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Mindfulness in Recovery

Mindfulness in Recovery®: A Comprehensive Approach to Healing from Addiction

Renewal Lodge is committed to offering solutions that are practical and regenerative. Utilizing sophisticated clinical interventions, we incorporate a combination of medical and therapeutic sciences to aid our clients in achieving full, permanent recoveries from a multitude of mental health and substance use disorders.

We also practice Mindfulness.

After years of being trained to respond to stimulus-driven pleasure, the addicted brain gets out of balance neurologically. When this happens, individuals can’t find a way back to durable happiness. Now science has found a way to help the brain back into balance by using Mindfulness.

Mindfulness aids in rebuilding and restoring healthy neural pathways in the brain leading to an array of personal, mental, and emotional benefits.

John Bruna
“Our genuine happiness comes from doing things we feel good about, not from doing things that make us feel good.”
~ John Bruna, Director of Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)®?

Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) is a skills-based, accessible and comprehensive mindfulness program designed specifically for recovery. It supports all recovery pathways using an individualized, Mindfulness curriculum that empowers our clients to integrate with their current recovery program, personal values, and spiritual beliefs. Coordinated with evidence-based clinical care, addiction medicine, and dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment, Mindfulness in Recovery® is a powerful tool that helps our clients achieve significant emotional, mental, and spiritual breakthroughs.

John Bruna
“The only thing that separates the person you are from the person you want to be are the actions you take.”
~ John Bruna, Director of Mindfulness

Why is Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)® Important?

Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)® helps our clients become more aware of what is going on in their minds and in their environments. It also helps them more deeply connect with their emotions, beliefs, and core values.

One of the primary benefits of mindfulness is that it helps our clients become consciously able to create a meaningful and purposeful life that is driven by action, attention, values, wisdom and an open heart.

In becoming the best version of themselves, our clients discover a more meaningful recovery that is defined by freedom, integrity, and a deep sense of well-being. The result is a profound sense of appreciation for the rare and precious life we have today – a life truly worth living!

Brook McKenzie, LCDCi
“Renewal Lodge seeks to be the most affordable, high-quality treatment provider in the nation.”

~ Brook McKenzie, LCDC, Chief Operating Officer

Family Program For Effective Recovery

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

Aftercare + Discharge Planning

We create discharge and aftercare plans that promote individualized attention to the unique needs of every client.

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