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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 […]