The program, based on the 12 Steps, begins with the Induction Phase, a period of time where a woman is introduced to the program. At this time, a woman gets acclimated to the daily schedule and structure of the program. Induction also allows a woman time to establish emotional and physical stability after the initial time of detoxification.
During the Induction Phase, a woman develops a daily devotion time and journaling practice. Building a strong prayer life using journaling as a way to relate to God and quiet the mind is one of the most important aspects of the program. Developing a personal relationship with God is a critical aspect of the program and ways to develop this relationship is woven throughout the program.
When arriving at The Ranch, each resident is given a “big sister” for the first 2 weeks. The “big sister” serves as a mentor to not only teach the guidelines and Refuge Ranch specifics, but also to give her the specific one-on-one attention necessary to make it through one of the most critical times of the program. Residents begin participating in group sessions gaining addiction education and beginning the journey of recovery. To sum it up the Induction Phase is the beginning of developing a new foundation for life.
The Sociogram is an important tool used at The Ranch. Under staff supervision the women learn to hold each other accountable by "speaking the truth in love" and confronting the negative behaviors they see in one another. They also use this time to affirm each other's progress. Again, with denial and projection being a trademark of addiction, it takes learning to give and receive accountability to break free of the addictive thinking and behaviors that contribute to compulsive substance abuse. Residents help each other in the recovery process by relating to one other in the struggles of recovery and in facing the reality and consequences of their addiction.
During Orientation, the teachings are directed towards two main areas: trust and ownership. The first priority is to begin developing trust in God, the staff, the other residents, as well as themselves. Trust is important to begin to break down emotional walls and develop relationships with the other residents and staff. Secondly, and of utmost importance, a woman begins to take ownership for her recovery and the choices she has made while in addiction. Through the Regeneration Contract, a woman is challenged to take an honest look at her addiction and the devastation it has caused in her life and the lives of others.
In the Regeneration Contract, each resident is asked to examine the effects her addiction has had on her life legally, financially, and relationally as well as making an amends list for the wrongs done to others. This exercise results in the realization of the key relationships and opportunities lost in their lives due to their addiction. Without help, most addicts remain in a state of denial, which allows them to continue in the cycle of addiction. The reality of the devastation addiction has brought to her life supports the need to surrender to God and trust Him to guide her recovery process.
One last key event that takes place in the Orientation Process is when a woman puts up her “Houses”. This exercise is when a woman presents, to classmates and staff, her life’s timeline of key events. The "Houses" offers the opportunity for the resident to explore her personal history and begin facing any trauma she may have experienced in her life. This exercise is just one more way the program works to break down denial and encourage acceptance. Being open, honest, and willing is a program neccessity if a woman is going to experience the transformation she hopes to experience. The "Houses" gives a resident the opportunity to share her life story and for many it is the first time they feel as if someone is listening.
In the Regeneration phase women will learn about the physical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency. She will gain an understanding of the development of the addiction and the compulsion to continue in addiction despite negative consequences. This level of the program explores the stages of addiction and recovery and what commitments will be necessary on the road to recovery. The information in this phase explains the impact of addiction on the mind, body, spirit and soul. It is important for each woman to understand the part distorted thinking patterns have contributed to her compulsive substance abuse. The lessons are also designed to expose the denial and defense mechanisms that are so prevalent in the addict’s life.
Residents also begin to be given positions of responsibility to promote the development of critical thinking skills, to work as a team, and build leadership skills. Learning healthy communication skills is encouraged and taught throughout the program. Women learn what it means to draw healthy boundaries and utilize healthy confrontation skills.
Inner Healing takes place throughout the program. Specifically, Inner Healing begins with a woman looking at her defense mechanisms on a deeper level. This process is necessary to help break down her emotional walls and unify the group through openness and vulnerability. A high percentage of women suffering with addiction come from a lifetime of dysfunction where many times they were victimized as children. However, this very same hurt that caused anger and built resentments often turns them from being a victim into a victimizer. Dealing with the trauma each woman has experienced in her life is a key focus during the Inner Healing Phase of the program. Residents learn to recognize the impact trauma experiences have had on their lives and are guided in the healing process with the Lord. This phase also includes dealing with resentments and working on forgiveness and acceptance. The transformation process excelerates when a woman can reconcile her past hurts and let go of the anger and pain contributing to her compulsion to medicate her feelings.We are a Regeneration Program because we work towards allowing God to make all things new.
Discipleship is the last phase of the 9 month regeneration program. At this point, the woman is challenged to maintain a good attitude, gratefulness and humility as the foundation of her recovery process and her spiritual development. By this time she has moved from being a "taker to a giver". She provides peer support to the other women in their recovery process and encourages them during tough times. The disciple is given increased leadership opportunities which encourages a sense of worth. Accomplishing responsibilities develops confidence and helps each woman realize she has something valuable to offer others in recovery.
During this phase each woman works with a staff member to develop a personalized transition plan, taking into consideration the level of support she has as well as her skills and resources. By utilizing local resources and coordinating with community based relationships, established with The Refuge Ranch, each woman experiences amazing support and encouragement from many people.
We encourage women to seek God in understanding His purpose and plan for their lives then the staff joins them in preparing a plan to reach their transition goals. At The Refuge Ranch an, "all things are possible with God" attitude is an essential component of the program as well as long-term recovery success.
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