Many people believe once they finish a rehabilitation program, their journey to recovery has come to an end. In reality, the rest of their life is just getting started. Leaving the security and structure of a rehab program and transitioning back to a normal daily routine is when all the work you’ve put into healing finally gets put into action.
Regaining the freedom and responsibilities of life at home can put a strain on the early recovery process. While sober living looks much brighter and healthier, immersing yourself into new social circles and environments is a big change.
Being armed with the appropriate tools, skills, and resources to be able to handle this change is of utmost importance. A reliable support system is invaluable as you begin navigating recovery. The Alumni Program at Alpas Wellness exists to provide you with just that.
What are the Benefits of a Rehab Alumni Program?
Recovery from addiction is not one single achievement that you reach before you’re considered “cured.” It’s a lifelong commitment to sobriety. Staying connected to those you formed relationships with while in rehab and others who are now living established, sober lives can help you navigate the inevitable struggles and temptations you will face.
Alumni programs often facilitate connections with other rehab graduates through fun events, support groups, network building, and group activities. It can be encouraging for those who have faced similar battles to share their stories with each other.
These programs also provide a great way to find accountability partners and give back by providing accountability and support to others. Knowing there is someone rooting for you that you’re expected to report back to is a motivating factor in your recovery.
Participating in an alumni program also makes finding and utilizing recovery resources like local 12-step programs easier. When you’re acclimating to post-rehab life and dealing with the associated stress, sometimes it just takes something minor to deter you from taking the necessary steps to move your recovery efforts forward.
Staying plugged in and locating groups and resources close to you can make a significant difference in your ability to maintain sobriety.
Continuing education is another way that alumni programs benefit rehab graduates. Through workshops, guided sessions, and other learning experiences, you can stay up to date with the latest in recovery education and research. With the help of these resources and continual access to mental health professionals, chances of relapse can be significantly reduced.
Being a member of our alumni community is not only beneficial for you, but it’s also fulfilling to lend a helping hand to others who have been in your shoes. Studies have shown that participation in aftercare programs is a predictor of better friendship characteristics in substance abuse patients. This fulfillment can cultivate a sense of purpose that is a powerful driving force when it comes to recovery.
What Being a Part of the Alumni Program Looks Like
Life during active addiction is incredibly dark and isolating. Recovery looks much brighter. When you participate in our alumni program, you will have the opportunity to build lasting friendships with people who are as committed to sobriety as you are. Staying engaged is made easy through regular meetings and check-ins, a wide range of extracurricular activities, fun events, traveling, volunteer opportunities, and private social media groups for communication.
Those who participate in alumni programs often stay in touch with each other for several years after graduating from their rehab program. Building memories with those on the same path as you form bonds that aren’t easily broken. Find a sense of belonging and be inspired by others with a similar story by signing up for the alumni program at Alpas Wellness.
Humphreys, K. and Noke, J., (February 1997). The Influence of Posttreatment Mutual Help Group Participation on the Friendships Networks of Substance Abuse Patients. Retrieved from The Influence of Posttreatment Mutual Help Group Participation on the Friendship Networks of Substance Abuse Patients – Humphreys – 1997 – American Journal of Community Psychology – Wiley Online Library on 21 June 2023.