Alumni play an important role in the recovery process. Once their own recovery has been stabilized they can help others achieve the same. They are the living embodiments of the truth that recovery is possible. Alumni have lived through active addiction and are recovering from it. Their experience provides both hope and inspiration.

Helping others suffering from the same disease tends to strengthen their resolve in turn. This is the power of the recovery community. The ultimate stage in 12-Step programs involves carrying the message of recovery to other people with addiction and alumni events are the perfect vehicle for that task. Alumni activities reduce the likelihood of relapse for people in long-term recovery and fortify the resolve of those who have just started on their recovery journey.

Alumni programs are a form of aftercare for those interested in receiving ongoing support from others who went to the same rehab facility. Everyone who is a member of the program can give and receive support, which can reinforce sobriety and community. Patients can also remain in contact with the treatment staff from your specific program.

Recovery is not an event that happens once and you’re finished. Recovery is a process—a lifelong journey. When you leave treatment and transition back into your normal life, the real work of staying sober and leading a life of purpose has only just begun. It’s a tough transition for many and being able to rely on a network of alumni is a great benefit.