All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
We’d all like to belong to something greater than ourselves. And, as counterintuitive as it may sound, a community can be integral in finding one’s self. Of course, being the odd man out can be kind of cool too; y'know, going to that black-tie wedding in a seersucker suit and bucks, no socks of course. There’s no need to be embarrassed when you show yourself as different, or as confident enough to be different, but we all need support sometimes. We need motivation, inspiration and love from people who “get” us and how we live our lives.
I am Jewish and I’m proud to be a member of the Jewish nation. I find it supportive and fulfilling. It’s not always so simple, mostly when bad people represent themselves as a member of the tribe, but on the whole, it tethers me to this world and what’s in it... and what’s beyond it too. For some, it’s a soul cycle that they relate to, or a group of people with the same profession. And of course, there’s the sober community, where everyone is welcome. But, what about when someone doesn’t feel welcome? What if they’re not new, but they’re still not working the steps well. Or if they’ve been around for a while, but they still haven’t stepped up to do service?
My hope is that I don’t need to be perfect in order to belong to my cultural community, though it helps that it’s something I was born into. You can’t take that away from me! But seriously, everyone may not like or agree with me on everything, or even most things. Yet, surely there will be some people who will. So what if I’m not doing it all or I’m not doing it right? Should I be cast out, or am I only hurting myself while the other members can go about their business and hope I eventually catch on? That’s what treatment is here for: to welcome you. Because we don’t expect you to be perfect, and we don’t even expect you to know how.
I have been teaching teens for over 15 years, but I’ve only focused on healthcare for the last year and a half. I’m not a clinician or psychologist, but I’m an effective resource and I’ll do whatever I can to help. To others’ surprise, for me, this business was an obvious transition. I get teens, and I love to help. I’ve also found the recovery community to be open-armed and amazing, That network is so immense, that you can be anywhere, anytime, and you can find someone to step in and help get someone through it, and to teach them how. I’m naturally compassionate and I already fully believe in a higher being, but now I have knowledgeable people teaching me the ‘how', to help teens get sober, and stay sober, and how to help shepherd others into the fold. And for that, I am immeasurably grateful.
April 19, 2018, was the first anniversary of our very first client. Throughout this year, 24 clients have graduated our program at an average stay of 48 days. In the name of transparency, we had a few who we found weren’t quite the right fit, but we worked hard to find them placement that was. We received our JAHCO accreditation, solidified our wonderful team, and grew in our education, compassion, and knowledge of this field. We have met and spoken with so many wonderful people, and we have redoubled our dedication to the cause. We have created our own community, within an even larger community, and we endeavor to give our clients a real and ongoing sense of belonging, support, and motivation. These are the same qualities we try to give ourselves, our family members, and our employees. Because being part of something larger than just yourself can help you find your sense of self, however counterintuitive that may sound.
Ascend Healthcare is grateful to have been welcomed into the mental health and recovery communities, and we are proud to share a space that saves lives. Thank you all for all of your support, and we look forward to helping teens for many, many years to come.
About Ascend Healthcare
Ascend Healthcare is a residential treatment center for adolescents located in Los Angeles, CA. The 45-90 day program treats teens for primary mental health and secondary substance abuse. Ascend’s program is co-ed and LGBT-affirmative, has school on-site, and incorporates a strong family therapy component. The center works to empower teens to emotionally self-regulate in a healthy manner in order to return to living healthy, fulfilling lives in safe, healthy, and supportive environments.