True North Alumni Program
At Lakeview Health, we never stop guiding our alumni to find their true north. Navigating recovery can be difficult, that’s why we’ve developed a robust aftercare and alumni network to support our Lakeview Health Alumni at every stage of the recovery process. Our True North Alumni are over 20,000 strong and act as a positive force in the community, while also helping to support all newcomers or those in hard times.
While in our care, we teach you the skills required for a successful launch. After that, the responsibility shifts to you, but we neither expect nor want you to do it alone. In the grand scheme of things, your time in treatment is short in comparison to the full arc of your recovery. To make the lessons you learn at Lakeview Health stick – and to navigate the ups and downs of the process – we offer ongoing support. By ongoing we mean months and years, not just days and weeks.
Certified Recovery Coaches
Certified Recovery Coaches provide support via phone call, email, and social media. They are available 24/7 if you need assistance.
Local & Virtual Support Groups
Our Lakeview Health Alumni Team hosts local support groups in Jacksonville, FL. These groups are available to all of our alumni through video conferencing.
Our Alumni Coordinators also make themselves available to connect with family members and loved ones of our alumni.
Sober Lifestyle Events
True North Alumni members are invited to join us at our monthly outings. We host local meetups for food, fun, and fellowship.
Lakeview Health Alumni Ambassadors
Finding support in your local area can be challenging at first. Our team can help link you up with other True North Alumni in your area.
With almost 2,000 members, we have built a strong support network for our alumni to rely on when they need it most.
Social Support: An Essential Component of Recovery
Our biopsychosocial approach to treatment places as much emphasis on the social aspect of your sustained sobriety as on the biological and psychological aspects. You spend a great deal of your time in treatment learning about your addiction, unlearning old habits, and forming new ones. Our clinical staff monitors the biological and psychological aspects of your recovery, but that’s not the entire picture. You also get a solid and practical understanding of how social support groups work.
Research indicates social support is more crucial than most people realize. An important statistic many aren’t aware of:
“People who add at least one non-drinking member to their social network show a 27 percent increase at 12 months post-treatment in the likelihood of treatment success, and sustaining abstinence.”
Simply put, adding just one sober person to your life dramatically increases your chances of staying sober.
Our Alumni Network
At Lakeview Health, we make sure you don’t have to go looking for one person because we are that person – our True North Alumni network is more than 20,000 strong. It’s a group of caring people also in recovery and completely committed to supporting you on your journey. Many Lakeview Health alumni live close to our center in Jacksonville, Florida, but our network spans the nation. From Juneau, Alaska to Prescott, Arizona to Providence, Rhode Island, our people are everywhere. If you reach out, they are there for you.
Lakeview Health Addiction Treatment Alumni Program
If you reach out, our alumni will be there for you. Here are just a few benefits our Alumni Services program include:
Regularly scheduled emails, phone calls, and text messages
We schedule check-ins at 48hr (hours), 2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1-year post-treatment. We want to continue to support you as much as necessary. If you have trouble finding a sponsor, Lakeview alumni can fill in until you find the right person for you.
Private Facebook Groups
We monitor our Facebook groups regularly and read between the lines to identify struggling alumni, then reach out if we feel we need to help. We don’t advocate helicopter sponsoring, but we do follow our instincts.
Regularly scheduled healthy lifestyle activities
Our sober alumni activities are a blast. Ever done an escape room? We do that. Think your days of going to weekend or week-long music festivals are over? They’re not. Our alumni often attend festivals together, hold one another accountable, and help one another share in a fellowship of fun. Believe it or not, many festivals – including Burning Man, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, and many more – include daily support meetings. We help connect you with the resources you need to keep your sobriety intact through these and other potential risky events.
Professional and personal support
Our Lakeview Health alumni support can help explain gaps in your resume to potential employers, give you advice on how to re-enter the dating world after rehab, and navigate unexpectedly challenging events like office parties or simply walking down the beverage aisle at the grocery store. Sometimes it’s the small things that can trip you up. We’re here to help you see them before they occur, or offer a helping hand if you stumble.
Check out our upcoming alumni events to see our list of upcoming activities.
Alumni Testimonial: Rex’s Story
Rex joined us for the Rose of Lakeview Dedication and Ribbon Cutting and asked if anyone from the call center was here, specifically Tarshi. He wanted to meet her since she is the intake specialist he spoke with before coming to Lakeview. The two were introduced. Upon meeting Tarshi, Rex was brought to tears saying Tarshi was the one who saved his life because she kept in touch with him every couple of hours, and if it wasn’t for her he wouldn’t have admitted himself to Lakeview Health for treatment.
Rex, Lakeview Alumni on the right, meeting Tarshi, Lakeview Health intake specialist, on the left.
Meet The Lakeview Health Alumni Support Team
Lexie Leehan, Certified Recovery Coach — Alumni and Aftercare Supervisor
Ryan Teague, Certified Recovery Coach — Alumni Coordinator
Rex Taylor, Certified Recovery Coach — Aftercare and Alumni Coordinator
Melodie Wegner — Alumni Coordinator
Whether you’re ready to begin your recovery journey or you’re in need of support now that treatment is complete, Lakeview Health is here to help. To learn more about our alumni network, aftercare program, and additional treatment options, contact Lakeview Health today by calling 866.704.7692.
Lakeview Health is a proud member of Treatment Professionals Alumni Services (TPAS).