The Center for Intelligent Recovery
ORIGIN OF THE PROGRAM:
The Center for Intelligent Recovery was challenged by an administrator in the Santa Rosa School District in California, to develop an evidence-based program addressing SA issues in their schools. Specifically, the task was to create a model reflecting current knowledge from scientific research in the addiction field, best practices in engaging youth learners, and elements of Restorative Justice and Emotional-Social Learning. The desired program would enhance participants’ ability to manage emotional challenges, and would decrease the social constructs that make substance use so attractive as a self-medication devce.
KickFlip's ten-week intervention program addresses substance abuse concerns among Middle School and High Schoolers, grades 6-12. Implemented on campus and hosting sites for field trips, KickFlip delivers honest and comprehensive education. By engaging families to participate as well, parents and siblings become instrumental in changing the trajectory of their loved one’s lives as well as their own.
KickFlip is an innovative pilot program designed to intervene with middle and high school students who are somehow engaged with illegal substances or alcohol. They have been found either using, or in possession of alcohol or illegal substances, have arrived at school intoxicated, or who are identified as dealing illegal substances on campus or in the community.
The KickFlip Program utilizes proven practices in evidence-based education, intervention services and stabilization support, best practices in youth development, principles of restorative justice and Socratic dialog. It also assists families in family communication and available community resources.
· Promote participants' awareness of the path towards and the outcomes of youth substance use and abuse, inspiring participants to set a new course for their lives
· Showcase some common mental health issues attached to substance use and introduce more effective “survival tools” which provide better options for healing; introduce new skills for coping with challenging situations and emotions
· Challenge faulty thinking, provide rational thought processes, and offer alternative solutions through non-judgmental exploration and experiential interventions
· Help stabilize new patterns arising from healthy choices
· Reinforce self-worth from a strength-based approach which recognizes individual’s immeasurable capacities;
· Advocate for healthier communication and compassion within families.
TEN WEEKS MAY SAVE A LIFE.
Over ten weeks, KickFlip:
1. Provides access to educational services and self-empowerment coursework as an alternative to disciplinary action. Classes provide a safe haven where youth learn and practice emotional strengthening and challenge faulty thinking and beliefs.
2. Creates new healing opportunities and improved relationships with custodial parents and adult authority figures. The program also advances science-based knowledge concerning youth substances use, dispelling judgment, myths and misunderstanding.
3. Indulges active, experiential engagement, personal growth opportunities, informed education and supportive role-modeling, students gain self-esteem, forgiveness and hope for their future lives. This, in turn, encourages the development of informed, sober friendships.
4. Introduces practical life and communication skills, personal development tools, future planning concepts, addiction and holistic health education, and starts the process of re-routing the dysfunctional brain and neuropathy away from self-destructive thoughts and impulses.
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