The recovery support alumni groups offered at Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers are a valuable resource that both current and past clients are welcome to take part in. Our alumni meetings are gender-specific. And they take place in Sanford’s residential homes, situated in the Heritage Hill District of Grand Rapids.
Recovery Support for Alumni and Clients …
At Sanford we understand that addiction is a chronic disease. Which means that it is not “curable”. And individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) benefit from ongoing support after treatment.
The alumni meetings are one of things I am most proud of at Sanford. We implemented our weekly recovery-support meetings with the hope of providing support to both alumni and current clients, while reducing stigma and offering a safe-space for the individuals we serve to connect with one another in a therapeutic environment. Rae Rabideau, MS
Our alumni meetings allow past clients to stay involved in the recovery community. And they also provide ongoing support for those who want to stay connected after treatment. Past clients of Sanford also benefit from receiving feedback and support from staff and current clients. Especially, because meetings take place in the homes where many of their recovery journeys began.
Welcome back …
Some of our past clients simply enjoy the camaraderie and attend our alumni meetings weekly. Others come sporadically when they feel they need the additional support. Our clients learn on “Day 1” of treatment that they are welcome to come back to Sanford after their episode of care for weekly recovery support groups. In addition to the weekly recovery support meetings offered, the Sanford Alumni Program also hosts other activities such as family picnics, bowling, and sporting event outings.
Not only do our past clients find value in our weekly alumni meetings, but our current clients benefit greatly from hearing about the experiences of others further along in recovery. During our Recovery Support Alumni Meetings, our current clients get to hear from past residents about the challenges they have faced in early recovery. They also get advice on how to cope with stressors without returning to substance use.
Benefits of the Sanford Alumni Program:
- Staying connected to the recovery community
- Fosters accountability
- Allows for smooth transition between treatment and daily life
- Provides support, encouragement, and access to other recovery-related resources
- Promotes development and maintenance of a recovery support network
- Continues to offer opportunities for continuing-education through Outpatient classes
The Sanford Alumni Program’s core objectives include helping individuals stay connected, build community, provide and receive support, and reduce stigma. And last but certainly not least, recovery support alumni activities foster friendships and fun in recovery!