20 Mar 2019
Max: Going to Treatment at 18

Max Going to Treatment at 18AIM House participant, Max*, shares his experience at AIM House and entering treatment at 18 years old:

Where were you a year ago? (Wilderness, Treatment?)

One year ago I was in college at the University of Utah and majoring in Psychology.

If you went to Wilderness Therapy, what were your thoughts before vs. now? 

I had similar thoughts of the process before I went and after I left. I knew it would be a huge challenge and it definitely was, but I also figured that it would promote a large change in mentality, which it certainly did. Before entering a Wilderness therapy program, I could not know exactly what those mental changes would be, but I knew they would be significant, again, they certainly were.

Was the first phase of treatment your choice?
Yes— but only on a technicality. I could have decided not to go but I would have been left with no place to live, no car to drive, and no money to pay for school.

So your parents held a firm boundary, thank you for sharing that - that could not have been easy. What is the largest change in your life since Wilderness/AIM House -- was there a person, place, experience that led to where you are?
I have a much larger drive to accomplish things— like progress through school and move on with my life. I think the experience of having everything taken from me showed me what life could be like without the privileges that I always knew I had, but never really properly appreciated.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?
I would like to be finished with both an undergraduate degree and a graduate program and looking to get into the mental health industry myself. I plan on pursuing a degree in psychology and a similarly themed master’s program.

The Mental Health industry/community needs people like you, who struggled, learned and continue to grow. What would you tell a friend who is 18 years old & looking at changing their negative patterns?
I would say some progress is better than no progress. If you can do one thing today better than you did yesterday then you are making progress, and positive progress has a real momentum behind it that can carry you through some tough times.

Yes, thank you. I need to incorporate that into my life a little more too. What do they need to know that you wish someone had told you before going into treatment/entering your own process?
Nothing! I don’t think anyone else’s thoughts or opinions should be relevant or on your mind once you enter your “process”. While people might enter treatment for different reasons, what I learned in Wilderness and at AIM House is that every story is unique and change must be self-motivated. Everyone is different, and therefore everyone changes in different ways throughout treatment. I think that setting expectations before treatment means they are almost destined to not be fulfilled.

Mic Drop, truer words never spoken. Thank you for sharing your process and enjoy your journey.

About the Author

Max on the Mountain

Max* is finishing up at a young adult transitional living or “aftercare” program in Boulder, Colorado, AIM House. While in the program he continued to take online classes at the University of Colorado, Boulder towards his undergraduate degree, sociology, Statistics and Business Writing. He also took part in a marketing internship and completed a 12-week “creative accelerator” in piano. He is 21 years old and will be returning to the University of Utah after completion of his program.

* Name changed for confidentiality.

10 Feb 2019
AIM House Sponsors Collegiate Recovery Skiathon Summit

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As AIM House enters its twentieth year, founder Danny Conroy and the leadership team remain ever committed not only to upholding the standard of care at AIM House, but also to supporting movements, programs and individuals who share similar values and goals. Collegiate Recovery is one of those movements. As a young adult transitional living program, dedicated to helping participants and families launch forward (and onward) towards health and wellness, AIM House is proud to support college students finding community on their campus.

The annual Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) “ski-a-thon” was held the last weekend in January in Keystone, Colorado. Now known as the Mountain Region Collegiate Recovery Leadership Summit, this event has evolved over the years to provide programming which helps Collegiate Recovery programs across the country grow. ARHE’s mission with the summit is to “connect, educate, and engage collegiate recovery stakeholders from the Mountain Region and the country as a whole. As an auxiliary event of the ARHE and S.A.F.E. Project Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy, presentation topics will center on the intersection of collegiate recovery, service and leadership.”


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AIM House was thrilled to return as a sponsor of the summit. Over 200 students from all over the country flooded into Keystone Colorado for a weekend of fellowship, workshops... and of course some time on the slopes. AIM House participants, alumni & staff were among those in the mountains this weekend. As a program, AIM House could not be PROUDER of the work that ARHE and Collegiate Recovery programs do nationwide.

AIM House employee (and former student in the University of Colorado’s Collegiate Recovery Center) Lily Wilkinson spoke Friday night as the event kicked off: “AIM House, along with countless other young adult programs, directly benefits from the work of collegiate recovery programs. With the emergence of recovery communities on college campuses nationwide, higher education can now become an accessible reality for our alumni.”

The reality is this: access to mental health support makes college a viable part of the continuum of care, offering young, recovering college students the opportunity to thrive on campuses across the country. Locally, AIM House participants and alumni have become heavily involved with the University of Colorado’s program.  And with the work that ARHE does to support conversation and community between programs, CU Boulder students and AIM Houser’s can connect to an even larger group of young people in recovery.

09 Jan 2019
AIM Ski Season Has Started!

The 2018-2019 ski season is well underway! The participants at AIM House partake in a ski trip every Friday to various resorts around Colorado. In addition to getting out in some powder, these trips create opportunities for participants to further bond with their housemates and staff, as well a...

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05 Dec 2018
Volunteer Trip to Mission Wolf


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