Hello, my name is Tom Karl. I founded R1 as a result of my professional experience and my own recovery journey. I am grateful to have survived the struggles and consequences from my addiction with the help and support from so many others along my path. A positive outcome following my last relapse was the inspiration to create the Discovery Cards and tools. I am now committed to three tenets:
- Keep “Recovery First” – This is true for me and those we touch through R1. Without it, nothing else is possible. And with it – anything and everything is. We can reach our dreams and aspirations if we keep recovery #1. This has certainly been true for me.
- Serve others – Helping others who also struggle with an addiction, their families, and those who are committed to our mission supports our own recovery.
- Choose to live a healthy and meaningful life – Life is short. Happiness comes from serving others, doing good, and being grateful. I choose to be happy and hope to inspire others to live a healthy and meaningful life along my R1 journey.
Connecting with others and sharing our experience is foundational to recovery. We at R1 are driven to spark meaningful conversations that inspire self-discovery, connection, choice, action, and change for individuals in recovery and their families. The R1 Discovery Cards and tools were developed to encourage these things. We hope you find they do just that – increase engagement, participation, and spark meaningful conversations for you. We are committed to bringing quality tools to the substance use prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery communities. We want to hear from you. We’ll need your input and feedback – both your successes and challenges – so we can continue to improve the tools.
We look forward to meeting you, working with you, hearing from, and learning from you. We look forward to making a difference – together with you!
Mission: Inspire people in recovery to live a healthy and meaningful life.
R1 creates engaging learning experiences through self-discovery that drive choice, action, and change for individuals in recovery and their families. We support programs, counselors, peer recovery coaches, and educators to be more effective in teaching relevant evidence-based topics in substance use disorder, life skills, and behavioral health. Our innovative hand-on engagement tools, the Discovery Cards and Group Kits (with companion Facilitator Guides, PPT slides, and posters), spark meaningful conversations in group and 1-on-1 settings. R1 offers training and certification, enterprise licenses, and curriculum consulting services to support the tools. Apps, multi-language versions, and other learning tool formats are on our product roadmap for 2019.
The R1 Brand: One of the goals of R1 is to build a community of individuals committed to keeping Recovery First and living a healthy and meaningful life. It’s that simple. How do I communicate my choice to live a sober life in a positive and non-anonymous way to others? How do I find others that are also in recovery and share this same aspiration? We’ve seen that there is no brand out there that lets us voice our sobriety choice. A brand that allows us to share our choice and connect with others on this same path in recovery. We’re hoping that R1 can be that brand and allow that choice to be a positive one. One that we can share. One that will attract others to the same life style. One that we can even wear. The truth is that being sober, being present, and living a sober life is awesome. Join us and be a role model for others. Share that you believe in your recovery and your sobriety and be part of the R1 community!
Quality – curate and develop the highest quality content based on leading evidence-based models and theories
Simplicity - keep it simple
Hands-on – make it experiential, use kinesthetic learning techniques
Practical – put theory into practice and bring leading evidence-based models and theories to life
Engaging and fun – experiential learning is rarely boring (just wait and see!) and we want to encourage full participation always
Learning – build a shared vocabulary and engage multiple learning styles
Impactful – our goal is to inspire self-discovery, connection, choice, action, and change
Memorable – we want to be remembered through the insights we bring to individuals who use our tools