Discipleship Phase is when each woman works with a staff member to develop a personalized transition plan.
The Induction Phase is a period of time where a woman is introduced to the program. At this time, the women acclimate to the daily schedule and structure of the program. Induction also allows a woman time to establish emotional stability after the initial time of detoxification as well as physical stability resulting in more consistent sleep patterns and the ability to fully engage in her recovery process.
During this time, a woman develops a dailly devotion time and journaling practice. Building a strong prayer life using journaling as a way to relate to God and quiet the mind to hear from the Lord, 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, women are 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 trying and critical times of the program. This time is also when she will begin participating in group sessions gaining addiction education and beginning the journey of her recovery. To sum it up the Induction Phase is a woman’s new start to building a healthy foundation to a whole new lifestyle.
The Sociogram is a very 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 their compulsive substance abuse. The women help each other in their recovery process and relate to each other in the struggles of recovery and 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 other residents, and themselves. Trust is important to begin to break down emotional walls and develop relationships with the other residents and staff. Second, 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 had on her life and on the lives of others.
Each resident is asked to look at the effects her addiction has had on her life legally, financially, and relationally through making an amends list for the wrongs done to others. This results in the realization of the key relationships and opportunities lost in their lives. Without help, most addicts remain in a state of denial, which allows them to continue in the cycle of addiction. The reality of the devestation 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 where a woman puts up her “Houses”. This is where 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 deal with any trauma she may have experienced in her life as well as while in her addiction. This exercise is just one more way the program works to break down denial and encourages acceptance. Being open, honest and willing is a program neccessity if a woman is going to experience the transformation she hopes for when entering.
In this phase women will learn both 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 and soul. It is important for each woman to understand the part distorted thinking patterns contribute 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.
The women also begin to be given positions of responsibility to learn good decision making 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 at a deeper level. This is necessary to help bring down some of her walls and unify the group through openness and vulnerability; thus, bringing true healing and acceptance. A high percentage of women suffering with addiction come from a lifetime of dysfunction where many times they were victimized as children. However the very same hurt that caused anger and unforgiveness 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. The women learn to recognize the impact trauma experiences have had on their lives and are guided in the healing process with the Lord. This also includes dealing with resentments and working on forgievness 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 in the 12 month regeneration program. Here the woman is challenged to maintain a good attitude, gratefulness and humility as the foundation to her recovery process and her spiritual development. By this time she has moved from being a "taker to a giver". The disciple is given increased leadership opportunities that should encourage a sense of worth. Accomplishing responsibilities develops confidence and helps each woman realize they have something valuable to offer others in recovery.
This phase is when 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 skills and resources available to her. Utilizing local resources and established community relationships, women receive support and encouragement from many people.
We encourage women to seek God in understanding His purpose and plan for their lives and the staff helps them develop a plan to reach their 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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