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. Each of these focus point principles are thoroughly, , comprehensively, and holistically explored in the GLR curriculum. Though each person may have his own variations, we want each client to articulate and demonstrate his hope for what these statements mean to him as he grows in the recovery process.
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.
The client begins to realize the willingness to do small, tedious, and repetitive actions is the foundation of transformation.
Points of emphasis: The client is willing to share the truth even when there is a risk of self-disclosure or unpleasant consequences that follow. The client develops an understanding that honesty is so much more than just sharing facts; it demands self-reflection and vulnerability.
The client begins to understand the depth and breadth of true honesty both with himself and with others.
Points of emphasis: The client begins to notice his areas of reactivity, his patterns of behavior, and the stories he tells himself about who he is. Through an ongoing assessment of self, he starts to BE a different way in the world. The client moves out of judging and interpreting the world and into observing and relating to the world.
The client begins to identify patterns in all aspects of his being through self-awareness and honesty.
Points of emphasis: The client keeps commitments, small and large, to himself. The client lives a life in alignment with his values. The client engages in self-correction and is humble enough to receive feedback from others about their perceptions and understanding of him.
The client begins to live in line with his stated values, holding himself accountable for how his words, intentions, and behaviors match up regardless of his emotional state.
Points of emphasis: The client learns to live with uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure so he can more fully experience love and connection. He realizes that vulnerability is NOT a weakness, but is courageous and empowering. The client starts to understand vulnerability is at the heart of living at cause.
The client begins to understand vulnerability as power and possibility in creating meaningful relationships and responsible living.
Points of emphasis: The client realizes that he is a spiritual being and develops curiosity around what it could mean to live a Spirit driven life. He is provided opportunities to develop his spiritual practices and deepen his faith life.
The client explores how his spirituality shows up in his day-to-day life and he identifies areas of interest and growth.
Points of emphasis: The client begins to show himself grace and forgiveness, understanding he has value simply by being human. The client develops his ability to live from a place of love, not fear. He learns to find his value in being human, not in his latest success or in being better that someone else.
The client shows himself compassion through active well-being practices in work, exercise, nutrition, sleep, spirituality, and relationships.
Do you think you could benefit from our Recovery Program? Contact our Intake Manager, at (616) 451-0236 ext. 25.