Alumni Recovery Support at Lakeview Health

 We recognize the fact that recovery continues long after your stay at Lakeview. Our integrative treatment model is designed to start the healing process for your body, mind, and spirit – emphasis on start. Whether you join us for medically monitored detox, inpatient rehab, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient treatment, we lay the foundation for sustained sobriety by giving you the tools you need to embark on a new phase of your journey: one free from the cycles of addiction.

The last day of treatment is the first day of your new life.

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 rehab is short in comparison to the full arc of your recovery. To make the lessons you learn at Lakeview 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. That’s why we include comprehensive Aftercare Services for all of our clients, and our full-time Aftercare Coordinator begins work on your individual Aftercare plan soon after you arrive at Lakeview.

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 rehab 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. We host nightly on-campus AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings, during which you’ll meet many of our alumni, who regularly attend these meetings – not because it’s required or because they’re paid – but because they want to give back. They once sat in your seat, and they understand how important it is to meet and interact with people a few steps further along the recovery path.

The latest research indicates that social support is more crucial than most people realize. There’s an easy-to-read graphic for you on our Aftercare page which we encourage you to read carefully, but here’s another important statistic that even many addiction professionals aren’t aware of:

“People who add at least one non-drinking member to their social network show a twenty-seven percent increase at twelve months post-treatment in the likelihood of treatment success, and sustaining abstinence.”

In plain language, that means 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 that one person. We are that person. We’re more than just one. We are those people. We’re a group of caring humans in recovery ourselves, completely committed to supporting you on your recovery journey. Many of our alumni live close to our main campus, but our alumni network spans the nation. From Juneau, Alaska to Jacksonville, Florida, from Prescott, Arizona to Providence, Rhode Island, our people are everywhere. If you reach out, they’ll be there for you. Here are just a few things our Alumni Services include:

Regularly scheduled emails, phone calls, and text messages

We schedule check-ins at two days, one week, and three weeks post-treatment. We’ll keep tabs on you more often if we feel it’s necessary. If you have trouble finding a sponsor, Lakeview alumni can fill in until you find the right person for you.

Men’s and Women’s Meet-up groups

If you wish, the gender-responsive nature of our programming continues through men’s and women’s meet-ups. The world is co-ed, but the sensitive aspects of recovery don’t have to be. If gender-responsive support works for you, we want to help keep it going.

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 and may reach out whether you like it or not.

Regularly scheduled sober lifestyle activities

Our sober lifestyle 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 big monsters like 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 clearly risky events.

Professional and personal support

Our alumni 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 come, or offer a helping hand if you stumble.

Check out our alumni calendar to see our list of upcoming activities and events.

Meet The Alumni Support Team

Ashley Harms

Ashley Harms – Alumni Manager

Ashley earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida, where she was a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society and Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society. She’s been in recovery since 2012, so she takes special pride in helping others along that same path. Her experience helps her understand the tremendous amount of work that comes with changing your entire lifestyle. She considers it a privilege to share her experience and hope in the form of resources and guidance. In her free time, Ashley enjoys being outside doing anything involving nature including hiking, boating, and camping. She also loves attending music festivals, traveling, and competitive sports like football, baseball, and volleyball.

Recovery Coach

Karen Zaccour – Alumni Coordinator

Karen Zaccour, CRC is the women’s Alumni Recovery Support Services Coordinator. She enjoys connecting individuals with others in recovery and helping people form healthy support networks. Karen helps guide and coach alumni with goal setting, resources, and whatever else they may need for their recovery. Alumni connect with Karen on her Facebook page.

Recovery Coach

Danny Feick – Treatment Outcomes Coordinator

Daniel is a certified recovery coach and works closely with the alumni team to support our Lakeview alumni community. He connects with alumni by phone for one year after they leave the facility. He’s been sober since 2007, and loves seeing the transformation from active addiction to active recovery. He feels the recovery community has given so much to him and feels incredibly blessed to be able to share his experience with others. Daniel is a native Floridian. Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife and daughter, kayaking, biking, and doing graphic design

Lakeview Health is a proud member of Treatment Professionals Alumni Services (TPAS).

Alumni Support Services

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.

Photo of Rex meeting Tarshi at Dedication 2016

Rex, Lakeview Alumni on the right, meeting Tarshi, Lakeview Health intake specialist, on the left.

Alumni Testimonial: Matt’s Story

Alumni Testimonial: Angela’s Story

Join The Lakeview Health Alumni Network

Are you a Lakeview Health alumnus or alumnae interested in joining our online alumni community? Call us at 866.704.7692 or fill out the form below.