Community Cycles-Earn A Bike Program

Community Cycles

As a means of helping our participants engage with a wide variety of interests in life, Collegiate Coaching Services uses the aspects of the Boulder community to connect them with exploratory avenues of interest.  Community Cycles is one such opportunity we hope to utilize.  At Community Cycles, clients can volunteer their time.  This develops an altruistic regard for others’ benefit.  This program also teaches autonomy by educating their volunteers on a mechanical skill they’ve not previously had.  Together with their coach, many clients will chose to commit some of their time to Community Cycles because of their Earn-a-bike program.  This encourages the knowledge volunteers gain to be put into practice for 15 cumulative hours in order to earn the skilled building of their own bike right in shop!  Often, the camaraderie and utility of this venture brings a new perspective to clients’ sobriety, proactivity, and goals they set for a new direction in life.

For more information, go to community cycles.org

Anthony Riske, Therapeutic Coach 

 

Heroes In Recovery 6k Run

There is not a better way to connect with the community than volunteering. Even though it may be tough to wake up early on Saturday morning (or ANY morning for that matter!) the payback is huge. Four dedicated members of Collegiate Coaching Services, two coaches and two clients, gave their Saturday morning to a great up and coming organization, Heroes in Recovery.

Heroes in Recovery is a movement aimed at supporting people struggling with addictions to seek help and treatment. Their mission statement is, “to eliminate the social stigma that keeps addicted individuals from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives.” Their cause is based on the alarming discovery that of the 22 million people who need help with addiction each year, only 3 million seek treatment.

Heroes in Recovery hosted a 6K race on Saturday and even though it was their first year, there were almost 250 runners and walkers! We spent our volunteering time cheering on runners, handing out water, helping with clean-up, and just interacting with the participants and other volunteers in a meaningful, productive way. It was an overall inspiring and fun event that left us all in very high spirits.

To learn more about this powerful organization, check out their website to read inspiration stories and see how you can get involved.

Julia Rees, Therapeutic Coach

 

 

Importance Of Nutrition

Nutrition

Eating well can be as essential to a holistic physical well-being as exercise, rest, and hard work.  Something I’ve focused on is helping shop for and cook meals that help supplement the clients existing diet. In the longer-term, I help them move progressively into recipes that help them meet their health and fitness goals.  For example, cooking a protein-packed meal for post-workout recovery; or a vitamin-enriched meal when they’re feeling ill.   I also focus on teaching them how to cook meals on a budget.  Whether they are  in financial need of this skill or  working to understand the value of a dollar, most seem to benefit from this approach.  While shopping, clients learn how to compare per-unit prices, and while cooking they learn basic steps of food preparation.

Anthony Riske,Therapeutic Coach

 

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Support for Young People

For young people who struggle with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, recovery is a difficult process due to peer expectations and pressure to engage in drinking and drugging behaviors in most social situations. Bars, parties, and social gatherings are common places for teens and young adults to meet friends and socialize. College students who are new to campus and are looking for a place to meet peers and develop new friendships are especially at risk to engage in drinking and drugging as a way to connect with others.

A sober support system is very important to anyone in recovery, let alone young people who desire peer acceptance and acknowledgment. Although this is a normal part of any teen or young adults development and movement into adulthood, for those with an abuse or dependency problem it is one of the most significant challenges in their recovery process. If the young person has a willingness to find a new group of friends and peers who are sober, there are places to do so. However, the willingness to do so is the key ingredient. Many young people struggle with closing the door on their using friend group, which is understandable. Developing friendships is a very important task during the teen years and for some it doesn’t come easily.

Here are opportunities for young people to find support from sober peers and adults;

AA: Alcoholics Anonymous often has young people’s meetings, especially in those areas where there are colleges and universities. In Boulder, CO, there are young people’s AA meetings 2 nights each week, which are appropriately called, “Campus Group” because of its close proximity to the CU-Boulder campus.

NA: Narcotics Anonymous offers groups in most cities, however, young peoples meetings are more difficult to come by. Call your local NA and inquire about groups that are open to and appropriate for young people.

Phoenix MultiSport — This organization is based in Boulder/Denver area of Colorado. Visit their website for a possible chapter in your area.

“Phoenix Multisport fosters a supportive, physically active community for individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse and those who choose to live a sober life. Through such pursuits as climbing, hiking, running, swimming, road and mountain biking, and other activities, we seek to help our members develop and maintain the emotional strength they need to stay sober.”

Therapeutic Groups and Support Groups: Local therapists and coaches mental health centers, and other organizations (i.e. hospitals, etc) offer an array of opportunities for young people to find support and peer connections. Locate professionals in your area who specialize in teen and young adult issues and who also specialize in substance abuse and addictions.

College or University Campus often have counseling and group support for those in need of recovery services. Call your health center to find out more information.

Headshot of Tracy Markle Tracy Markle MA, LPC