The Laguna Rehab Alumni Program
Recovery is a life-long endeavor. After treatment ends, people with substance use disorder often need continued support.1
A supportive network of sober peers and mentors can greatly improve treatment outcomes,2 which is why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains that “community” is one of the .3
This page will go over Laguna’s addiction recovery alumni program, the services provided, and how peer support after treatment can benefit long-term recovery.
Community of Alumni Recovering Everywhere (CARE)
The Community of Alumni Recovering Everywhere (CARE) program enables former patients to remain connected to their peers in recovery, share important milestones, receive helpful information, and more.
Each patient at Laguna meets with a coordinator to facilitate entry into this rehab alumni program, the features of which include:
- Access to the CARE app.
- Invitations to alumni events.
- Access to weekly alumni Zoom meetings.
Our Alumni App: Your Recovery Connection
The CARE app—available to all Laguna rehab alumni—is equipped with many features that enable former patients to:
- Connect with peers in the supportive alumni community.
- Receive support from peer engagement specialists.
- Track their recovery progress.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Participate in wellness challenges.
- Read recovery-related content.
Alumni Meetings & Speakers
Laguna hosts periodical events and weekly meetings that are a great way for people in recovery to maintain connections and focus on their sobriety. Details are provided in the sections below.
Weekly Virtual AAC Global Alumni Meetings
Weekly meetings can be invaluable for people in recovery.2 American Addiction Centers (AAC)—the company that operates Laguna Treatment Center—hosts a weekly Zoom meeting open to any AAC alumni.
Alumni Speaker Events
Laguna periodically hosts alumni speakers at the facility, relaying their experiences in recovery and offering insight.
Being a speaker is a compelling and rewarding experience. If you wish to speak at one of these events, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Events & Outings
Addiction treatment and recovery is hard work. But it’s not always so serious. In fact, it can also be fun! Quarterly events for Laguna rehab alumni include:
- Alumni bowling.
- Holiday-themed events, like fall trips to the pumpkin patch or a haunted house.
- Baseball games.
- And more!
Check the events page for more info on upcoming events.
How Alumni Programs Benefit You
Research shows that a supportive network is integral to lasting recovery. Social support not only helps one stay in recovery but provides a safety net in the event someone does relapse.2 Other aftercare benefits include reduced cravings and increased self-efficacy (the belief that one can control their behavior, motivation, and social environment).4
Sometimes in recovery, friendships and relationships from the past need to be let go. But sobriety doesn’t have to be lonely, and the support of people with shared experiences can prove invaluable when times get hard.
At Laguna, it’s important to us that our patients are taken care of both during and after treatment. From the moment you enroll to long after you finish treatment, you’ll have our support.