Our Approach to Rehab Alumni Programs
People who have completed rehabilitation can benefit greatly from connecting with one another through a rehab alumni program. Some people will keep in touch with those they met in addiction treatment programs, but others will find it helpful to connect with former clients and staff members of the same facility who attended at various times.
The goal of many aftercare programs in the field of drug and alcohol addiction is to provide a helping hand on what can be a long and grueling road for those who have completed formal care.
Keep reading to find out more about how we celebrate and keep our alumni groups connected, and why to consider beginning your recovery journey with Catalina Behavioral Health!
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A Rehab Alumni Program: Creating a Recovery Community
Clients who have finished a drug or alcohol addiction rehabilitation program can maintain relationships with the treatment center staff and other program alums in a variety of ways. Special 12-step meetings, group outings, and other sober social activities are just some of the ways that many programs keep their participants actively involved.
Connections with others are crucial to getting better. Support groups for former clients of substance abuse treatment center locations aim to keep recovering addicts connected to their peers, who can offer guidance, support, and a safe environment.
Having a support system of people who understand what you’re going through makes the rehabilitation process more enjoyable and makes overcoming obstacles less daunting.
Many individuals believe rehab alumni programs are helpful because they bring together people who have had similar experiences, even if they occurred in separate eras. Relationships and alumni groups provide the necessary support even when words fail.
Moving Towards Recovery: How Rehab Alumni Programs Can Help
In order to foster long-term connections, several rehab alumni programs host annual alumni meetings. The events vary from one location to the next, but pretty much anything goes.
Coordinators of rehab alumni programs usually organize activities for those who live in close proximity to the treatment facility, but they also may host remote events if there are enough interested parties in a single region.
The following are examples of possible (and actual) alumni programs and group activities at Catalina:
- Cookouts and social gatherings
- Ice and Roller skating meet-ups
- Movie Nights
- Sporting events
- Volunteer or charity work
- Group projects
Rehab Alumni Programs Involve Family Members and Neighbors
Rehab alumni programs can be shaped by community-based events that encourage giving back and furthering the recovery process. Many people in recovery find that volunteering is only the beginning of a long list of rewarding opportunities to channel their positive energy into helping others.
Giving back is a way of showing appreciation for the help received during the time spent on one’s own rehabilitation and stay connected as well. It can be a great way of maintaining relationships with those you met in treatment, as well as developing gratitude for how far you’ve come!
By giving their time to a good cause, volunteers in alumni programs gain a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. One can also benefit from learning new things, growing in gratitude and empathy, and finding a sense of belonging. We strengthen our bonds with other people through our volunteer work and charitable giving.
Using Social Media as a Means to Stay Connected
Encouragement and support are common outcomes of online social group participation. Through their social media networks, alumni groups can keep tabs on members’ anniversaries, recovery developments, and other milestones in their life.
Potential social networks that may take the place of live alumni meetings but still offer social support include:
In recovery, the focus is on taking back one’s life. Different people have various approaches to recovery. Professionals in the field of treatment are available to offer advice and instruction.
When choosing a program, it can be helpful to learn more about the facility’s perspective on alumni support networks and how active participation is encouraged after clients graduate.
At Catalina Behavioral Health, we believe the solid support network and sense of community provided by an engaged alumni program can do wonders for a client on the road to recovery.
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Become a Mainstay in Your Community
Together, we can make a difference in the communities we serve by establishing a strong alumni program, and we’d love to have you take part in it with Catalina Behavioral Health.
If you are interested in volunteering in your local region, we have coordinators who can help you learn more about the specific service options available through our community partnerships.
Volunteer possibilities abound thanks to the tireless efforts of the Alumni Coordinators who have forged new relationships within the local community. Volunteer work may involve any of the following, but is not limited to:
- Toy Drives for less fortunate families
- Coordinating or helping at a food drive
- Cleaning up social areas like parks and beaches
- Social gatherings with a cause in mind
Boosting Your Odds of Success in Recovery
Time spent in an alumni program marks the beginning of a lifelong process of self-improvement. Increasing your chances of a full recovery by engaging with individuals at Catalina Behavioral Health who have been through similar events in life is one of our facility’s primary missions.
Addiction research has shown how crucial it is for people in recovery to have a social network they can lean on when they are struggling or tempted to relapse. Feeling supported when you need it most is a top priority for our quick-to-respond Alumni Team.
Our Alumni Coordinators will follow up with you directly after you leave Catalina Behavioral Health’s care to see how you’re doing and make sure you have everything you need to continue your recovery.
Find a Sense of Belonging with Our Recovery Family
You’re practically an instant member of the Catalina family. During your time with us, you’ll be surrounded by friendly, helpful people who are all committed to seeing you succeed in your sobriety and recovery.
You should realize that even if you leave or relapse, you will always be a part of this group. Addiction itself is a solitary disease, but sobriety is not. You are no longer alone once you enter our treatment center facility, as you will be treated like a member of our recovery family.
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The Alumni program provides many opportunities for meaningful connection to help cultivate that feeling of belonging. There is always someone waiting to welcome you into a sober community, whether it is at one of the many recovery meetings held every day, at one of the many events held every month, or in one of the many online support groups.
To find out more about our alumni program, or to inquire about Admissions, contact a member of our friendly staff today!