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Phases of our Regeneration Program

The class will acclimate new students to our program and help them to feel loved and cared for as they transition into a new way of life. The men will learn the daily discipline required of them at Refuge on the Ridge and how to find refuge from the destruction that drugs and alcohol have brought to their lives. Each man is introduced to Jesus, where they can begin to see hope, despite their past and learn how to live a new life in Christ. 

Journaling is one of the most important tools learned at Refuge on the Ridge; it allows a man to start opening up communication between him and God. Journaling is where heart change and thinking begins to truly transform. 

Upon arrival, each man will be given a mentor, someone further along in the program to help guide and steer him clear of obstacles that could hinder his regeneration. Men will also participate in classes where they will learn specific things that we believe are crucial to his recovery. The mentor is there to lean on during this critical time of adjustment to all of the changes to and around him.  In this phase, each man has the opportunity to start over and begin building a foundation for a new life in Christ. 

During the second half of this course, each man will also look at specific areas of their lives, such as: legal, financial, and relational destruction that has occurred through their lifestyle of addiction. 

The men are preparing for peer evaluation, where men are taught how to give and receive accountability. We will also begin taking a deeper dive into attitudes, feelings, and emotions through our relationships with one another and our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 


12 weeks

During this phase, each man will look at two areas: trust and ownership.  A man must be able to trust God and other men in the program in order to break down the walls that have kept them wrapped in their addictions. Equally or perhaps more importantly, each man starts to take ownership of his life and of the choices he made. It will become clear to him how his decisions have negatively impacted not only his but the lives of others. In the end, he begins to take responsibility for his actions and starts to develop an attitude of integrity. 

Men will look intently at the consequences of their actions. The denial that has had such a stronghold in their lives begins to dissipate and the reality becomes clearer. They will see what has been jeopardized in their relationships and the opportunities that were lost because of their addiction. Without this help to see reality, most addicts continue to stay in a fantasy world, which enables them to continue in the cycle of addiction. This phase gives a man an opportunity to remove the shackles and distorted vision to see the truth and to start repairing what was destroyed. 

This phase is done with a spirit of love and forgiveness with no condemnation or shame and the purpose is to be free from the merry-go-round they have been on with their addiction. Truth and honesty are imperative to recovery. 

Inner Healing 

12 weeks

12 weeks

Men will begin to understand the physical and psychological aspects of chemical dependency and will continue to examine and accept more responsibility for their recovery.  In this phase, we will explore the stages of chemical dependency and the lifestyle change that is necessary for recovery. 

The men will be exposed to scientific knowledge about chemical dependency as well as insight into the damage done to our thinking process. It is vital to see how our minds have been contaminated in order to understand the controlling effects of addiction. These lessons help in exposing denial and the false defense mechanisms that have controlled the addict’s life. 

At this stage, each man will receive positions of responsibility on the job site, in their cottages, and will become mentors to new men entering the program. 


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