Welcome to Recovery Nation

This orientation is to help provide those new to the site with a clear path to getting started in their recovery from addiction, healing as a partner of someone with an addiction, or in healing together as a couple.

Registration

You need only register for Recovery Nation once. That single registration will be used to grant you access to all areas of the site that you are eligible to use. If you are coming to RN as a couple, each of you will need to register, but only once. Should you eventually decide that you would like personal coaching, those additional areas will be unlocked upon that registration. Once you have submitted your registration, please allow us up to 3 days to validate your account. You will be notified by email of when your account is active.

Which Path Should I Follow?

That is a decision that only you can make. The following are the three main options:

Individual Recovery Path

If you have come to the site seeking a permanent end to your addiction and to rebuild a healthy life, and you have no significant romantic partner, your current partner is unaware of your addiction, or either you or your partner are uncertain as to whether you want your to relationship to continue, then this is the path you want to follow. It will allow you to understand your addiction and develop the tools necessary to not just overcome that addiction, but to learn how to develop and manage a healthy life.

The primary tool on this path is the Recovery Workshop — which is a comprehensive series of lessons (70+) divided into five distinct stages of progressive development. Each lesson has activities to assist you in integrating the learning material into your unique, personal life. The other primary tool that you will be using will be the Recovery Forum, where you will have the option of posting your lesson responses for feedback from volunteer coaches and mentors; and to ask questions to the recovery community to support your understanding of addiction, recovery and the transition to health. Two supplemental tools will also be at your disposal: the Recovery Checklist — which you will use down the road to monitor for fundamental weaknesses in the foundation you will be building; and the Recovery Manager — which will provide you with a single storage area with which to maintain an updated version of the most important information needed for achieving and maintaining health.

If this is the path you are choosing or would like more information, click: Getting Started in Individual Recovery

Individual Partner's Healing Path

If you have come to the site seeking to understand your partner's addiction and the affects it has had on your life; seeking to regain balance and stability following the traumatic discovery of your partner's addiction; or seeking contrast between a healthy recovery process and an unhealthy one AND you have either already ended your relationship with this person, you are unsure if you want to continue this relationship, your partner is unwilling/unable to commit himself to a healthy recovery then this is the path that you will want to choose.

The primary tool on this path is the Partner's Healing Workshop — which is a comprehensive series of lessons (50+) divided into seven stages of learning. Unlike the recovery workshop, there is much more flexibility in terms of which stages you choose to learn from. Each lesson has activities to assist you in integrating the learning material into your unique, personal life. The other primary tool that you will be using will be the Partner's Healing Forum, where you will have the option of posting your lesson responses for feedback from volunteer coaches and mentors; and to ask questions to the partner's community to support your understanding of addiction, recovery and your own transition to health. Two supplemental tools will also be at your disposal: the Healing Checklist — which you will use down the road to monitor for fundamental weaknesses in the foundation you will be building; and the Partner's Healing Manager — which will provide you with a single storage area with which to maintain an updated version of the most important information needed for achieving and maintaining health.

If this is the path you are choosing or would like more information, click: Getting Started in Individual Partner's Healing

Couple's Recovery/Healing Path

For those couples who have come to the site having already made the decision that you will both do what needs to be done to work through this crisis OR for those who have already established strong, healthy recovery and healing processes (e.g. both have already completed the individual partner's and recovery workshops), this is the path you will want to choose. It will facilitate the rebuilding of trust, teamwork, intimacy and healthy communication with more efficiency — as it lays the foundation for such things from the very beginning. This as opposed to the two individual workshops, which focus more on developing individual life management skills.

The primary tool on this path is the Couple's Healing Workshop — which is a comprehensive series of lessons (60+) divided into six stages of progressive development. Note that here, stage two of the couple's path involves the completion of the two individual workshops. But, they will be completed in an aura of partnership and transparency, rather than isolation. Additionally, basic intimacy activities will be engaged in throughout Stage Two so that the objectives relating to partnership are not suspended. Each lesson has activities to assist you in integrating the learning material into your unique, personal life. Additionally, the entire Intimacy Workshop has been integrated into these lessons.

Couples have access to a separate "Couple's Forum" where they can maintain a thread of posts together detailing their progress through the workshop's various exercises and seek/offer support from/to other couples and mentors. In addition, couples can access individual recovery and healing support through the forums and have the option of gaining access to a private couple's forum that will be monitored directly by a Couples Coach. This comes standard with any couple's coaching package.

If this is the path you are choosing or would like more information, click: Getting Started in Couple's Healing

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