When patients leave rehab, they do so with something in common with everyone else who ever left rehab. They have successfully finished treatment and have a chance for a lasting recovery. As a reminder of who they are, some former patients enjoy membership in an alumni program. It’s a great way for people to come together to express their feelings about recovery and be supportive of one another.
The Value of an Alumni Program
In most cases, patients work very hard during treatment. They do so because they realize it’s the only way to stop their suffering from addiction. When they exit rehab, they usually leave with a great deal of pride and a sense of accomplishment. They also leave a little unsure of the future and their ability to stay clean and sober.
A good alumni program has great value for recovering patients who want to stay connected to other patients and the facility. As the saying goes, “there’s great comfort in numbers.” Any type of alumni engagement represents an opportunity for members to remember they are not alone. That’s a very important aspect of recovery from addiction.
Prior to treatment, most addiction sufferers feel alone in their disease. After speaking with other patients in group therapy, they start to feel a sense of camaraderie with the other patients. That’s a very healthy thing for them to experience. Alumni programs feed off that camaraderie to develop a strong addiction recovery community. Why is that important? There’s nothing more powerful than watching one recovering individual offering help to another. That’s the real value of these types of programs.
Alumni Engagement – The Programs and Events
When people in recovery come together outside of rehab, they will likely mention life in recovery. It’s important for them to have the opportunity to commensurate with one another. In some cases, the alumni will know some of the other members from group sessions in rehab. An alumni program is a great source of support for anyone who might still be struggling in recovery.
It’s a wonderful thing that a top rehab group like the Gateway Foundation has former patients throughout the country. Special alumni events offer a great chance for people with different backgrounds to come together in unity.
As for the programs and events, there’s a lot of options at the disposal of the people running these programs. A prime example would be special workshops. Such events would give alumni the opportunity to come together to work on issues involving recovery. How wonderful would it be to see a bunch of alumni working together on the 12 Steps of Recovery?
Of course, dances and parties are another great option. These kinds of events could actually be useful for showing people it is possible to attend parties without drinking or drugs. It supports the contention people in recovery can enjoy the same things as “normies.” Above all, a good alumni program will give members an opportunity to be proud of what they have achieved.
The Gateway Foundation’s Commitment to Patient Recovery
At the Gateway Foundation, we hold a lifelong commitment to our alumni. We did the work we did as counselors and clinicians because we wanted to help patients find recovery. When they finish treatment, our vesting in the patient’s welfare continues because we care. Our alumni engagement programs support that very contention. For the patient’s part, we want them to participate as alumni at the same level they did as patients. For new potential alumni, here’s a list of what to expect from our Gateway Chicago River North Outpatient facility:
- Outpatient and intensive outpatient services
- Withdrawal management
- CBT, DBT, and Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Mindfulness sobriety
- LGBTQ+ friendly
- 12-step integration
- Commitment therapy
From the information we provided above, it should be clear how much Gateway Foundation cares about our patients. Our alumni program offers them an opportunity to come together and celebrate recovery. If we can help you with your addiction problem, we would be proud to include you as a future alumni. For more information, please call Gateway Foundation Chicago River North Outpatient at 312.464.9451.