Aftercare & Alumni Activities
Genesis Programs Aftercare plays an active role in the support and encouragement of our current treatment participants, helping them learn one of the most challenging aspects of recovery–how to make the adequate lifestyle changes needed to support ongoing recovery.
Many older adults who begin their recovery have become socially isolated and live a life of secrecy and shame. Younger adults typically begin their recovery primarily knowing only friends who still engage with mood altering substances. This can create a sense of “I don’t fit in with old friends” and lack companionship elsewhere. Most people entering treatment, alcohol and other drug use has become a key ingredient in most if not all, social plans. As substance misuse progresses it gradually becomes interwoven not only with our environment and social interactions; it becomes a primary coping tool to help manage stress and other co-morbid conditions- hindering our resilience to life’s adversities. These are just a few examples to help explain that recovery is a process not an event, and the difficulties can have an impact on the transition from the structure of a treatment environment to relying on the foundation paved prior to discharge. Genesis offers a no cost Aftercare program for the first year of completion of our Intensive Outpatient level of care. Aftercare is led by Genesis Aftercare facilitator and consists of a 1.5 hours of group counseling every Wednesday in both the A.M. and P.M. hours. Aftercare participants have the opportunity to become a member of Genesis Alumni Association, an organization that creates activities free from alcohol and other drugs.
Genesis Alumni Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization lead by a Board of Directors including Alumni from Genesis Programs and other community members who are dedicated to helping those and the families impacted by substance use disorder. Members of Genesis Alumni Association participate in several different activities that include anything from mentoring our current treatment participants, educating adolescents to prevent substance misuse, to creating community events free from alcohol and other drug use. Some of the activities that have been sponsored by our Alumni Association include the following:
- Holiday gatherings and potlucks.
- Bowling tournaments.
- Genesis annual Alumni picnic.
- Outings to sporting events.
- Christmas Can Tree Drive.
- Christmas Toy Drive.
New activities for 2020!
- Genesis alumni softball team.
- Sports fishing trip.
- Day at the gun range.
Making adequate lifestyle changes to support ongoing recovery takes time and is a vital part of the Genesis Program.
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