New Beginnings Envisions a Unified Community Free From the Effects of Substance Abuse To promote hope, develop personal responsibility and cultivate independence by providing a structured sober living environment for individuals to recover from alcohol and drug abuse. New Beginnings Hickory is a new organization with a long history in the Hickory community. Whether known as the Flynn Home, Hope Valley, or now as New Beginnings, the mission has always been to help those suffering from alcoholism and drug abuse. We do this by providing a safe, structured, and committed program for men looking to change their lives. When the facility closed in January, a group of local individuals came together to see how to continue the commitment that began in 1962 with the Flynn Home. From that came New Beginnings and a renewed commitment in 2021 to give the recovery community a home to come together, share our stories, share our lives and to continue the near 60-year legacy of love and service that has been so freely given by those who came before.
What We Believe
Chemical dependency is a treatable disease of the body, mind, and spirit.
Alcoholics and other drug addicts can completely recover from the obsession to use.
Recovery is an ongoing process and a strong foundation is built through working the Twelve Steps, strong sponsorship, and active engagement in the recovery community.
Successful recovery requires total abstinence from all mood/mind altering chemicals unless competently prescribed.
A spiritual experience is the ultimate result of the recovery process.
Engaging in a spiritual program of action while living in a sober community is the best way to maintain recovery.
Persons who seek to recover from chemical dependency may also have emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral problems. New Beginnings can assist residents in accessing outside therapeutic and medical professionals to address these problems as well.
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A Spiritual Foundation
The spiritual foundation for recovery is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous. We acknowledge the need for spiritual healing as well as physical and cognitive healing. Spiritual healing takes place in facing the truth, relying on a power greater than ourselves, and working with others. We believe a spiritual experience is the ultimate goal of the recovery process. Engaging in a spiritual program of action while a resident is the best way to maintain recovery.
Big Book Study
The simple, life-changing wisdom discovered by Bill W. and Dr. Bob when they founded Alcoholics Anonymous is as relevant today as it was in 1939 when the first edition of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous was published. However, simply reading the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous won’t keep an alcoholic/addict from taking the next drink/drug. This book must be used as a guide for daily living. Since we believe that a strong 12-Step foundation is essential, studying the Big Book is a key component of our programming. We strive to make certain that residents understand the 12-Steps and know how to use these tools to maintain sobriety.
Intensive Work in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
We believe ongoing recovery requires building a strong foundation through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. For some residents, this may be the first time they have attempted to work the steps and for others it may be very familiar. Whatever your prior experience may be, we have found that an open mind and the willingness to go to any length to gain sobriety are essential. The book Alcoholics Anonymous is the text book used to give the participant the necessary tools for sobriety. It is utilized daily during Big Book/Step Study groups and also with individual assistance for understanding and personal application. We believe a spiritual awakening is the ultimate goal of the recovery process. Alcoholics and other drug addicts can completely recover from the obsession to drink or use by engaging in a spiritual program of action.
Presenting the 12-Step recovery principles gives each resident a foundation with which to engage in step work. We utilize presentations with specific discussion topics that provide opportunity to develop the understanding and insight necessary for spiritual growth based on personal honesty, open mindedness, and willingness. We also work with a resident's reservations or resistance that can accompany the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction.
Guidance with the 12 steps occurs on a daily basis. This focus, along with 12-Step meetings, both on and off campus – where residents hear the message of hope and recovery from the sober community encourages continued interest, involvement, and application. Our goal is for each resident is to have completed the 5th Step within the first 90 days of residency, and a plan to continue working through the additional steps with a sponsor, in order to live life by the spiritual principles of 12-Step recovery.
Recovery is an ongoing process and a strong foundation is built through working the Twelve Steps. During the course of living at our facility, our residents are exposed to a variety of 12-Step meetings. These meetings are held both on and off campus and are conducted along the guidelines of each program’s design. Local 12-Step meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, AlaFam, and Alanon. Residents are encouraged to begin the practice of utilizing these 12-Step meetings as a support network.