Depression and alcohol use disorder are two of the diagnosable mental illnesses that are described in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” or DSM-5. They often occur together. Up to 68% of people with alcohol use disorder also
For those who struggle with substance abuse and substance use disorder, the DIY approach to getting clean and staying sober is very common, but it is also rarely effective. Many drug addicts and alcoholics still feel they can stop doing what
It is not uncommon to come across individuals who are abusing alcohol but do not realize or acknowledge that they have a problem. Sometimes their loved ones make them go through an alcohol treatment and rehab program, but they soon
There are many dangers for those mired in drug addiction and struggling under the weight of substance abuse. From the ever-present risk of arrest and incarceration to the threat of a deadly overdose, the risks are all too well known,
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, which details the 12 Steps program, is widely considered the best approach to addressing alcohol use disorder. Recovery from alcohol use disorder is a lifelong endeavor, no matter what age it begins. Using the
About the Book Alcoholics Anonymous In the 1930s — before there were more than 118,000 A.A. groups around the world — chronic alcoholics had few places to go to meet with newcomers and others. Instead, someone who wanted to get
If you’ve recently quit drinking, you’re probably well aware of the immediate benefits it brings to your life. Your mental clarity improves, your energy skyrockets, and you start having better relationships with your friends and family. We help people with
Alcohol is extremely prevalent in modern society. The way that alcohol has been normalized allows many people to drink excessively without realizing they have a problem with alcohol. Alcohol abuse is actually extraordinarily common and if you’re not careful, it
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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.
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Philip Hensarling serves as the Executive Director of Renewal Lodge. Philip has served Burning Tree Programs for over 6 years which roles include Admissions and Corporate Director of Utilization Management. Philip is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDCI) and alumni of Burning Tree Ranch. He is also pursuing his Bachelors of Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Philip specializes in insurance contracting and negotiations. His goal is to make quality treatment more accessible to those suffering from the disease of addiction. He has a passion for running and loves his lab mix Murray.
Dr. Carlos Tirado serves as the Medical Director for Renewal Lodge. He is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Tirado attended medical school at The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center and completed his residency in general psychiatry at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Tirado received specialty training in addiction psychiatry and research at the internationally prestigious Center for Studies on Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Tirado is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC, serves as Executive Clinical Director for Renewal Lodge and 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.