Frequently Asked Questions
About Recovery Marriage Encounter
What can you tell me about the Experience?
It is highly recommended that both members of the couple be actively engaged in a twelve step recovery program. The minimum requirement is that an addicted party be actively participating in a twelve step program for at least one year and the other party have at least a basic understanding of twelve step concepts. If you have any additional questions refer them to the contacts listed on the registration page.
The couples are not professionals. They are volunteers who have been encountered and have spent many years putting the tools they gained during their encounters to practical use in their relationships. Additionally, they have made a commitment to passing on and sharing their strength, hope, and experience through Recovery Marriage Encounter as team couples.
Any twelve step program that recognizes the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as a basic tenet.
The experience introduces couples to the tools of dialogue, the basis for a successful relationship. The team couples will share their experiences with the effects of addiction as well as the effects of a recovery program, as they relate to their relationships. Team couples have experienced the same challenges as many couples have. By sharing their experiences, good and bad, and allowing couples to relate to their own experiences, a healthy and experiential environment is created for the attending couples to examine those experiences.
The best answer to this question is found in your own experience of recovery. Did your program help you immediately? The experience will provide some incredibly valuable tools, as do the twelve steps. Putting them to use and aligning them with the twelve steps is how we become successful in relationships: individually and as a couple. This is the key to a creating a "recovering" relationship.
The RME Experience is a threshold for continuing dialogue groups who meet regularly to reinforce the valuable recovery tools couples gain on their experience together.
One woman recently described it this way, “First, it was about me; then me and my husband; and, finally, it was about me, my husband, and my Higher Power.