What is True’s Alumni Program?
At True, we know how important the support of others can be when you’re readjusting to life after treatment. That’s why we’ve created an alumni program to connect you with a community that you can rely on when you need it most. Whether you’re struggling with cravings, need help reaching your recovery goals, or simply want to talk, an alumni program provides unconditional support no matter what you’re dealing with.
After leaving treatment, the first five years of recovery will be the hardest. During this time, you’re still mastering the key behaviors, lifestyle changes, and coping skills you’ve learned to stay sober, but this can be hard to do without support. An alumni program provides a lifeline to the kind of support you’ll need as you transition back into daily life, keeping you engaged and connected with peers who can help you navigate the pitfalls of early recovery.
In our alumni program at True, you’ll become part of a dedicated recovery community that provides ongoing support and services long after you leave treatment. You’ll stay connected with staff and a network of sober peers to strengthen your recovery, and you’ll be able to share your experiences with others on a similar path. No matter where you’re at in the recovery process, building up a strong support system through an alumni program can enhance your experience and help you maintain your sobriety for years to come.
Is the Alumni Program Right For Me?
At True, our alumni program is appropriate for anyone receiving or graduating from treatment. You can participate in the alumni program at any point during your recovery and don’t have to wait to benefit from the advice and guidance of those who have been there. Our alumni not only connect with and support fellow graduates of our treatment program but also sponsor new people to help them through the recovery process.
If you live out of state, our team will help you build a fellowship and connect you with other alumni in your area. Whether your recovery community is with us or through your own fellowship, our goal is to ensure that you have ongoing support after treatment and access to the groups, meetings, or sponsors you need to stay sober.
At True, we’ve seen time and time again how patients begin to thrive once they start establishing connections with their peers and become truly engaged in their recovery. Although your friends and family are a great source of support as you heal from addiction, they don’t always have a clear idea of what you’re going through. A dedicated recovery community is a powerful tool for staying on track long after treatment by connecting you with others who have had similar experiences. Your fellow alumni can provide valuable insights and advice to help you stay sober, and establishing healthy relationships adds another layer of support when times get tough. When you’re really struggling — whether due to stress, boredom, or powerful emotions — your peers can also help you stay positive, work through it and cope with triggers or cravings in a healthy way.
Other benefits of the alumni program at True Recovery include:
Meaningful advice and guidance
Opportunity to inspire others
Sense of community and fellowship
Referrals for sober living, counseling, etc.
What to Expect From the Alumni Program
The goal of the alumni program at True is to help you continue the growth and development you’ve achieved in treatment and maintain your sobriety after returning home. Whenever you need support, advice, or just want to socialize, you can get together with your alumni group to talk about whatever’s on your mind. Many find it comforting to talk to others who have walked the same path and frequently check in with sponsors and group members to strengthen their recovery. Our alumni program is full of opportunities for you to receive support when you need it and to help others overcome the same obstacles as you progress in your recovery. Participation is flexible, and you can take advantage of meetings, groups, and video calls as often as you’d like. There are also events, activities, and workshops that you can attend, and plenty of volunteer or service work opportunities to help you build confidence in your own abilities.
Some of the ways you can connect with your alumni group include:
- EAlumni meetings
- ERecovery support
- EStructured events
- EZoom meetings for remote support
- ESober activities
- ERelapse prevention
- EService work and volunteer opportunities