Recovery can be intimidating for clients who are just starting treatment. This new stage of life puts clients in a position where they must begin to welcome new people into their lives. Those people include therapists, doctors, specialists, and other recovery clients. It can feel overwhelming to allow these new people into one’s life, especially when revealing personal details. However, First Steps Recovery’s Alumni program makes letting people in feel easier.
The alumni program at First Steps Recovery emphasizes the importance of community building in recovery. Having a close-knit group of clients who encourage and support each other in the recovery journey helps everyone involved persist with their healing. First Steps Recovery’s alumni members offer hope for the future when new clients are starting their recovery journeys. Alumni members remind them that they are not alone and that addiction does not have to encapsulate one’s entire life.
What Is First Steps Recovery’s Alumni Program?
First Steps Recovery’s alumni program is also known as extended support. Clients who have completed their original duration of treatment are invited and encouraged to return and continue healing in a supportive environment. The program assists clients as they make the transition from treatment back into their normal routines outside of the facility.
The alumni program offers aftercare services as well. This includes group therapy, individual therapy, and relapse-prevention skill-building. The program is catered toward those looking for tools as they move on to the next phase of their recovery journey. This is an ongoing program that clients can join at any time after their original treatment program. The alumni program fulfills the full spectrum of care at First Steps Recovery.
First Steps Recovery’s alumni program also motivates clients to continue engaging with one another. Community is a huge element of addiction recovery, and the alumni program helps clients stay together even as they transition into new phases of their lives.
How Do First Steps Recovery’s Alumni Offer Hope for New Clients?
Alumni groups and programs are recovery support services that help clients sustain positive thinking and behavioral changes. First Steps Recovery’s alumni can serve as beacons of hope for new clients. Many clients share similar life experiences, and knowing that there is an alum who has persevered through treatment and is actively sober can be motivational. Clients sometimes feel isolated when they first start treatment, but alumni show them that they are not alone and that people have been in their shoes before.
Alumni not only convey a sense of hope but also promote community. Community is one of the four major dimensions of recovery. This community can be built throughout one’s treatment program, but it can also be further developed with alumni support. New clients can see the support coming to them from the alumni group members and recognize that recovery does not have to be an isolated journey. On the contrary, clients can see the importance of community as alumni lift each other up and support each other through every step of recovery.
First Steps Recovery’s alumni members also help clients visualize their recovery and healing journeys. Clients can see the amount of people who have persevered and successfully completed treatment. Clients can talk with alumni about their journeys, take advice, and listen to their stories about recovery.
Community at First Steps Recovery
First Steps Recovery values and prioritizes community. From group therapy to holistic group practices to the alumni program, clients are encouraged to make recovery communal. In group therapy sessions, clients are welcome to share and exchange their life experiences with one another. This is not only to improve listening and overall communication skills but to also offer support and perspectives to encourage further progress. The alumni program acts as a model for this as well.
First Steps Recovery’s alumni have already developed these kinds of communication skills and can dive deeper into their relationships with one another. New clients can see this type of community and use elements they have observed in their own therapy sessions. After all, an important element of community at First Steps Recovery is creating and strengthening friendships with one another. During treatment, clients may be complete strangers to one another and may be hesitant to open up to each other. This is entirely normal. Throughout recovery and different therapy sessions (clinical or holistic), clients learn how to trust one another and develop relationships with each other. Seeing alumni do this can be motivational and inspiring.
As clients transition out of their primary treatment program and become part of First Steps Recovery’s alumni program, they start to connect with other alumni. Clients can form connections with others who are living a life of sobriety. This sober community is crucial for sustaining sobriety long-term. The alumni program also keeps clients from self-isolation. Even the smallest amount of connection with others serves as motivation to continue leading a sober life.
Here at First Steps Recovery, we value community and prioritize it throughout each step of treatment. When clients first start treatment, they often feel isolated and are hesitant to make connections with others. This does not have to be the case. From the start of treatment in group therapy to the alumni program that offers continuous care for all clients, developing relationships with others is encouraged. The alumni program, specifically, serves as an image of hope for new clients entering treatment. Clients can visualize their recovery journeys through these alumni and connect with them as a form of support. To learn more about the alumni program and community, please call us at (844) 489-0836.