I had a chance to honestly look at the life I had created and, yes, the messes and bad choices I had made…
At Benchmark Transitions, I was given an environment where I was free from our chaotic, ever-distracting society, far enough away from fast-paced temptations commonly found in big cities. Consequently, I was able to develop a clear process for expanding each moment and finding my core inside. With the supportive community of over fifty young men and women, we were able to explore and express our truth. I had a chance to honestly look at the life I had created and yes, the messes and bad choices I had made. Every day I experienced a new challenge. However, it was overcoming these challenges that helped me establish the confidence I carry with me today.
In addition to helping me see what I was worth, Benchmark Transitions taught me many of the life skills that I carry with me today. The Work Education and Creative Art departments helped me to discover my self-efficacy. Whether it was fixing a broken toilet, designing a glass-mosaic table, changing a light bulb or handcrafting various pieces of woodwork, I learned that I can finish anything that I start. I learned how to manage my money, grocery shop on a budget, and create a maintainable living plan. The program provided me with the structure I needed to remain focused and the freedom I needed to develop my independence. I followed an individualized treatment plan that was catered to my specific treatment needs.
I was continuously challenged to identify new avenues for personal growth and was provided with exceptional care from highly qualified individuals throughout the entire treatment experience. The program effectively transitioned me into the “real” world so that I was able to chase the dreams that I had lost sight of and become a productive member of society. I graduated Benchmark Transitions over four years ago and I recently graduated from college. I earned a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and am now pursuing a career in the adolescent treatment industry. A dear friend from Benchmark Transitions once told me, “you have to experience adversity, that is how you learn.
The strongest people out there, are the ones who laugh the hardest with a genuine smile, those are the people who have fought the toughest battles. Because they have decided that they are not going to let anything hold them down, they are moving on.” I can say with confidence that if it was not for the experience I had with Benchmark Transitions, I would not be where I am today.