What is Experiential Recovery?

What is
Experiential Recovery?

Experiential Recovery works when other things fail

Alcoholics and addicts don’t listen to lectures.   In early recovery, most therapy sessions (either group or individual) become a lecture by the therapist.   The alcoholic or addict may look like they are listening.   They might be able to take a test after the lecture and pass the test.   But for an alcoholic or addict, information from lectures doesn’t go deep.   And lectures don’t get anyone clean and sober.   If they did, your loved one would already be clean and sober.   He (or she) has been getting lectures for years.


Experiential Recovery involves actions, movements, and activities.   It encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through a range of other active experiences.   Clients tend to focus on the activity at hand and drop the guards they have built over their lives that have been blocking recovery and causing relapse.   Relapse is a symptom.   Alcoholics and addicts have deeper problems.   Experiential Recovery goes deep.   Clients using experiential recovery welcome the honesty required to get to the real and deeper problems.


You are probably aware of the success that Experiential Therapy is enjoying.   Experiential Recovery allows alcoholics and addicts to immerse themselves in their recovery plan with all the intensity they can find.   Experiential Recovery can be fun.   Your loved-one will enjoy the “experience” of being in recovery.   If they don’t enjoy recovery, they will drink or use again.


Friends and relatives of alcoholics and addicts believe that their loved-ones need the proper information.   They believe that a lecture is an efficient way to transmit that information.   So they usually try a lecture oriented treatment center first (“Plan A”).   Insurance companies like to reimburse lectures.   Lectures just don’t work for alcoholics and addicts.   Lectures definitely fail for alcoholics and addicts in early recovery.


“Plan A” (lectures) has not worked in the past.   It will not work in the future.   It may actually be making things worse by hardening the alcoholic or addict.


It is time to try “Plan B”: Experiential Recovery.


Do you want more information?


    1.) Find a recommended treatment center from the list below that uses Experiential Recovery by clicking on the links below, or
    2.) Please scroll to the bottom of this page and leave a message in the comments section.


41 thoughts on “What is Experiential Recovery?”

  1. Hello there! This website could not be written any better!

    Looking at this info about experiential therapy reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He always kept talking about this. I’ll forward this information to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to like it.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Awesome information you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any other websites that cover experiential recovery? If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
    Thank you!

  3. I just wanted to drop you a quick note here instead of calling you. I came to your What is Experiential Recovery? website and really like what you are doing.

  4. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this
    non-profit! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking

  5. I know this web site has valuable information about experiential recovery.
    Are there site which have additional information?

  6. Hi my name is Deanna Brady and I just wanted to drop you a quick message here instead of calling you. I discovered your What is Experiential Recovery? website and like what I see.

  7. In comparison of other countries, treatment in India is less expensive. We can learn from this from the United States.

  8. You really make it seem so easy. I find alcoholism and addiction very complicated and extremely difficult to understand!

  9. Hello, This definitely agrees with everything I have done in the field. I have not found anything that works as well as experiential therapy.

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