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Art of Recovery Expo Video

By 27th August 2017

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This years Art of Recovery Expo will have thousands of participants- it is a free event and we are proud to participate. This year we have committed to volunteer and do service work. Look for our team of men and women residents in the ViVRE t-shirts helping out at the event. Find Coach Carl giving a presentation about his fitness program “Fit Four Life” and see keynote speaker Austin Eubanks – a 1999 Columbine survivor who’s injuries got him addicted to opioids and led him to an amazing path to recovery. We do recover! Come see our amazing staff with our sponsor Building Blocks Counseling at our booth. This is our fourth year participating. Go #teamvivre

more info about the event at artofrecoveryexpo.com 

SMART Recovery ABC

By 27th August 2017

SMART Recovery – Self Management for Addiction Recovery

“Discover the Power of Choice!”™

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups.

The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room are excellent forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support.

ABCs- a crash course

The “ABC’s” are an exercise from SMART RECOVERY, which is a training program for recovery .  It is cognitive based (science based) from CBT.  SMART Recovery is simple enough and effective enough to be used by anybody and– it works.  Here is an example of how it works at changing thoughts about a behavior:

With the ABC’s we use this tool to examine the beliefs we have (or the thinking we are doing) as some of this may be causing us problems. The “ABC’s” are an exercise that helps us to stop being victims of our own thinking – by our (irrational beliefs) , with this tool you DISPUTE your irrational beliefs, and come up with EFFECTIVE New thinking.


It Works like this:

  1. (A) This is the Activator- the “thing” that happens
  2. (B)This is the Irrational Belief- the something that “should” be a certain way
  3. (C) This is the Consequence- of the irrational belief (anger, desire to use or unwanted behavior)
  4. Dispute- questioning the irrational belief, why ‘should’ a thing be a certain way?
  5. Effective new thinking  – changing a ‘demand’ to a ‘preference’


A common example of an irrational belief is- someone else’s behavior “MAKING”  us angry. This is a very common expression and we hear it often, but in fact it distorts the situation it attempts to describe.  NO ONE “MAKES” US ANYTHING… A more accurate description of “someone is making me angry” is to say that we feel angry about their behavior. They are simply behaving in a way that we are getting angry about.


I notice their behavior and then I become angry. The RESPONSIBILITY for the anger is mine, not theirs. This can sound strange at first, but dealing with anger and frustration in this way works.


SMART RECOVERY teaches that it is generally irrational and self-defeating to get all worked up about someone else’s behavior. The anger is based on a faulty assumption, which is that the other person SHOULD behave in the way we want them to. If you think about it, what the other person SHOULD do is not necessarily what they DO. This is a very important element of the equation- REALITY. They do what they do, and then you automatically get angry about it, and feel quite upset for a while- possibly very upset. It’s like walking around with a big push button on your forehead that says “Push here to aggravate”. Is this a useful response to others’ behavior? Probably not.

Since people are very likely going to do whatever angers us anyway, it seems, then it would make life a great deal easier if we didn’t get angry about it and lose our peace of mind.


For example, if I really believe that they MUST NOT do whatever they are doing, and then they still continue to do it, then the DEMAND that I have inside my head that says; “they MUST NOT do that”  …that demand will put considerable pressure on me from the inside to do something about it, which I am very often unable to do- or which may end up giving us an undesired result..


Often, it just isn’t possible to control other people’s behavior. So this will automatically make me feel bad; frustrated, ineffective, angry, desperate, hurt, enraged, and so on because we cannot translate the DEMAND “they MUST NOT do that” into reality. Most external things we simply cannot control. The problem is that we are DEMANDING something that we cannot get. It is better for our peace of mind if we simply PREFER to get what we want RATHER than DEMAND it.

How much easier it is if we can become aware of this and make a choice to change the DEMAND “they MUST NOT do that” into a more rational alternative, which actually means something; “I PREFER that they don’t do that”. Once I downgrade the DEMAND to a simple PREFERENCE, the heat is turned down and I can function again. After all, it’s now only a preference!

SMART RECOVERY has a simple exercise to help us make this adjustment, called “the ABCs”. It is used to analyze the situation and change our thinking about it so that without trying to change external reality, we can feel better about it. This doesn’t mean that we should never try to change external reality- sometimes it is appropriate- it’s when it isn’t an appropriate or an effective response,  that we can choose to have a different response instead in order to feel better.


To use this ABC exercise for yourself, just pick any situation where someone’s behavior is “making you angry” and take a look and see what it is you are thinking about it that is demanding and irrational, and change it into something more rational- a PREFERENCE. It is irrational to demand that people behave in the way we want them to!

Here is an example using drunken people making a lot of noise late at night as they pass by outside at night where we live when we are trying to sleep…

  1. A. (Activating situation)   Drunk people outside, making some noise.
  2. B. (Irrational Belief I have about A)   They MUSTN’T make any noise.
  3. C. (Consequences of having those beliefs about A)

When noisy drunken people pass in the street outside late at night and wake me up I feel angry.  It feels bad. I lie awake feeling angry and upset and don’t get back to sleep for a long time.

  1. D. (Dispute the irrational Beliefs in B by turning them into questions and answers)

WHY shouldn’t they make any noise- where is that commandment written in stone? Well, it isn’t.

  E. (Effective new thinking- substitute something rational instead of B)

A**holes and elephants are on the street, I choose not to let their behavior run me around or make me crazy!

Whatever happens – may be avoided. When it does happen the only thing you can control is your response to it.

Drunken people often tend to be noisy, but it’s no big deal. It is very common that they make  some noise on their way home. I will CHOOSE to not upset myself about this, and I will stop even noticing it because it is not a problem for me.


Aunt Rita’s AIDS Walk 2017

By 26th August 2017

We are wholeheartedly honored to announce that we will be proud participants in the Arizona 10th Anniversary Aunt Rita’s AIDS Walk 2017. ViVRE has partnered up with its sister company, Building Blocks Counseling to help raise money for the essential services and care to those affected by HIV and AIDS.

AIDS Walk Arizona & Fun Run is Arizona’s largest and only grassroots charity fundraiser in Phoenix benefiting Aunt Rita’s Foundation and our 16 Agency Partners that provide prevention education, testing, and essential services to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Over the past decade, AIDS Walk Arizona has inspired tens of thousands of people to walk and donate, raising over a million dollars to combat HIV and AIDS. These funds remain a vital lifeline sustaining the prevention, care and advocacy programs Aunt Rita’s Foundation and our 16 Partner Agencies provide for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in Metro Phoenix.

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Our Programs

Our ‘Quick Start Program’, is offered for a minimum of 90 days, to our residents. There is also an aftercare program that residents can take advantage of, who choose to extend their stay beyond 90 days. Learn more here

ViVRE management, employees, and volunteers are all dedicated to helping clients in need of employment, by providing guidance, life skills, resume building, and job coaching, along with regular reporting to government agencies. Learn More Here

SMART Recovery stands for “Self-Management and Recovery Training“, a science-based program that helps people to recover from a variety of addictive behaviors, including drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling, sex, and food addiction. Learn More Here

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  • Intake House
  • All Male Facility
  • 60 Bed Capacity
  • Fully Furnished Rooms

ViVRE – Maryland

  • All Male Facility
  • 25 Bed Capacity
  • Fully Furnished Rooms
  • Stability Program

ViVRE for Women

  • All Female Facility
  • 22 Bed Capacity
  • Fully Furnished
  • On-site Laundry

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Fit Four Life ViVRE program for our residents

Coach Carl Hargrave interviews a resident success story. Coach Carl comes to the sites and works with our residents to incorporate fitness and recovery. We are a federally-recognized, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing safe and structured sober living options for the otherwise homeless ex-offender. Our program operates with an emphasis on sobriety, personal responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

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90 days – however case by case it can be extended.  The goal is self sufficiency in 90 days.  Some good reasons for extensions would be wait lists for other housing programs, interstate compact, financial stability.  We also do have other long term supportive housing options.

There are several ways.  In prison – the case manager (CPO or COIII) will initiate the application process, typically 6 months prior to release.  Potential residents can also be referred by their parole and probation officer through various programs- talk to them about wanting to come to ViVRE.  Self referrals are also possible by calling our self-pay intake coordinator Ryan at 602-394-0961.  You may also write to ViVRE PO Box 44701 Phoenix, AZ 85064

All intakes are based on availability, which changes often.  We don’t discriminate and are all about giving men and women a second chance in life,  so there are only a few restrictions due to statute and insurance.  We cannot accept sex offenders, arsonists or those with seriously violent histories in our programs.

It is apartment style living- we have the basics provided, sheets, blanket, hygiene box, food is also provided in phase 1 (until employment is secured).  Allot of residents like to bring their own hygiene, their own blanket and pillow, you do have food storage space.  You may bring a small alarm clock, a reasonable amount of clothing, food a bicycle, laptop or even a vehicle if you have a license and registration/ insurance proof.  Due to limited space you may not bring  a TV, excessive belongings or alcohol based products.  A full list of items not allowed are gone over during intake.

Yes it is 8 pm upon intake until stability is reached and maintained.  The elements of stability include- gainful employment, zero balance of fees, adherence to rules of program (and parole/ probation supervision if applicable) maintaining sobriety, helping out with chores, etc.  This also results in phase up of program which allows for a later curfew and the potential for an overnight pass.  The goal is stability and sobriety.

Not necessarily.  We understand that housing is an immediate need and that homelessness compounds triggers of substance use disorder.  Therefore we have developed a smartfocus entry into our program.  It allows someone to access public detoxification (through our partnership with CBi at no cost to the end user) if detox isn’t needed and you are positive for a substance then we will help you get the necessary medical clearance (including transport to and from the detox) before starting the program.

For everyone’s safety the only visitors allowed (after initial intake)  are residents, staff and public officials.  Verifiable case managers are also allowed to staff in our offices with you.

 No – we partner with licensed agencies who can provide  these services.  We only provide quality structured sober living.  We can connect you with almost any resource that is needed.

Fees are different by specific program.  But generally unless referred by a parole/ community corrections officer (CCO) the fees must be paid for the week in advance by Sunday close of office.  Our residents in supportive long term housing fee payments are generally made monthly.