Once again as our Disclaimer states on the Home page: While Recovery Realm will promote and use the 12 steps to recovery method, we are a seperate entity unto ourselves. Though bearing resemblences to other addiction organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, We are not affiliated with, AA, NA or any other organization.
We are a private site that chose to ask for donations not to run a campaign soliciting money. The original post said nothing negative about its membership it only printed emails from the membership that were yes negative but also positive. It made a point in thanking those who did donate at the time of posting as well as thanked those who volunteered their service.
For those interested, on our DONATIONS Page, we make it perfectly clear that site expenses refer to : hardware, hosting, and bandwidth costs associated with keeping the site up and running day in and day out as well as purchase server hardware, software, upgrades, hosting, programming, domain name, and of course our online chat room and meetings.
Site expenses do not mean our Lunch Fee as you suggested.
As for releasing an expense account, we do not run Recovery Realm as a business we are not in this to make a profit. Recovery Realm is here because we thought there was a need for a safe place for those seeking recovery to go and share their experience.
For 6 years we have kept the financial runnings of Recovery Realm private because we did not see a need for its membership to know how much it cost to bring it online or keep it online. We have not until recently ever asked anything of the memebership with respect to funding or supporting the operations of the site in a financial way.
But here goes some accounting to what money has been put into Recovery Realm. ( You can do a web search to verify some of these figures)
Original Chat Room was DigiChat
150$ set up, Managed Hosting Service for 200 users was 100 a month for a total of 1200$ per year, Annual service plan 240$
Borrowed the money to Later purchase Digichat server license DC-5 unlimited for $2000 ( DigiChat will nologer allow us to login and operate. After several attempts to contact them and lodge a complaint with the BBB we had to find a second Chat room Program which is run by Add on Chat)
Add On Chat ( has donated parts of its program to us as a gift in kind which we are very grateful for Thank you again to Chris Dhurr at Add on Chat) It does however cost $400 year plus additionalf fees for each module such as 35$ each for Avatar and Mobile functioning
In addition to the fees for operating the Chat room only Recovery Realm also has its website which is hosted by GorrilaOnline Servers. Which has gifted us with soom tech support and hosting services. However we have paid $200 quarterly plus additional fees for support . $750 Dot Net Nuke instalation and hosting.
Recovery Realm wrist bands $150 ( which in the past have been sent out as a thank you for making a donation) Domain name purchase $ 20 yearly Website design modules and skins $ 4000 .
Those are just a few of the expenses that we have made and continue to make in order to keep the site up and running.
Our services, information, resouces, fellowship chat and online meetings and membership are Free to you but the operation of this site is far from free.
To all those who have and continue to support Recovery Realm and its cofounders we thank you !