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REST program helps addicts find causes of addictions

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Battling drug addiction on and off since she was 18, Grovetown resident Tracy Renew has been involved in many rehab programs over the past two decades.

Rick Sholette

The 35-year-old mother of three was searching for a program that would teach her why she did the things she did, not just how to remove herself from temptations.

“Even if you avoid the people, places and things, you still have confusion about why,” she said.

Through a new recovery program called Recovery, Educa­tion, Support and Training, Renew said, she finally understands what the addiction stems from.

Started by 25-year veteran rehabilitation counselor Rick Sholette, the program is built out of what he thought was missing from other programs: a deeper understanding of why people turn to addiction.

“None of us are raised in perfect families,” he said. “We all have relationship issues. Sometimes those issues cause a downward spiral into addiction.”

According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 20 percent of people ages 18-25 use illicit drugs. Those ages 12-17 were at 10.1 percent, and people 26 or older were at 6.6 percent.

Among young adults, the rates were 18.5 percent for marijuana, 5.9 percent for nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs, 2 percent for hallucinogens and 1.5 percent for cocaine.

For years, Sholette watched as many people he counseled relapsed. He decided part of the problem was a lack of education and skill building.

“My thought was, if they knew where all this comes from, how much better would they do?” he said

For Chris Newman, the program offered a piece he felt was missing from other programs: a focus on faith.

Although the program is only in the sixth of 20 weeks, Renew and Newman said they have learned skills they believe will help them permanently recover.

“I feel a lot stronger,” Renew said. “It feels really good to finally understand why I do the things I do. Relief. It really feels like relief.”

Newman said one homework assignment in particular stood out. To build self-esteem, Sholette had his students write down 25 reasons why they like themselves over the course of a day.

“I found myself searching for good things to do for people,” Newman said. “It really makes you feel good and understand why we’re here.”

A large part of the program that stuck with Renew was the idea of addiction as something you pass on. She said that by learning to recognize her core issues she will be better at spotting them in her kids and will learn how to not pass them on.

“I am here to help fix me because I love my children,” she said. “I like me so much better today than last month.”


Recovery, Education, Support and Training meets at Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans. The cost is $40 for a session, or $220 for the 20-week program. Registration is through Paraclete Ministries, which can be reached at (813) 528-5971. Child care is available.

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dlnga 09/17/12 - 01:47 am
"New" Recovery Program

I'd like to know Mr. Sholette's credentials and education that qualify him to determine what other programs are "lackng". I've been in the field of treatment and recovery for 9 years and have worked in treat facilities and programs with highly educated and credentialed conselors, therapist and psychologist who educate and inform the clients daily about their addiction, the causes and the road to recovery. That road is alot longer than 6 weeks. The 2 mentioned in the article are experiencing what is know as the "Honeymoon Phase" won't last much longer and the next phase is "The Wall"..the downfall of many well intentioned clients can be traced to this point...I hope this information was included in his program he created from what others were lacking..I have a feeling there are 2 people who are about to experience first hand what Mr. Sholette's program is lacking....Good luck you 2...its going to be hell.

Linakah1 01/22/13 - 10:42 am
Why All The Negativity?

It's very dissapointing to see such negative comments posted about a program that is positive and producing results. There should be room for any recovery program in our society that supports and educates attendees towards recovery and provides relevant information. One size does not fit all; and that's ok. If this nay-sayer had actually attended the program, as I have, it would be clear that there is no "Honeymoon Phase" present. Instead, we're guided through an intensive 20 weeks of study, which also involves a considerable commitment to homework assignments. So tired of people trying to pull others down who are clearly trying to make a positive difference in this world. Stop hating and start creating a better world. If you attend this (or any program) which isn't a good fit for you, then fine, don't go back. But please don't question someone's credentials you do not even know and haven't seen in action or criticize a program that has genuinely helped people. How do you think the people in the article might feel with your condemnation and pre-determined proclamation of what you say they will experience. Thankfully, their fate isn't up to you. There are enough barriers to recovery besides adding sabatage of what's already working well to the mix! Please be part of the solution, not the problem.

Savannah Moore
Savannah Moore 08/13/15 - 11:16 am
This Program

I know this man personally through my mother Tracy Renew. He showed her a complete road to recovery however she did not accept it I dont want anyone who reads this article to think is sovber

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