At CooperRiis, we like to celebrate the success of our community members whenever we have the opportunity. Each week we host a “Community Meeting” where all residents and staff are encouraged to attend. At this meeting, we go over announcements, focus on our community agreements, and celebrate achievements for our residents.
Over the years, we have added new and creative ways to recognize our resident’s successes. In the last couple of years, we have developed our “Rainbow on the Wrist Program,” We award colorful bracelets that represent various areas of recovery that we focus on in our treatment. This has become hugely popular with our residents, and our staff is thrilled to tout the success of our residents.
Many of our residents wear them proudly on their wrists, but some have developed a new display form; they are wrapping them on their CooperRiis water bottles! Every new resident is gifted a CooperRiis Nalgene bottle to encourage staying fully hydrated when joining our Healing Community. We are not sure who the first resident started this tradition, but it has been “game on” for some months now. The goal is to earn as many as possible to cover their bottles from top to bottom. The residents love them, and they are treating it as a competition.
In the picture above, you can see how successful one past resident earned all of the bracelets, sometimes earning duplicates. The photo was taken one month after discharge and the alumnus shared with us how meaningful they are and that the bracelets continue to inspire as a testament to their recovery and their continued recovery journey.
We hope this alum and others who take their bracelets with them (wrist or bottle bound) feel our Healing Community wrapping around them and supporting them as they continue their recovery journey.