The 12 Step program of AA is founded on the need to find a spiritual basis for life in order to get into recovery. As the Big Book of AA indicates, if a mere code of morals or a better philosophy of life were sufficient to overcome alcoholism and drug addiction many would have recovered long ago. However, no such codes or philosophies worked. Individuals on their own do not have the power needed to “will” themselves sober. “The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it.” (Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 83)
The 12 Steps of AA provide the framework for the individual to begin to develop a level of spirituality that leads to recovery. Each step requires soul searching and action on the part of the alcoholic/addict in order to progress to the next step.
“…Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power? Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course that we are going to talk about God… Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute to life. As we felt new power flow in, as we enjoyed peace of mind, as we discovered we could face life successfully, as we became conscious of His presence, we began to lose our fear of today, tomorrow or the hereafter. We were reborn…”
In addition to the years of success that AA has demonstrated, there have been studies that have shown positive outcomes when spirituality is a significant part of a recovery program. A study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment entitled “Spirituality and recovery in 12-step programs: An empirical model” by Dr. Marc Galenter shows that participating in a recovery program combined with a level of spirituality can lead to successful outcomes more often.
At Renaissance Ranch, we fully embrace the 12 Step program of AA and combine it with Gospel principles that apply to addiction recovery. We go beyond saying “Higher Power” and acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Higher Power. It is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that forgiveness can be found and lives can be made whole again.
The combination of the 12 Steps of AA and the Gospel of Jesus Christ have proven to be a catalyst for long-term sobriety and happiness for many of our clients.
Find out more about Spirituality and Recovery at Renaissance Ranch.
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Real Stories of Recovery
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.