Pressing Play on Life
One of the things we often hear at Skyline Recovery when a potential client is
calling, maybe from a satellite phone in the wilderness field or the aftercare
planing office at their treatment program, is they are wanting to get back into
the swing of life. The perfect storm of substance abuse and mental health
struggles knocked them off their intended trajectory, some far off, and they are
excited, nervous, and often uncertain how to get back on course. The foundations of Skyline Recovery is right in our tagline: Press Play on Life. This means our clients get to learn how to redefine and rediscover who they truly are at their core with guidance, therapy, mentorship,
One of the first things we do with a new client is help them define what success
and recovery means to them. Is it school? Is it a job? Is it financial independence
from their parents? Often times it’s a combination of these goals. In most cases, there is a period of heavy hand holding involving real world skills; from budget management and control of finances to simply learning how to shop in a healthy and effective way.
Therapy is geared towards landing and settling in; learning the negative narrator within and how to face overwhelm and temptation rather than return to self destructive or dissociative behaviors. By the 30-day mark, most clients are registering for or entering college, or starting to work and manage personal finances. This is pressing play.
We want our clients to have freedom of choice. Our program is committed to being
truly individualized and to tailor a program schedule that allows for life to take
precedent while clinical support remains an active part of the journey. This is why
Skyline Recovery believes in flexible scheduling that allows for individual
counseling, group therapy, recovery meetings, yoga, mindfulness and meditation,
individual life skills and recovery sessions to be built around the client, based on
their individual need. This can be tricky, and this is why we believe in a more
intimate model with smaller communities and smaller client to staff ratios. Yes,
our clients have to abide by the rules and expectations of Skyline Recovery as a
program, but we also get the chance to actually meet clients where they are so
they can start living a real and authentic life. This makes that monumental step from
therapeutic program back into the world not so steep. They don’t have to leave
treatment for the “real world” because they’ve already been living in it!