They say there’s strength in numbers. When it comes to fighting addiction, we need all the strength we can muster. That’s why Pathway to Hope’s alumni program offers support, community, and other benefits to our members as they start a new chapter in their lives.
There are many benefits to joining and participating in an alumni program after addiction treatment. Doing so keeps many people committed to their sobriety goals and connects them to others who are on the same path. When you know you have people to turn to who can relate to the struggles and joys of recovery, it can make life and the difficult moments easier to face.
One of the vital stages of treatment is the recovery process—a process that lasts well into the rest of the user’s life. Recovery is not just a part of treatment, but rather a way of life that needs to be nurtured daily. Plugging into a group of like-minded people who understand the ongoing struggle with substance abuse keeps your focus on your recovery and helps keep you accountable.
Pathway to Hope’s alumni program is peer-run and supported by our nationally known professional counseling staff. It is among the most active alumni groups in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Many of our members have remained sober for several years while some have abstained from substances for decades. Wherever you are on the recovery spectrum, there is a spot for you here.
Our alumni group at Pathway to Hope is about support, education, responsibility, and reintegration. We offer clients an immersive and comprehensive alumni program that gives people the tools they need to have a successful recovery. We also give them a detailed aftercare treatment plan so they can avoid a return to alcohol or drug use, which is known as a relapse.
Relapse commonly happens in addiction treatment. We don’t view it is a personal failure, but we also know that relapse doesn’t have to be how your story ends. Our alumni program is one of the best relapse prevention tools there is for the recovery process. The relapse prevention exercises we offer were created solely with the intention of helping everyone in recovery by surrounding them with others who are facing many of the same challenges or experiences.
Studies also have shown the longer one remains sober in recovery, the more unlikely they are to return to addiction. We believe it is important for clients who have finished treatment to surround themselves with others who are abstaining from addictive substances.
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Taking part in different activities while in recovery—such as being active in the community, having several hobbies, or even concentrating on work—helps keep the person focused on other things, lessening the chance of a relapse.
Staying busy also helps one avoid those early temptations that often come immediately after treatment ends.
However, if you can successfully overcome that period of temptation, the road to recovery only gets easier and easier.
That’s the goal of our alumni program. We help those who are new to recovery participate in various activities—not by themselves—but with others who are also going through the same crisp new phase in their lives.
Find Your Strengths: Part of living your life in recovery successfully requires you to gain a thorough understanding of your strengths and use them.
Find Your Weaknesses: Part of using all your strengths is the ability to narrow down and be honest about your weaknesses; only then can you stay away from addiction.
Analyze Your Friends: Once you exit treatment, make sure your friends and associates are compatible and supportive of your sobriety goals and new life.
Manage Your Problems: By being around other prior users and alumni, managing and better dealing with your problems become easier with their support.
Anger Issues: Issues with anger seem to be prevalent among many in recovery. The alumni program gives its members the tools to learn how to handle their emotions and difficult situations.
Attitude Analysis: Another important part of living life in recovery is knowing how to deal with one’s attitude and demeanor. We offer different classes to help our alumni.
Living Life in Recovery
Life in recovery is also known in certain circles as the “second step to treatment.”
Part of living in recovery requires the individual to practice mindfulness and remember that there are certain precautions they must now take to maintain sobriety. It is often difficult for prior users to overcome an addiction that when they fail to remain sober, they risk placing themselves back with the same situation they were in before entering treatment. In many cases, a complete change of environment is conducive to helping those in recovery.
The journey out of addiction and into sobriety hardly ends once treatment is over. In fact, once in recovery, the journey out of addiction has only begun. Our alumni program can help our clients ensure their recovery stays on track with continuous and periodical care after treatment.
One of the most positively reported experiences by people in treatment and those using our alumni program are the reinforced bonds and friendships that last a lifetime. Both parties benefit from fellowship while in recovery.
Living life in recovery and after treatment means now is the time to start fresh. Make sure life in recovery remains at its optimal level and avoid the possibility of relapse by joining our alumni program.
Pathway to Hope’s alumni program can make the process of recovery tremendously easier by giving those in recovery different options as to what to spend their time doing. From exploring employment opportunities to being more actively involved with all the charity and fundraising exercises conducted by Pathway to Hope, the options are endless! What matters most is the drive behind those who use our alumni program. The more involved those in recovery are, the less likely they are to relapse.
We hold weekly meetings and social outings, and our clients can choose how much they want to participate. We are also active on social media. Click here to join our Facebook group. Our staff is available 24/7 for any questions you might have.