The Induction Phase is a period of time where a woman is introduced to the program. At this time, the women learn to acclimate to the daily discipline that will be required of them. 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.
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 rules 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 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 the addictive personality, it takes learning to give and receive accountability to break free of the addictive thinking and behaviors that contribute to their compulsive alcohol and drug abuse. We have found that the women are able to see and help each other in ways that we, as a staff, would not be able to.
During the Orientation Process of the program, the teachings are directed towards two main areas: trust and ownership. The first priority is to begin to developing trust in God, the other residents and themselves. Trust is important to begin to break down their emotional walls and develop relationships with the other residents and staff. Second, and of utmost importance, a woman begins to take ownership of her life and the choices she has made. 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. Here is where she will hopefully see the events in her life that have wounded her, and the consequences of her actions. At the end, residents receive feedback from the women and the insight of the staff. This exercise is just one more step in the process of allowing God to get to the heart of a woman and continue the healing process.
In this phase women will learn both the physical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency and learn to take full responsibility for their recovery. 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 to see how the mind has been contaminated in order to understand the controlling effects of addiction. 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 life of dysfunction where many times they were victimized as children. The problem is 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. Taking ownership and responsibility is also a focal point of this area of the recovery program. This is one of the reasons we are a regeneration program instead of a rehabilitation program. We have learned that to simply bring a woman back to her former state is ineffective; instead, God needs to bring about a total regeneration. This is achieved, in part, through deep emotional and spiritual healing.
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 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.
The lessons that are taught in the classroom are meant to challenge faulty belief systems about themselves, others, the world around them and their view of God. In this phase women are guided by staff in developing a transition plan that will support long-term recovery success and an ever increasing faith in God.
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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