Solutions is a Stage 2 recovery model designed to aid clients in implementing a sober lifestyle in a monitored environment. By engaging in a wide range of weekly and structured activities, Jaywalkers re-establish personal accountability in an organized and supportive atmosphere. Reintegration into the workplace or academia on a part time basis is encouraged. Vocational and interpersonal style assessments are offered to aid in guiding the client towards short and long term goals. Intense investment in the 12-Step community is paramount and achieved through 12-Step meetings, Big book studies, sponsor contact, and step focused assignments.
Solutions is also heavily focused in service work as we find giving back is an integral part of the recovery process. Our motto, “If you wish to find yourself, lose yourself in service to others,” as adopted from the Gandhi quote is the foundation of our program. Our clients volunteer regularly with local groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Colorado Animal Rescue, Aspen Homeless Shelter, Volunteer Outdoor Colorado, and many others.
Going back to school or getting a new job can be a daunting prospect for anyone in early recovery. Developing and supporting Jaywalkers in coming up with a personal plan for employment and/or higher education is an integral part of the Solutions program. Once clients settle into the program, each is encouraged to engage in the local community either as a part-time student or by securing a part-time job. Utilizing relational and occupational assessments, the counselors oversee each client’s planning process — and at Solutions, no two life plans are the same. Regardless of whether a client is resuming an established career, or has never had a job before, the assessment and planning process directs each client in taking the next step forward in his “real” sober life. In addition to individualized career and school planning, ongoing peer and staff support are essential as each client engages in new life challenges. Once the men are engaged in work or school, they then have a modified schedule, and are still offered support from their counselors and the peer group. The support the program offers during this time is invaluable.
Addiction is a disease of isolation. Service provides a vital connection to others and the reassurance that life has meaning and purpose. Service to others is a key component of the Solutions recovery model. Men in this program engage in a variety of service opportunities both locally and nationwide. It provides them an experience of venturing outside of themselves and serving as a force for positive change—encountering those who are less fortunate in their life circumstances, those who have persevered through adversity, yet have managed to keep their dignity and integrity intact. Service to others is witnessing the heartfelt gratitude of people who have been staggered by unfortunately circumstances of life and are seeking to stand tall again. It is in this common quest that fellowship comes to fruition and the problems at hand find Solution.
Examples of weekly activities include: Tension Release Exercises, Equine Therapy, Meditation, Photography and Art Therapy, Yoga, Crossfit, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Hiking, and Skiing.
The Solutions Program is grounded in 12-Step Recovery and Relapse Protection. The men are required to attend 12-Step meetings and work with a sponsor on the 12-Steps. We have a Big Book Study and have continued to reference the “Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the 12-Steps.” In the Solutions program, we emphasis “Relapse Protection.” We rely heavily on using the Socratic Method in order to engage the men in finding their own answers in recovery. We support the men to go deeper in their process as we look at the family legacy, and messages the men have assimilated which impacts their present life. We examine shame screens, defenses, and current triggers to inform our treatment planning. Second Stage Recovery Assignments encourage the men to look at issues such as integrity, humility, and self-actualization, as well as a career narrative.
Clinical treatment plans vary at Solutions depending on the interests and aptitudes of each individual client.
Objectives may include career guidance, continuing education, and/or community service. Relational and occupational assessments are strength-based, and provide practical objectives for transitioning into mastery and quality of life in recovery.Clients will have the opportunity to take one of two occupational tests; The Birkman Method of the Kolbe A Index to assist in creating an individualized treatment plan. The Personality Style Indicator (PSI) is also available and often used in group.
The PSI identifies an individual’s personal style as it relates to people, tasks, time, and situations. Thus, by understanding yourself and others more clearly, it helps improve communications. Through sharing the results with your peer group, it can increase your success in all relationships, both in treatment and in the community. We take a look at our strengths and challenges, as well as how to develop the flexibility to improve your credibility. You design your own plan to increase effectiveness.
The Kolbe A. Index measures a person’s instinctive method of operation and identifies the ways he will be most productive. There is a follow-up report that identifies jobs and careers that fit your method of operation. It also offers guidance on how to make the most of your natural talents in a current job. So far, we have found that the Kolbe assessment works better for the individual who already has experienced real world career experiences.
The Birkman method has been around for more than 50 years and has been used by more than 2.5 million people. The assessment measures social behavior, underlying expectations of interpersonal and task actions, potential stress reactions to unmet expectations, occupational preferences, and organizational strengths. What we like about The Birkman Method is that it has been used by consultants whose focus is on the youth market entering college, or in college, so it may help our clients hone in on identifying “areas of interests.” (“Areas of interest” in Birkman indicate what an individual prefers to do and how they prefer to direct their energies, as measured by 10 scales, which correlated highly to over 160 occupational roles and careers.). Birkman can be used for college placement. More specifically, the measures from Birkman are used in a college placement context to confirm strengths and interests – what they are and how to use them successfully; to inform on fields of study and careers – where they can thrive; to help the individual understand and manage his behaviors more effectively; and to see what causes stress and how to manage it.
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