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Alumni Services: Part of the "Addiction" Conversation

July 18, 2011
by Lorie Obernauer
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I have noticed that many discussions in the Linked In “Addiction Groups” address the possibilities for recovery management, as opposed to discussions that focus solely upon treatment models. Within the framework of these discussions, I propose that alumni services, offered through addiction treatment facilities, provide a feasible approach for supporting our clients in early recovery.

My experiences as Alumni Liaison at the Center for Dependency, Addiction & Rehabilitation (CeDAR) and my conversations with colleagues in similar position, indicate that recognition of alumni services as a viable part of the treatment continuum is still a new idea. To promote this notion throughout the industry, a new organization has assembled for the purpose of calling attention to the importance of Alumni services. TPAS, Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services, is a new formed group whose mission is to support those who serve alumni to champion long-term recovery of individuals and families. Our activities are designed to support:

  • Collaboration among members
  • Utilization of asset-based resources and practices
  • Alumni services as a bridge for treatment and the home recovery community
  • Recognition of peer support as a way to bolster long term recovery
  • Advocacy in support of long term recovery services

Are you are looking for ideas to ignite your alumni programs? Are you searching for opportunities to talk with colleagues who work with alumni at other treatment organizations? Are you ready to share your successes and ask for help? TPAS, Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services is your answer! Please check out the attached article about TPAS that was published in Recovery Today Online. If you’d like more information about how you can get involved with TPAS, contact Sherri Layton (the author of this article) at slayton@lahacienda.com or Lorie Obernauer at lorie.obernauer@uch.edu.

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Lorie Obernauer

Alumni Coordinator at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction & Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Hospital

Lorie Obernauer

www.cedarcolorado.org

Lorie Obernauer, PhD, is the Alumni Coordinator at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction...