Recovery Begins When One Alcoholic Talks with Another Alcoholic
Still Waters is designed to be a 30 – 90 day 12-step immersion retreat for women with an emphasis upon spirituality as experienced when working the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous. The women, residents as they are called, live together in a group fellowship. Staff is on-site 24/7 but do not reside at the house. In this way, the fellowship develops into a true community striving to help and encourage one another with recovery.
Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. xxii
Just 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, the Still Waters for Women facility is a converted private residence nestled in the scenic countryside of Cheatham County near the Harpeth River, amidst large tracts of rural forest and spring-fed streams. Within this 22-acre retreat, this 5 bedroom house provides a full service kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities, meeting rooms, staff office and occupancy for up to 11 residents. Across the foot bridge is the cottage, which is currently under renovation for expansion. Residents can meditate around the extensive pond, the fishing dock or near one of two stone waterfalls.
Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions, pg. 31
A suitable resident is one who does not need or already has had primary treatment, who is physically and mentally stable (non mood-altering prescriptions are permitted), and has a high level of internal motivation for recovery and is able to be community and program compliant. This requires a level of maturity whereby the resident can self-direct her studies and balance her recovery efforts to her desire to partake of the recreational activities available. Intake assessment of each applicant is conducted in an attempt to insure success for all residents accepted at Still Waters.
A typical day at Still Waters begins with a 7:00 am meditation group followed by a home cooked breakfast. The remainder of the day consists of two more groups devoted to step and literature study. At the conclusion of the program, a resident will have completed the first 7 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotic Anonymous and will have built her own concordance of the recovery literature as a byproduct of assigned readings and study involving the texts, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text, and the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. Following a community cooked dinner, the community travels to a local area 12 step community meeting or 12 step activity. The day then concludes with our “Accountability Group” where page 86 of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that “when we retire at night we constructively review our day…”.
In addition to learning about recovery issues such as the disease concept, recovery and relapse, Still Waters emphasizes the spiritual principles associated with each step. Additionally, Still Waters provides a one day Family Services program. This emphasis upon spiritual principles is what separates the Still Waters program from others according to a number of our Alumni who report that despite having been treated at other well-known facilities, the spiritual emphasis was lacking. Although the minimum stay is 30 days, the basic foundation of our program is based on resident participation and step work and our average length of stay ranges from 45 – 60 days.
Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 132
Recreation and exercise is encouraged and the grounds at Still Waters lend themselves to most anyone’s taste. Residents may participate in such diverse activities as fishing in the stocked pond, hike or jog the quarter-mile tree lined drive, yoga, get up a team for a game of badminton or Frisbee. For the less enthusiastic, there are meditation areas and a stone fire pit and notable opportunities to observe wild turkey, otter and deer around the property. Our program has only been operating since July of 2015, but follow-up surveys and voluntary reporting by Still Waters alumni are extremely favorable. Our alumni are reporting that they are being restored to their families, restored to their health, regaining their happiness and peace of mind and being restored to a God of their understanding. Please contact us today if you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism and/or addiction.