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Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Personality Disorders and Addiction
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Mindfulness-Based Treatment for Personality Disorders and Addiction

Mindfulness-Based Treatment offers a transformative approach to addressing the complexities of personality disorders and addiction. Personality disorders encompass a range of mental health conditions that significantly impact an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, often leading to difficulties in forming and

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The Connection Between Anxiety and Addiction
addiction

The Connection Between Anxiety and Addiction

Anxiety or addiction can affect anyone. Unfortunately, anxiety and addiction affect a lot of people. Nearly thirty percent of Americans with a serious mental illness have a substance use disorder. Yet very few Americans receive treatment for both. When they

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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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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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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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Emotionally Intelligent in Recovery
Mindfulness

13 Tips to Become More Emotionally Intelligent in Recovery

Developing your emotional intelligence in recovery can help you thrive in every aspect of your life. This skill increases your resilience in the world. It helps you face challenges and balance the highs and lows of recovery. With emotional intelligence,

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What is Mindfulness in Recovery
Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness in Recovery?

What is Mindfulness? “Mindfulness is not just being present in the moment. Mindfulness is how am I present in the moment in a way that aligns with my values? Knowing what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, whether it’s healthy

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How Mindfulness Supports the Addiction Recovery Process
Mindfulness

How Mindfulness Supports the Addiction Recovery Process

Mindfulness is a term that frequently comes up in association with addiction recovery, but what does it mean? Simply described, mindfulness is a state that involves keen mental awareness and focus. While traditionally mindfulness is associated with meditation, it has

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Getting Rid of the Inner Critic in Addiction
Addiction Treatment

Getting Rid of the Inner Critic in Addiction

When struggling with substance use disorder or alcoholism, the inner critic deters you from looking at yourself and reality with honesty. The inner critic is not real and spreads falsehoods about your situation and other people. When drinking and using,

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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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