The CAST Alignment Model (CAM) is the basis for the integrated activities of alignment, support, and treatment that are components of the CAST program to lead clients into recovery and purposeful living. The client experience in the CAST program typically occurs in two Stages that include CAM-oriented components to help clients achieve recovery-related goals:
Objectives of Participation in the CAM
Build a strong emotional foundation for living a meaningful life
Explore fundamental beliefs and how they shape and impact life experiences (e.g., interpersonal relationships, self-identity)
Gain emotional freedom through understanding past trauma, maladaptive behaviors, and other causes of pain, and use that knowledge to heal and recover
Commit to passionate involvement in life that incorporates a new awareness of personal goals
Develop nurturing and loving relationships
Live in alignment with a core belief system that balances relationships, work, wellness, intellectual pursuits, and spirituality.
The CAST program is structured but flexible to accommodate needs of individual clients. The duration of a client’s participation in the program can extend from a brief period of four weeks to a more extensive involvement of eight weeks (or longer).
Stage 1: Building the Foundation for Healing and Committing to Life
Discovering your passions and exploring your identity
- Identifying destructive patterns and breaking them
Learning to speak up
Crafting a vision for your life
Creating healthy habits and positive coping skills
Stabilizing underlying mental health and substance use problems
Stage 2: Gaining Skills in How to Live in Balance at Home, at Work, and at Play
- Prioritizing personal life and removing imbalance from major areas
- Developing knowledge and ability to live a healthy and productive life
Learning self-care and listening to your needs
Balancing passions and obligations
Learning how to enjoy life, including healthy play.
Engaging Clients in CAST Program Stages
CAST Center professionals can address client needs using the operational constructs that reflect the CAM precepts, set out below. The arrangement and flow follow the program Stages but are still flexible to be responsive to needs and timing of individual clients, while still facilitating logistics and program management.
STAGE 1, Weeks 1-4
Week 1: Learning About Your Instincts
Examine early life experiences and how they may have affected you. Explore topics such as relationships and personal identity. Learn to listen to your intuitions. Connect with psychiatrist and/or individual therapist to address and prioritize active mental health or substance use disorders.
Week 2: Freeing the Heart, Trauma to Joy
Discover your passions and use them as fuel for life. Explore emotional life, healing heartbreak, letting go of unhealthy attachments, grief as an expression of gratitude. Develop and implement individual plan for stabilizing active mental health symptoms or active substance use.
Week 3: Developing the Higher Self through Communication and Expression
Gain awareness of communication styles and habits; express your personal truths. Go with the truths to craft a vision for your life.
Week 4: Inspiration and Spiritual Awakening
Connect the concepts, ideas, and practices from the first three weeks to continue building a strong a foundation for a healthy life. Take time to reflect on how the CAST program has assisted in building the foundation—clearer mind, open heart, and increased skills in personal expression—for healthy instincts and responses.
STAGE 2, Weeks 5-8
Week 5: The Home Environment
Explore what “home” means to you, examining interactions and experiences with family and how they affect you now. Develop skills to cultivate a home life that supports and nurtures; focus on self-care techniques and priority management.
Week 6: The Work Environment
Explore work life (or student life if in school) and what work means to you; work ethics and ambition, motivation and balancing work with other aspects of life. Develop skills and practical tools for time management and budgeting/money management, focusing on being self-supporting as a source of empowerment.
Week 7: Spiritual Practice
Engage in the development of a spiritual practice in a way that is meaningful to you. Develop beliefs and practices in spirituality.
Week 8: Enjoying Life, Making Time for Play
Explore what play means to you, and how to set aside time for pleasurable activities and time for yourself. Learn how important play is and how it supports mental health and recovery. This last week is about using tools and skills you’ve learned to build a plan for creating and implementing a meaningful life for yourself. You are empowered to take action and discover what you want your life to be following your time in the CAST program.