While recovery from substance abuse and navigating the ins and outs of a failure to launch situation are paramount to a young man’s long-term success. New Life House has always recognized that a healthy lifestyle is about much more. Our Education Track is one of the most effective tools for setting our young men up for long-term success.
Many families that find their way to New Life House struggle to help their son or loved one gain the proper life skills to be independent young adults in recovery. Difficulty taking on adult responsibilities or becoming self-sufficient characterize this phenomenon called “Failure to Launch.”
We’ve designed the New Life House Education + Life Skills Track to help the young men at our Sober Living in Los Angeles, we find the best academic path possible based on their strengths, interests, and goals. We teach young men valuable life skills such as money management, building relationships, self-care, maintaining a healthy living space, and more. In addition, after building their foundation inside of the house, the young men in our program become eligible to participate in the Education Track.
Getting Education and Learning Life Skills
Combined with substance abuse issues, young men can find themselves stuck indefinitely — experiencing difficulty moving forward in life, self-defeating behaviors, low self-esteem, little to no life skills, and challenges overcoming everyday struggles. New Life House specializes in helping young men navigate these waters.
While abstinence from substances is a vital piece of the puzzle, acquiring, practicing, and becoming comfortable with a whole host of new life skills and coping mechanisms is equally important. Offering tutoring, guidance, and mentorship programs is supplemental to our New Life House standard.
Educational Programming at Our Los Angeles Sober Living
Once your son or loved one becomes a resident at our Los Angeles-based sober living home and have established a foundation with them, our staff works with young men in recovery and their parents. Together we determine what educational goals best suit their needs and abilities. Our program typically abides by the following outline:
- Initial meeting. The resident meets with our Director of Education.
- Assessments. Participates in an interests and aptitude evaluation. These evaluations determine an appropriate academic pathway that suits the individual’s interests and capabilities.
- Determine a plan. Together we strive to reach the goal of deciding on an exciting, sustainable, and enriching path forward.
- Start program. Once residents have finished the academic intake process, they begin to participate in our Learning Center. Our academic staff guide and support them along their chosen pathway.
The New Life House Academic Program allows young men to continue moving forward in their lives without compromising their recovery. Our program provides the necessary assistance to succeed while navigating early addiction recovery in a healthy and supportive environment.
Options in Educational Programming
Sometimes a young person sees only one path to completing post-high school education. When it doesn’t feel like a good fit, they might be inclined to give up on continued education. We understand that finding the right fit means looking at multiple options for educational programming during sober living.
We support a diverse range of education choices for the young men of New Life House. These include:
- Traditional college. Includes starting or continuing community college, a four-year university, or a post-graduate degree.
- Trade school. Popular fields include web design and IT, healthcare, HVAC, and more. Additionally, these schools typically assist participants in finding employment.
- Vocation Certification Programs. Many schools offer continuing education and non-credit classes that result in certification in a field.
How Learning Life Skills Help You Stay Sober
Life skills can help young men stay sober as they continue their recovery journey. When young men don’t understand how to navigate relationships or take care of themselves, they could have a lower quality of life than their peers. With poor life skills, they might have added stress, suffer from low self-esteem, or lack the ability to seek help when needed. Young men might relapse or turn to drugs ad alcohol to cope with these issues.
Your son or loved one might struggle with failure to launch due to a lack of skills in areas like:
- Problem-solving and decision-making
- Money management
- Creating a healthy living environment
- Setting and attaining goals
- Building a daily routine
- Communication and conflict resolution
- Interpersonal and relationship skills
- Setting healthy boundaries with others
- Self-care and stress management
Successful recovery from addiction means more than simply abstaining from substances. Learning how to deal with life’s stressors and develop healthy habits during treatment will help young men succeed in life without drugs and alcohol. These valuable life skills can help your son or loved one remain sober after treatment as they build the high quality of life they deserve.
Benefits of Educational Programming
Educational programming has many benefits as it sets individuals up for a healthy lifestyle and successful career. By learning essential life skills while becoming educated on specific subjects, participants can lay a solid foundation for their future. Additionally, this program offers the potential for job placement, which can help them for years to come.
The young men at New Life House also benefit from being surrounded by other residents who put their recovery first. This environment differs from being surrounded on campus and in dorms by a predominantly party-focused lifestyle. As a result, the young men of New Life House can navigate academic pressures, have the support necessary to succeed, and always keep their recovery and mental health a priority.
Additional benefits of educational programming include:
- Setting and achieving goals
- An improved sense of confidence
- Developing coping mechanisms
- Forming a long-term career plan
- Extensive support and mentorship
How Meeting Educational Goals + Life Skills in Recovery Differs From the Past
Sometimes one of our new residents expresses hesitancy at addressing educational and life skills programming in sober living. They may have attempted college or vocational training in the past but have been hampered by their substance abuse or lack of life skills. Trying to attend classes, study, and do coursework while living under the haze of drugs or alcohol guarantees a diminished ability to perform well. Equally harmful can be a failure to practice proper time management or an untreated mental health issue. Many students end up failing classes or dropping out.
Residents of New Life House sober living in Los Angeles, CA, find themselves in an entirely new headspace as they:
- Have gained a new set of tools for a healthy lifestyle
- Are unencumbered by drugs and alcohol
- Are in a positive environment
- Have supportive staff and peers around them
- Are physically and emotionally stable
- Have a clear pathway to academic success.
This supportive environment and improved life skills result in a completely different academic experience. By the time our young men graduate from our program, they benefit from more than just a stable recovery.
Meet the Director of Education for New Life House
Alexander Salman is the Director of Education for New Life House. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. Alex has a great deal of experience in several occupational fields. He has worked as a mentor, a career development consultant, and an interviewing guide for his peers at Johns Hopkins University.
Alex understands how to talk to young men on their level. He has experience not just communicating the benefits of education, but of helping the guys determine where their passions lie as well as map out an effective route to bring them to fruition. He helps individuals build a bright future for themselves that includes preparation for working in a field that provides a satisfying income and work that proves to be meaningful.
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Sober Living in Los Angeles
If you are looking for a healthy environment to help build upon your recovery from substance abuse that includes life skills and educational programming, contact us today. New Life House Recovery is not only a place for sober living but is a destination for building your life here in Los Angeles, California. Our team is ready to help you start living your best life today!