Choosing sobriety after combating alcohol and/or substance abuse is a key first step toward a happier, healthier existence. Unfortunately, many people in this situation find that they have caused seemingly-irreparable damage to many facets of their lives, from employment situations to relationships with family and friends. The road to rebuilding a shattered life is often filled with daunting tasks and difficult hurdles. Phoenix Multisport seeks to help our members through the process of reintegration into a healthy, sober lifestyle.
PM works to help our members reintegrate back into society by providing them with tools to help find employment and to broaden their skill-sets. We maintain a computer lab that is open to our members who are otherwise unable to access the internet, and offer this resource to Phoenix team members free of charge during business hours. We can also help unemployed team members find their way back into the work force and become contributing members of the greater community. At a team member’s request, we can also provide individual guidance in skills such as resume preparation, successful interviewing, etc. We are able to offer advice and coaching free of charge because of the generous support of our donors.
Our Apprentice Instructor program is a great resource for members who are considering careers in the outdoor/wilderness education field. We offer participation in this program to team members who attend events regularly and who show interest and proficiency in any of the disciplines that we practice. In exchange for a commitment to volunteer, PM will help apprentice instructors identify and pay for the certifications that they would need to work in the industry (and in some cases, even for PM!). This arrangement allows team members to improve their skills and attain certifications while providing PM with a dedicated base of skilled volunteers who play a crucial role in our programming by allowing us to reach larger numbers of individuals living sober. These educational and community-based solutions have been put into place to help our community better support those returning from active addiction and to help the recovering addict rediscover their potential.
Substance and alcohol abuse are a tremendous burden to our judicial system and our communities. Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction played a part in the crimes committed by 80% of the 1.7 million men and women now behind bars in the United States. In 2007, an estimated 22.3 million persons (9.0 percent of the population aged 12 or older) were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year (Criteria specified from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition).
Recognizing the toll that drugs and alcohol take on communities and justice systems around the nation, Phoenix Multisport is proud to be a Boulder County Community Service provider. We believe that a relationship between a provider and an individual who is court ordered to do community service is a symbiotic relationship. The community and PM benefit from this relationship by having these individuals fulfill their obligations in ways that help to re-enforce a strong sober community in Boulder and Colorado’s Front Range. The individual is also exposed to PM and its greater sober community thereby exposing them to a supportive sober network that the individual can access. We receive many requests each week from individuals hoping to do their community service with PM. Unfortunately, we are unable to work with all who apply. PM has a requirement that all those involved with Phoenix Multisport at this level are committed to living sober. Because of this, community service applicants need to be prepared to discuss this commitment in detail. To be considered by PM, applicants must also meet certain criteria to aid PM in maintaining its safe supportive sober environment. It is important to note that those with violent or sex offences must submit to a background check and be approved by our Special Member Review Committee before that can participate in PM events.
To apply to fulfill your community service obligations with Phoenix please call the Phoenix office at 303.440.0547
Education & Outreach
Phoenix Multisport Staff regularly travels to local drug & alcohol treatment centers, sober living houses, drug courts, outpatient groups and other community programs in an effort to spread the word about our mission and to let those struggling with substance abuse know what PM programs are available to them in their community in addition to sharing our experience, strength and hope. This is also an opportunity for PM to share with individuals who have not struggled with substance abuse how the fear of further alienation and the fear of the unknown can often deter an individual from choosing sobriety and/or drive them back to using if they are already sober. Educating the community about a sober active supportive network such as PM often allows those trying to choose the sober path to do so with confidence knowing that there is a better life on the other side of their addiction. By giving those newly sober and those isolating in their recovery access to PM it will help to increase self-efficacy and further galvanize the belief that one can succeed in recovery. At the same time helping these individuals find an outlet and a new healthy habit through sport.
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
These various programs are geared towards changing the cycle of addiction that exists in our culture as well as breaking the stereotypes that often surround those in recovery thereby making the sober path easier to choose for those struggling with substance abuse.
The Integrated Sober Active Community (ISAC) model is a visionary approach redefining how the needs of those in recovery are met in a sustainable way to promote stable sobriety, health and wellbeing. ISAC integrates a sober active community within a continuum of care ensuring access to an array of supports and bolstering access to recovery resources throughout an individual's lifetime.
The ISAC mode incorporates 5 key concepts:
1. Integration – Opportunities to participate in a sober active community and 12 step are fully integrated into formal treatment, assisting with the transition of sustainable support to a broader recovery network in one’s community. Sober active community members who are peer professionals serve as cultural guides within the treatment setting to inform treatment and facilitate community engagement.
2. Sober Social Network – Access to a broad and diverse sober social network can be invaluable to individuals actively pursuing sobriety. Engagement with a sober active community alters the structure and function of one's social network by including social support specific to recovery, opportunities to participate in alternative activities to using and expansion of access to new networks of peers. Those in recovery know that finding new playgrounds and playmates is critical to maintaining sobriety. These social networking opportunities and benefits are both formal and informal improving access to formal treatment as well as peer support networks.
3. Continuum of Care – Access to a continuum of care is essential for those striving to sustain their sobriety. For many recovery is a process that includes episodes of relapse and remission. Availability of services that can get people what they need when they need them can both prevent and minimizes the duration and negative ramifications associated with relapse. Thus, allowing individuals to regain a level of functioning and well being more quickly when relapse occurs.
4. Choice - Individuals with options who make choices feel greater ownership and accomplishment. Individual's paths to sobriety are all different and so goes their path to recovery. Participation in the sober active community is never mandatory and for those who choose to participate, no two individuals do so in the same way. Choice is a powerful tool for furthering individual's self efficacy for sobriety.
5. Salutogenics - Salutogenesis is a health promotion concept that focuses on factors that support development and maintenance of health and well-being. Integration of a salutogenic approach does not mean that disease factors are overlooked, rather a new lens is used to see and to build upon individual strengths to support individuals’ in choosing options that promote health and wellness rather than solely targeting disease specific symptom management. As such, through active lifestyle individuals have opportunities to improve their overall health and transcend the disease of addiction to become not just sober or managing sobriety, but instead holistically healthy, functional and contributing member of society.
The ISAC model is not tied solely to Phoenix Multisport or the Phoenix Multisport collaboration with West Pines. A sober active community could take other forms and should be tailored to the needs of individuals and communities (i.e. mothers with children). Prevention and Sober Alternatives Phoenix Multisport will work with high schools and colleges to help develop drug and alcohol prevention programs and to help them establish sober alternative programming for their students. To get serious about stopping addiction before it starts we need to present young people with exciting alternatives to the party scene. We have told kids for years not to use drugs and drink irresponsibly, what we need to do now is show them another way to entertain themselves and the activities that PM engages in have huge appeal to the younger generation. Some of these activities that PM offers are: road and mountain biking, indoor/outdoor rock climbing, ice climbing, yoga, etc