Alumni Program | Pathway to Hope

Alumni Program

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.

There are several reasons to join our alumni group. Our members:

Research has shown the longer you remain clean and sober in recovery, the more unlikely you 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 you realize that time spent in recovery and sobriety is exponential. This means the more you remain 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 you 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.

Create a Relapse Plan

  • Find Your Strengths

    Part of living your life in recovery effectively requires that you get a thorough understanding of your own 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 out of treatment, making sure your friends around you are compatible and conducive to recovery is vital for success.

  • 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 difficult situations.

  • Attitude Analysis

    Another important part of living life in recovery is knowing how to deal with your attitude and demeanor. We offer different classes to help our alumni.

Living Life in Recovery

Alumni Program

Research has shown that individuals living life in recovery exhibit higher levels of reported happiness and lower levels of depression than the average U.S. population. While these numbers probably have several different variables to factor in, the main meaning behind it is overwhelmingly positive, regardless of how one looks at it. Life in recovery is also known in certain circles as the “second step to treatment.” Part of living life in recovery requires that you now live life with certain precautions and nuances in mind. It is often so difficult to overcome an addiction that when you fail to remain sober, you risk placing yourself back within the same situation you were in before ever entering treatment. In many cases, a complete change of environment is conducive to helping those in recovery.

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    Continuing Care

    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. By utilizing our alumni program, you help ensure that your recovery stays on track with continuous and periodical care after treatment.

  • lasting friendships

    Lasting Friendships

    Some of the most positively reported experiences by those in treatment and those using our alumni program are the reinforced bonds and friendships that last a lifetime and help both parties while in recovery.

  • fresh start

    Fresh Start

    Living life in recovery and after treatment means now is the time to start life anew and start fresh. Make sure life in recovery remains at its optimal level and avoid the possibility of relapse using our alumni program.

Pathway to Hope’s alumni program can make the process of recovery much easier by giving those in recovery different options for how to spend their time. From exploring employment opportunities to being more actively involved with all of 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. Research has shown the more involved those in recovery are, the less likely they are to relapse back into the throes of addiction.

Pathway to Hope offers an immersive and comprehensive alumni program to assist you, giving you a detailed aftercare treatment plan in a concentrated effort to avoid relapse. Our alumni program is peer-run and supported by our nationally-known professional counseling staff. If you are leaving treatment, it is important for you to surround yourself with others who are now living life sober and substance-free.

Our alumni groups here at Pathway to Hope are about support, education, responsibility, and reintegration. The relapse prevention exercises under our alumni program were created solely with the intention of helping your recovery journey by surrounding you with others who are struggling through very similar battles. We hold weekly meetings as well as social outings, allowing you to choose how much you want to participate. Our staff is available 24-7 for any questions you might have. Call us today at (844) 557-8575.