Key 2. Develop a support community
Isolation is a hazard to recovery. We’ve been there, done that. It doesn’t work.
Community support – family, loved ones, concerned professionals, can hold us accountable to our stated goals, and give us a hand when we begin to slip.
Legacy Outdoor Adventures provides a support community. At Legacy, clients and guides often share common problems (present or past) and experiences associated with addiction or personal circumstances. As part of the Legacy community clients and Parents are able to talk with others who are like themselves, people who truly understand what they are going through and can share the type of practical insights that can only come from firsthand experience. Once a member of the Legacy community you are always a member of the legacy community. Legacy works with clients and families, loved ones, and concerned professionals to identify and establish a community that can offer continuing support ready to assist each client on their path to recovery. Legacy Outdoor Adventures by design incorporates many elements of traditional rite of passage experiences; the treatment team works with clients in creating a life success plan that is in part creating a new empowering story that helps them take responsibility for the decisions that set the course of their future. Legacy helps clients create a life success plan and new story of who they are and the kind of life they want to build based within the exploration of their own personal values. We also help them find the story that connects them to their community. Through this self-exploration clients emerge with a stronger sense of personal responsibility to all aspects of their lives, stretching all the way out to the larger world of which they are a part. In this way both the community and the client benefit from the Legacy experience (rite of passage).
An intentional rite of passage experience provides the space for the community to transmit its core values and confer the role responsibilities appropriate to the client’s stage of life, thus insuring treatment team continuity. At Legacy, the passage is consummated by having completed the program (the rite), developed the life success plan, created a relapse prevention plan and assumed their "new" identity, then they re-enter their communities with a new sense of self. During the final rites of incorporation at Legacy there is often the feeling of a 'sacred bond', forever connecting Legacy Outdoor Adventures and the land that we operate in with each client and family.
There are many benefits to the Legacy support community:
When clients and parents don't know many - or any - other people who are going through what they are coping with, they often feel isolated and stigmatized. Legacy helps clients and family suffering from the effects of addiction feel less alone and more understood.
Legacy empowers clients to work to solve their own problems.
Among people who are experiencing similar problems, there is a unique emotional identification that is different from the type of support that can be received from family or professionals alone.
Legacy community members act as role models for each other. Seeing others who are contending with the same adversity and making progress in their lives is inspiring and encouraging.
The Legacy support community is a safe place for clients who need to talk about intensely personal issues, experiences, struggles, and thoughts.
Talking to others in the Legacy support community reduces anxiety, improves self-esteem, and helps members' sense of overall well-being.