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Spirituality and Recovery Workshop for Young Adults Introduced at Promises

Promises West L.A. introduces an experiential workshop led by Jim Savage, LCDC, to help young adults explore their spirituality and the role of spirituality in addiction recovery.

Recognizing that addiction recovery is an exercise in mind, body and spirit, Promises West L.A. is giving young adults a unique opportunity to participate in a powerful workshop that guides them as they explore their spirituality and the role of spirituality in addiction recovery.

Incorporating a creative blend of music, meditation, storytelling, ritual and ceremony that is used to support 12-Step recovery, this hands-on workshop creates a setting that allows young adults to have a profound personal transformation.

The workshop is led by Jim Savage, LCDC, an experienced drug and alcohol counselor who has specialized in adolescent substance abuse treatment since 1984. In addition to his clinical skills, Savage is a professional musician, author and producer. He owned his own adolescent outpatient treatment program for 11 years and has produced volumes of recovery-related material, including the rock musical "The Journey," the books "A Parent’s Guide to Drug Treatment: Rehab Works!," "The Recovery Wheel: 12-Step Recovery" and "The Medicine Wheel," and the documentary "The Hero’s Journey: A Storytelling Adventure With Jim Savage." In the 1990s, he starred in the popular Dallas-based Beatles cover band A Hard Night’s Day.

“Spirituality is one of the most important elements of 12-Step recovery, yet in my experience, is an area where we often come up short in helping clients in treatment,” Savage said. “This workshop is a great opportunity for the clients at Promises to have an experience that can make a big impact on their spiritual development and recovery.”

Savage has been helping people explore spirituality in recovery for more than 20 years, and is recognized for his unique approach that allows clients to have an “experience,” rather than simply learning about it through books and lectures.

The Spirituality and Recovery workshop is an experiential process that helps young adults:

• Gain a better understanding of the recovery process
• Identify where they are in their own recovery “story”
• Explore their relationship with their Higher Power
• Develop alternative ways of coping with difficult feelings through meditation and mindfulness
• Process unresolved issues
• Bond with their peers through shared experience and self-disclosure
• Develop an enhanced capacity for intuitive thought and inner guidance
• Increase motivation for recovery through spiritual connection

The workshop is divided into two phases that span the first two months of a client’s treatment at Promises. Phase I, “Preparation,” is a two-day intensive that focuses on Steps 1-3 as clients answer the question, “Who am I?” and explore their understanding of a Higher Power. During the month between Phases I and II, clients complete assignments designed to prepare them for letting go of resentments, fears, negative beliefs and unresolved issues. Phase II, “Transformation,” is another two-day intensive that takes clients through a process that relates to Steps 4-7, and culminates in a powerful ceremony that leads to healing and transformation.

From music and storytelling performances to meditation and ceremony, each session combines a variety of creative and healing approaches that engage clients and inspire greater treatment participation. Conducting the workshop as an extended process leads to greater clinical integration and increased overall commitment to treatment.

“Jim’s creative and non-traditional approach makes him uniquely relatable to young people,” said Promises’ Regional Vice President-California Nanci Stockwell, LCSW. “We are so fortunate to have him sharing his many talents with the young people at Promises and contributing in such a meaningful way to their long-term recovery.”

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in Southern California. Led by some of the nation’s leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit or call (877) 351-7506.

Promises Treatment Centers is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit

Posted on August 21st, 2013
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