Testimonials

Real Recovery Parent and Client Testimonials

Written Testimonials

“I can’t say enough about Kevin and Dana and the Real Recovery team. My son benefited from his stay at Real on so many levels. Kevin and Dana and the amazing staff were there to ease the transition into sobriety for my son in a unique and unexpected way. They acted as therapists,mentors,parents, brothers and most of all as friends. They gave my son the integrity he deserved, the assistance he needed and the tools he required to continue the substance-free lifestyle he had earned.”

– Parent of Former Client

“My time at Real Recovery gave me a chance at a new life, gave me a opportunity that no one else has or ever would, and showed me that being sober can be fun.”

– Ryan, Former Client

“After graduating treatment, I knew I needed to go to a sober living home if I wanted the best possible chances of achieving long-term sobriety. After spending just enough time in a very average house to start to waiver in my faith and resolve, Kevin and Dana opened Real Recovery, and I could not get in the door soon enough. At Real, I built the foundation upon which my two-and-a-half years of sobriety stand. The nine months I spent at Real are the most life altering and influential months of my life, and I am certain I would not love my life today without them.”

– Zac, Former Client

“Our son benefited enormously from transitional living at Real Recovery, because the approach toward sober living, while highly structured and supportive, does not feel institutional. We visited unannounced and found an immaculate, orderly and respectful community where the young men in the program respected the boundaries and expectations of the house managers. Clients explained why it was different and working for them. Very quickly, we concluded that this place has figured out a way to integrate 12-step, daily groups and individualized therapy where no one has to write on or read a white board to do what they need to lead a sober life. They just do it. And those young men who don’t find a fit there or can’t stay sober, leave. The support system combines healthy community living in a more normal setting than other places we explored.


Since our son moved on from Real Recovery, he has remained clean and sober and is self-supporting. Kevin and Dana helped him recapture his confidence and sense of humor to figure out his next steps and stay the course. We are grateful to Real Recovery.”

– Ann, Mother Of A 21 Year-Old Graduate

“Before I was able to admit that I’m an alcoholic and will be for the rest of my life, I had to be completely broken down. I had dropped out of three different colleges, been admitted to psych wards twice, been kicked out of my parents house, kicked out of my ex girlfriends apartment, been homeless, and arrested twice in one week. All of these things led me into the doors of a rehab center. After completing a 42 day program at a rehab center, it was recommended that I go to a recovery residence. Naturally, I was against the idea. I thought I knew what was best, despite the endless examples to the contrary throughout my past. Luckily, my rehab counselor knew about an up and coming recovery residence called Real Recovery. After meeting Kevin and Dana, I realized that Real Recovery wasn’t an average recovery residence and decided to go.


While at Real Recovery, I learned how to meet life on life’s terms. I learned simple things like how to get up on time, shop for groceries, communicate respectfully with others, take criticism and follow directions. Real Recovery showed me how to have fun sober, which was something I didn’t think was possible. In early recovery, it was very important for me to have fun and be active with other people who struggled with the same problems as me. Real Recovery isn’t just a place to get sober. It’s a place where young men like myself learn how to stay sober (if they are willing to get humble and follow directions). Somewhere along the way, I found peace. I became comfortable with who and where I was. There’s something about life at Real Recovery that I can’t seem to put into words, no matter how I try. There’s a camaraderie I haven’t found anywhere else. There’s an atmosphere that helps young men find a sense of joy and peace from within; for me, a joy and peace that I thought I had lost a long, long time ago.


Today, I’m back in college and doing well. I’m living in a house on the side of a mountain in Asheville about 9 minutes from Real Recovery; instead of a sleeping bag on the ground or a concrete floor in solitary. I traded in my car for one that’s not a POS. I’m not afraid to answer the phone when my parents call. As a matter of fact, I call them. I attend meetings and visit Real Recovery regularly. I’m proud of how I treat people, instead of how much I can drink or smoke. I no longer manipulate the people I love. I take care of myself and do what I can to help others. But most importantly, I have a connection with a God of my understanding that far exceeds anything I could have imagined 27 months ago.


Would I be where I am today if I decided not to go to Real Recovery? I doubt it….”

– A Former Client

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