A letter from our founder…
The intent of Augustine Recovery was always to help men through their most difficult voyage: the voyage within. Only when we immerse ourselves in the deepest, most challenging waters of life will we know the well of strength and courage we truly possess.
I was once told by a man who gave me a challenge, “Somewhere during this process, you are going to feel like you are going to die. At that point, go harder.” That point did come, as it does for all of us that want to go beyond a superficial existence. We know that it is in difficulty that we find strength, motivation, and determination. Through these challenges, we become who we are truly meant to be.
A poem that has always inspired my recovery is Sir Francis Drake’s “Disturb Us, Lord.” I’d like to share it with you here today.
Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
Throughout this poem, the author evokes imagery of challenge and adventure: seeking the stars, expanding the horizons of our hopes, the pursuit of a new Heaven. This is emblematic of the recovery process. Only by daring to dream, to take the next step, to continuously improve can we find sobriety (and ourselves). Today, Lauren and I – along with the leadership – have cast a new vision. We have decided to push Augustine Recovery into the future, just as Drake wrote.
Since our inception, we have focused on several areas in addition to our 12 Step philosophy:
Trauma Treatment. We focus on comprehensive treatment of trauma. By addressing the primary pain points and drivers of addiction, we have seen incredible transformation and growth in sobriety, as well as the diminishing of process addictions.
Family Involvement. We created a life-changing family program that involves loved ones on a deeply personal level in every stage of care. We use weekly calls, regular visits, and educational programming to heal the entire family unit. That is not a goal, but a reality.
Whole-Body Recovery. We have a whole-body approach, giving residents access to personal trainers, outdoor excursions, and fresh food harvested from our garden. You will never step in the same river twice, and people who come here never look the same way again.
Neurofeedback. We utilize the most groundbreaking technologies and sophisticated, evidence-based techniques to heal the brain.
We are also excited to let you in on our new expansions:
Detoxification. We have opened a four-bed detoxification unit for men and women.
Women’s Program. Last but not least, we have opened a separate 16-bed program for women, in a beautiful, downtown location. This will meet their needs in ways parallel to those of our men’s program: a gender-specific approach to recovery. It took us a long time to get to this point, and we are so excited to share this news with you.
Throughout this period of growth and change, we wanted our new branding and website to reflect our voyage, as well as that of our residents. To capture the imaginations and instill hope in the brave men and women about to embark on a journey with us. Augustine Recovery invites you to explore our website and look over the imagery and design. We hope that our new branding reminds you of our greatest goal: to serve as a guiding star amid the disturbances that come along with addiction.
A special “Thank you” to our talented team at Webconsuls for bringing our ideas and inspiration to fruition through brand and website development.
Founder, Augustine Recovery