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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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?  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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