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Alumni Services and the Recovery Movement

January 4, 2012
by Lori Obernauer
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I just finished reading “Linking Addiction Treatment and Communities of Recovery: A Primer For Addiction Counselors and Recovery Coaches” (by William White, MA and Ernest Kurtz, PhD). If you’re interested in learning more about recovery, the history of the recovery movement, the philosophy behind a recovery (vs. treatment) paradigm AND how Alumni Services can be a vital part of this new thinking, this paper is for you!

As Alumni Coordinator at CeDAR in Colorado, I am particularly interested in the section entitled “building relationships between treatment organizations and communities of recovery”. White and Kurtz identify three goals for linking individuals to recovery supports:

  1. to assist patients in overcoming obstacles to recovery and trying new behaviors/lifestyles
  2. to connect individuals/families with a community of recovering people
  3. to provide guidance for the transition to long-term recovery maintenance

The authors go on to offer specific suggestions for realizing these goals as well as ways to measure outcomes. Essentially, this paper offers a “blueprint” for supporting our alumni. As Alumni Support Services professionals, we are positioned well to advocate for community and peer support activities that will help our constituents and enhance our Alumni programs.

If you’d like to learn more about the recovery movement, please go to William White’s web site and browse through the enormous selection of papers about peer support services and recovery management.

If you’d like to connect with other Alumni Services professionals, join Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS). Send an email to the TPAS membership chair: Melanie Zapf, Alumni Coordinator, The Pavillon: Also, watch for information about the new TPAS web site.


Lorie Obernauer

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

Lorie Obernauer

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

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