Overview of Conscious Recovery
Conscious Recovery is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction that will transform your life. Conscious Recovery is changing the conversation about addiction because it recognizes that underneath all addictive behavior is an essential self that is whole and perfect.
Conscious Recovery moves beyond simply treating behaviors and symptoms. It focuses on the underlying root causes that drive destructive patterns while providing clear steps for letting go of core false beliefs that lead to addictive tendencies. Whether it is unresolved trauma, spiritual disconnection, or toxic shame, these challenges need to be addressed in order to achieve true and permanent freedom.
Conscious Recovery offers a pathway toward liberation that can assist you in creating a life filled with love and connection. It explores methods for changing the ways of thinking that have kept you stuck in a pattern of hopelessness, so you can come into alignment with an existence overflowing with compassion and ways of thinking that have kept you stuck in a pattern of hopelessness, so you can come into alignment with an existence overflowing with compassion and purpose.
Conscious Recovery calls this the “great remembering”- reclaiming the truth of who and what you essentially are.
Features of Conscious Recovery
The Conscious Recovery method is a 12-week program that includes group therapy and one-on-one counseling sessions. At Wellness Recovery, we integrate the program into our regular treatment services. Doing this allows you to continue our detox and outpatient treatment programs while participating in the Conscious Recovery sessions.
The residential rehab curriculum used in Conscious Recovery is designed to help you connect with your true self and identify the destructive patterns your life has taken in order to change them.
Week 1: Authenticity – Learn to live an authentic lifestyle and create more substantial connections with others.
Week 2: Perspective – Look at situations from a different perspective than your own.
Week 3: Conflict – Identify situations than may lead to conflict and learn healthier ways to handle emotions.
Week 4: Recovery Rocks – Release negative and false beliefs about yourself that could lead to addictive behavior.
Week 5: Communication – Learning the four communication stages: aggressive, passive, passive-aggressive, and authentic.
Week 6: Change – Learn to see change as a positive thing that you can use to shift your path.
Week 7: Self-Love & Acceptance – Identify and learn new techniques that teach you to ignore self-hate and embrace self-love.
Week 8: Relapse Triggers – Accept the possibility that you have control over your own choices and no outside influences can force you to relapse.
Week 9: Balance – Learn a new holistic balance in recovery through the lens of four rooms: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Week 10: Letting Go – Forgive yourself and others and learn to find peace with an interactive forgiveness process.
Week 11: Gratitude – Begin to practice gratitude every day by being involved with intentional and active group dynamics.
Week 12: Finding Purpose – Learning new techniques that teach you to let go of false beliefs and finding deeper meaning and purpose in your life.
For those who are participating in our outpatient program, the Conscious Recovery curriculum leads you or a loved one toward a path of spiritual connection and enlightenment.
Week 1: Conscious Recovery Overview & Lecture – Introduction to the 12-week curriculum.
Week 2: Spiritual Lens – Wholeness and Perfection, The Four Aspects of Being, What is the Spiritual Lens?, and Integrated Recovery.
Week 3: The Addicted Self – The Outer-Focused Life, Cultural Influences, Core False Beliefs, and Brilliant Strategies.
Week 4: Unresolved Trauma – The Domestication of the Human, Trauma (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Vicarious), and Consequences of Unresolved Trauma.
Week 5: Spiritual Disconnection – What is Spiritual Disconnection?, Attachment Theory, Unconcious Patterns, and A New Way of Being.
Week 6: Toxic Shame – What is Toxic Shame?, Guilt Versus Shame, Victim Consciousness, and Bringing Shame Into The Light.
Week 7: Creating Safety – Internal Versus External Safety, Self-Love and Acceptance, Maintaining an Open Heart, Rebuilding Trust, and the Importance of Community.
Week 8: Unlearning – Living Beyond Your Stories, Evidence or Conclusion?, Self-Parenting, and Integrating the Shadow.
Week 9: Practicing Spiritual Principles – Non-Resistance/Non-Judgment, Presence/Mindfulness, Living in the Question, and Making Peace with Impermanence.
Week 10: Owning Your Power – The Powers of Perception, Forgiveness, Authenticity, and Gratitude.
Week 11: The Great Remembering – Letting Go, Making U-Turns, Embracing Love, and Inner and Outer Connection.
Week 12: Awakening Living – Finding Purpose and Freedom, Choosing Peace and Happiness, and Awakening Into Service.
History of Conscious Recovery
Conscious Recovery was initiated in 2017 by TJ Woodward, an addiction treatment consultant, author, and inspirational speaker. The method is a result of Woodward’s personal journey with his own recovery from addiction and the years of experience he has in working with others to help transform their lives. His career in helping others become the best possible version of themselves has been ongoing for the last 30 years. In 2015 he published Conscious Being: Awakening to Your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction in 2017.