Why is an Alumni program important?
The Alumni program is not just important, it’s crucial for long lasting recovery. Treatment needs to be the beginning of the story. Some people will come to SunCloud and think, “this is the end.” The end of the addiction, the end of my “great life” I’ve surrendered.
They also make the mistake of thinking “once I go to treatment I’m cured. I can lock this part of my life in the closet and not think about it anymore. I’m fine.”
But early into treatment patients learn a truth that people with long time recovery know, this is just the beginning.
The beginning of freedom. The beginning of a life worth living. Of a joyful existence.
While in treatment, you are in bubble. You are safe and protracted. From real life, outside stressors and the addiction and behaviors. You are arresting the behavior in a safe environment. The beauty of that is, it will allow you to get clear about what the real problem is and hopefully what the solution is.
Those of us with long term recovery believe that the opposite of addiction is connection.
For some of us treatment is the first time in our lives where we meet our people. We are surrounded by people who think like we think, talk like we talk, use like we do. It’s like finding a twin, a long-lost brother or sister. and even better to be this space that is safe.
This is one of the bravest things someone can do for themselves, and not everyone can do it. Treatment is not always easy but what makes it work is the system, the people, and the circles we create. These people know where we have been, felt the way you did, and think like you.
They see you and they need you.
So, you form, bond, attach and feel safe. Most of the time you no longer need what you used to feel normal, the behavior has stopped, you feel better than ever.
Then you leave, to face the real world, families, responsibilities, and stressors. You’ve developed skills and coping mechanisms, you’ve got this you think, do you? Where are your people?
The mission of SunCloud Alumni program is to build on these relationships and connection. Community, connection, and ongoing support is what works, creates change, and allows people to thrive.
A mainline into your treatment community which helps prevent relapse.
The goal is for people with the same affliction and struggles to encourage each other and build community.
We offer weekly support groups, monthly events, and opportunities to be of service.
You are never alone.