The 12 Steps and Clinical Programming at Burning Tree

Alcoholics Anonymous created a 12-step program that outlines principles and actions needed to recover from alcoholism.

As a chronic disease, honestly working the steps should continue for a lifetime. To recover from addiction, Burning Tree Programs uses the steps as the foundation for clinical programming.

While focusing on the steps, Burning Tree Programs also provides clinical modalities to identify underlying psychological issues or problems that could be blocking someone from recovery.

“I really believe the 12 steps are the conduit to get connected to a power greater than ourselves,” said Kito Holtzman, Clinical Director at Renewal Lodge. “It’s pretty much what we do straight out of the Big Book and it’s not watered down.”

Each program at Burning Tree Programs takes a specialized approach to the 12 Steps.

Renewal Lodge and Mindfulness

Renewal Lodge’s program focuses on high accountability, life skills, clinical support, and 12-step immersion. The program utilizes an integrated treatment approach combining evidenced-based mindfulness skills and 12 step modalities.

Mindfulness can help those recovering from addiction better know the mind.

“The mindfulness component really helps us get to know the mind, and we know we are not the mind,” Kito said. “The 12 steps fit perfectly into what we’re doing with the mindfulness component.”

Because the disease centers in the mind alcoholics and addicts get a delusion and they cannot separate fact from fiction.

“You can’t think yourself out of addiction and knowledge will not do it and you need to do some work.”

The mindfulness component helps Renewal Lodge clients get to know the mind and know they are not the mind.

“The 12 steps fit perfectly into what we’re doing with the mindfulness component.”

All Burning Tree Programs use the first 164 pages of the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous. With the mindfulness component, people who are hesitant about the steps can find a way to get them to engage working the 12 steps.

“I believe it’s the work through the 12 steps that shows people the freedom that is available. My higher power wants me to do something, not just say something.”

Burning Tree Ranch and Long Term Treatment

Burning Tree Ranch uses the 12 Steps as the foundation of its work.

Whereas Renewal Lodge is a 30 – 90 day program, Burning Tree Ranch is 8 – 14 months. The Ranch works with chronic relapsers or people with substance abuse who have gone to treatment before.

Often clients who go to Burning Tree Ranch have gone to treatment several times before. Since the program is so long, the treatment center has the ability to separate true alcoholism from any other underlying mental disorder.

But again, the Big Book’s first 164 pages are the foundation and basis for what they do.

“It’s a foundation and an outline of how to live a sober self-supporting life of excellence,” said Meghan Bohlman, Clinical Director At Burning Tree Ranch. “We use the 12 Steps the entire time our clients are with us in inpatient.”

About Burning Tree Programs

Burning Tree Programs runs family-owned, ethical treatment centers, where you can receive treatment for substance use disorder and underlying mental health issues at the same time. We have been providing ethical, family-owned care since 1999. If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism or addiction, please contact our admission staff.


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