Applying Recovery in a Virtual Classroom


As a student in long term recovery, the transition to a virtual learning environment has been frustrating and at times scary. Succeeding in school and in recovery has been the result of finding routine and balance, and online classes for the foreseeable future has presented a need to rapidly adapt my daily disciplines. Students in recovery are resilient, uniquely equipped to face adversity head on, and willing to go to great lengths to succeed. The virtual semester ahead will give us an opportunity to let our assets shine while developing resilience and new skills. While reflecting on what has been important [...]

Applying Recovery in a Virtual Classroom2020-07-14T20:59:17+00:00

Alpha 180 Expands Academic Services


Each student arrives at Alpha 180 with a unique academic history, trajectory, and needed approach for their success. It’s our job to walk alongside them as they navigate back into the classroom safely and sober. In an effort to provide the highest level of individualized academic specialization, Alpha 180 has partnered with Boutique Educational Services in Austin. Boutique Educational Services are a group of highly experienced Educational Specialists offering one-on-one academic and life skill coaching to students. With a background in the intersection of mental health care and education, a subset of the BES team will be working directly with Alpha [...]

Alpha 180 Expands Academic Services2020-06-01T20:54:45+00:00

Behind-the-Scenes in Bandera


Behind-the-Scenes in Bandera - Alpha 180 from Nico Doorn on Vimeo. Alpha 180 temporarily relocated to the Texas Hill Country in Bandera to shelter-in-place in safety during the COVID-19 epidemic. Take a look behind-the-scenes with Executive Director, Nico Doorn.

Behind-the-Scenes in Bandera2020-05-15T05:21:09+00:00

Don’t Look for Your Passion – Cultivate It!


The million-dollar question: “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” I had no idea because who truly does with a fixed mindset? According to Carol Dweck (2016), “a fixed mindset is believing that your qualities are carved in stone and having a growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things that you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others” (p.6-7). I knew I wanted to help and mentor others but was still unsure exactly how this would translate into my career. I had a couple higher [...]

Don’t Look for Your Passion – Cultivate It!2020-02-12T16:45:53+00:00

The Purpose of Purpose


When I wake up in the morning, which happens around 6 o’clock a.m. these days, I am rarely thankful that I am not sick or hung over. It is not something that crosses my mind, it is just the way things are. All too often, I take for granted that I have so much to be proud of and to work to keep. My journey has not always been an easy one. I am in recovery, which means that I have had a period when substances ruled my life. I do not intend to go into details about it, but [...]

The Purpose of Purpose2019-07-25T21:02:20+00:00

Family and Friends Play a Role in Addiction Recovery


The support of family and friends often plays a large role in addiction recovery. Everyone in the family will need to go through their own recovery process, and nobody should do it alone. Below are some ways that the family, spouses and friends can help a loved one in their recovery: Stay Involved & Supportive Our students are trying to figure out that balance between recovery life, old and new relationships, academics and work life. Having the support and understanding from close friends and family can really benefit their success in sobriety. Staying involved and supportive does not mean knowing [...]

Family and Friends Play a Role in Addiction Recovery2019-07-03T18:00:58+00:00

Big. Vision. Moves.


The faculty or state of being able to see. The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. This is the definition of vision. What does the process of getting sober mean to you? Personally, I did not get sober to strictly maintain the ability to keep mind altering substances out of my body. I got sober to utilize the tool of abstinence and catapult my life into a reality that I previously could not see. In essence, I was blinded by drugs and alcohol only to have the veil lifted from my eyes revealing a [...]

Big. Vision. Moves.2019-06-14T14:17:45+00:00

Rebuilding Relationships


Among the many consequences of active addiction, one of the greatest tolls is the loss of relationships. Many who enter recovery have become severed from those they are closest to. The nature of the disease of addiction and the destruction that ensues makes it impossible for us to maintain healthy relationships with friends and family. Throughout the journey of recovery, repairing such relationships and creating new ones represents a cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling program. My own journey with recovery began with a departure from a university I had been attending for several years. After much consultation, I agreed [...]

Rebuilding Relationships2019-06-03T16:19:40+00:00

Long-term Aftercare Made the Difference


I attended several treatment facilities from the age of 16 to 22. Each time I admitted into another program I truly was desperate for help. The pain and suffering I experienced when dependent on drugs and alcohol left me out of options. A few weeks into treatment, I had gotten the substances out of my system and was beginning to feel much better. This allowed me to believe that I had overcome the pain and suffering that I had spent my entire addiction diligently trying to escape. This created a delusion within me: that I would never let myself endure [...]

Long-term Aftercare Made the Difference2019-05-17T17:28:14+00:00

Creating Space for Recovery


One of the foundations upon which Alpha 180 was built is the idea that if we create space for inspired students in recovery then those students will show up.  We have found this to be the case. Through our journey at Alpha, as well as through my own as a clinician and a person in recovery, we have seen that the most important thing we can do for our clients is to create the space for them to heal and recover. I believe that every human has a natural inclination to move towards his or her fullest potential. We are [...]

Creating Space for Recovery2019-04-30T16:30:44+00:00
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