Being in an alumni group can be the key to long-term recovery success. Surrounding yourself with people also on the journey of recovery allows for a deep connection and support. It also allows you to keep in contact with people that you met through Clearview Girls Academy who have made a difference in your life. This can be the therapists and teachers or the peers you met who made the journey alongside you. It is important after leaving a recovery facility to never let yourself feel alone. Staying connected with the people you’ve met and the positive changes you have made will keep you on the right path.
Connection in an Alumni Group
Alumni groups are one of the top ways to stay connected while on your journey through recovery. Sometimes, the process of recovery and moving forward can leave you feeling isolated or alone. When you isolate, it is easier to fall back into old habits or begin to feel negative emotions. It is important to reach out to those who can understand best.
An alumni group is filled with people who have gone through your recovery with you and understand your struggles. You never have to fake feeling okay or worry that someone wouldn’t understand what you have been through. These groups make sure you don’t have to worry about feeling judged because you all have a common goal.
Creating or joining a group also allows you to keep in contact with your recovery team. Your team is an important part of your recovery continuation. This will allow you to practice the things you learned from your recovery center and be proactive and positive in recovery.
Positive Enforcement in an Alumni Group
Alumni groups can keep your mind focused on recovery. Rather than letting yourself sit at home or end up back in your triggering spaces, alumni groups can reinforce positive behavior after you have left Clearview Girls Academy. Succeeding and finishing your program was just the first step on the road to recovery. Now, it is time to focus on adapting these positive taught habits into daily life.
The things that you learn in your recovery facility are life-long skills for each stage of your growth and recovery. But sometimes, doing these things on your own may feel daunting or overwhelming. Alumni groups are a good way to receive passive enforcement on these positive skills and experience life with those you got into recovery with.
Your team does not stop being there for you when you leave. Maintaining a group is a good way to continue to grow your connection to your therapists, workers, and peers you got into recovery with. Alumni groups can find ways to keep you connected and doing good.
Volunteering and Events
Addiction and suffering can come with the side effect of feeling disconnected from society and your community. A good way to combat that is to do volunteer work. When you volunteer, you use your energy to give back to your community. Volunteering allows your brain to put active energy into something that will positively affect another, as well as your own life.
Being a volunteer can bring a sense of fulfillment to your life, which keeps your mind in a good place and your body active. When you are volunteering, it fulfills your heart and spirit. Alumni groups can facilitate volunteer activities for their members and support volunteering growth.
Another benefit of alumni groups is the access to a network of events. Whether this is volunteering or simply celebrations and activities, keeping yourself occupied with positive actions with positive folks is a way to stay focused on recovery.
Positive Peer Influence
One of the hardest things after adjusting back into life after a recovery facility is making sure you fill your life with positive influence. Maybe the peers or activities you had before would lead you back to your triggers now. When you decide to focus your life on recovery, staying clear of triggers and negative influences from your past is important.
An alumni group would allow you that structure to adjust to life without the immediate support of your facility. If you ever feel like you are struggling, there is a group of positive recovery-focused people just a call away. It keeps your eyes on the prize and makes sure the people you are surrounding yourself with have similar focuses.
Alumni groups allow you to stay connected with the people who helped you recover in the first place. This allows your life to be full of positive influence and encourages you to seek other similar relationships. As you see what a good friendship and group is, you are more likely to seek that out for yourself in other areas of life. The positive influence that alumni groups can have stretches to each part of your life.
Leaving a treatment program can be overwhelming as you adjust back into daily life and back into your old spaces. It can lead you to feel isolated and alone, which can perpetuate an unhealthy environment. Alumni groups can alleviate that burden and give you a safe space to vent and go through recovery together. It can help you to feel connected and give you events and volunteer work to fill your time with. They are a way to continue the recovery at home and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Clearview Girls Academy can help you organize and join an alumni group. Get in contact for your next steps at (888) 796-5484.