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Renewal Lodge Makes The Journey To Sobriety Simple

Providing affordable mental health and substance abuse treatment since 2005

In a pilot study, our clients cited significant change after treatment at Renewal Lodge:

*Renewal Lodge’s pilot study was conducted by Vanessa Kettering, Ph.D., in conjunction with Mindfulness in Recovery® and 30 Renewal Lodge clients

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Increase in Emotional Wellbeing
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Mindfully Responding
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Decreases in Cravings
60% of our clients stated that the Mindfulness Program was the most beneficial part of Renewal Lodge.
Clients gave their primary Renewal Lodge counselors a 98% approval rating.

Our 30–90 Day Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

Renewal Lodge emphasizes individualized care in a dual diagnosis setting. Our attention to detail, intensive mental health evaluations, and evidence-based therapeutic interventions allow for dynamic breakthroughs in our client’s victory over substance abuse.

  Mindfulness helps our clients awaken to their mental, emotional, and physical potential.
  Inspiring. Life-Changing. Meaningful. These are some of the words our family member’s use to describe the Renewal Lodge Family Program.
  We create discharge and aftercare plans that promote individualized attention to the unique needs of every client.

Introducing the Mindfulness in Recovery Online Course

Together with Renewal Lodge

The online Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) course has been specifically designed to support people from all walks of life, whether you are in recovery of any kind, a family member or friend, or a professional working in the treatment field, to develop the skills to reduce stress, increase resiliency, and more fully engage in their lives with more connection and joy.

The seven skills of MIR enhance the four pillars of mental health described by Dr. Richard Davidson:

  • Awareness
  • Insight
  • Connection
  • Purpose
John Bruna
“Our genuine happiness comes from doing things we feel good about, not from doing things that make us feel good.”
~ John Bruna, Director of Mindfulness
Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC

12 Ways To Sneak In Mental Health Breaks Throughout Your Day

Peter Piraino of Renewal Lodge, shares how “Meditation has immense health benefits including lowering cortisol levels, reducing blood pressure and boosting serotonin (the happiness hormone)”
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At Renewal Lodge we personalize the care of every client seeking relief from mental health and substance use disorders. Since 2005, our staff have sought to deliver world-class clinical solutions to the issues important to those we serve.

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Joshua New, LCSW, Clinical Director
Joshua New, LCSW, EMDR-Trained
Clinical Director
Joshua New serves as Clinical Director for Renewal Lodge. His educational background includes a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England. Joshua’s therapeutic approach is distinctly holistic, focusing on the comprehensive well-being of the individual, encompassing physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Rooted in positive psychotherapy, his approach empowers individuals to recognize and leverage their inherent strengths, fostering a more optimistic and effective engagement with their life circumstances. This leads to outcomes that are both hopeful and productive. In long-term recovery himself, Joshua has served in various clinical roles with Burning Tree since 2011.
Ketty Ocampo
Ketty Ocampo FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Ketty is a nurse practitioner dual certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master of Nursing in Family Practice at the University of Texas Arlington and her Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner at Wilkes University. She has experience in caring for all age groups, from infants to geriatrics, in the inpatient setting. Ketty is always interested in expanding her knowledge to provide her with a better opportunity to improve outcomes for clients in her care. For fun, Ketty enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Rebecca Griganavicius
Rebecca Griganavicius, PMHNP, FNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Rebecca is dual-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner for Renewal Lodge. Rebecca received her Master of Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Texas State University. She received her post-masters certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She was just accepted into their Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program. Rebecca is in the Nurse Corps for the Navy Reserves. She has experience treating dual-diagnosis patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and reading.
Dr. Alejando D. Kudisch
Dr. Alejando D. Kudisch M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A
Medical Director
Dr. Alejandro D. Kudisch serves as Medical Director for Renewal Lodge. He is a Board-Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He has been in Practice in South Texas for over 25 years. Dr. Kudisch has been recognized as a Super Doctor for Psychiatry by Texas Monthly Magazine and received Lifetime Service Award for Addiction Medicine by the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatrists. He is chairman of the Drug Utilization Review Board for Texas Medicaid/HNSC. He serves on the Texas Medical Board as an Expert Consultant in Psychiatry dealing with Standard of Care Issues. Dr. Kudisch is married and has two adult children.
Brook McKenzie, LCDCi
Brook McKenzie, LCDCI
Chief Operations Officer
Brook McKenzie serves as Chief Operating Officer for Burning Tree Programs. Featured as an Addiction Expert on several episodes of Dr. Phil, Brook frequently contributes to some of the Nation’s most prominent media outlets. With compassion, understanding, and a deep insight into the mind of the chronic relapser, Brook seeks to engage in the healing experience of every family that Burning Tree serves. Happily married with two young boys, Brook enjoys fatherhood, sobriety, and all the wonders of living a whole life in recovery.
Doug Wade, LMFT
Doug Wade, LMFT
Family Program Director
Doug Wade, LMFT serves as the Director of Family Programs for Renewal Lodge and Burning Tree West. Clinically trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, his commitment to helping individuals and their families is evident as he works to nurture families in their burgeoning recovery. Using a strengths-based approach to the Family System, Doug engages each member with the intention of creating a safe place for relationships to heal. His unique approach to each family has been regarded as a highlight of their recovery. Doug holds a B.S. in Family Studies and Gerontology and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Aaron Ball, RN
Aaron Ball, RN
Director of Nursing
Aaron Ball serves as the Director of Nursing for Renewal Lodge. He has been an Registered Nurse for 12 years and has worked in many different specialties. He has spent the last 5 years working across the entire spectrum of the substance abuse treatment field and has found a passion for working with those that struggle with addiction and alcoholism. His own personal experience with recovery has granted him a unique and valuable perspective that allows him to serve this patient population most effectively.
Brent Thach
Brent Thach, BA, LCDC
Clinical Director
Brent Thach serves as the Clinical Director for Renewal Lodge. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Texas A&M University, is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Certified Mindfulness In Recovery Facilitator. Brent’s utilizes the therapeutic modalities of REBT, ACT, and mindfulness practice. Brent’s area of expertise is teaching our clients how mindfulness and the 12 steps complement one another in recovery. His leadership style encourages clients to learn how to live mindfully and a life of purpose guided by their values. Brent also has 11 years of sobriety and resides in Elgin, Texas.
Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC
Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC

Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC, serves as CEO of Burning Tree Programs. Responsible for executing the vision of Burning Tree’s philosophy of excellence, Peter’s primary goal is to help as many clients as possible gain access to the treatment they need. A clinician by training, Peter incorporates sound, ethical business practices to help inform the organization of its duties to the greater community. By placing the needs of his staff and company ahead of his own, Peter leads with a team approach that continues to inspire the mission of Burning Tree Programs. A proud father, Peter and his wife count six dogs amongst their family members.

Dear Renewal Lodge Visitors,

My name is John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute, and more importantly, a grateful member of the recovery community. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my recovery in 1984. Of course, I did not achieve continuous recovery through willpower or my own efforts, but through the guidance and caring support of countless others that selflessly taught me how to live through the 12 Steps.

My journey of recovery brought this once homeless, shame-based, traumatized, insecure young man to a life far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I discovered self-worth, the joy of helping others, the gifts of parenting and grandparenting, and most importantly the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life with integrity.

One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful. This is the inspiration for developing the skills of Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) to meet the needs of new generations struggling with alcohol and other substance use disorders. MIR is a set of evidence-based skills designed to help people fully integrate their tools of recovery in ways that are personalized, practical, and in alignment with their deepest values.

While we train counselors and therapists throughout the United States and abroad, I personally have chosen to work directly with the amazing team and clients at Renewal Lodge to develop the model MIR 12-step program for the nation. I choose Renewal Lodge because of the vision of its mission and the dedication of its team. Renewal Lodge is an extremely rare environment in which the staff embodies the very mindfulness and 12-step practices and skills they offer their clients. The results have been beyond my expectations. It is an honor to be here and I treasure my personal time with every client I meet.

With Gratitude,

John Bruna
John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness
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