Dan Phillips, facilitator of the first Living In Freedom Intensive, was interviewed on why intensives work and why now.
For several years, L.I.F.E. Recovery has seen the need to host an intensive workshop.
“The need for a local, cost-effective workshop that capitalizes on the unique perspectives that L.I.F.E. Recovery brings to healing from addiction became too pronounced to ignore,” says Dan Phillips.
One reason intensives are so effective is that, as in a medical situation, the quality of care someone receives immediately following a traumatic event can have long term positive effects on their recovery. While a strong recovery program has helped many that have not attended an intensive, the focus that an intensive brings can dramatically increase that program’s ability to reach within the recovering addict.
Are you busy? Me too! To say that one can stop for an entire weekend and self-reflect is almost a far-fetched dream. Committing to a weekend long intensive that is equivalent to 6 months of counseling, in another location, away from our usual “life stuff”, ensures that the inner-reflection that is needed is properly and truly done.
When Dan was asked, “What are the top 3 keys to getting the most out of an intensive?”, his response was concise:
Be fully present.
Be fully transparent.
Eliminate all life distractions.
Dan Phillips, facilitator of the men’s intensive workshops, has 20 years of leadership training and pastoral experience. He has worked with L.I.F.E. Recovery since 2009, speaking at several annual events and working on the Leadership Team. He is a certified DISC instructor and studied the Neurochemistry of Addiction at Emory College. Currently, he leads couples SA recovery groups for Ebenezer Counseling in Knoxville, Tennessee.