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New recovery program offers hope to those struggling with addiction in Steamboat

Leilani Brooks is facilitating the re:generation recovery program at Steamboat Christian Center. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — When Leilani Brooks arrived in Steamboat Springs more than two years ago, she had escaped the grips of addiction which had ruled her life for more than 14 years, and she was looking for a path to a more fulfilling future.

"The only faith-based meeting for recovery was on Wednesday nights at the Sk8 Church," Brooks recalls. "I wanted something that could help bridge the gap between a standard 12-step recovery and a faith-based option."

That's when Troy Lewis, the pastor at Steamboat Christian Center, introduced her to re:generation, a Biblically-based, 12-step discipleship for healing, recovery and freedom from any type of struggle.

"It is for any kind of addiction — that includes those dealing with grief, loss, divorce or anything that keeps you from having a relationships with family and friends," said Jeff Welton, a re:generation co-leader.

He came to the program two years ago after he had lost his son to a drug overdose.

Re:generation has been helping people in Steamboat Springs for the past two years through the Steamboat Christian Center. Now, for the first time, the program will be offered to the entire community.

"I thought that I was going to be able to help people, but it turns out that I was the one that got helped,” Welton said.

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Both Brooks and Welton were part of the re:generation pilot program which began at the Steamboat Christian Center in 2017. Last year, the program led another group of church members through the 10-month course, and now, there are enough people who have been through the program to roll it out to the community.

Brooks, who facilitates the program, said re:generation will hold a newcomers meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road. Everyone is welcome, but Brooks said participants should be open to God.

"The reason I wanted to help facilitate re:generation is that we needed a faith-based option in Steamboat; we needed Christ-centered recovery," Brooks said. "With it being a daily curriculum, you are learning how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They need to be open to scripture or they are not going to stay involved for 10 months."

The first six weeks of the program is called "groundwork" and is a chance for participants to decide if they want to commit to re:generation for the next eight to nine months. The full program is 10 months long from start to finish, and there is no cost to give the program a try. Participants are asked to donate $50 if they can; however, Brooks said there are scholarships available. Call Brooks at 970-819-6198 or Welton at 970-846-6451 for more information.

"There is a need for everyone in our community to go through re:generation, That is what I think," Welton said. "I think we all struggle with something."

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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