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What to Expect: Preparing for Your Residential Treatment Stay at Renewal Lodge

What to Expect: Loved Ones

What to Expect: Referents

What to Bring

We suggest that clients bring about TWO weeks’ worth of clothing and personal hygiene products. Upon admission, will provide each client with the following items: a pillow and bedding, a towel. Below is a list of some suggested items.
Only medications prescribed by a doctor and in the original bottle are permitted. Make sure that the dosage is accurate on the prescription bottle. Over the counter medications with a doctor’s written prescription are permitted. Medications without a doctor’s prescription will be mailed home at the client’s expense.
We encourage clients to leave all valuables at home. Renewal Lodge reserves the right to send home any valuables that may be a distraction to the client or to any other clients in treatment. Alcohol can not be the first ingredient in any products. No aerosol products allowed.
Clothing Items (2wks Worth)
Toiletries (Only Bring What You Need)
Suggested Items (If Needed)

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