The Advantages of Rehab Alumni Programs
Seeking assistance is an obvious starting point for recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. It’s not always simple, but it’s always necessary. Since addiction is a disease, it is best to catch and treat it early on before it worsens, just as it would be with any other chronic ailment.
However, what about the follow-up care that is supposed to occur after the initial treatment? To truly heal, one must dedicate their life to the process. This is why having a group of friends or peers from your addiction treatment alumni group to lean on during recovery may be so helpful. This encouragement can even come from others who have been in your shoes before.
Remaining committed to your sobriety objectives is often aided by establishing contact with a program’s alumni network. An alumni program is the perfect way to take advantage of this environment and use your former housemates as a continued support system for your time after a treatment center.
Keep reading to find out more about what makes an effective rehab alumni program and how our offerings at Icarus Behavioral Health help clients connect and stay sober!
Creating an Emotional Support Network
After you complete time at a treatment center, your battle against drug abuse is just starting. You’re still in the initial stages of your recovery journey, and things like support groups and the way you maintain relationships become vital.
Just because treatment is over, this is only the beginning, and it takes a lifelong commitment not only during early recovery but throughout the process to remain successful.
What Is an Alumni Program?
Members of an addiction alumni program have all successfully completed treatment for their own addictions and are now using their experience to help others. The foundation of the philosophy is mutual aid among peers. The reasoning is straightforward: people who have successfully overcome their own addictions are in a prime position to help those still struggling with the disease.
These alums are familiar with the difficulties that can arise on the path to wellness. They have been where you are now, and they know how to help you through the difficulties. They can also serve as a source of information and encouragement for you during this time of recovery by answering any concerns you may have concerning the procedure.
What are the Benefits of Involvement as a Treatment Program Alumni?
Alumni programs are crucial components of the road to recovery. Now, let’s examine a few of the advantages that may arise with these programs in relation to addiction treatment:
A Strong Community
Making meaningful connections with like-minded people is the main motivation for joining an alumni program. Being with people who can relate to your struggles during recovery can be great to provide support for those who leave treatment.
Plenty of Resources
Alumni programs provide a wealth of information and connections to those who wish to sustain their recovery. Former program members may have easier access to:
- Relapse prevention meetings
- Shelter for individuals in need
- Courses that lead to employment or vocational training
Last but not least, alumni programs are fantastic for making people feel valued and appreciated. These programs create a welcoming space for people at any stage of their recovery.
Participating in an alumni program after completing treatment can be a great strategy to maintain sobriety and succeed in the long run. Getting started on a lifetime of wellness begins with a conversation with your medical provider about joining an alumni program.
The alumni program at Icarus Behavioral Health creates just such a community of sober friends and family, as well as a useful framework for those who are working to stay clean. Support on your road to wellness is available through alumni services. This is because every alum has been through the process of rehabilitation and can empathize with the temptations that arise after medically supervised detox and completion of related programs.
Why Should You Join an Alumni Program at Icarus Behavioral?
While we recognize that the road to recovery from addiction is unique for each individual, at Icarus Behavioral Health we also recognize the value of finding common ground with individuals who are walking a similar path. The job does not finish when addiction treatment does.
Our alumni program is a great approach to assure long-term success as you learn to live sober. The program provides a safe space to connect with others who are also clean and sober, and share and receive support while working through problems and obstacles. Some people place equal value on giving encouragement and guidance to others as they do on receiving it themselves.
Additionally, the program facilitates communication between those in recovery and others who have already gone through the process and may offer constructive feedback and support. These alums are a wealth of knowledge and experience, and they can serve as a pillar of support as you go forward in your career.
Engage In Discussion and Become Social!
When compared to the remainder of your life spent in sustained recovery from addiction, the duration of a treatment program for addiction is incredibly brief. We’ve created an alumni program that may evolve along with you as your sobriety and life together become more integrated.
Our committed alumni coordinator staff arranges events where you can network with people who have graduated and are now facing the challenges of the real world in a variety of ways.
Building Sober Relationships: Events to Help Enjoy Life Sober
However, we also want you to have fun with people who share your commitment to a sober way of life, so we encourage you to take advantage of these as well. Our alumni program will host events such as:
- Refreshing get-togethers for alumni are held often to network and generate new opportunities through the alumni fellowship.
- Accessible physical and digital resources for mental and physical wellness, with the added bonus of being easy to schedule around other commitments.
- Possibilities for engaging in drug-free social activities, such as attending and participating in local events and games.
- Coordinators who will plan and attend social gatherings and meetings to provide real-world support and guidance on an ongoing basis
An Alumni Program as Outstanding as Our Clients
In addition to our other aftercare offerings, the Icarus Behavioral Health Alumni Program is one more way that we keep our clients safe and supported even after they leave our facility.
Our Admissions staff would be pleased to arrange a time for you to meet with them and get a sneak peek at this program. Please contact us today if you are interested in discussing the program with our expert staff.
Whether for yourself or a loved one, reach out for a confidential call today and find out about the many benefits of joining our recovery family!