Guiding Light Recovery Program Focus
We believe the men in our program need the following characteristics in order to have the best opportunity for life-long recovery. Though each person may have his own variations, we want each client to articulate and demonstrate what they mean to him, as they grow during the recovery process.
- Willingness to Change
Points of emphasis: The client is willing to change even though it is painful, daily, life-long, slow, and requires new choices. This willingness grows out of humility and the realization that the problem is the man, not in other people or life circumstances, and that the necessary change must occur, first of all, in them.
Points of emphasis: The client is willing to share the truth even when there is risk of self-disclosure or unpleasant consequences may follow. The client develops an understanding that honesty is more than just telling the truth; it demands self-reflection and vulnerability.
Points of emphasis: The client begins to choose his reactions and his patterns of behavior, to understand the stories he tells himself about who he is. Through an ongoing assessment of self, he develops a different worldview.
- Accountability to Others
Points of emphasis: The client allows other people through relationships of honesty and transparency to challenge his attitudes and actions, and to hold him to his commitments.
Points of emphasis: The client learns to live with uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. He realizes that vulnerability is NOT a weakness, but is courageous. He learns that change cannot be maintained without willingness to express feelings and emotions.
- Spiritual Curiosity
Points of emphasis: The client realizes that EVERYONE is a spiritual being, and is willing to explore the question “What is the content of my spirituality?” The content of his spirituality is not determined by us. Question: How does my spirituality show up in my life?
Points of emphasis: The client starts to see himself as more than the sum of his behaviors and begins to see that he has worth simply by being human. Negative self-image is displaced by the realization that all persons are worthwhile.
Do you think you could benefit from our Recovery Program? Contact our Intake Manager, at (616) 451-0236 ext. 25.