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Discharge Planning & Aftercare

Renewal Lodge prides itself on crafting personalized aftercare plans.

As we come to understand the unique needs of the individual, we utilize a wide network of clinically supportive services to foster a robust, recovery-affirming discharge plan.

These may include continued programming in a clinically supervised setting such as Partial Hospitalization (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP), Outpatient Programming (OP), Individual therapy, psychiatric medication management, and structured transitional living in a sober environment.

At Renewal Lodge, we strongly believe in establishing a structured continuing care plan prior to discharge. In our clinical experience, this best ensures a seamless and successful transition to the next phase of recovery.

Evan Varty
“Renewal Lodge is where my recovery journey began. Being able to come back and help those who still suffer gives me the opportunity to continue to grow spiritually.”
~ Evan Varty, Director of Utilization Review
Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC

“Our Discharge Planning is clinically crafted to meet the unique needs of the individual. We believe that a customized aftercare strategy is central to the goal of lasting, long-term recovery.”

~ Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, CEO

Alumni Support Services

Alumni support is offered and available to all clients who complete residential programming at Renewal Lodge. Our Alumni Director, Tharin Smith, will connect with clients prior to discharge and follow up with them within a week following treatment. There is a weekly alumni meeting on Wednesday nights where all alumni are welcome. We strongly encourage alumni to join our Facebook page and to stay in touch for ongoing fellowship. We continually update our alumni on Renewal Lodge events and potential service opportunities available. Once a year, an alumni reunion is held at Renewal Lodge and all past clients and alumni are invited to join us in celebration! The reunion is an opportunity to return to Renewal Lodge and participate in programming specific to the alumni celebration, including fellowship, meetings, speakers, and great food.

Mindfulness in Recovery + 12 Steps

Mindfulness helps our clients awaken to their mental, emotional, and physical potential.

Family Program For Effective Recovery

Inspiring. Life-Changing. Meaningful. These are some of the words used to describe the Renewal Lodge Family Program.

Quiet the mind and the soul will speak.

~Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
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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
John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness