Lifetime Support for Destination Hope Alumni
You’ve finally completed treatment, congratulations! It might have seemed impossible just 30, 60 or 90 days ago, but you did it. You managed to get through weeks of therapy with some great achievements under your belt including:
- Opening up to your therapist, whom, before treatment was a complete stranger
- Working with the behavioral techs to make the most of your recovery
- Living in an apartment with a bunch of guys or girls you didn’t know that may one day, or already, be your closest friends
You may currently be attending IOP three nights a week, all the while juggling a job and 12 Step meetings. How and why should you attend the alumni program?
More often than not the addict or alcoholic fresh out of treatment has a difficult time finding out where he or she “fits in.” For the most part, your friends are all people from your former life of active addiction. Association with these people from your past usually results in a swift return to abusing substances.
Even though the programs at both N. A. and A. A. implore the newcomer to avoid old people, places and things, there is not much said in the way of a viable process to replace what is comfortable and familiar. Attending an alumni program can help bridge that gap and give you the opportunity and tools to practice social skills which were all but forgotten due to active addiction. Equally important is the camaraderie found in the alumni program. Having similar experiences in treatment and now in early recovery can make all the difference when relating to and trusting others.
What We Discuss
The range of topics discussed at alumni meetings is as diverse as our members and their particular circumstances in this phase of their life. There is a strong emphasis on relapse prevention, but anything that might affect a person in recovery can be brought up. Listed below are just a few topics we cover to give you an idea.
- Relationships – this is always a hot topic, whether to get into or leave one or how things are progressing in a current relationship.
- How well one is doing since transitioning to a less restrictive environment.
- Networking- one never knows who might be in the room, your future boss might be sitting right next to you. Alumni meetings can be an invaluable source of information as members talk about jobs availability, training that is available, opportunities for higher education, and meetings and clean/sober events going on in the area.
Many of the long term benefits of alumni attendance revolve around this all-important sense of belonging and knowing that there are indeed others in the same position ready and willing to help.