As part of the therapeutic process in our Family Program at Renaissance Ranch, we offer the Family Retreat that takes place over three days and enables family members to experience their own treatment process and increase self awareness and emotional healing.
Our Family Retreat begins with an orientation and introductions on Thursday night. There is a question and answer period during that time for family members to receive more information about what they can expect during the retreat.
Friday, families will be educated about the family systems model of addiction and codependency. They are introduced to alumni from our family group who have been working on their own recovery and will share their experience, strength and hope. We include some experiential exercises to deepen the impact of this work.
Saturday, family members will address their personal awareness issues from the day before and work with a therapist to process through and gain personal strength and commitment to continue to move forward in their personal healing.
The conclusion of the weekend includes a forgiveness and amends workshop and a gratitude process group.
The Family Retreat experience will address several topics relevant to each participant’s personal recovery. The topics we discuss include but are not limited to the following:
1. The 12 steps and how to get involved in a support group.
2. Codependency and its many faces and aspects and how to treat it.
3. The disease concept of shame and how it impacts the family.
4. Journaling, Bibliotherapy, Spirituality and the 12 steps, and Character Defects and the nightly inventory.
5. A group therapy session in which participants will have the opportunity to experience their own personal growth and healing.
Our hope is that as family members participate in our Family Program, they will start on a path of recovery for themselves separate from and independent of their loved one’s situation. This emotional healing allows the family to move together toward a more peaceful and connected way of dealing with all aspects of life.
Real Stories of Recovery
As soon as I walked through the doors of the Ranch I felt hope. My life had spiraled into depths of shame, misery, guilt, depression, sadness, and suffocating darkness prior to reaching those front doors. The 2 months that followed would forever change my life and provide a foundation within that is unshakable.
Renaissance Ranch will always be a special place to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I had already attended one rehab facility. The Ranch truly saved my life by teaching me and allowing me to understand and love who I am.
I had a head full of gospel knowledge and a heart full of shame. I felt like a failure. I hated who I was. That all changed during my stay at Renaissance Ranch. I quickly realized that I wasn't alone and that there were others who felt the same feelings of self-hatred, failure, and shame. This realization, coupled with the nonjudgmental environment of the Ranch, I was able to be completely honest and open for the first time in my life. From the guidance and empathy of my counselors and brothers, I learned it was okay to feel and I started to believe that there was hope.
I have been called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the Fort Collins, CO mission. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices and love of everyone at The Ranch. I attribute my recovery to God, hard work, and the things I learned while I was there. I am so excited to go serve my Heavenly Father, it has been a long hard road to get here but I know it is what he wants me to do. My heart is full of gratitude and love for those who have cared for me... Thank you for all you have done for me...
Renaissance Ranch gave me a gift that no amount of money can ever repay. Through their unique, caring approach I learned how much I was loved, and that I never had to feel alone every again.
My sobriety date is July 15 2008. And for that I am very grateful. The ranch has given Me the tools to live a life I never thought was possible. I have never forgotten the feelings I felt when I was there in treatment and that's what gets me through the day, is the feelings and brotherhood that I was so blessed with while I was in the ranch.