Perhaps the most crucial moment of one’s residential treatment stay in a drug and alcohol treatment facility is the moment of graduation. Although usually regarded as an isolated event, or as an end in itself, graduation is in fact but a phase. It’s a transitional phase that will test and bring to bear everything the addict leaving treatment has thus far achieved. Graduation is not an ending. Rather, it is a transition from structured, in-house treatment, into a larger world of greater challenges and growing autonomy. and that’s why our alumni program is an integral part of our treatment.
As such, ARC’s rehab alumni program has three primary functions. Two that are technically clinical and one that addresses significant therapeutic concerns.
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Unique to ARC’s treatment strategies is utilizing the social aspects of the aftercare setting in addition to the socialization process that occurs while in our residential program. Addiction is in part a disease of isolation. The addict isolates themselves and also ends up isolating loved ones, friends, and family. The social component of addiction treatment is vitally important, without which treatment cannot occur. The group must be used to organically create an environment where a chemically dependent person learns to express feelings, process emotions, and successfully resolve conflicts. The addict must essentially learn to develop and maintain healthy relationships that will be crucial to long-term recovery. If successful, the social element of recovery is a blue-print for the recovering addict. He or she will carry it with them from rehab into daily sober life.
The first function is simply to act as a comprehensive tool for relapse prevention. This provides a safety net for alumni embarking on their first, post-residential projects and fulfilling emerging ambitions.
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The second function is social and addresses issues of isolation, accountability, and increasing stability with regard to long-term sobriety. These are issues which must be addressed to foster ongoing growth, continued awareness, and abstinence. The social, therapeutic features of ARC’s rehab alumni program provide our graduating residents a social milieu where they can deepen the friendships created in residential treatment. It should also provide hem with a safe, secure environment in which to continue practicing problem-solving and conflict resolution. And it should also provide a safe forum where they can process events and feelings that often leave the graduated addict befuddled.
These social, therapeutic features of ARC’s rehab alumni program are absolutely indispensable to fostering the changes our residents explored during their residential stay. And the sense of belonging and community that accompanies participation in our alumni program is often the very services required to help new graduates remain abstinent. Indeed, this aspect of ARC’s aftercare services is an integral component of our guiding principles.
From this vantage point, ARC’s rehab alumni program is an invaluable tool that utilizes the power of the group and family therapy program. It normalizes the unique experiences that are generated by the transition out of primary care back into civilian life. Ultimately, ongoing clinical treatment at this stage advances at the pace of the participants. This means that the issues discussed among our alumni are based primarily on the person’s individual level of insight in addition to the new responsibilities they have acquired. Most people at this stage have gained significant insights into the areas they need to work on. The clinical treatment is targeted to meet people where they are regarding their level of awareness about these issues.
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The third function of ARC’s alumni program is to provide a flexible array of clinical modalities of treatment. These meet the ever-shifting priorities, issues, and concerns that our alumni contend with. One of the unique tools ARC utilizes for our alumni is our 24/7 crisis counseling hotline. This allows each Alumnus to have telephone sessions with a licensed therapist as needed. They can process issues that might compromise their ability to stay clean and sober.
In addition to crisis counseling, the alumni program serves as a buffer between graduates and the inevitable situations that arise and potentially become stressful or derail them. An example of this is providing a safe environment that helps recovering addicts get through the holidays. This problem can be especially trying for people who are newly sober or recently graduated. Negative feelings and isolation peak during the holiday season based on each individual’s association with that specific occasion. A unique component of ARC’s Los Angeles rehab center aftercare services includes the opportunity for our alumni to participate in group activities during major holidays.
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Although ARC’s alumni program services do not use a phase system, they break down into categories. Each category represents some configuration of traits or issues that require ongoing attention. As stated previously, some of these services are clinical and involve implementing some therapeutic modality of treatment. Other services are oriented to the social aspect of treatment just cited. To find out about ARC and just how the alumni program works call 866-256-0051.