Being a part of the PIRP has been a life changing experience. In my own life I've learned that one of the biggest problems in emotional and spiritual healing is getting the patient to see that they have an illness, and that the problem is oneself. Sometimes, oftentimes, it takes tough love to break through layers of blindness and obstinacy and the unwillingness to deal with oneself in the way that one needs to in order to become whole and healthy.
The PIRP enables its participants to go through "The Dark Night of the Soul" where a spiritual re-alignment can take place and the personality can be pieced back together in the image that God originally intended. It's not just a rehab program for substance addictions, but a program where circumstances are created in one's life that directly confront the problems created by wrong thinking and maladjustment to reality that is causing pain and suffering and is leading to disease and death. In my own life, I have had continual difficulty in seeing the things I've needed to see in order to change them, and so it's taken a lot of pain and disappointment to even begin to see what I need to see at the level I need to, however, this would have been impossible to do without the spiritual support structure of the PIRP and its associated team of counselors who have been there in their own lives and know how to tread the path of rehabilitation with those participants who are uniquely blessed to be a part of it.
Currently, I’m on my second time through this wonderful Personality Integration Rehabilitation Program (PIRP). Not that the first time around didn’t work – it did. It was me that didn’t (do the) work. The first time I was in this program I learned a lot about myself, who I truly was (at least I thought so) and was given the opportunity to grow into my destiny. I was able to give up all drugs I used to consume such as marihuana, crystal meth, cocaine, freebase, heroin, and nicotine (which was surprisingly the hardest to give up). Through this holistic, and perhaps soulistic, approach I wasn’t only able to give up substance abuse, but I did not even crave or think about doing it in the last 9 years.
These are, of course, the more obvious addictions. Then there are the more hidden addictions that can also be self-destructive, such as food, anger, resentments, fear, and lusting, which is why I found myself in the PIRP thankfully for a second time. In this safe and protected environment, there seems to be no end as to how deep you can go with it as long as you are willing to grab that outstretched hand. Here we call this, or how our co-founder Gabriel of Urantia calls it – Soul Surgery.