How Long to Monitor

New research has proven that if you stay clean, your brain will heal itself.

If you drink or take drugs again, you are turning the clock backwards!


The brain CAN be repaired — with monitoring.

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  • Why Monitor? The most important reason for monitoring is that it works.
  • For the general public, current long-term recovery rates from drugs or alcohol are not good.
  • Even after participating in a treatment or recovery program, the overall three-year abstinence rate is around 15 percent (15%).
  • And, the five-year abstinence rate from drugs and alcohol is around a mere 5 percent (5%).
  • However, there are some ‘good news’ stories.
  • People in certain occupations are required to have more intensive follow-up after their treatment or recovery program – in order to maintain their license to practice their profession.
  • People in these occupations, such as pilots, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and interstate truck drivers, who go through treatment programs with an intensive aftercare component, have around an 87 percent (87%) chance of recovery after 5 years.
  • In fact, some aftercare recovery programs have demonstrated a 94 percent (94%) 5-year recovery rate.
  • The difference in the 5-year recovery rates for these licensed occupations vs. occupations for the general public is staggering.
  • People who are physicians, pilots, etc. have up to an 18 times (18 x) better chance of staying clean 5 years after leaving recovery, as compared to the general public! (Compare 87% to 5% who are clean after 5 years.)
  • These high rates of recovery at 5 years are driven by a sound aftercare monitoring program.
  • After treatment in recovery, these people are not abandoned. Their brains are not allowed to fall prey to alcohol or drugs again.

So, based on brain research studies and the lifelong chronic nature of alcoholism and addiction, two or more years of monitoring is an absolute requirement.

Monitoring helps to overcome your emotional impulses, and allows the brain to heal.

The brain is powerful. Monitoring helps to overcome these issues, which then supports recovery.

  • How Long Should I Monitor? In the recovery community, it is commonly recommended to not make any major decisions for the first year or two in recovery.
  • Major decisions such as marriage, career change, and relocation are just a few examples of decisions you should delay.
  • Experience has shown that even though these decisions, on the surface, may appear to be stabilizing events for the affected person, the reality is that any major change is psychologically disruptive to the recovering alcoholic or addict.
  • On a stress scale, these changes are significant for anyone, for that matter!
  • Science has now backed up this recommendation.
  • Alcohol and other drugs have a particularly damaging effect on the brain’s frontal cortex, particularly the left frontal and prefrontal cortex. [See the Learn More section for a more complete overview.]
  • The frontal cortex is the area of the brain that controls executive functioning, or our sound, logical decision making processes. Fundamentally, the damage caused by alcohol and drugs STOPS you from making sound, logical decisions!
  • The impulses from the emotional regions of the brain, the limbic system, travel to the frontal cortex areas and are processed through these decision making areas.
  • When the brain is working properly, a healthy frontal cortex can make good decisions and halt things like emotional impulsivity or ‘rash decision making’.
  • When the brain is healthy, it helps you understand the benefits of delayed gratification which ensure you don’t rush into things before considering the consequences.
  • When the brain is strong, you have the ability to consider various alternatives to a situation and then choose the best course of action.
  • Alcoholism and drug addiction damages the brain – making it nearly impossible to make reasonably good decisions and to consider the consequences of your decisions.
  • Simply put, the frontal cortex processes all decisions. And a damaged brain cannot decide if “this is a good idea or this is a bad idea”.
  • With damage to this area of the brain from drugs or alcohol [and there is always damage to these areas when someone is addicted], the person is literally incapable of healthy and sound decision making. That’s why repairing the brain is essential.
  • By completely stopping drugs and alcohol, the prefrontal cortex begins to heal. But, it takes a long time.

The science is strong. You must give the brain time, free from all alcohol or drugs, to repair itself and heal. Therefore, two or more years of monitoring is an absolute requirement!

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Check In when it fits your schedule, any time day or night, online 24/7. Available 7 days a week, round-the-clock.


The system only tells your Circle of Support whether you have checked in daily, and the results of your random urine testing


You choose YOUR Circle of Support — and only you and your supporters know who is part of your team


Easy-to-read graphs let you know your progress in meeting your Daily Check-In goals


Check In is under a minute. Click on the button, and you’re done! Fast, easy and convenient via any device.


With an easy-to-use cup, check your urine for drugs or alcohol in the last 5 to 10 days


The random urine testing is set by the system, based on your history, with spot checks added, as needed, by your Circle of Support


Now your loved ones can celebrate your success by viewing your consistent daily check in behavior.

Praise for the Hayver Circle of Support

“For the last couple of years, I was considering developing an app that would simplify drug and alcohol monitoring. Then earlier this year, my old friends John Copenhaver and Noel Orsborn met with me and showed me exactly what I had envisioned. We know that long-term monitoring works, and we are happy to be collaborating with our two friends, John and Noel, to augment the care of our clients in this way.”

Taylor Hagin

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Safety Net Recovery

“Accountability for one’s own actions is critical, which is why we began working with Hayver for our alumni program. When our clients exit Second Chance, they re-enter a less structured environment, and we believe the
Hayver smartphone platform is perfect to keep accountability in their lives, with the people closest to them.”

Debbie Cohen

Executive Director, Second Chance Recovery Residences

“With the Hayver Platform, we can extend our staff’s ability to support and monitor our residents ongoing recovery. The application allows us to create an accountability network outside the walls of the residences. These circles of support share in their daily victories, such as overcoming the impulses to renew previous addiction-related behaviors, and they give encouragement that reinforces our residents’ recovery journey.”

Beth Fisher Sanders

Founder and Executive Director, Hope Homes Recovery Services

“Aftercare monitoring is essential for long-term recovery.”

Kevin McKnight, MD

Recovery Specialist, New Bern, North Carolina

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