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5 Ways Quitting Drinking Affects Your Brain
Alcoholism

5 Ways Quitting Drinking Affects Your Brain

The physical consequences of heavy alcohol use, such as liver damage and high blood pressure, are well known. Alcohol use at any level, however, is also bad news for the brain and affects men and women in different ways. Even

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Family Support in Inpatient Drug Treatment
Addiction Treatment

The Impact of Family Support in Inpatient Drug Treatment

Family support plays a vital role in inpatient drug treatment. Not only does family involvement help the individual recover, but it also encourages healing for every family member. Addiction affects the entire family unit. Although only one individual goes to

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Preparing for Inpatient Rehab
Addiction Treatment

Preparing for Inpatient Rehab: What You Need to Know

Inpatient rehab is an important step in the recovery process for many dealing with addiction. While this treatment program can provide the necessary tools and resources to maintain sobriety in the long term, it’s important that you come prepared. Taking

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10 Benefits of Alcohol Rehab: How Treatment Can Help You
Addiction Treatment

10 Benefits of Alcohol Rehab: How Treatment Can Help You

Alcohol addiction can be a difficult and painful disorder to suffer from, but alcohol rehab offers a chance for those suffering to make a positive change in their lives. It provides patients with the opportunity to break free from alcohol

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Managing Anger in Addiction Recovery
Mental Health

Managing Anger in Addiction Recovery

Anger is a funny emotion. It’s natural to feel antagonism when you have been wronged. Expressing anger can even be a positive thing–it allows you to move negative feelings through your body or come up with solutions to problems. But

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Healthy Relationships in Recovery
Mental Health

Healthy Relationships in Recovery

Relationships add meaning and fulfillment to our lives. Healthy relationships can improve your mental health by enhancing security, connection and happiness. However, toxic relationships can have the opposite effect, generating stress and conflict that trigger your central nervous system and

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Characteristics of Emotional Intelligence
Addiction Treatment

What Are the 5 Characteristics of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a guiding force that helps you succeed in all areas of life. To better understand how it can help with your mental health and addiction recovery, it’s important to recognize the 5 components of emotional intelligence. Emotional

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Personality Disorders and Substance Use
Addiction Treatment

Personality Disorders and Substance Use

We all have strengths and weaknesses in our personality traits, and they influence the way that we engage with the world. But people with a personality disorder experience anomalies within their personality traits, which impair their ability to function. As

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The Connection Between Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health
Addiction Treatment

The Connection Between Emotional Intelligence and Mental Health

Your emotions are intricately linked with your mental health. In fact, we often describe the symptoms of different psychological conditions by using words that describe feelings. Many people with depression experience deep sadness. Those with bipolar mania may express anger

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Enhance Recovery With Mindfulness

We help people with mental health and substance abuse disorders recover. Utilizing evidence-based practices in conjunction with mindfulness and the 12 Steps, Renewal Lodge leads the nation in dual diagnosis care.

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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