Recovery is rooted in having a strong support system, so it makes sense that an alumni program would be beneficial for both those in treatment as well as graduates. Here we take a look at a few reasons why you might want to add joining an alumni program to your list of recovery to-dos:

Strength in numbers: Recovery isn’t something you need to do alone. At every stage, having sober supports in place will make it that much easier to survive and thrive. What’s more, while your recovery journey is highly individualized, sobriety is also about community. An alumni program allows you to stay connected to recovery peers and contribute to the success of those in earlier stages of recovery.

Accountability: Unfortunately, relapse is a very real part of addiction. An alumni program can help reduce your risk by minimizing isolation and boredom, which are often relapse triggers. Most alumni programs provide weekly meetings and a host of activities and events designed to let graduates have fun and let loose in a supportive and sober way. In addition, there is a certain sense of accountability that comes with acting in an almost mentor role for people who are in early recovery or have recently completed rehab.

Service: A big part of working the 12-step program is getting sober so you can help someone else lead a sober life – and an alumni program will help you do just that. You’ll be able to welcome and support a newcomer to the world of sobriety and you’ll be helping to ensure your own lasting sobriety at the same time.

Ask About Our Alumni Engagement Program
At Guardian IOP, we understand that recovery is an ongoing process and so we strive to provide ample opportunities for our extensive, alumni community to connect. Whether you are ready to take the first step toward lasting sobriety or looking to connect with fellow Guardian IOP alumni, call us today: 855-517-1871.


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Anna earned her Masters of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL in 2017 and completed her internship in co-occurring disorders. Anna has a Bachelors of Art in Religious Studies from Naropa University and is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Anna has received specialized training in somatic counseling with an emphasis on body-centered psychotherapy.