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Gender Specific process groups are facilitated by a licensed professional allowing peers to have a safe space to process and gain insight into emotions, behaviors, and challenges in a therapeutic group setting.


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Big Book group is an educative and interactive process surrounding the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.


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Life skills groups educate and enable clients to implement functional and effective daily skills and tools to monitor and manage life when integrating into the community after treatment.


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Meditation groups are an essential part of programming at Renewal Lodge and consist of varying styles of meditation facilitated by staff. Some of the meditations include silent, guided, reflective, mindfulness, and walking.


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Joy in recovery is a 4-hour clinical outing every Saturday. We aim to show clients how to have fun sober. These outings include high and low ropes challenges, softball, kickball, movies, bowling, as well as other experiential outings.


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Active Recovery Coaching works with our clients 2x a week in promoting a well-balanced active lifestyle in recovery. Group fitness is offered as well as check-ins concerning weekly wellness goals, challenges, and accountability support.


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During our daily chores, we demonstrate the ability to be fully mindful and present to create intention, thoughtfulness, and bring joy and flow into the ordinary tasks.


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Clients have access to the gym 7 days a week and can use the gym during any free time.


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Community groups set the intention for the day, review goals from the day before, and also encompass staff-led and peer-assisted accountability support.

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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