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The Connection Between PTSD and Alcoholism
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The Connection Between PTSD and Alcoholism

PTSD and alcoholism are two distinct yet interconnected conditions that have a significant impact on individuals’ lives. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a psychological condition that arises from experiencing or witnessing traumatic events, while alcoholism is a chronic and progressive addiction

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Alcohol-Induced Thiamine Deficiency
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Alcohol-Induced Thiamine Deficiency 

Alcohol use damages the body and mind in many complex ways, including the depletion of vital vitamins and minerals.  The lifestyle of heavy drinkers can contribute to nutrient deficiency, as can the decreased function of organs and bodily systems that

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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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10 Benefits of Alcohol Rehab: How Treatment Can Help You
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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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Alcohol Tolerance
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The Negative Effects of Alcohol Tolerance

Have you ever heard someone brag about their alcohol tolerance? When it takes you more drinks to get buzzed, you may feel as though you have some control over your drinking. However, alcohol tolerance is a sign that you are

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Getting someone into treatment can be challenging. But different circumstances warrant different approaches to getting someone into treatment.
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How to Get Someone into Treatment

Getting someone into treatment can be challenging. But different circumstances warrant different approaches to getting someone into treatment. It basically all comes down to willingness. Is your loved one or friend willing to go to treatment? If they are willing,

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Meth Side Effects: Everything to Know for Recovery
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Meth Side Effects: Everything to Know for Recovery

According to a 2017 survey, roughly 1.6 million American adults reported using meth during the past year. In 2016, the average age of new users was a little over 23 years old. A study supported by the National Institute of

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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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