Our Drug Rehab Centers - Mentor Program
One of the important things that sets Renaissance Ranch outpatient addiction treatment centers apart from other drug and alcohol treatment centers in the Saint George and Las Vegas area is our Mentor Program. All the Mentors at Renaissance Ranch are in their own recovery from addiction.
Born out of the sponsorship idea of the Alcoholics Anonymous program, Mentor's are based on the idea that it takes an addict to understand and help another addict. That is, someone who has been where you’ve been and done what you’ve done can best understand and help you out of the situations that they have also recovered from themselves.
Mentor's at Renaissance Ranch fill a much bigger role than just a sponsor, however. For starters, Mentor's take you through our intense 12 step curriculum. Most of our Recovery Coaches are former Renaissance Clients , have graduated from Renaissance Ranch and have experienced the curriculum first hand.
As former clients of Renaissance Ranch, they have worked through the curriculum in their own personal lives and personal recovery. Mentor's work hand in hand with the Therapists at Renaissance Ranch so that as a treatment team, we are all aware of the overall goals you have set for yourself, and how to best work together to achieve those goals.
Mentor's are involved in group therapy to bring their real-life experience to the curriculum being taught in the group settings. As a client, you will also meet one on one with your Mentor weekly and be in touch with them daily to help you live life and remain clean and sober one day at a time.
The Mentor's at Renaissance Ranch are also connected to the local recovery community and the community at large and often have personal relationships throughout the community. These relationships and connections provide the Mentor's more insight to help you get connected to housing (sober-living houses, rental properties, shelters etc.), jobs (resume building, open availabilities etc.), probation offices, public transportation, community service opportunities, and local recovery and general community events.
In addition, our community outreach program at the local Saint George correctional facility is run entirely by our Mentor's. They are trusted in this position because they’ve been at similar facilities under similar circumstances. They know the ropes. They know how to help.
The Mentor's at Renaissance Ranch do what they do because they care (certainly isn’t for the money). They learned what they know through the school of the hard knocks, their own personal addictions and subsequent recovery. They have crawled out of the pits of their own personal hell and want to show others the way out. They work with fellow recovering alcoholics and addicts because it helps them maintain their own recovery (by living in step 12). It helps them give back what has been given to them, The Miracle of Recovery.
Renaissance Ranch Mentor Guidelines
- Renaissance Ranch patients will become a mentor upon completion of IOP. Mentors can continue working with mentee's after graduation form Renaissance Ranch if they choose.
- No use of drugs or alcohol by mentors at any time while in the program.
- If relapse does occur the mentor's are expected to appropriately disclose to the group & staff. A group conscience will be established regarding the mentors status.
- A mentor may serve in many facets of the mentor program, including, but not limited to:
- Community service projects
- Helping mentee's work on, understand, clarify, and complete assignments
- Help mentee'ss learn how to have fun in recovery
- Share their experience, strength, and hope, freely giving back what recovery has given to them
- Attend outside meetings
- Encourage mentee to attend outside meetings
- Assist in planning alumni events and activities
- Maintain healthy boundaries
“Practical Experience shows that nothing will so much insure immunity from drinking as intensive work with other alcoholics. It works when other activities fail” – Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 89
“Moving from hopelessness to hope is what recovery is about. Helping one another do this is what peer support is about.” (CPSS training manual, pg. 8)