About Heart, Mind & Spirit Recovery
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery a Twelve Step program?
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery is not a Twelve Step program.
We provide multi-dimensional, spiritual and inner awareness-based programs, recovery meeting kits, retreats and tools that assist those in alcohol, drug and addiction recovery to transform unhealthy behavior patterns, emotional triggers and limited beliefs into living a new level of recovery.
Twelve Step programs and support groups are a foundation and guideline for living. These programs provide a framework for recovery to examine mental health, physical health, emotional well-being, relationships, and provide for an initial spiritual awakening.
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery specializes in providing the next level of recovery, which involves embracing the empowerment of spiritual insights, principles, and tools that address the heart, mind and spirit of recovery,with the goal of living an authentic, life-affirming, powerful and joyful life.
My recovery program provides my spiritual tools and connection to my higher power. Why would I participate in Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery?
Recovery programs serve as a starting point for recovery. For those whose have been through the steps and or treatment program and have entered into recovery, there comes a stage where many of us have asked ourselves: Now What?
The cornerstone of recovery is the maintenance of our spiritual condition, and the programs of Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery have been designed to address this next level of inquiry and personal recovery.
What is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery?
In essence, we provide tools and programs for the heart, mind and spirit that offer embodiment, grounding and centering in the care and maintenance of our spiritual and emotional condition.
We believe this is the cornerstone of all lasting recovery. A recovery based on and centered in an internal knowingness that all is truly well.
We are a community of like-minded friends in recovery, who are committed to our continued personal and spiritual growth and expansion in re-defining what is possible.
What is the Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery Retreat?
The Heart, Mind & Spirit Recovery Conference & Retreat is a 3-day life changing experience, focusing on renewing and transforming the heart, mind and spirit of your recovery.
The next level of recovery embraces a shift out of powerlessness, fear and shame based thinking belief patterns that keep us from deepening and empowering our personal and professional relationships.
Start telling and living a new story about your recovery, that includes anchoring yourself in what you want to attract and experience, and not what has been holding you back.
The next level of recovery involves embracing the empowerment of spiritual tools, insights, techniques and principles, that address emotional triggers and false beliefs so that we can live an authentic, life-affirming, powerful and joyful life.
May I book individual spiritual counseling sessions instead of or in addition to going to a retreat?
Is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery affiliated with another organization, or is it a subsidiary of something else?
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery is a non-profit affiliate member organization of Centers for Spiritual Living.
How is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery financed?
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery is an IRS Code 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
As a nonprofit organization, Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery relies upon the generous contributions of its members and donors, programs and events.
Who runs Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery?
Rev. Carol Wilke is a life-changing transformational recovery speaker, teacher, retreat facilitator and recovery coach.
Carol has more than a decade of celebrated sobriety, and credits an important part of her recovery to the AA program. She also holds two Masters Degrees; one in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute and the other in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is the Founder and Senior Minister of Heart, Mind & Spirit Recovery – a Center For Spiritual Living Focus Ministry.
She is passionate about bringing hope and joy into the lives of all those she works with and supports in recovery.
How come I've never heard of Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery?
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery was established in September 2013 to provide spiritually based programs focused on the Heart (Emotion), Mind (Consciousness) and Spirit (God - Source Connection) of recovery. It was created as a next step in the path to deeper personal growth and development for those interested in taking their recovery to the next level after initial sobriety.
Can friends and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts attend Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery Retreats and events?
Yes. Depending on the program or event and provided they are clean and sober at the time of the meeting. The Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery Retreat, however, is designed specifically for those in recovery.
If I attend Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery events, should I continue to also go to my own recovery program?
Absolutely. Recovery is a personal journey, and you should continue the programs that allow you to recover in a personally fulfilled and empowered way.
Is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery a treatment program?
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery is not a recovery “treatment” program that provides medical and psychological assistance in detoxing and outpatient treatment for recovery.
Does Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery have sponsors?
Twelve Step programs utilize sponsors as a pivotal role in recovery. Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery does not provide sponsors, but encourages and supports these relationships.
Is there a minimum amount of time I have to be sober in order to participate in the retreats?
We encourage you to have completed a Twelve Step program at a minimum, and three months of sobriety, before you attend the Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery Retreats.
Do Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery events provide for confidentiality?
Yes. We value confidentiality and protect our members' anonymity, in all aspects of our programs. However, we permit members to disclose their own full names and participation if they feel that being open will strengthen their recovery.
Is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery mainly for Christians or atheists or agnostics?
We honor all paths to God and choose to see the golden thread of similarities in all religions rather than any divisive differences.
Does Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery cost anything?
Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery provides programs and retreats for a minimal fee to cover costs and provide for future growth.
Where can I find out more information about Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery?
Is Heart, Mind and Spirit Recovery only for alcoholics?
We honor all recovery programs, faith traditions, genders and lifestyles in a safe and nurturing environment.