What makes a person successful in your program?
This is a great question. When guests come through our doors on their first day, they are at a fragile point in their lives. Our staff understands and recognizes this, and we believe in loving our guests until they can love themselves. Through a guest’s journey in our program they do intense internal work with our life coaches and also the fellow community. We can begin to measure success by how willing a guest is to embrace the process, open up and be vulnerable, and how honest they can be with themselves. After some time at Herren Wellness that guest from their first day is almost unrecognizable, they have a sparkle in their eye and are confidently themselves among the community. Described by staff members as a “shift”, it is the miracle that recovery offers to every guest, as long as their heart is open to the process.
How is the family involved in your program?
Family involvement is an important part of our approach at Herren Wellness. We encourage family members to be active, engaged, and involved with the recovery of their loved one, and for themselves. Life coaches work with the families of guests to identify and address situations and relationships that need healing and support and help them to find a support network of their own to navigate the early recovery process and beyond. Other resources we recommend to families are:
Herren Project: At our partner organization you can find resources, consultations, online support groups facilitated by clinicians, and more for family members of those with substance use disorder and/or who are in recovery at no cost.
Al-Anon: is a worldwide 12-step fellowship with a structure like Alcoholics Anonymous, but designed for loved ones, families, and friends of people with substance use disorder and/or who are in recovery. Al-Anon is open to anyone seeking support whether their loved one is in recovery or not, and their site has tools to find local meetings and other resources you may find helpful.
NAMI Family Support Group: NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and it provides broad support groups for family members of people with mental health conditions. Membership is free, and there is a weekly support group for adult family members as well.