By the time the sun hits the valley floor in Glenwood Springs, clients at the Youth Recovery Center already have a good start on the day. We get up early, but the pay-off is a warm shower and a hearty breakfast. The first business of the day is school, which includes mindfulness, writing and working on individual education goals. Mid-morning is time set aside for a staff and community meeting; individual, group, and family therapy sessions; medical appointments; aftercare meetings; massages and work on written therapeutic assignments.
Our program includes group, individual, and family therapy. Groups are both psychoeducational and process providing clients an opportunity to process feelings and beliefs about recovery.
After lunch, clients make phone calls and participate in social time. Then, it’s off to recreation. Most days, clients go out into the community or surrounding hills for hikes, a work out at the gym, bowling or a trip to the Clay Center for ceramics. Dinner is enjoyed up in the hospital cafeteria; which sounds bad, but the cafeteria here is so nice that it draws in customers off the street. After dinner, clients regroup for an evening activity such as AA/NA meetings or a skill building group. The day concludes with a relaxation exercise before bed.