Get Involved With Your Local RCA Alumni Association
Your path to recovery doesn’t stop when you leave Recovery Centers of America, it is only the beginning. Recovery from a substance use disorder is ongoing and finding a support system is critical.
One of the best ways you can sustain and support long-term recovery is to become involved in the RCA Alumni Association. From alumni recovery meetings and chapter planning meetings, to speaking with current patients and attending Alumni Association events, there are many opportunities to help others who want to maintain long-term recovery.
Supporting others in recovery is also a great way to promote your own recovery efforts. Assisting others keeps you grounded and creates opportunities to reconnect with like-minded individuals and groups.
The Alumni Association is here to support you along your journey to recovery. To learn more about how you can get involved, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and your Alumni Coordinator will happily help get you connected.
Stay Committed & Connected
The time our patients spend with us in our residential drug and alcohol rehab programs at RCA is only the beginning of a lifelong recovery journey. Staying connected with recovery and others who have shared similar experiences in life and at RCA can increase your chances of successful sobriety.
Our patients join the RCA family from day 1. While you are in our care, your main focus is on achieving sobriety and recovery and you are surrounded by a warm and supportive community of peers, therapists, nurses and more. Upon leaving RCA, it is important that you know that this community stays with you. The video shown highlights the important role the RCA Alumni Association plays in helping our patients maintain sobriety and recovery. Active addiction is isolating, but successful recovery can’t be. When you come to RCA, you are no longer alone.
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Recovery Support—Everywhere You Go
The science of addiction tells us just how important it is for individuals in recovery to have access to their support network when they’re feeling overwhelmed or tempted to use. The Alumni Association provides an opportunity for you to meet new people, try new things, and see new places with your support network.
As a part of our mission, the Alumni Association provides alumni, families, and friends the opportunity to exchange people, places, and things that fed their addiction with new people, places, and things that won’t trigger relapse and will sustain long-term recovery. This will be done through social, cultural, educational, and spiritual events.
After evidence-based treatment, Recovery Support Services are vital to long term recovery. An essential benefit of treatment is matching the patient up with a strong regional alumni network to bond with after “graduating” from inpatient and outpatient care”
RCA Alumni Association Team Members
The Alumni Team at Recovery Centers of America knows that getting in service and finding fulfillment in recovery often go hand-in-hand. Therefore, we would like to encourage you to check out the many volunteer opportunities we have here at RCA and make a commitment not only to your peers but to yourself and your recovery.
We can only keep what we have by giving it away.”
pg. 35 Basic Text, Narcotics Anonymous
There are many ways you can get in service through the Alumni Association here at Recovery Centers of America, you are sure to find an opportunity that best suits your needs and your recovery.
- Alumni H&I Meetings
- In Person Alumni Meetings
- Chats with Patients
- Virtual Meetings
- Community Volunteering
If you are interested in one of the volunteer opportunities listed above, please reach out to your site’s Alumni Coordinator who will happily work with you to find a commitment that is in line with your goals in recovery.
A: Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” explains that one of our most basic needs as human beings is to feel a sense of belonging. Creating a strong bond with others can increase happiness and overall satisfaction with life and helps manage stress. Whether you have 10 days or 10 years in recovery, making and maintaining connections with likeminded individuals will help you find fulfillment in your new, sober life. Remember, active addiction is isolating, but recovery doesn’t have to be!
A: In order to foster the strong relationships built in treatment and celebrate the unique culture present at each site, our Alumni Association chapters follow a facility-centered model, meaning that after discharge, you will become an alumnus of the site you visited. If you visited more than one site, we welcome you to choose the chapter of the site nearest you, or the site in which you have the strongest connection to. Currently, we have Alumni Association chapters at all of our sites:
- RCA at Danvers – Danvers, MA
- RCA at Westminster – Westminster, MA
- RCA at Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN
- RCA at St. Charles – St. Charles, IL
- RCA at Lighthouse – Mays Landing, NJ
- RCA at Raritan Bay – South Amboy, NJ
- RCA at Monroeville – Monroeville, PA
- RCA at Devon – Devon, PA
- RCA at Capital Region – Waldorf, MD
- RCA at Bracebridge Hall – Earleville, MD
A: Because each chapter is run by our alumni, there are plenty of opportunities to get in service. Whether you wish to chair a meeting, commit to a speaking engagement, mentor newly discharged alumni, or plan one of our exciting events, volunteering your time can strengthen your own individual recovery. Each chapter of the Alumni Association organizes a planning committee to discuss plans for upcoming events and meetings. Events can range anywhere from museum tours and paint nights to kayaking and bowling.
A: Whether you spent 1 day or 30 days with us, when you leave RCA, you are automatically considered alumnus. We also recognize that the relationships you have with family and friends can become strained during active addiction, and that rebuilding these relationships in recovery is key for long term success. Studies show that social support from family and friends has been consistently found to predict positive outcomes, which is why our Alumni Association encourages loved ones to also take part.
A: Before leaving RCA, if you chose to receive Alumni Association information, you will automatically be sent information about all alumni happenings, either by email or text. You can also check our alumni webpage to see what’s happening and register for events.
A: If you’re struggling, PLEASE reach out! You can call our Alumni Office at (484) 654-9981 , or touch base with your Alumni Coordinator. We are here to support you in any way we can as you learn how to live your new life in recovery.