Alumni Program

Laguna’s Alumni Program

The Laguna alumni program is an in-person and online network of people who help each other succeed in recovery. We meet every Friday night at Laguna Treatment Hospital for group and panel discussions. Laguna’s dedicated alumni coordinators are continuously working to add new events and benefits.

Many of our alumni work as case managers with current patients. Case managers are patients’ very first touchpoint to Laguna Treatment Hospital. They will arrange your travel to the facility, pick you up in-person from the airport and prepare you for the admissions process and next steps. Throughout your stay, your case manager is involved in your treatment planning and care program, so you always have a familiar face to go to if you have questions.


HOPE team work with patients participating in all groups and therapy sessions like hiking

Members of the alumni program’s HOPE team (Helping Other People Engage) work with patients during treatment to help them stay committed to completing the program and participating in all groups and therapy sessions.

Having been through Laguna’s treatment regimen themselves, they know how hard it can be to stay committed and stay focused. They are motivators and compassionate leaders who want to see you succeed in recovery.

To learn more about our alumni program and offerings, contact us at

Laura Giffin, Alumni Services Manager

Addiction is an illness very personal to Giffin. Growing up, Laura witnessed the actions, consequences and untimely deaths of loved ones due to the disease. After her first drink at age 12, she learned that addiction also affected her. After a number of years of not addressing her issues with alcohol, a tumultuous relationship and a brief relapse, Giffin ultimately sought and maintained her sobriety for her two sons.

Almost immediately after beginning life in recovery, she battled a number of intense, emotional and tragic circumstances within the first 18 months of sobriety. After emerging unscathed from incredibly difficult situations, it was not her perseverance through adversity that inspired her to work in the field of addiction.

Now, more than 10 years in recovery, Giffin’s focus is informing Orange County and surrounding areas that recovery is possible despite harrowing circumstances. She regularly speaks about her experience with addiction to community leaders and parents, acting as a resource for those in recovery and single-mothers with children battling addiction.