The Value of Recovery Alumni Programs
Why Alumni Programs are Important in Addiction Recovery
It is important to understand that recovery is an ongoing process; it does not end when you walk out the doors of your treatment facility or sober living home. Those who have graduated from rehabilitation are encouraged to join programs like a 12-Step, AA (Alcoholic Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), get a sponsor and recovery alumni programs. Connecting with the right sober people after completing an addiction treatment program is one of the best ways to stay strong in your recovery and achieve long-term sobriety. Learn the importance, value and many benefits of addiction recovery alumni programs.
5 Benefits of Recovery Alumni Programs for Long-Term Sobriety
Relapse Prevention: Relapse is often triggered by a feeling of loneliness or isolation. When you join an alumni recovery program it encourages you to spend time with likeminded people who have walked the path of recovery. This gives you the opportunity to learn from their challenges and gain knowledge of successful tools to combat stress and cravings.
Remain Connected with Recovery Community: Adjusting to sobriety can seem lonely, especially if you’ve disassociated yourself with your friends who are still actively using drugs and alcohol. The Silver Linings Recovery Center’s alumni program helps you stay connected to a sober recovery community through events, weekly meetings and weekend retreats.
Help Others in the Community: Volunteering is a very important part of the long-term recovery process; it gives you a meaningful way to spend your free time while giving back to those in need. Volunteer opportunities range include visiting local high schools & colleges to speak to students about the dangers of drug & alcohol use and addiction, as well as cleaning up trash at the beach, planting trees or volunteering at a local food pantry.
Access to Valuable Resources: Alumni programs give you access to a variety of valuable (often free) resources to help on your path to long-term sobriety including:
- Contact information for doctors, therapists, life coaches and mental health professionals
- Employment assistance programs
- Continuing education programs
- Database of alumni available for mentorship or act as your sponsor
Social Events: Recovery alumni programs allow former recovery clients to connect with one another and staff members through a variety of fun events including:
- 12-step Meetings
- Social outings
- Sporting Events
- Weekend retreats
- Arts and crafts
- Addiction-related speaking events
If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, we’re here to help. Silver Linings Recovery Center is the leading provider for drug and alcohol addiction in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Get Help Now: 855-960-3769.