EXTENDED CARE FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN THE HEART OF AUSTIN
Life Skills Curriculum
Young adults entering recovery often lack vital skills necessary for a successful life. It is generally accepted that most addicts’ emotional maturity becomes stunted at the time they began using drugs. Although many of our clients come to Spearhead Lodge in their late teens and early 20s, their actual emotional maturity is often in their early teens. Spearhead Lodge has a robust life skills development program to help teach our clients these skills that are vital to a life of recovery.
Our experience shows us many of the clients need basic living skills before we begin to address educational/vocational goals. In treatment, Spearhead asks clients to participate daily exercises designed to teach them to how to live independently. We find these exercises boost self-esteem and self-confidence. Many clients enter treatment lacking basic hygiene skills, such as how to clean up after a meal or how to do their laundry. The program teaches them these things, along with basic meal preparation, daily chores and some landscaping skills.
Accountability is one of the hallmarks of the Spearhead Lodge program. Without consistent accountability, the chances of recovery from addiction are slim. From day one, clients learn to hold each other accountable. The community-driven aspect of the Spearhead Lodge program teaches clients to rely not solely on the staff, but first on the community of peers around them. This peer-reliance assures clients they will always have that vital resource when they need it.
In active addiction, the only goal is to survive day by day. In recovery, it is essential for young adults to set realistic, attainable goals for themselves. The vision and intention behind goal-setting can be the driving force behind an individual’s success. We work with our clients from day one on setting and achieving their goals.
We ask our clients to set goals for various times in several areas of their lives:
- Personal recovery
- Financial management
- Personal health and fitness
Young adults often have a reputation for making unwise financial decisions. Coupled with the disease of addiction, it’s easy to result in a situation where financial irresponsibility becomes commonplace. It is vital for young adults to learn about managing finances early in the recovery process. We challenge our clients to confront the financial problems that often result from their addictions. We help our clients learn new money-management concepts and skills, covering areas such as:
- How to budget
- How to learn to be responsible for money management
- How to practice financial sobriety
Relationships are often a problematic area for young adults entering recovery, and clients often blame those around them for their problems. Believing other people are the problem is a key barrier to overcome in the recovery process. During their 90-day program, many clients realize shifting blame on others is just another way to avoid looking at their behavior.
While at Spearhead Lodge, clients do not have a job. However, they often use Segue for sober living and recovery coaching for an aftercare plan. Segue and its program have multiple connections with employers in the Austin, Texas, community.
Workforce skills are not a primary focus of treatment for Spearhead Lodge clients; however, goal-setting and assistance with setting up continuing education are. Spearhead Lodge has numerous connections to educational institutions in the Austin area for clients who have set objectives such as completing high school, obtaining a GED or beginning to evaluate higher education.
Spearhead Lodge has a robust alumni program. Spearhead alumni come to the campus once per week to attend a 12-Step meeting and to share their experience in recovery with clients currently in treatment. Spearhead alumni also serve as mentors for other clients post-treatment helping them to find employment, taking them through step work and offering people without transportation rides to meetings. Alumni also participate with clients in different recreational outings so clients can begin to experience fun in recovery.
Contact Our Admissions Staff
At Spearhead Lodge, we recognize addiction is a disease, and we know you should not struggle to overcome it on your own. If you are seeking help to get your life back on a healthy path, call us at 866-905-4550 to discuss whether Spearhead Lodge is a good fit for you.