The Induction Period is a period of time where a Client is introduced to the program and can simultaneously continue the detoxification process. At this time, Clients and learn to acclimate to the daily discipline that will be required of them. In addition, because of the mental state a Client is in when entering the program, he / she will need this induction time to clear the mind from the negative psychological impact that drugs brought to his / her life and learn to find new life in Christ.
During the Orientation Phase of the program, the teachings are directed towards two main areas: trust and ownership. The first priority is to begin to develop the trust in God, other Clients, and themselves that is needed to begin to break down the walls that keep them bound in the addiction, which destroyed their life. Second, and of utmost importance, a person begins to take ownership of their life and the choices they have made. Through the Regeneration Contract, a Client learns how to look at his / her addiction and the devastation it has had on his / her life and on the lives of others. As a result, one begins to take responsibility for their actions and develops an attitude of integrity.
In this class, Clients will learn both the physical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency and learn to take a deeper responsibility for their recovery. This level of the program explores stages of growing dependency on chemicals and what commitments are necessary on the road to recovery. It includes scientific information on chemical dependency as well as insights into the damage done to our thinking processes. 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 addicts life.
The Clients also begin to be given positions of responsibility on the job site, in the dorms, and with the care of their “younger brothers and sisters” as they enter the program. Small groups also begin to become a part of their recovery. Twice a week, men get to participate in these groups, where they are encouraged to develop trust with other men, and learn to process their past through forgiveness letters.
Inner Healing is a 10-week period of time allotted where the Clients in the program can be directly focused on the healing needed for their own personal woundedness. Specifically, Inner Healing begins with a Client looking at their defense mechanisms at an even deeper level. This is necessary to help bring down some of his walls and unify the class through openness and vulnerability. Thus, bringing true healing and acceptance.
The lessons in the class such as rejection, the grieving process, judgments, sexual addiction, and probably most important, forgiveness, are designed to stimulate past wounds and hurts. As a result, Clients are brought to a place of decision and realization. Most addicts come from a life of dysfunction where many times they were victimized as children. The problem is that very same hurt that caused anger and unforgiveness has turned them from being a victim into a victimizer. Clients learn to recognize this and are guided into a healing process. Taking ownership and responsibility is a main focal point of this area of the recovery process. This is one of the reasons we are a regeneration program instead of a rehabilitation program; we have learned that to simply bring a man or woman back to their former state is ineffective; instead we need to bring about a mental regeneration. This is achieved, in part, through deep emotional and spiritual healing.
Discipleship lasts 12 weeks, and is the last class in the 10-month regeneration program. Here the men and women are held to the highest standard. They are the leaders in the program, and they are expected to live as such. The disciples are given myriad leadership opportunities that should encourage a sense of worth. Some of those positions assigned are as such: dorm monitors, job site leaders, and probably most importantly, when a new brother or sister comes into the program, they are responsible for teaching them how to journal and hear from the Lord.
The lessons that are taught in the classroom are meant to challenge faulty belief systems about God and their own personal relationship with Him. At this phase, the level of accountability is even deeper. The Clients also return to small groups, where they help lead and teach the younger Clients how to write and process the forgiveness letters. Again, we are teaching important principles such as giving back and helping others. After Discipleship, the Clients have completed the program, and they go on to graduate.