Studies have shown that taking an active role in an alumni group after completing a residential treatment program is an important tool in preventing the possibility of a relapse. Taking the initiative to avoid a relapse increases one’s chances for long-term recovery success.
One of the most important stages of receiving treatment from addiction 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—a way of life that needs to be attended to and nurtured.
A mistake struggling users make when first entering substance abuse or addiction treatment is in assuming that the treatment in and of itself will be the final solution for their problem. Many are often unaware that—if not accounting for life in recovery—treatment never truly ends; one just gets a better handle on it. Our alumni program is one of the best relapse prevention tools there is for the recovery process.
Currently, Pathway to Hope’s alumni program is actually the most active in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Many of our alumni have remained sober for several years, some for even decades. Clients who have been a part of our alumni group have participated in activities that have been known to help enormously in preventing relapse and assisting those in recovery.
Research has shown the longer one remains clean and sober in recovery, the more unlikely they are to return to addiction. This may seem like wishful thinking, but studies have shown that after five years of sobriety, the likelihood of a relapse drops dramatically for a recovering person compared with someone who has been sober for only one year. In fact, this makes more sense when one realizes that time spent in recovery and sobriety is exponential. This means the more one remains in recovery, the easier it is to combat cravings or temptations that might lure others back into the arms of addiction.
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. However, if you can successfully overcome that period of temptation, the road to recovery only gets easier and easier. That is the goal of our alumni program. It helps those freshly in recovery to participate in different activities—not by themselves—but with others who are also going through the same crisp new phase in their lives.
Part of living your life in recovery effectively requires that you get a thorough understanding of your own strengths and use them.
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.
Once out of treatment, making sure your friends around you are compatible and conducive to recovery is vital for success.
By being around other prior users and alumni, managing and better dealing with your problems become easier with their support.
Issues with anger seem to be prevalent among many in recovery. The alumni program gives its members the tools to learn how to handle difficult situations.
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.