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Alumni In Action

Our Alumni express the experience, strength and hope that Renewal Lodge holds for the person still suffering.

As the nation’s only Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)® Program, our clients enjoy the opportunity to create meaningful, life-long bonds. These relationships, formed as a result of life-changing experiences in treatment, are then further cultivated through the experiences shared as alumni.

Tharin Smith

“We make sure to let everyone know - as soon as they arrive - that this is about way more than sobriety.”

~ Tharin Smith, Director of Alumni

An Interview with Tharin Smith: Director of Alumni

My name is Tharin Smith. I am the Director of Alumni Services at Renewal Lodge. Part of what I get to do is maintain a connection with all of our Alumni as they continue to the next chapters in their life following treatment. I am also a grateful recovered alcoholic and addict since. I have been sober since November 11, 2005.
We want to assure everyone that comes to us knows that our investment and support in their well being doesn’t end upon their discharge from Renewal Lodge but continues forever.
Some of the things we have revived post-pandemic are gatherings such as bowling, dinners and movies. Our in-house weekly alumni meeting and monthly sweat lodge are two staff led spiritual exercises that offer our alumni an opportunity to return to and stay connected to the Lodge. Call or email me anytime, we always have something on the calendar for our Alumni!
I reach out to each client 7 days from the date of discharge, and then each month to learn how they’re doing and offer any help or support where needed.
We are set up by design to treat each individual like family. Our unique approach with the 12 steps in conjunction with Mindfulness in Recovery gives the client more opportunities to develop their spiritual path.
We know that this is a family disease so we are here for the families just as much. Our family programs are designed to educate and give support to the loved ones of our clients. Family program is a big deal at Renewal Lodge.
Their aftercare plans start well before their discharge. The treatment team considers each client’s needs, circumstances and qualifications before recommending a customized aftercare plan.
We give each client a year’s subscription to the Mindfulness in Recovery Network, with the same offerings that have been familiar with and working while at the Lodge. Also, starting in 2022 we will be facilitating a MIR group in Austin, TX, which will open to the entire community.
Everything. It is emphasized and stressed through our Big Book studies and the actual step work the clients do while here, that it is imperative to give away what was freely given to you. Renewal Lodge clients come to understand that recovery means connection and giving.

Maintain an attitude of gratitude.

Stay connected to that which changed your life. Renewal Lodge should always remain a sacred place in your heart.
Stay connected to those that impacted positive changes in your life.

Don’t ever ‘settle for less’ again. Live the wonderful life you deserve!

Take nothing for granted…the little things are the big things.

We make sure to let everyone know – as soon as they arrive – that this is about way more than sobriety. If they can invest and be open to all that’s offered – a completely new life awaits them. Sobriety is just the by-product.

Contact Details For Our Alumni

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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
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John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness
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