Report: #595138

Complaint Review: Hero House

  • Submitted: Wed, April 21, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, May 02, 2012
  • Reported By: Georgia United States of America
  • Hero House

    Kennesaw GA; San Juan Capistrano, California
    United States of America

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Hero House is a sick twisted idea of a con artist by the name of Randy Haveson. Randy is very good at talking naive and vulnerable people into entrusting their sons who are having troubles with college and also having problems with drugs/ alcohol addiction into paying $ 3,000.00 for a joke of a program he never comes close to providing. Our son relapsed after this con-artist neglected him because he is too busy and too cheap to hire professionals to do the job he loves to " talk " about. His reputation has followed him to California were he tried to con many local programs into supplying him with victims that he can make money off of. None of the local agencies bought his game and he is now transporting students from the East Coast to fill up his houses over there. He figures if the kids are far away from home they are less likely to leave the program. I am not a rich father so I lost the money I paid to this sick individual but our son is doing much better now in another program.

STAY AWAY FROM HERO HOUSE AND SPECIALLY RANDY HAVESON or you are likely to end up with hearing problems ( form him talking so much ) and a lighter wallet.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Randy is a conman, not a man of integrity

AUTHOR: rippedoff - (United States of America)

Randy is essentially running a ponsy scheme. He is always looking to get "investors" and goes as far as asking parents of residents (who have already spent 2,800 a month for up to 12 months) for upwards of 100,000 when they graduate (yes, this happened to me) and PROMISES a wonderful return on their investment, which he cannot guarentee. When he fails to create the revenue required to pay his investor back on time, he goes out and cons somebody else to invest, and then pays the initial investor with the secondary investment and so on. 

Randy has been quoted stating that he goes to one AA meeting a year, and believes that people who do continue regular meeting attendance are "sad individuals who drink gallons of coffee and smoke packs of cigarettes." First of all, those who attend meetings daily after many years are not there for them, they are there for the newcomer, and are typically the happiest person in the meeting. Randy also will only sponsor somebody who has over 10 years of sobriety, thus, self-reliant. Randy preaches AA like he wrote the Big Book, but anyone in AA knows that it is not the words out of a persons mouth but their actions that matter. He is a dry drunk, and should not be trusted. 

He is very personable, and will use fear to convince parents that HERO is the ONLY way to keep your child sober. He constantly uses fear and the rhetorical tool of pathos to keep parents doling out money. He will tell you over and over again how anyone and everyone who leaves HERO will relapse and do terribly. I know many people who have left and are sober and doing wonderful. I also know many people who have graduated and relapsed. Also, no house will keep someone sober, if someone wants to use they will use, it has nothing to do with graduating HERO. Oh, and 80% success rate? My friends and I (other graduates) have done the real math, the success rate is more like 20%. We believe the reason for the 80% is because HOPE Homes has an 80% success rate, thus they have to lie to be competitive. 


Oh, and I graduated HERO House, have been sober since, sponsor people, have a 3.0 in college, and none of that is because of HERO. Thank god I went to some other kick a*s programs before HERO that taught me how to function in the world, and how to tolerate tyrants. because had I gone straight to HERO I would have relapsed for sure, they just do not teach you what you should learn. They do not let you make your own decisions and they do not offer the "safe environment" they advertise. You are told what is good and what is bad, you are told what you can and cannot do. Just me, personally, I am one who has to go experience and then decide what is right for me and my sobriety. 

Parents, spend money wisely and do whats best for your child, do not send them to HERO House. You WILL be lied to, taken advantage of, and ripped off. HERO is a great idea, but thats just it, an idea. 
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#2 General Comment

Thank god other people see randy haves on as the terrible person he is

AUTHOR: TheTruth5089 - (United States of America)

Wow, it truly makes me happy that other people see what a lying sack of s**t randy truly is. All he cares about is money, he talks like he knows about addiction he is just a lying b***ard. He puts some dumba** people to run his stupid shitty houses that are not remotely worth nearly 2 grand a month were talking 24 grand a year. Enough to pay for your childs college tuition. Please people look at hero house through those terms. Recovery isn't easy, and hero house makes it harder on your kid. Simple as that. These people tell you you cannot have a girlfriend, can't have sex, can't do anything, can't be your own human being. And being a puppet for a fa**ot named Kelly, who too is a sh**ty person to be around and be a Gestapo around addicts considering he has never been through addiction himself. As to the report from dumba** whoever talking about Randy's godlike caring of other people just completely false, greedy Jewish b*****d. Terrible person who claims to have ridden a sea turtle with his god given ability to control wild animals. His stories are as bulls**t as his personality, life and existence. Truthfully the largest d**che bag in the history of d**che bags. Will burn in h**l for his greediness, and because karma is a b**ch. Please keep your kids away from hero house. It's run by nazis and just bad people and the owner sits back and collects his money sitting on his little Napoleon a** in California. Truly sickening and as for him not caring about making charge people to 2000 bucks to live in a 110000 dollar house with like 6 other people in a s**t house. Not worth it even to step through the door
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#3 Consumer Comment

Randy's ranting and raving about himself

AUTHOR: radiobemba1956 - (United States of America)

Randy Haveson brags about his " speaker of the Year" awards and that's all he really is, a speaker. We all know that in the business and practice of recovery, it's not the speakers who make a difference, IT'S THE DOERS. In my view and from experience in dealing with him, Randy Haveson is s user of people who wants to make a lot of money without any effort to earn it. His agenda is only to talk people into giving him their money and their " Implied power of attorney " to tell you and you rkids what should happen with them and to them. This sick person is serious about controlling others and exerting power over them. Randy is a very sick person. I do not recommend this program to other parents like me.
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Randy is Full of Integrity

AUTHOR: Heidi Trow - (Virgin Islands (US))

I have been working for Randy for a long time  and have witnessed his integrity first hand. If a student is not following rules, is not serious about their recovery and is creating a negative impact on the community they are asked to leave the program to maintain the integrity of the program. Randy would rather have one or two clients who are serious about their recovery than a house full of students who are not serious - even if it means making zero or less than zero profit for the company - which I have seen since I've worked there. He'd rather not make any money at all than keep students who need a higher level of treatment because keeping them would do a disservice to the community and to the client who needs more serious care. When such students are asked to leave they tend to act out in various ways, such as writing several ripoff reports under different aliases. 
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