Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose LWT over other young adult treatment programs?
LWT is the pioneer of young adult, independent living treatment programs. Since 2004, LWT has been revolutionizing how young adults are supported on their path toward healthy, sustainable independence. We provide high-quality, wrap-around, community-based services that are unmatched in the industry.
What is the average age of and what are the most common struggles for a LWT client?
We serve clients ages 18-32, with the average typically being around 22 years old. A theme for most clients is a sense of wanting more in life but struggling to make it happen. LWT clients deal with things like anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, bipolar, disordered eating, OCD, gender identity issues, and use of alcohol, drugs, and/or screens which has gotten in the way of forward movement.
What is your success rate?
A lot of other programs talk about success rates in terms of clients right at the end of their program, which can give the program the appearance of “a good success rate.” LWT raises the bar and explores “success” by looking at whether a client is living a life they value 1, 3, and 5 years after completing with LWT. (See Testimonials)
What is the average length of stay?
Our clients typically work with us for a year; sometimes a bit less and sometimes more. We find that it’s helpful for a client to be in LWT for about a year and experience all seasons and dates of events that may have a particular meaning in their lives (i.e. birthday, New Year’s Eve, date of a painful event like a death, break-up, failure etc). With support from LWT, clients practice working through old triggers and feelings by using new coping skills, creating the ability to move forward rather than get stuck.
How will you keep my daughter from isolating?
Isolating is a common concern for incoming clients and their parents. For many clients, changing their habits with isolating excessively is an important part of their work. We can schedule new clients with 25 hours of staff contact per week through a variety of groups, activities, and sessions. Our staff will seek out clients when scheduled contacts are missed and directly discuss what played into their decision to isolate. Since our clients have verbalized their desire to change their patterns of isolation, it is an important conversation and opportunity for staff to help clients learn how to hold themselves accountable to their goals. Also, living in the Landing Pad for 30-60 days in a group setting prior to living independently provides clients with immediate opportunity for connection.
What happens if my son needs support “after hours”?
Clients have access to on-call staff 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
What will my son do in his free-time?
What a client chooses to do in their “free time” is just as much a part of the work of the LWT program as the scheduled contacts. Being able to show up for appointments set by someone else is useful, but we are also interested in supporting what a client chooses to do when there is no external accountability. This is challenging work for most clients and it is a big game-changer in regard to a clientʼs long-term life satisfaction. Also, Boulder, with its 300 days of sun per year, is a thriving community for young adults with endless options of healthy things to do.
Are clients allowed to use drugs and alcohol?
We ask all incoming clients to commit to a 90-day period of sobriety in order to begin their program with as much clarity as possible. For clients whose use/abuse of drugs/alcohol has led to school, employment, legal, and/or relationship issues and has been a barrier to reaching their goals, LWT's Valued Action and Sobriety Support Track (VASST) is a great fit, providing additional services and support specifically designed to help clients maintain sobriety and build a sober-community. For clients who do not need this increased level of support related to substances, LWT helps them get clear about the impact of substance use on their lives.
How do you make my son show up for sessions/do his homework/get a job?
We help clients get clear about what truly matters to them, and we help them hold themselves accountable to their goals. Experiencing natural consequences is a far more powerful teacher and motivator than being “forced” by someone else to do something. Additionally, coercion and compliance are merely short-term strategies that will actually only delay a clientʼs ability to consistently follow through on adult responsibilities in the long-run.
Can my child have visitors or travel?
Yes! We generally request that the first 3-months of a clientʼs program does not include visitors or travel (excluding major holidays/family events) in order to support a solid beginning to the work with LWT and life in Boulder. After that, any visitors or travel plans a client wants gets woven into their program, meaning that it is discussed with their team to clarify any support thatʼs needed and how it will be a valued addition on the clientʼs journey. We typically suggest that parents try to come to Boulder to visit and meet with the team about every 3 months. These visits and family sessions can be quite valuable to the individual and family work.
Can I have a pet? A car?
When clients are ready and able to take responsibility for the needs and expenses of a pet, they may choose to get one. This includes seeking a pet-friendly apartment, which are typically more expensive and require large pet deposits, and paying for pet care and food through income generated from their own job. Similarly, cars are not encouraged but are allowed once a client can financially cover gas, insurance, maintenance and parking expenses. However, very few clients find a need for a car due to the Boulder’s walkability and excellent bus system and biking paths.
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