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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:45 am | Updated: 10:59 am, Sat Apr 13, 2013.

“Reveille” mini camps offer a wake-up call for addicts, their families and helpers; while a two-hour workshop for couples provides the means for “Reunification.”

The intensive recovery seminar and couples workshop, coming to Mesa in May, “have a great track record of success,” said creator and presenter Roger Stark. “Even people who have had treatment failure find they are able to break through some of the blocks to recovery they may have experienced in the past”

Stark, a recovery counselor and the author of The Waterfall Concept: A Blueprint for Addiction Recovery, said the mini-camp is for addicts and recovering addicts, as well as for family members, spiritual leaders, counselors, therapists and treatment providers. The curriculum is based on Stark’s book and is designed to foster understanding about addiction for all parties, while providing “the solutions that make recovery possible.”

He said the effectiveness of the seminar stems from his own background as a recovering addict.

“I’m an addict, too; so, I have insight most clinicians don’t.”

“Oftentimes,” Stark continued, “people struggling with addiction are just missing one piece or there are just a couple of things holding them back.”

He said because of the intensive, hands-on, day-long format of the seminar, participants are able to learn and practice new skills, leaving with tools they can successfully put to use.

Matthew, a recovering alcoholic, gambling and heroin addict wrote in an email to Stark: “Your explanations and descriptions have given me understanding that has escaped me until now.”

“This is because we focus on the underlying problems, in finding the missing pieces,” Stark said.

Stark added the “Reunification” couples’ workshop for a number of reasons.

“Addiction is a third party in a relationship,” he explained. “In those situations, trust goes out the window. Intimacy of all kinds —physical, emotional and spiritual —takes a hit. The workshop is about coming together again.”

He said it isn’t an easy thing to make changes in a relationship.

“It takes work on both parts,” but, with the education, practice and exercises at the workshop, “They can begin to rebuild,” Stark said.

He said his book and the seminars he presents all have the same foundation.

“All of my work is Christ-centered,” Stark said.

He explained, as taught in the Twelve-Step Program, addicts often isolate themselves.

“The one we isolate most from is God. Recovery is about learning to reconnect. It’s a process of letting him heal us, to throw out pride, throw out fear and learn to trust, love and accept.”

Stark said he enjoys the many positive comments and the feedback he receives from those who read his book and attend his seminar. A reader from Montreal, Canada, recently sent him an email, saying:

“I enjoyed the book and was able to relate to a lot of the topics you discussed. Although I’m not a Christian (Muslim by faith), I understand the importance that God plays in the recovery of an addict. It is only through him that we can get through our problem … Also, the advices and examples given in the book really motivated me to continue on my path to serenity.”

“Reunification,” the relationship-recovery seminar for couples only, will be held 7 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the New Horizon School for the Performing Arts, located at 446 E. Broadway Road, Mesa. The all-day “Reveille” mini-camp will be at the same location 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

To register, or for more information, visit waterfallconcept.org or email Roger Stark at info@waterfallconcept.org.

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