discover a step-by-step, science-based approach to facilitating recovery, with a menu of recovery coping tools and activities you can implement right away with your clients.
My name is Jesse Harless, and my mission is to change the addiction recovery world one conversation at a time.
First of all, I want to thank you for investing your time and energy in yourself and in the lives of others. I left a successful career to live my purpose of helping people in addiction recovery to dream big and reach their full potential.
I work with individuals, groups, communities, addiction treatment centers, and sober living homes because I’m passionate about seeing people get a great start in their recovery journey. When I started my journey into addiction recovery at age 22, the only place I was told to go was self-help groups. But where are millennials and so many others going for help today? If it’s not self-help groups, then where?
As we know, only about 10 percent of people who suffer seek treatment support. Starting the journey to recovery the right way is critical. Addiction takes the lives of many people we love. We know there’s only so much a person can learn in 28 days. This is why this initial work is so important.
The questions we ask of ourselves and others are fateful and that’s why I’m so I’m excited for the opportunity to welcome you to my Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops. Our approach allows people to tap into their strengths, create a vision for their life, and design actions and goals so they make their way back into the world well-prepared and ready. This work equips people with the skills to not only survive, but also to thrive.
The Foundation of My Approach
The journey of creating Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops began while I was studying to become a L.E.A.F. Certified Practitioner through the Flourishing Leadership Institute. The LEAF method (Leading with Experiential Appreciative Facilitation) trains leaders, coaches, and consultants in the art of facilitating rapid positive change using Appreciative Inquiry.
The L.E.A.F. approach is a powerful facilitation tool that can be used in your own organization as well as clients and communities you lead and serve. The LEAF approach has been brought in by leading organizations (e. g., Facebook, BMW, TED , US NAVY, United Nations, Habitat for Humanity), institutions, and learning communities around the world, with groups representing over 55 countries.
I now spend my life sharing this training with coaches, facilitators, leaders, therapists, counselors, addiction professionals, recovery coaches, entrepreneurs, human resources and healthcare professionals, and others who work with people in addiction recovery. People who want to do good in the world. I also work with people interested in taking Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops into schools, non-profit organizations, churches, prisons, and communities:
“Change begins with a single conversation” – David Cooperrider
The traditional treatment model for substance use disorders leans toward the negative, seeing the client as broken and flawed; telling them they need to be fixed. Often, facilitators and counselors focus on what is not working, what’s missing, what’s broken, what is wrong or negative in an effort to fix the problem.
This old paradigm of thinking and doing often unleashes a client’s sense of shame which can be both toxic and destructive.
Deficit-based approach to recovery:
In order to make a real difference in addiction recovery, this negative mindset must be changed by both facilitators and clients.
Dr. Gabor Mate says, “Don’t ask ‘What’s wrong with you? Ask, ‘What happened to you?’
How we treat people and talk to them is a matter of life and death in the world of addiction recovery. These are important individuals who have a life purpose.
Changing from a Deficit-Based Approach to a Lens of Transformation and Abundance
Strengths-Based (Transformation) approach:
We need to step into the person who is in front of us and meet people where they are at. We possess many of the resources we need within us, i.e. strengths, wisdom, best practices.
What we focus on expands. If we focus on what has worked, such as a person’s strengths and stories of resilience and excellence, we draw out more of these positive qualities and behaviors. Having appreciative conversations around a person’s story, purpose, connection, strengths, vision and goals is what makes people come alive. These conversations are uplifting and energizing. They stimulate positive actions and people feel heard and acknowledged. Instead of looking for what’s wrong and what needs to be fixed, we look at what’s right and what’s working.
During Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops, participants get to hear from diverse and different perspectives, learn new information from each other, and focus on what might be possible for the future.
Everyone is a leader during Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops.
Our stories matter. The stories we create around our past failures and successes have the power to connect us, the power to destroy us, or the power to lift us up and find the resilience to keep us alive. This is what Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops are all about. Participants learn to tap into their own resources and solutions within while gaining new perspectives and knowledge from others.
“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued,when they can give and receive without judgement.” – Brene Brown
Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops help fill the gap. There is power in bringing the best out of people through conversations, appreciative thinking and creating new options for better living. Despite all that is happening in a person’s life, something is working.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Definition of Recovery:
“Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.”
How is this definition of recovery being demonstrated?
Johann Hari states, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, the opposite of addiction is connection.”
A big trigger for relapse is isolation. During Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshops, we are beating isolation by creating deeper connections with peers and the people around us – it all starts with purposeful connecting and meaningful conversations.
“To see the number of folks participating. Their openness, their willingness to share, those are all huge things. A lot of guys generally don’t open up. And to open up that quickly to someone coming in that they don’t know was phenomenal. This would absolutely beneﬁt people in recovery whether they have six minutes, six days or six months of sobriety. This (workshop) would absolutely be beneﬁcial to them in terms of their long term outcomes. Positive long term outcomes.”
Andrew West – Executive Director of Bonfire Recovery Services
“After Jesse runs his workshop, typically the atmosphere for the entire group itself comes up positively charged. There’s a lot of remarks about Jesse’s workshops such as “Jesse’s groups actually led me to feel more empowered. I think that what Jesse is doing for the recovery community is deeply impactful. I think that Jesse’s work is going to have a great impact on the lives of people, and by affecting the lives of those individuals, will then continue to spread down for more and more people.”
Ryan Gagne – Executive Director of Avenues Extended Care
“Thank you for being a guiding light for all those around you and for creating opportunities for individuals like myself to create impact in deep, meaningful ways. Through your training and guidance, doors have opened up for me in ways I never thought possible. We truly are changing lives.”
Stephanie Courtillier – Founder of Integrous Women
Sentences created by participants during Stephanie’s first Entrepreneurs in Recovery™ workshop:
“We are courageously connecting to a spirit within us that leads us to acceptance and confidence”
“We resilient women are committed to evolving with creative and loving instincts to overcome addiction with kindness and empathy to transform chaos into serenity”
“I’m absolutely grateful. Had you of done this two months ago in my active addiction, I would of never experienced what I did today sober. It gave me hope, value and more gratitude.”
“It’s encouraging and hopeful looking back to a point in our lives that was good. Helps to realize some of the positive qualities we have that we might have forgotten through our use. Helps to build goals to create the future we want.”
“Shows the commonality between different people to show us that we all want very similar futures. Goals are great and possible to accomplish.”
“I like the communication with each other and the music. Getting to learn about others made time go fast and I love interactive groups.”
Mission of Entrepreneurs in Recovery:
Elevate the lives of people in addiction recovery who might be lost, stuck, or lack of direction to gain clarity in order to live a life on purpose.
I train professional helpers and people who have a heart for serving to bring about this mission.
People who are often interested in my training and workshops want to:
- Get out there and make an impact today.
- Be on the cutting edge – people looking for a training and certification in something new and cutting edge.