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March Is Alumni Spirit Month at Recovery Centers of America

Completing your addiction treatment program is an achievement worth celebrating. However, your recovery journey doesn’t end there. If anything, it’s only getting started. Recovery is a lifelong process that takes time, effort, and dedication. A treatment program alone cannot fix all the issues surrounding substance use; you need ongoing support in a safe and encouraging environment. That’s why Recovery Centers of America’s Alumni Association ensures those in recovery have the necessary resources, support, and inspiration throughout their entire recovery journey.  

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting people in recovery, the Alumni program at RCA organizes a range of activities and events that offer continued support, education, and camaraderie for our alumni community. These events provide a platform for those in recovery to connect with others who have shared experiences in life and at RCA. They provide recovering patients with a sense of community and belonging, which can be crucial in maintaining sobriety. To learn more about alumni events at RCA, email the team at [email protected]

The Importance of a Support System on Your Sobriety and Recovery 

About 40-60% of individuals impacted with substance use disorder relapse, and up to 85% of relapses happen within the first year of recovery.1 Studies have found that about 90% of individuals with alcohol addiction will relapse within four years.2 These numbers highlight the importance of aftercare upon completing a treatment program, and how crucial it is for those in recovery to access a support system, particularly when feeling overwhelmed or tempted to use it again.  

A robust support system is instrumental in the recovery process, acting as a foundational pillar for those navigating the path to a substance-free life. Incorporating a structured support system into your recovery plan yields tangible benefits. These include: 

  • Enhanced accountability – Regular interactions with peers and mentors who have traversed similar paths can reinforce your commitment to sobriety. 
  • Increased motivation – Celebrating milestones and acknowledging the hard work it takes to remain sober can boost your morale and drive you to continue. 
  • Strategies for coping – Access to a community facing similar struggles allows for the exchange of effective coping mechanisms and techniques. 
  • Relapse prevention – A support network provides immediate help and intervention, significantly reducing the likelihood of relapse. 
  • Constant encouragement – Having a group that cheers on your progress and supports you during setbacks can make all the difference in your recovery. 

At RCA, we know that addiction recovery requires a comprehensive approach. Our Alumni Association’s supportive community strengthens your journey to lasting sobriety. 

Participate in Our Alumni Spirit Month at RCA: Scheduled Events and Meetings 

The Alumni Association hosts a full calendar of events each month. Check out the calendar for March and beyond events here

How Do Our Events and Meetings Impact Our Alumni and Community Members? 

Most people maintain connections with those they were in treatment with. They get the chance to meet others who went through the same treatment but at a different time. RCA’s Alumni events and meetings create an opportunity for those in recovery to meet and interact with many others who completed rehab before, during, or after their time. The goal of these events is to help everyone achieve a sustained recovery and a brighter future.  

By providing a supportive community and opportunities for growth and self-discovery, RCA is committed to assisting individuals on their recovery journey. Here are ways these events and meetings help:  

  • Celebrate sobriety – Alumni recognition events by RCA provide a structured opportunity for individuals who have completed addiction treatment to celebrate their sobriety and reflect on their progress and accomplishments. Attending these events can be a powerful reminder of how far you’ve come since entering treatment and can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment in your journey.  
  • Maintain connections – These events provide a platform for you to stay connected with others in recovery. A supportive network of individuals who understand the unique challenges of addiction and recovery can provide comfort and encouragement, particularly during challenging times. Attending alumni events can also help you maintain a connection with the treatment center, which can be an essential resource for continued support and guidance in your recovery journey.  
  • Build a support network – The non-judgmental atmosphere of alumni events allows you to share your experiences openly and honestly without fear of being judged or criticized. This can be especially important if you still feel shame or stigma related to your addiction and can help to reduce social isolation and loneliness.  
  • Encouragement and motivation – One of the best aspects of alumni events is that they attract people at different stages of recovery. Some individuals are just fresh from treatment, while others have been sober for years. If you’re still new in recovery, these events at RCA can give you an opportunity to interact with those who have successfully navigated their recovery journey. This can be a source of inspiration and hope for you. It can help you see that recovery is possible and that you, too, can overcome your addiction and live a fulfilling life in sobriety. And if you’ve been sober for a while, you can still help others navigate recovery. Extending a friendly hand to others can give you a sense of belonging, purpose, and gratitude. Your commitment to recovery isn’t just to yourself but to others as well.  
  • Fosters continued growth – Recovery is an ongoing process, and our Alumni Association provides you with opportunities for continued growth and self-discovery. By staying engaged in the Alumni Association, you can continue to build on the foundation of your treatment experience.  

RCA’s Alumni Association exists to offer a safe and supportive environment. It provides many opportunities for those in recovery to connect in meaningful ways. From community-based and online support groups to monthly events and daily recovery meetings, a sober community is always ready and waiting for you. When you choose RCA, you can rest easy knowing your recovery is in good hands.  

Reach Out to Recovery Centers of America Today and Attend One of RCA’s Events or Meetings 

We encourage you to be a part of our Alumni Community at RCA. RCA has built a strong alumni community, and we would love for you to be part of it. If you’re interested in learning more about RCA’s Alumni Association, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Anyone in the recovery community, regardless of their affiliation to RCA, is welcome to join and participate in the Alumni Association. Anyone interested in receiving communications regarding alumni events and activities can sign up for our emails here

Sources:

1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction Treatment and Recovery

2. WebMD.com – Substance Abuse & Addiction Resource Center

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