Entrepreneurs in Recovery® Workshops

Discover a new strengths-based approach to empower people in addiction recovery for both individuals and groups.

The Five Entrepreneurs in Recovery® Workshops


Focus On Your Recovery

We focus on times when you were a positive influence in the lives of others and tap into individual success factors. Next is a group activity to co-shape and design your ideal recovery relationship followed by the creation of your recovery team.

“Whatever you focus on expands.”


Elevate Your Life

We study moments of excellence and tap into the collective resourcefulness of the group. Next is a guided visualization of the future followed by the creation of a personal action plan to bring these images to life.

“We don’t get into recovery to survive, we do it to thrive.”


Appreciate Your Journey

We focus on moments of appreciation followed by journaling actions you appreciate and love doing. Next is a group activity were participants co-create a skit or magazine cover regarding activities they love to do. Participants are then invited to create an action plan and list things they love and enjoy doing.

“Recovery is a continuous process that never ends.”


Building Resilience in Recovery

We study moments of resilience and tap into the individual and collective strengths of the group. Next, the group creates an empowering sentence which is turned into a personal affirmation. This is followed by an action plan for success in life and recovery.

Examples of Empowering Sentences 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”


Radical Self-Care

We study moments of health and wellness followed by self-care actions and goals relating to the mind, body, and spirit. Next, we divide into groups to ideate an ideal self-care routine for recovery. This activity is followed by each participant creating their own daily self-care routine.

“Self-care is not selfish.”

It’s Time for a New Addiction Treatment Paradigm


Our addiction recovery system needs an upgrade. Our current success rates for people finding addiction treatment range from dismal to depressing.

  • In 2017, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths in the United States – an increase of nearly 10% from 2016. (CDC)
  • Drug overdose-related deaths exceed both vehicle-related (44,000) and firearm-related (39,000) deaths annually. (Center on Addiction)
  • Nearly a quarter of young adults (21.2%) meet the criteria for an alcohol or illicit drug use disorder. (NIH)
  • 93% of 18-25 year old’s who need treatment for substance misuse treatment did not get it. (USN)

Whether we are talking about alcohol, illegal substances or prescription medications, the numbers show that our current treatment models for substance use disorders are in desperate need of improvement. 

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 workshops 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.


Entrepreneurs in Recovery® workshops will allow you to:

  • Deepen participants sense of individual and shared purpose
  • Uncover new possibilities for their own future
  • Increase social connection, bonding, and a sense of community
  • Offer new life and recovery coping tools
  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Identify core strengths, resources, and values
  • Expand self-awareness
  • Ignite positive story sharing, emotions, and engagement
  • Spread wisdom, new knowledge, ideas, and best practices
  • Teach action planning, goal setting, visualization and mindfulness
  • Capitalize on our past learning and use these experiences to inform our future

In these workshops and trainings, 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.

Who are these workshops for?

Life and Recovery Coaches


Education & Recovery Advocacy Training

Healthcare Professionals

Leader Facilitators


Addiction Treatment Centers

Structured Sober Living

And More…

Trusted By


About Me

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 and train individuals, groups, workplaces, education and advocacy recovery training companies, 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. How do we help people get a better start to their recovery journey?

The questions we ask of ourselves and others are fateful. This is why I’m so excited for the opportunity to welcome you to my Entrepreneurs in Recovery® Workshops and Training. 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 XCHANGE Certified Practitioner through the Flourishing Leadership Institute. The XCHANGE method trains leaders, coaches, and consultants in the art of facilitating rapid positive change using Appreciative Inquiry. I’m currently a member of the XCHANGE Master Faculty team.

The XCHANGE 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 XCHANGE 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 my workshops with executives, 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

Introducing a New Model for Addiction Recovery


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:

  • Addiction treatment as we know it now has a gap
  • Clients face the stigma of being “broken” and the need to “fix” them
  • Focus is placed on what is wrong instead of what is right or working
  • Clients are defined by their weaknesses rather than their strengths
  • Past failures are emphasized instead of strengths and future successes
  • Feelings of shame are often reinforced

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. personal strengths, wisdom, and 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.” – Brené 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.

Success Stories & Testimonials


“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”

Participant Feedback from Entrepreneurs in Recovery® Workshops


“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 of 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 part of the new paradigm for addiction recovery because they know something needs to change.
  • Bring an engaging and powerful experience to their company, community, or organization.
  • Be on the cutting edge – people looking for a training and certification in something new and cutting edge.

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