On Friday, September 14, 2012, six more men graduated from our Addictions Treatment Program. Since January, we have had 23 men enter the program and 18 have completed it successfully. That's an amazing number. We are so proud to have been a part of each man's journey into recovery.
The picture I have used above is of a quote often used by our Addictions Counsellor, Doug Llewellyn. "The man who cannot change his mind cannot change anything" (George Bernard Shaw). That is the philosophy of treatment at ARC. We can change behavior. We can change our appearance. We can change our environment. But none of these things will take us where we want to be and where God has designed us to be unless we have a renewal of our minds and a transformation of our thinking. I know plenty of people who have stopped drinking or stopped using drugs, but they are still miserable - finding fault with themseles and with everyone around them. They have exchanged the drug for a different type of addiction. The reason? They haven't changed the way they see the world and themselves.
We hope that each man who has graduated from the program is successful in their journey. We hope that we have had enough of an impact to make a difference in their lifestyle. But fundamentally, we hope that we have helped them change their minds.
"Be not conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transofrmed by the renewing of your minds. Then you will know what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).