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 frequently blocked from this by our self-imposed limits and destructive habits, and by the restrictions imposed by our environment. People in my own recovery created the space for me to be myself and work towards my own goals. At Alpha, we seek to do the same thing. Our primary vehicle to creating this space is through fostering strong community bonds. Within the context of healthy peer-to-peer relationships, members feel safe being themselves and leaning in to the hard work of recovery.
Addiction is a disease of isolation and disconnection. Creating authentic connections with others is one of the first, and perhaps most important, stepping stones to healing. Alpha 180 incorporates a variety of experiential activities, weekend retreats, and clinical modalities to help people drop their defenses and begin to create authentic connections with others. The relationships that make up our community create the space for individuals to recover. From this place of community and purpose, we have seen our students take the initiative to lead student panels at the University of Texas, host service projects, throw parties, and show what it means to be an inspired young person in recovery. Our clients continually demonstrate that when we create the space for them they will show up, recover, and create their own meaningful and purposeful lives.
AUSTIN HERRMANN, LMSW, LCDC
Following the completion of his undergraduate degree at St. Edward’s University, he began working in the aftercare/sober living setting as a Recovery Coach for recovering individuals transitioning out of inpatient treatment. Austin then transitioned into working in both the inpatient and outpatient treatment settings as a clinician, while working towards the LCDC licensure. Click Here to read Austin’s full bio.