There are many benefits of an Alumni Program that are worth considering if you or your loved one is nearing completion of a treatment program or has recently completed treatment and is in the recovery process. It’s important to remember that recovery is an ongoing process. Rehab alumni programs are designed to help those in recovery maintain their sobriety when they encounter bumps in the road and need support. A strong safety net is an essential part of maintaining sobriety. Fresh Start Recovery Center considers all of our clients forever clients. We are committed to always being available to help you on your path to lasting sobriety. Reach out to us today at 833.625.0398 for more information about our Alumni Program and how we can help you stay sober.
5 Benefits of an Alumni Program
1. The Transition Back to Society
A good alumni program helps clients learn healthy and positive coping mechanisms and life skills that can be applied to real-world situations. You can expect to occasionally encounter high-risk triggers in everyday life while you’re in the workplace or engaging in social situations with friends or family. What matters is your resilience and ability to prevent yourself from returning to negative thought patterns and destructive behaviors.
Alumni programs are designed to help clients find resources to help them find structured events, 12-step programs, anonymous groups, sober sponsors, and other activities and pastimes that are safe spaces for those in recovery.
Fresh Start can help connect those struggling with their sobriety to locate a sober house or community living situation to maintain a structured environment that reinforces accountability.
2. Access to Valuable Resources
After completing a treatment plan and returning to society, it’s important to engage in mental health counseling to encourage accountability and make sure that you stay on the right path. A good therapist will notice signs that you are struggling and help you make important decisions about possible therapies to try out or refer you to someone who specializes in a particular mental health issue or co-occurring disorder.
Fresh Start offers a variety of informative and educational materials to alumni. These can include:
- Access to a database of alumni; this includes contact information for other participants who may be able to act as a mentor or sober sponsor
- Direct contact information for Fresh Start doctors and mental health counselors
- Educational materials
3. Social Events
Those who have gone through Fresh Start’s programs occasionally organize events. Alumni receive invitations to these social gatherings, which are designed as opportunities to share experiences in recovery with a group of others who can relate.
4. Employment Assistance
Alumni programs often offer services to help those in recovery find employment or talk to their employers about the recovery process. We know it can be difficult to return to work after taking a medical leave of absence for addiction treatment. It’s important to be aware of your company’s drug and alcohol abuse policies. Keeping that in mind, we are ready and willing to speak with your employer about your return to work and assist with creating a smooth transition.
5. Connecting with an Anonymous Program
Finding a 12-Step or related anonymous program with a group of individuals who treat each other with mutual respect can be a lifesaver for those in recovery. Anonymous programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are invaluable resources for accountability. These programs can help you stay clean and learn to navigate sober living.
Learning from others is a huge benefit of anonymous programs like AA and NA. The stories you hear about other people’s lives and their struggles remind you are not alone. You will hear suggestions for how to rebuild your life and maintain sobriety. You may make connections that can help you find employment and activities for those in recovery.
Contact Fresh Start to Learn More about Our Alumni Program
At Fresh Start Recovery Center, we treat our clients like family. Once you’ve spent time in a Fresh Start program, we will always be available to assist you on your ongoing path towards lasting recovery. Fresh Start’s medical doctors and mental health professionals are committed to helping guide each client on the path toward a better tomorrow. Reach out to us for more information about our aftercare and alumni program at 833.625.0398 to speak with a trained representative who will be glad to provide you with more information.