AccountabilityPersonal Responsibility is Essential
While caught in the cycle of addiction, it is common for individuals to become dependent on people, organizations, and services. There develops the habit to place blame on others or make excuses for situations they have created for themselves through their substance abuse. The unwillingness to take personal responsibility for the circumstances and consequences of their actions is a primary symptom of the disease of addiction. There is a stigma surrounding the disease that creates a level of embarrassment and denial in an individual, driving the need to deflect, justify, and validate the mistakes made as a result of their use of mind altering substances. It is important for an individual to recognize these behaviors and work to change them.
Having personal responsibility as a cornerstone, residents of the Step Denver program are not permitted to take third-party or government financial assistance. The men may not receive any compensation from their families, friends, or religious organizations, and can also not receive any governmental stipends such as food stamps, welfare, disability, or vouchers. Residents are required to be accountable for their own financial obligations and costs of living. Upon entry into the program, men are provided basic necessities and assistance through our career program to obtain work to begin supporting themselves.
Personal Responsibility – a bridge to Self-Respect.
As residents of the Step Denver program, men regain the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and have the right to a safe, clean living environment. As in other areas of life, these rights come with certain obligations on the part of the resident; governed by a set of house and programmatic rules. These rules help to re-establish personal accountability in the residents’ lives.
Step Denver uses a Peer Recovery Community Model in which the residents support each other and hold each other accountable to the programmatic and facility expectations in a positive, respectful manner. The Step Denver residents are accountable to themselves, first and foremost, as well as to the other residents in the community and to their communities at large, outside of the facility.
Residents are taught that behaviors, choices, and actions have outcomes. It is explained that positive outcomes are beneficial to themselves and others and negative outcomes have consequences that cause harm to themselves and others. Clear communication of what the house and program requirements are, coupled with a progressive disciplinary and reward system, help to guide the resident towards personal responsibility and the restoration of self-respect.
A robust life skills curriculum helps to re-establish the basics of self-sufficiency, which further distances them from the mode of dependency. Residents engage in programs focused on financial budgeting, nutrition, family restoration, physical health, healthy social and recreational activities, life balance and spirituality. Being accountable to themselves in these areas is vital in helping them return as integral members of their communities.
For additional information or to apply please call 303-295-STEP (7837) or visit our How To Apply page here.