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What We Treat

Substance Abuse

Renewal Lodge by Burning Tree is more than an addiction treatment center. We believe that effective substance abuse treatment requires an individualized approach, effective mental health counseling, and access to the skills and tools necessary to lead healthy, happy, well-adjusted lives.

What We Emphasize

We emphasize treating the whole person: mind, body, spirit.

We also emphasize family.

Our approach to treating substance abuse recognizes that those affected by addiction are not limited to the person seeking treatment. We provide a host of services directed towards increased family engagement including weekly updates, collaborative discharge planning, and an intensive 2-day family program led by our CEO, Peter Piraino, LMSW, and Family Program Director, Doug Wade, LMFT.

Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC
"One of the things we do best is offer hope to families who believe their loved one cannot be helped."
~ Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, CEO
Doug Wade, LMFT
Offering hope, skillful direction, and an individualized plan that supports long-term recovery are primary objectives of the Renewal Lodge Family Program.
~ Doug Wade, LMFT, Family Program Director

Since opening, Renewal Lodge has helped thousands of families engage in an effective recovery plan that supports deeper healing and a more full knowledge of the disease of addiction.

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Substance Abuse Treatment Model

Substance Abuse Treatment Philosophy

The Renewal Lodge program was founded on Burning Tree’s philosophy of “creating a life of excellence beyond sobriety.” We incorporate addiction medicine, evidence-based therapy, mindfulness and the 12 Steps to bring about whole-person healing. With nearly 25 years of experience in the substance abuse healthcare space, Renewal Lodge by Burning Tree is the Nation’s Only Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)® Program, and the first of its kind to offer both Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment under one roof.

We Make Addiction Treatment Accessible and Affordable

Starting with Burning Tree’s founder, David Elliott, Renewal Lodge was envisioned as the nation’s leader in affordable, high-quality substance abuse treatment. Today, our Executive Clinical Director and CEO, Peter Piraino, LMSW extends that promise by ensuring that Renewal Lodge remains covered by as many insurance carriers as possible. Our pledge to offer affordable treatment is more than just a promise, it is a way of life.

David Elliot
"This is not just about quitting drugs or alcohol. This is about establishing a life worth living."
~ David Elliott, Founder & President

Effective Short-term Treatment for Substance Abuse

As the nation’s most affordable, high-quality treatment provider, Renewal Lodge by Burning Tree provides effective short-term treatment for addiction and mental health. Utilizing the time-tested framework of the 12 Steps and combining them with Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)®, our staff maintain a personalized, one-on-one approach suited to each individual’s emotional, mental, and spiritual needs.

Employing modernized holistic practices such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, we help create an entirely new experience with the 12 Steps. To enhance that experience, we offer Mindfulness training to promote deeper personal meaning, greater healing, and more inclusive engagement with the world’s most popular recovery model.

1. 12-Step Immersion
1. We emphasize the adoption of a 12-step lifestyle, one that includes the empathy, community and accountability so distinctly lacking in a life of addiction. Here, the 12 steps serve to enact a spiritual awakening, instill a sense of higher purpose and rebuild connections with others. Combined with Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)®, our 12-Step Immersion offers something truly unique.
2. Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)®
2. Practicing mindfulness encourages purposeful thoughts and actions — an essential component of substance abuse recovery. 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.
3. Individualized Treatment
3. Treatment is most effective when adapted to the individual’s unique needs. At Renewal Lodge, we evaluate each client’s emotional, physical, social and psychological needs to develop more customized treatment plans. By personalizing the care we offer, our clients achieve greater outcomes and more full recoveries. We do this because it works!
Harvard Medical School Professor, Dr. John Kelly and Stanford University Professor, Keith Humphries release:

Outcome Studies On The Effectiveness Of The 12-Steps.

Keith Humphreys, Stanford University Professor
Keith Humphries, PhD
Stanford University
John Kelly, PhD
Harvard Medical School
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30, 60, & 90-day Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Renewal Lodge is a short-term, 30- to 90-day residential substance abuse treatment program designed exclusively for adult men and women. Our updated, comfortable treatment facility is conveniently located minutes outside of Austin, Texas, and promises a comprehensive, engaging experience away from distractions and pressures. With an exceptional, highly trained staff, we treat various substance use disorders, including addiction to:

In addition to being the nation’s only Mindfulness In Recovery (MIR)® program, we are also the first treatment center of our kind to offer a 2-day intensive family program led by our Chief Executive Officer, Peter Piranio, LMSW. Our specialized focus offers evidence-based mental health services for clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, as well as a world-class discharge team dedicated to crafting supportive, clinically sophisticated aftercare plans.

Please contact us today to start your journey with Renewal Lodge.

Peter Piraino, LMSW, LCDC, LISAC

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Renewal Lodge specializes in adult, co-educational, short-term residential treatment programming on a 30- to 90-day schedule. Located just outside of Austin, Texas, we offer a welcoming and peaceful environment where clients can immerse themselves in recovery. Our highly trained team is licensed and qualified to provide a range of therapeutic modalities.

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
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