Learning to Work Better With Others

Man looking at the river

Training drills are done between the New Life Detoxification portion of the program and before the Objectives portion of the program. They are designed to help students develop skills that they will need to be able to successfully do the Objectives portion of the program. Some of these skills can also be used throughout the rest of the program and throughout the rest of one’s life.

The main goals of these training drills are to improve a person’s ability to confront, control and communicate. Another major goal of these drills is to improve a person’s ability to be comfortable without the aid of any mind altering substances. This is something that will have been worked on during the withdrawal portion of the program and that is worked on more thoroughly in the training drills portion of the program.

The training drills are actually considered to be the first portion of the Objectives section. During this time students are paired off in teams of two which are referred to as “twins.” Part of the reasoning behind doing this is to give people the opportunity to develop teamwork skills. Each student is held responsible not only for their own success in the Objectives Course but for their Twin’s success as well.

There are often lessons learned through the act of helping others that cannot be learned by simply reading a book. The training drills provide a good opportunity for twins to get to know each other better so that they may work together more efficiently. Here are some comments from one set of twins regarding what they felt they had gotten out of the training drills portion of the program.

“Doing the training drills definitely let me know that I was more patient than I thought. Learning intention without reservation helped me to communicate better. They helped me more than I thought they would.”

-Noah R.

“Running training drills with my twin helped me learn to be more patient and helped me not only to focus on what I’m doing but to focus on my twin’s actions as well. Training drills also helped me learn more about my twin.”

-Justin J.



After overcoming her own addiction in 2012 Julie went on to become certified as an addiction counselor in order to help others achieve a life of recovery. She worked in the addiction field for 8 years and now uses both her personal and professional experiences with addiction as an influence for her writing.