New recovery support group in Pagosa Springs


    By Roxanne Schick
    Special to The SUN

    There is a new faith-based support group in Pagosa Springs.

    It is called Metanoia, which is a Greek word that means “turning away from” or “going to.”

    It also means a change in one’s life all the way down to his or her soul.

    Metanoia is a Catholic program, but one does not need to be Catholic to attend.

    The program is based on an adaptation of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We use Christ as our Higher Power, which distinguishes us from other 12-step programs. The meetings are suitable for people who are dealing with self-defeating behaviors that are interfering with the quality of their lives.

    Because it is a Catholic program, it includes scriptures that relate to the Twelve Steps. For example, Step One, which is an admission of powerlessness and unmanageability, refers to Romans 7:18 which states, “For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.”

    For those who are Catholic, meetings begin with a Catholic devotion, such as a decade of the Rosary or Stations of the Cross. Group sharing and discussion follow this, with writing exercises that are either completed at home or at the meeting.

    The group meets Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Catholic Education Center, located at 462 Lewis St.

    For more information, call Ron or Val at 264-5893.