A person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol often has a hard time looking themselves in the mirror. They will make excuses for their self-destructive behavior and have a laundry list of reasons as to why they are the way they are. It is nearly impossible for an addicted person to be truthful with themselves, let alone with the other people in their lives. Lying, cheating and manipulation becomes a way of life for most addicts who no longer see their unethical behavior as harmful to themselves or others.
At Rainbow Canyon Retreat program participants take the time to acknowledge, confront and handle their past destructive actions. Clients in the program become students learning life training skills that help them move past the things they have done and said. They further develop their self-esteem and self-respect while gaining the ability to confront the underlying issues that caused them to use drugs in the first place. Students learn to become more “causative” over their life and their environment instead of feeling negatively affected by it.
Program participants at Rainbow Canyon Retreat are taught to identify social and anti-social characteristics in others and themselves. This part of the course teaches students how to recognize potential situations that may cause them trouble and what their options are when put in a potentially hazardous situation. When this course is complete the student is able to evaluate behavioral, constructive, and destructive characteristics in addition to using a variety of appropriate methods for handling negative influences.
Through the personal values and integrity course students at Rainbow Canyon Retreat are given the opportunity to clear their conscience of past transgressions and illicit behavior by taking fully responsibility for their actions. While this portion of the program is often difficult for the student to confront because it makes them think back to the many hurtful things they did in their past it is a valuable tool. When their past transgressions have been acknowledged and set right to the best of their ability the recovering person feels a huge weight lift from their shoulders and they are able to face their future without constantly reliving their past. It gives them the power over their future actions and the sense of control over their sobriety that they likely never felt they had.