Aftercare & Alumni
When you’re nearing the end of your treatment at our facilities, your case manager will begin to talk about your discharge plan. Having a clear path defined for you before you leave Recovery First helps you better integrate back into your normal life. If you live locally, this plan might involve ongoing care in our aftercare and alumni groups. We will try to find equally supportive groups in your local community if you live out of town.
Either way, your main point of contact from this point forward will be your alumni coordinator. This is the person you can turn to with any questions you have as you begin rebuilding your life.
We are also in the midst of a partnership with MAP Health Management, an organization that will handle your post-discharge follow-up for several months after you leave our facility. A representative will reach out by phone to help connect you with others in recovery and help you navigate life after discharge. They’ll also touch base with your case managers and other staff involved with your care to get answers to questions you might have.
Keeping Your Recovery Connection
Whatever you do post-discharge, don’t fade off the grid. You need to stay connected to people who are invested in your recovery. Relapse is far more likely without the support you need.
Through our MAP Health Management partnership, we’ll be able to work with you after treatment even if you move to a different part of the country.
It’s also important to stay connected to peers who have graduated from rehab. Not only will they know what you’re going through and be able to lend a hand in times of need, but they’ll also motivate you to continue your progress. Seeing someone who has been living sober for 10 years will help see that, while it might not be easy, it’s more than possible.
Our Alumni Program
At Recovery First, we are happy to provide a robust alumni program that’s open to all former clients of our facility. Our program keeps you connected through social media, events, and regular meetings. You’ll also be able to participate in service opportunities so you can give back to the community. Such aftercare activities and follow-up calls serve to hold you accountable for your recovery.
Our standard alumni meetings are held at 6:45 p.m. every Thursday at our Ft. Lauderdale location (except for the last Thursday of the month, when it’s held at our Hollywood facility). Enjoy dinner with your peers at these fellowship-focused, recovery-based sessions and talk over the struggles or successes you’ve had since the last meeting. If you can’t make these meetings, our more formal aftercare group meets on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Hollywood. The structured group format of these meetings is great for discussing relapse prevention.
Our program also features recurring monthly events where you can engage in fun, healthy activities and make new sober connections. While programming changes on a monthly basis, you can expect activities like going to the movies, hitting up a water park, or participating in volunteer cleanup at a local park.