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 is stunted at the time they began using drugs. Although many of our residents come to Spearhead Lodge in their late teens and early twenties, their actual emotional maturity is often in their early teens. Spearhead Lodge has a robust life skills development program to help teach our residents these skills that are vital to a life of recovery.
Accountability is one of the hallmarks of the Spearhead Lodge program. Without consistent accountability, the chances of recovery from addiction are slim. Accountability is embedded in the culture at Spearhead Lodge. From day one, residents are taught to hold each other accountable. The community driven aspect of the Spearhead Lodge program teaches residents to rely not solely on the staff, but first on the community of peers around them. This peer-reliance assures that residents will always have that vital resource when needed.
In active addiction, the only goal is to survive day by day. In recovery, it is important 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 residents from day one on setting and achieving their goals. We ask our residents to set goals for various time periods in several areas of their life
- Personal Recovery
- Education / Career
- Personal Health & Fitness
Young adults are not known for making wise financial decisions. Couple that with the disease of addiction, and you have 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 residents to confront their financial problems that often resulted from their addictions. We help our residents learn new concepts and skills about managing money, 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. Residents often blame those around them for their problems. The belief system that other people are the problem is a key barrier which must be overcome in the recovery process. Residents often realize during their 90-day program that shifting blame on others is just another way to avoid looking at our own behavior.