Substance abuse can lead to isolation and intentional distancing from supportive relationships. Learning to build and maintain healthy relationships and support systems is an essential element in long-term recovery. Our program uses community reinforcement where learning to live together with others in a supportive and encouraging way is an integrated part of treatment. We emphasize service to others as a part of daily life.
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The core social element of the St. Gregory Recovery Program© is community reinforcement. Guests spend the majority of their program together in community in either our men’s or women’s residential facility, and a majority of clinical sessions take place in small groups. Working alongside people who are working to achieve similar goals provides incredibly valuable community reinforcement and support. Our guests frequently cite this supportive community as one of the most helpful parts of their recovery.
A key element of a supportive community is that it does not focus on past failures. We emphasize mutual respect and a focus on supporting others as they work toward positive, constructive goals. This focus sets St. Gregory Retreat Centers apart from many traditional treatment programs where much of the focus is on negative goals and on taking things away from life rather than on adding new, positive things.
There really are great and passionate people who make the time here enjoyable. They are all so easy to talk to.Daisy
I think a key part of this program is positive reinforcement. This is true for me and also for other guests. I have changed the way I talk to myself, think about myself, and the way I interact with others. I am much more peaceful, content, and self-confident.Drake
I had a lot of anxiety traveling 1500 miles from my wife and three boys. The staff has really helped me stay focused on the reasons I am here and kept me busy with healthy and fun activities to keep me motivated. That has made all the difference.Reed
Natural satisfaction is important to life in recovery. We have dedicated, clinically-trained staff who engage our guests in social activities with a focus spending time in a way that is both constructive and enjoyable. Various planned outings to engage in activities such as swimming, bowling, hiking, and many more emphasize the broad range of opportunities available for sober fun.
The ultimate aim of our activities programming is to empower our guests to identify and to experience natural satisfaction in order to constructively use their time in the face of boredom and isolation. Boredom is one of the most significant triggers for relapse, so learning to deal with it effectively is an important skill for lasting recovery. We leave regular blocks of time unscheduled in order to provide a safe environment in which our guests can learn to manage and to cope with boredom.
When we give to others, we receive as much or more back for ourselves. The St. Gregory Recovery Program© emphasizes the importance of giving of self and serving others in order to help our guests to re-imagine their place in the world with a renewed focus on caring for and serving others. Volunteer activities such as visiting a nursing home, helping to build or paint a house, planting a community garden, and many others create an environment of service and care for others.
Such a communal mindset serves to discourage the selfish behavioral patterns that accompany addiction and to provide a true sense of self-worth through service to others. Many guests continue to volunteer 2-3 times per week several years beyond their graduation from St. Gregory Retreat Centers.
The activities, specifically the community service, drove home the point that helping others for the right reason is crucial in my happiness. If I had to choose one thing that helped me most of all, this might be it.Sam
I am glad that my wife and I chose this recovery program over the others.William and Nancy
I am guilty of excessive happiness now. I like myself again. I have emotions. I really believe St. Gregory’s saved my life. I have a awesome wife and four great kids that love me very much. They just wanted their dad back.Tim
Family relationships are frequently the most important relationships any of us has. Long-term substance abuse strains these relationships often to the point of breaking. Our clinical sessions help guests to identify broken or breaking relationships while focusing on building accountability and taking steps needed to begin to rebuild trust and restore these damaged relationships.
Additional on-site visits are available throughout the program for guests as is clinically appropriate. These family visits provide an opportunity for guests to share their treatment experience with their families and to engage them in the therapeutic process.