Why is a strong Alumni program important?
The healing process begins when someone enters our gates at Driftwood Recovery, but this is just the start of a new way of living.
Recovery from addiction and chronic pain is a journey that continues long after someone completes treatment. We believe that a strong and vibrant alumni program is vital to an individual’s support during their reintegration into everyday life.
The Alumni family is a peer-driven network that provides the accountability, service, and encouragement that promotes long-term recovery post-treatment. Our Alumni Coordinator, Evan Thornton, and Director of Client Services, Mason Aselage, encourage Alumni to remain engaged with the Driftwood family by organizing ongoing meetings, socials, and service opportunities.
In order to strengthen the connection between our Driftwood Alumni, the alumni team has helped develop the Driftwood Recovery App, a private mobile platform that fosters engagement and support. The app allows all of our Alum to stay in touch regardless of where they are engaging in a program of recovery. Within the app, Alumni share recovery milestones, support, and encouragement for their fellow Alumni, and access recovery-focused podcasts, articles, and book recommendations provided by our Clinical and Wellness staff. The entire Driftwood staff and family of Alumni work hard to uphold a safe space for healing within the app and the entire Alumni program. We believe each individual requires respect, support, and compassion, regardless of where they are on their recovery journey.
Ongoing Alumni Meetings and Events
Our ongoing Alumni meetings, held weekly at our SoCo CIP and Riverside House, allow for fellowship and fun in sobriety and create a sense of community among our Alums. Alumni play an integral role within our Community Integration Program and their presence and participation in weekly meetings and activities provide support and encouragement for current Driftwood residents while allowing our Alumni to share their experience, strength, and hope.
Our Driftwood App, Alumni meetings and recovery events, and Alumni Ambassadors are all in place to keep the courageous recovery legacy in motion.
Weekly Alumni Meeting
Alumni Check-in Meeting
Monthly meeting to check in on each Alumni and their progress. How is work, school, volunteering? Have they been meeting with their sponsor and doing step work? What is the status of the relationships in their life? Where do they need support? This meeting is an opportunity for everyone to keep their finger on the pulse of the community and provide support and hold accountability, where needed.
1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Driftwood Family Dinner and Alumni Panel
Driftwood prepared a family-style dinner, followed by a meeting at Driftwood's main campus. Opportunities for new and seasoned alumni to connect and foster a sense of community and support.
2nd and 4th Mondays
Family Support Group
Family Support Group is an online meeting where families and friends of Driftwood's residents and alumni gather to learn, share, and grow in their own recovery.
Recovery Milestones Dinner
On a monthly basis, the alumni team invites the Driftwood community to participate in a celebratory dinner for alumni achieving milestones of their personal recovery.
Additional opportunities for Driftwood Alumni to stay engaged and active in the recovery community:
- ✓ Driftwood Alumni Renewal Retreats
- ✓Alumni Panel for Courageous Family Program - “What’s Next” Community Panel
- ✓ First and Third Tuesday; Alumni Panel with Driftwood Residential Community
- ✓ In-house AA meeting at Driftwood on Wednesday nights
- ✓ On-Site Meeting Service Opportunities within the Driftwood Community
- ✓ Open-gate policy to visit residents and clinical team at Driftwood