Ironwood Maine Web Update

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

Pat Riley

     For this weekly update, I’m going to be talking about the growing numbers at the Lakehouse and how it is affecting the communities at Frye and at the Farmhouse. Also, I also want to emphasize anyone can make a change in someone’s day; teamwork helps everyone, and not just the individual. 

    Frye has gained a few new residents over the last couple of weeks. Residents who are now comfortable in their program remember what it feels like to be a new resident. Mentors at the Farmhouse and Lakehouse set a positive example set for these new residents. By setting a positive example, Frye residents become motivated to continue in their program and move forward. When I went down to mentor, I talked to a Frye boy and this is what they said: “When I first got to Frye, there weren’t a lot of people coming down to say hi. But when you or another Blue comes down, it makes me realize that it is not impossible.” When I was down at Frye, I remember it being my 3rd day and seeing a Blue come down. I didn’t know who he was, or why he was wearing a blue shirt, but I talked to him and it made me realize that I could make it as long as I worked the program. Now I’m Blue, and I’m going down to Frye to mentor and tell the kids that they can make it as long as they try. 

    During Recovery this week, we talked about 12 steps and groups such as AA and MA. This had a personal effect on me because I am definitely worried about going home and being around all of the people on the streets still using substances. With the help of AA groups and MA groups, I know that I will be able to go home and stay sober if I have a group of people that I can lean on when I need support that are around my age. This is another example of how teamwork relates to this part of my program. 

    Since it has been around 80 degrees every day for the last 5 days, the Lakehouse has been going swimming on 3 Mile Pond every day from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM which is the free time block. Free time is not a given, it is earned. It takes teamwork for us to do the chores in a timely manner so that we have this free time.  We have also been fishing with one of the night staff at the Lake House, Dave. He is a bass fisherman with a boat that the Lakehouse got to use to go fishing. It was a lot of fun!

     In reading what I have written above, I believe it is important to recognize breakthroughs that you make when you are trying to change. I challenge everyone who is reading this to look for a new way to do something. It could be driving home, cooking dinner, or changing your schedule. It could be anything that you want it to be. Additionally, focus on how you can work with others instead of working against them. Teamwork helps everyone make progress.  Thanks for reading, have a good day!