Staying On Track After Treatment
You have likely learned during the treatment process that recovery is a long-term, actually lifelong, journey. That means recovery does not end after treatment, no matter how successful. Immediately after treatment, you may find yourself referred to a sober or halfway house and encouraged to attend AA or NA, 12-step and intensive IOP / outpatient programs. The purpose of these aftercare programs are to reinforce the principles learned during treatment and help you adapt to your new life without substances of abuse.
It may be months, years or even decades since a client has lived on their own without their substance abuse and the transition can be difficult. We aim to make it easier.
While your aftercare schedule may seem full already, there is one more critical part of post treatment recovery that we encourage all of our clients to participate in. The Destination Hope Alumni Program
The Destination Hope alumni program meets three times a week and builds on the relationships and concepts you learn during your stay and treatment with us. One of the most gratifying parts of our program is that many of our clients can continue to develop the camaraderie that they had during treatment. Getting together up to three times a week can strengthen bonds that were first formed within treatment and can help you get back on your feet more quickly.
During our alumni meetings you will discuss a wide range of topics. This discussion will be as diverse as the group attending. The topics and progression of the conversation will be fluid, as many of the attendees will be sharing stories of their lives as well as successes or challenges they have faced recently. Some key concepts that will be covered during alumni support groups include:
- Relationships. Developing healthy relationships and discarding toxic ones is among the most important long-term paths to sobriety. One of the hardest aspects of recovery is eliminating the bad influences from our lives – they tend to be close friends, sometimes even relatives. During our alumni support group, clients will typically share their experiences and strategies to help us all choose better relationships in the future.
- Sharing both the ups and downs of posttreatment life is extremely helpful not only for the person receiving that information, but also for the person sharing it. There is rarely a scenario that has not been experienced and overcome by someone else and getting others’ perspectives is very helpful in understanding how to move forward with your own challenges.
- Attending alumni support group is also great way to network with other people who live in your area and have similar experiences. Widening the circle of your friends not only creates a larger support group on which to rely, but these new friends and acquaintances can help you move forward in your career or otherwise
Ryan James (RJ) was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania called Nanticoke. He grew up a musician and an athlete, playing sports and skateboarding all through high school and playing in a band on the weekends.
In 2013, he went to treatment in Florida, entered the halfway house process and worked a program of recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous in West Palm Beach, FL. Today, he is enrolled in college, looking to further his education.
“I’m hoping that I get to meet you at the many events that we have planned for the future. In addition, I’d like to invite you to our Thursday night alumni meeting at 6:00 p.m. every week. If you would like to speak further or need help with anything at all, please contact me.”
Please feel free to contact Ryan at (954) 701-4583 or email@example.com
Sunday Nights AT 6PM
This is a great way for our alumni to stay connected to Destination Hope and gain the support of peers. All alumni are welcome, both recent Destination Hope graduates and those who have been in the process of recovery for some years now. After the meeting, alumni have the opportunity to stay and participate in a 12-step recovery meeting with current Destination Hope clients.
Tuesday Nights At 6PM
Former clients and their families are welcome to come back to Destination Hope for family night meetings. Our alumni and their families, along with the families of our current clients, are welcome to participate and receive peer support, while becoming more educated and knowledgeable about the disease of addiction. Let’s always remember that family is a great support for the client and their process.
Last Sunday Of the Month, 6-8 PM
Refreshments will be served while we honor and celebrate clean time milestones and alumni anniversaries. Please contact Lisa Guerrieri at (954) 257-5299 if you plan on celebrating with us.