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Dec 6, 2018

Foods to Eat During Recovery

A big part of a healthy recovery is a healthy diet. That’s because the chronic use of alcohol or drugs can deplete your body of vital vitamins and nutrients. Case in point: Alcoholism is among the major causes of nutritional deficiency in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health. While there’s no one […]

Nov 29, 2018

Giving Thanks – It’s Not Just for Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving may have passed but giving thanks can help your recovery all season long. This is because gratitude can have a profound impact on your motivation, willpower, mood and more. Being thankful can make you appreciate your new sober life and provide incentive to continue to care for your mind and body. Here area few […]

Nov 21, 2018

The Parallels Between Recovery and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

When I finally sobered up over 10 years ago it was rough going at first. Everything and everyone I had had in my life that defined who I thought I was had gone away – the children, wife, career, house, money etc. After God had begun recreating my life on a new basis focused on […]

Nov 15, 2018

State of Mental Health Still Quite Bleak Among Youth

Good news: More and more people are talking about mental health – and yet, the state of mental health in the US is “still quite bleak,” according to Mental Health America’s annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. According […]

Nov 8, 2018

Time Management Tips for People in Recovery

Managing your time is an essential skill for everyone – and especially for those in recovery. Simply put, time management can prevent your life from becoming stressful and chaotic and it can help you avoid any unproductive free time where it may be tempting to fall back into bad, addicting habits. Time management is also […]

Oct 25, 2018

How Hope Helps

Hope is a four-letter word with a lot of force when it comes to addiction recovery. In fact, many go so far to say that it’s the foundation of recovery. Think about it: If you don’t have hope, you won’t have the motivation to create a better life for yourself. Hope gives us the ability […]

Oct 17, 2018

Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Recovery

If lifting weights isn’t part of your recovery to-dos, you might consider adding it, especially if you’re struggling with a co-occurring substance use disorder and depression. While strength training can’t cure depression, one study showed that it can help to ease symptoms of depression like low mood, loss of interest in once enjoyed activities and […]

Oct 10, 2018

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week

Today is the day to spread the word that mental health matters and that it’s okay to not feel okay. Not only is it World Mental Health Day but it’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, which was established in 1990 by Congress to shine a spotlight on mental illness. This year, the National Alliance on Mental […]

Oct 3, 2018

Making Friends in Recovery

Making friends, especially sober friends, is an important part of addiction recovery. Without the right friends in your life, you can become lonely – and loneliness is a big relapse trigger. You may have lost a few friends during recovery and that’s normal. Meeting new people can help you to regrow your support circle and […]

Sep 27, 2018

Smart Steps for Setting Personal Goals

Setting goals is an important part of recovery. This is because goal-setting helps provide direction, motivation and hope for your new sober life. But how do you start? A recent article in Psychology Today suggested beginning by defining your overall personal goals for recovery and then making them more focused by asking yourself a few […]

Sep 20, 2018

Men Aren’t Talking About Mental Health

The stigma surrounding mental health is getting better, yet many men are still reluctant to talk about their mental health issues – and this is despite rising rates of suicide. Women are 63 percent more likely than men to seek help for mental health issues and, in the U.S., 78 percent of suicide attempts involve […]

Sep 13, 2018

Coping With Anger During Recovery

A disagreement with a friend; rush-hour traffic; a long wait at the doctor’s office; an untidy roommate; rumors about your recovery – these are just a few of the many mundane things that can trigger anger once you return to your sober life. Certainly it’s normal (and human) to feel anger, but if you find […]

Sep 5, 2018

Unexpected Benefits of Addiction Recovery

September is National Recovery Month and it’s the perfect time to talk about some of the surprising perks that come with taking the brave step to get sober. These are just a few examples of how recovery can change you and your life for the better. Take a look and add to this list based on […]

Sep 5, 2018

5 Unhealthy Ways Families Cope With Addiction

When one family member is struggling with a substance use disorder, other family members assume certain attitudes and behaviors to cope with the impact of their loved one’s substance abuse. These coping mechanisms seem like the best way to handle the addiction, but they’re usually extremely unhealthy and can cause a lot of harm if […]

Aug 29, 2018

These Are The Factors That Could Make You More–Or Less–Likely To Seek Addiction Treatment

Of the 22 million Americans who are dependent on illicit drugs and alcohol, only 2.5 million seek addiction treatment. Such a stark contrast draws attention to a serious public health concern. Even among people who do seek addiction treatment, some are more likely to engage in it than others. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University in […]

Aug 29, 2018

Why Males Are More Prone to Substance Misuse

When it comes to addiction and addiction treatment, men and women are far from equal. In fact, men are more likely than women to use almost all types of illicit drugs, and illicit drug use is more likely to result in emergency department visits or overdose deaths for men than for women, according to the […]

Aug 22, 2018

Study: Young Male Binge Drinkers at Risk of Heart Troubles

Binge drinking rates are at an all-time high and now a new study shows yet another scary side effect: cardiovascular risk factors, according to research by Mariann Piano, senior associate dean of research at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Piano and her co-authors examined high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and other cardiovascular risks in […]

Aug 22, 2018

4 Ways to Find Yourself In Recovery

A healthy recovery calls for a deep understanding of self, something that’s only acquired through personal development, self-care and learning about ourselves through relationships with others. The importance of finding yourself in recovery cannot be overstated, and there are a few ways to help you along. 1. Find more motivation to recover. Choosing to walk […]

Aug 17, 2018

Risk Factors of Dropping Out of Addiction Treatment Early

Leaving rehab early is rarely the right decision. For the majority of young adults, leaving rehab before completing the full course of addiction treatment will result in relapse – within hours or days of exiting the rehab. And since your tolerance to drugs and/or alcohol will be diminished, using can easily result in overdose. Recovery […]

Aug 15, 2018

7 Tips for Easier Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery isn’t easy — in fact, it will likely be one of the hardest things you ever do – but a few steps can help make it a little easier. Start a journal. Journaling is a simple and powerful recovery tool. You can write about what you’re most grateful for or how you’re feeling […]

Aug 15, 2018

Early Warning Signs of Teen Substance Abuse: What to Look For

The teen and young adult years are full of changes, so early warning signs of substance abuse can be difficult to detect. What can you chalk up to typical moody teenage behavior, and what could be a sign of a bigger problem? While there’s no single, foolproof way to identify whether your teen or young […]

Aug 8, 2018

Substance Use in the Restaurant Industry: What You Should Know

According to a 2015 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) survey, 16.9% of workers in the hospitality and food industry have a substance use disorder. The SAMHSA survey also found that workers in the food service industry have the highest rates of monthly illicit drug use, with 19.1% of full-time workers using illicit […]

Aug 1, 2018

When Substance Use Turns Into Addiction

Substance use and addiction are more common among teenagers and college students than you might think. More than 4 million full-time college students aged 18 to 22 engaged in binge drinking within the past month, and approximately 1 in 5 used an illicit substance within the past month. Teenagers experiment with substances because they feel […]

Jul 25, 2018

About Spearhead Lodge’s Clinical Therapies

Sustainable recovery requires extensive engagement in clinical therapies that serve two purposes: 1) to help a client recognize the underlying issues that contributed to substance use disorder, and 2) to establish new, healthy skills that help them maintain freedom from drugs and alcohol. At Spearhead Lodge, our clients participate in a range of complementary clinical […]

Jul 18, 2018

5 Myths About Addiction & Recovery

Addiction is a complex disease that affects one in seven Americans, according to a report from the U.S. surgeon general. It seems like everyone knows someone who has dealt with substance addiction, whether personally or within their family or group of friends. But although addiction is common, there are still many myths surrounding addiction and […]

Jul 11, 2018

12-Step Recovery: Why You Need to Make Amends

The consequences of drug and alcohol abuse don’t just affect the addicted person–they spill over into every area of a person’s life, causing the most amount of damage to their relationships. In the 12-step program, steps eight and nine are all about making amends and repairing the relationships that have been damaged by substance use. 8. […]

Jun 6, 2018

6 Benefits of Extended Care

Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that affects every facet of a person’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones. However, treatment can help a person overcome addiction by establishing healthy behaviors and a new way of life that promotes and sustains lasting recovery. The idea of addiction treatment as a continuum […]

May 16, 2018

May Is Mental Health Month

The conversation around mental health is changing. Mental health issues need to be discussed year round, but May is a time that highlights those issues and raises awareness. Mental Health Awareness Month was created to raise awareness of mental health issues for millions of Americans through media, local events and mental health screenings. It’s also […]

Apr 26, 2018

5 Life Skills You’ll Learn at Spearhead Lodge

People who abuse drugs or alcohol, especially at a young age, often miss out on reaching certain benchmarks that establish maturity, independence and adulthood, and their emotional maturity is often stunted as a result. Young adults who abuse substances may get older, but they don’t grow up. That’s why we offer a comprehensive Life Skills […]

Apr 18, 2018

6 Fun Sober Things to Do in Austin

Austin has a large and active recovery community, making it a great place to begin or maintain sobriety. With such a high volume of 12-Step meetings and sober things to do, Austin proves that you can, in fact, have fun in recovery. Try incorporating one of these six sober activities into next weekend’s plans. 1. […]

Mar 19, 2018

How Trauma Reenactment Can Influence Addiction

Trauma can be experienced at any phase of life, but it often relates back to childhood experiences. Physical and verbal abuse, sexual abuse, a parent’s struggle with substance abuse and mental illness and other traumatic experiences leave a lasting impact on our lives and how we see the world. Throughout childhood and into adulthood, trauma […]

Mar 9, 2018

5 Ways to Boost Your Recovery That Aren’t Therapy

In recovery, you spend a lot of time participating in evidence-based therapies. While therapy is critical to a successful, lasting recovery, there are other facets of treatment that are hugely beneficial to healing that aren’t traditional talk therapy. 1. Life Skills Training Over time, addiction impacts individual’s independence. Life skills training teaches the skills that […]

Sep 26, 2017

Rock Bottom

Rock bottom.  What exactly is rock bottom?  Is it a state of being, is it an external condition, or is it simply an ends to a mean?  Is the guy sleeping in the ditch who just lost his home, his kids, and his wife finally at rock bottom?  If so, why doesn’t he seek help?  […]

Aug 29, 2017

He Did it Again!

Just a little over one year ago I sat in my office out at BRC Recovery and began mapping out some of “the plans” for the new young adult extended care program; Spearhead Lodge. I had several meetings with Marsha Stone where we discussed the vision that she had regarding our new program. Meeting after […]

Jul 25, 2017

Stories of the Rudely Interrupted

“And though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray.”  – Dr. William D. Silkworth The National Institute of Drug Abuse lists thirteen principles of effective drug addiction treatment.  One of them is that “Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.”  This conclusion was reached after over two decades of […]

Jun 13, 2017

For the Family: Need to Know Basis…

Do you remember being a small child and asking for the newest Nerf gun or Barbie doll when you passed the toy aisle? Do you also remember being told no by a parent who offered no explanation other than a simple, “Not right now.” How frustrated were you with the lack of conversation and feeling […]

May 10, 2017

Spiritual Progress

I was recently asked to do a group with the young men at Spearhead Lodge. After asking the Universe for inspiration I created a group that included a short writing assignment, meditation, and then ended with a prayer. My hope, as always, is that I could somehow be a vessel for these residents to grow […]

Mar 20, 2017

Facing Addiction: Finding Inspiration Through Stories of the Rich and the Famous

Alcoholism can take absolute and categorical control of your life. If you’re asking yourself “how did I get here and how do I stop,” you’re already on the road to success. Acknowledging the problem and the impact that it has on your life is the first and often most difficult step. However, many alcoholics don’t […]

Mar 1, 2017

The Power of the Program

As a child, I was given everything I needed, along with most of the things I wanted. I grew up in a household full of love, encouragement, and fun. I was afforded every opportunity to succeed. My parents were, and still are, my biggest fans and supporters. My father was always the coach of my […]

Feb 15, 2017

In Recovery, There Are No Days Off

I’m sitting here in the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado.  I’m on vacation.  This is a time when conventional thinking would say, “Sit back, relax, you deserve a break.”  Maybe I do, and I’m certainly finding the scenery and pace of mountain life relaxing.  But I have also been writing a new fourth step […]

Dec 14, 2016

For the Family: Pain is in the Resistance

My how I love to deliver this message but bristle with antagonism when it is delivered to me! Have you ever considered the reason we hang on so tightly to a situation or person that causes us pain? Think about that carefully for a minute. What could possibly be the payoff for putting ourselves through […]

Nov 30, 2016

Overview of The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

As seasoned addiction treatment and recovery specialists, the team here at Spearhead Lodge is painfully aware of the growing increase in individuals with a drug or alcohol addiction, as well as the drastic increase in opioid overdoses recently. However, the sheer magnitude of the problem is staggering. Earlier this month, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek […]

Nov 21, 2016

For the Family: Codependency

Codependency…that dirty little word. What is your immediate reaction upon hearing the term codependency? Most folks glaze right over it but for those of us who are in an all-out battle with it, the word feels deeply personal. Codependency can be characterized by things such as shame, people pleasing, poor boundaries, reactivity, care-taking, control and […]

Nov 8, 2016

Tears into Determination

Throughout the course of my journey in recovery there have been ups and downs, times of joy, and times of tribulation. One of the greatest joys of my recovery is the fact that my two oldest sons have joined me on this journey. I believe that because of their bearing witness to my own struggles […]

Nov 8, 2016

You May Not Be A Bad Map Reader, Maybe You’ve Been Reading A Bad Map

The brain is designed to screen out information just as much as it is to take it in.  It has to be, there is way too much going on to successfully process it all.  One example is how you are able to focus on your conversation in a loud, crowded restaurant.  I feel that life […]

Jul 30, 2016

Spearhead Lodge: A Higher Calling

By Mandy Baker, Clinical Director, Spearhead Lodge Spearhead: A leading element, force, or influence in an undertaking or development – Merriam Webster’s Dictionary We hear a lot about addiction these days-in the news, at our church, from our friends and family, and at our places of employment.  Stories of overdoses, crisis within the family, crime, […]

Jul 25, 2016

Meeting the Demands of a Chemically Dependent Generation

By Alex Penrod, Recovery Manager, Spearhead Lodge According to the most recent Survey on Drug Use and Health: “drug use is highest among people in their late teens and twenties. In 2013, 22.6 percent of 18 to 20 year-olds reported using an illicit drug in the past month” (National Institute on Drug Abuse). In addition to […]

Jul 24, 2016

A Message From the Executive Director

By Lane Rust, Executive Director, Spearhead Lodge Spearhead– a person, thing, or group that organizes or leads something (such as a movement or attack)  I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to be asked to spearhead the operation at BRC’s new young adult, extended care facility, Spearhead Lodge. All of our staff members are extremely excited about starting […]