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Effectively Treating an Alcohol Use Disorder with the Steps
Alcoholism

Effectively Treating an Alcohol Use Disorder with the Steps

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

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What Is Drug Abstinence in Addiction Treatment
Addiction Treatment

What Is Drug Abstinence in Addiction Treatment?

Treatment for drug addiction has come a long way over the years. What started out as a fully abstinence-based approach has evolved in numerous ways. Other popular forms of treatment include harm reduction therapy as well as medication-assisted treatment. But

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Are You Supporting a Codependent Alcoholic
Addiction Treatment

Are You Supporting a Codependent Alcoholic?

Alcoholism is one of the most prolific types of addiction in America today. It does not discriminate — the grip of alcoholism can take hold of almost anyone, no matter their social status, race, or gender. Many alcoholics in today’s

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Second-Hand Drinking: The Casualties of Alcohol Use
Alcoholism

Second-Hand Drinking: The Casualties of Alcohol Use

There is a plethora of research about the damage alcohol use causes to the mind, body, and personal life of the user.  What is less studied, however, are the second-hand effects of alcohol use on people other than the drinker.

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5 Ways Alcohol Addiction is Different for Men and Women
Addiction Treatment

5 Ways Alcohol Addiction is Different for Men and Women

Alcohol use disorder doesn’t discriminate, but many recovery programs have found that gender segregation in treatment allows for a more individual approach that considers the unique needs of men and women battling addictions.  Men and women experience substance abuse differently

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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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