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  • Alumni Perspective: Step 8

    By Jomana A., Renascent Alumni Step 8: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.“ As a newcomer, I sat in meetings and heard my fellow recovering alcoholics talk about Step 8. Confusion and fear coloured my approach to Step 8. Thanks to good sponsorship, … Continued


    Inpatient Versus Outpatient Treatment: Which is Right for Me?

    Portions of this article are excerpted and adapted from the upcoming book Hope Against Hope, authored by Renascent’s Clinical Director Michael Lochran and consulting Psychotherapist Laura Cavanagh. Hope Against Hope’s anticipated release is in 2021. Since the New York State Inebriate Asylum opened in 1864, inpatient residential treatment has been the gold standard intervention for … Continued


    Running Through Recovery

    It was just a few years ago that Brendan stumbled into treatment for alcohol addiction at Renascent’s Punanai Treatment Centre (Punanai), barely able to walk. Today, he’s lacing up his running shoes, training for Renascent’s Road to Recovery Walkathon/Run, to help raise funds for addiction treatment for people in need. Brendan knows all too well … Continued


    Been There, Done That: How Having Lived Experience with Addiction Brings Empathy and Understanding to Family Counselling

    Jennie Bell’s children were in their teens when she found recovery from addiction. Over the more than 13 years that have passed since, Jennie has had honest and open conversations with her children about her addiction and the impact it had on them. These conversations help give Jennie a unique and empathetic perspective which she … Continued


    Ontario Government funds new Virtual Intensive Treatment Program for Addiction at Renascent

    Media Release – July 8, 2021 $1.25M annualized investment addresses critical gap in the health care system by adding urgently needed intensive treatment for addiction using innovative virtual model.   TORONTO, Ont. (July 8, 2021) – The Ontario Government announced new annualized funding for Renascent in the amount of $1.25M, making a newly developed Virtual Intensive … Continued


    Alumni Perspective: Embracing Humility

    By Corey S., Renascent Alumni Having humility is the key principle for Step 7 – giving up on self-will and building a reliance on God’s will to guide me through life. Step 7 has now become part of my nightly routine. Every evening before bed I reflect on my day and make a mental inventory … Continued