1-866-905-4550

Spearhead Lodge Blog

Thoughts on Recovery

Sep 20, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Sep 13, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog

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 […]

Read more

Sep 5, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Sep 5, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 29, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 29, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 22, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 22, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 17, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 15, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog

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 […]

Read more

Aug 15, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Awareness, Drug Rehab, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 8, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Aug 1, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Drug Rehab, recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Jul 25, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Drug Rehab, recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Jul 18, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Awareness, recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Jul 11, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In recovery, Uncategorized

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. […]

Read more

Jun 6, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

May 16, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Awareness, recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Apr 26, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Drug Rehab, Mindfulness, recovery

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 […]

Read more

Apr 18, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In recovery, Uncategorized

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. […]

Read more

Mar 19, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Mar 9, 2018 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, recovery, Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Sep 26, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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?  […]

Read more

Aug 29, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Jul 25, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Jun 13, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

May 10, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, Drug Rehab, higher power, Mindfulness

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 […]

Read more

Mar 20, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Blog, Drug Rehab, recovery

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 […]

Read more

Mar 1, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Blog, Drug Rehab

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 […]

Read more

Feb 15, 2017 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog, Mindfulness

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 […]

Read more

Dec 14, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Blog

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 […]

Read more

Nov 30, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Blog, Drug Rehab

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 […]

Read more

Nov 21, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Awareness, Blog

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 […]

Read more

Nov 8, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Alcohol Rehab, Blog, Drug Rehab

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 […]

Read more

Nov 8, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Awareness, Blog, Mindfulness

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 […]

Read more

Jul 30, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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, […]

Read more

Jul 25, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

Jul 24, 2016 / by Spearhead Lodge / In Uncategorized

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 […]

Read more

HOPE. RECOVERY. FREEDOM.

Call us today to learn more about Austin's premier extended care for young adults.