Focus On Your Recovery
This event focuses on building a support team. High point stories are shared of when the participant was a positive influence in another person’s life. Next, we uncover the success factors that enabled this story to happen. This is followed by a group activity to co-shape and design their ideal support team. Each participant creates a plan of action at the end.
“Whatever you focus on expands.”
Elevate Your Recovery
This event focuses on co-creating your success toolkit. We study moments of achievement and crowdsource the collective resources of the group. A visualization of a new future follows this activity. This event concludes with the participants creating an action plan with their success toolkit.
“We don’t get into recovery to survive; we do it to thrive.”
Appreciate Your Recovery
This event focuses on appreciation. Participants journal moments of appreciation and share in small groups. Participants work together to crowdsource a skit or magazine cover to demonstrate an ideal day of gratitude. Participants are invited to create an action plan to commit to doing more of the things they love.
“Recovery is a continuous process that never ends.”
Building Resilience in Recovery
This event focuses on the power of resilience. We start by journaling a story of overcoming adversity. Participants use their stories to uncover the individual and collective strengths of the group. Next, groups work together to co-create an empowering statement of resilience. The participants then create an action plan that incorporates their resilience and strengths.
Examples of Resilience Affirmations Created During Workshop:
“What I can’t do alone, we can do together.”
“No matter how many times we fall, we get back up.”
“We are motivated, persistent, determined, and courageous about our recovery.”
“We as a team embody a lot of the same, which gives us a fighting chance at a new life.”
“We are proud and courageous determined to take care of ourselves and our sobriety.”
“We resilient women are committed to evolving with creative and loving instincts to overcome addiction with kindness and empathy to transform chaos into serenity.”
Self-Care in Recovery
This event focuses on building an ideal self-care routine. The group works together to uncover moments of health and wellness. This is followed by writing down self-care actions relating to the mind, body, and spirit. Next, groups are assigned to crowdsource what an ideal self-care routine would look like. The final activity is each participant creates their own daily self-care routine.
“Self-care is not selfish.”
“The exercises were excellent and engaging! The resilience mantras developed by all were awesome! Talking to others- excellent! The energy was quite positive, thank you Jesse!”
-Dr. Monica McCall, President & CEO of Creative Options
“Jesse, thanks for your presence and all you to do to add heart and light to our world.”
-Dr. Rollin McCraty, director of research at the HeartMath Institute
“Recently, I was fortunate to be able to participate in a virtual session delivered to our Direct Support Professionals by Jesse Harless on Practicing Self-Care. Jesse was so very effective at teaching and providing us simple ways to take care of ourselves and create positive energy during the day, something so vital for people who spend their lives taking care of others. Thank you Jesse, you were incredible.”
-Paul Schiavone, CHRO Penn-Mar Human Services
“I had not even realized how disconnected I had been feeling from other people. I have had super low energy, but this sparked energy in my mind and body. It felt so supportive and I cannot believe I got the sense of connection that I did from a virtual meeting.”
“Connecting in breakout rooms – hearing others stories and seeing the strengths in each of us and tapping into those within myself. Thank you so much for reminding and connecting us!”
“It’s encouraging and hopeful to look back to a point in our lives that was good. It helps me realize some of the positive qualities we might have forgotten through our use. This experience also helps us build goals to create the future we want.”
The mission of Entrepreneurs in Recovery® is to facilitate life giving conversations that empower people to move out of a cycle of destructive hopelessness and help them harness their strengths to build healthy purpose-driven habits.
An Innovative Approach During a Time of Uncertainty and Change.
Our events draw on research-based methods and real-life experiences to help facilitate transformational group experiences and create positive outcomes for a whole organization to flourish.
Entrepreneurs in Recovery® Facilitation Services Will Enable You To
During our events, you will experience a science-based approach to facilitating powerful conversations and unlocking group wisdom. Our events offer a menu of techniques, coping tools, and activities you can implement right away with your team and organization.
Who are these services for?
Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Centers
Education & Recovery Advocacy Training
Recovery Community Organizations
Individuals Affected By Addiction
Families Affected By Addiction
Structured Sober Living
The Foundation of Our Approach
Entrepreneurs in Recovery® events and workshops use the same approach called upon by the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, BMW, Keller Williams, Vitamix, and NASA. The XCHANGE approach trains leaders, executives, coaches, and consultants in the art of facilitating rapid positive change using several methods, including Appreciative Inquiry. I’m currently a member of the XCHANGE Faculty team.
XCHANGE is a radically effective, scientifically based, multi-disciplinary approach for leading and managing teams, organizations, and learning communities, both at in-person events (retreats, conferences, summits & workshops) as well as online.
The XCHANGE approach enables teams to co-create a powerful shared identity, spark wide-spread resourcefulness, and build capacity to thrive virtually.
I work with leaders, facilitators, addiction and mental health professionals, recovery coaches, entrepreneurs, human resource and healthcare professionals, learning environments, recovery community organizations, and companies.
I also work with individuals and teams interested in using this approach in schools, churches, prisons, and communities.
“Change begins with a single conversation” – David Cooperrider
Quite often, professionals focus on what is not working, what’s missing, what’s broken, or what is wrong in an effort to fix a problem.
This old paradigm of thinking and doing often unleashes a person’s sense of shame which can be both toxic and destructive.
We are in a time of great change. Simple cause and effect solutions won’t cut it anymore. How we treat people and talk to them is a matter of life and death in the world of addiction and mental health recovery. These are important individuals who have a life purpose.
As Dr. Gabor Mate states, “Don’t ask ‘What’s wrong with you? Ask, ‘What happened to you?’”
Changing from a Deficit-Based Approach to a Lens of Transformation and Abundance
A Revolutionary Approach.
We need to step into the person who is in front of us and meet people where they are. We possess many of the resources we need within us already, i.e. personal strengths, resilience, and creativity.
What we focus on expands. If we focus on what is working, such as a person’s strengths and stories of resilience/excellence, we draw out more of these positive qualities and behaviors. Having appreciative conversations about purpose, strengths, vision, and goals is what makes people come alive. Conversations that energize and stimulate positive actions. All voices being 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® events, participants get to hear from a diverse set of voices, learn new information about each other, and imagine what’s possible for their future. Participants learn how they can thrive instead of just trying to survive.
Events that Honor Diversity and Inclusion.
Our stories matter. The stories we create about our past failures and successes have the power to connect us, the power to destroy us, or the power to lift us and harness our resilience to keep us alive. Groups learn how to create a shared identity, co-create a vision for the future, and crowdsource available resources 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.” – Brené Brown
Entrepreneurs in Recovery® events and workshops help fill the gap. There is power in bringing the best out of people through conversation. 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 my online events and workshops, participants are beating isolation by creating deep connections with each other – it all starts with building safety, carefully choreographed questions, 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
“Trainings are boring. Same messages from different people, regurgitating statistics and facts from years long ago. Trainings can be the black cloud of necessity to keep our certifications or licensure‘s valid.
The trainings that Jesse deliver, through Entrepreneurs of Recovery workshops, are designed to tap into each one of our personal and unique skill sets to fan a flame of fire that brought us to our work in the beginning.“
Claudia Hamilton – Executive Director of LivingProof Recovery and NextDoor
“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
Feedback from 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”