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:
We schedule check-ins at 48hr, 2 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 1-year 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.
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.
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.
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 upcoming alumni events to see our list of upcoming activities and events.
Lexie Leehan, CRC is the Alumni and Aftercare Supervisor for Lakeview Health. As an alumna of the program, she truly understands what our patients go through while they are here and after they discharge. Originally from a small town in Northwest Pennsylvania, Lexie made the decision to completely change her people, places and things, and come to Jacksonville, Florida to begin her journey in recovery. After completing treatment in January 2015, she went to a local sober living in Jacksonville and started engaging with our True North Alumni support groups and events. In 2017, Lakeview Health hired Lexie as the Aftercare Coordinator at the Rose knowing she would be able to use her personal experience to help other women. Lexie believes Lakeview Health gave her the knowledge and the tools she needed to stay sober and says she feels honored to pay it forward to patients during their stay with us and afterward as True North Alumni.
Ryan Teague, CRC is an Alumni Coordinator for Lakeview Health. His own personal journey through addiction allows for a unique and personal approach to helping people recover. For Ryan, being able to give back to the recovery community is very gratifying. He considers helping the newcomer find the path to long-term recovery a privilege and necessary for his own recovery. Born in St. Louis, he moved to the Jacksonville Beach area in 1986 and has been there ever since. When he is not at work or in an AA meeting he enjoys golfing and taking his boat out.
Rex Taylor, CRC is an Aftercare Alumni Coordinator assisting patients in setting up aftercare resources in their local areas such as sober living, individual therapy, psychiatrists, or intensive outpatient services. His experience as an alumnus of Lakeview Health motivated Rex to become a Certified Recovery Coach and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a focus on addiction. When he isn’t working with patients and sharing his recovery journey, Rex enjoys spending time with his wife and son.
Kelsey Griffith joined Lakeview Health in 2018 as a Behavioral Health Associate and the Alumni Aftercare Coordinator at Lakeview Health at The Woodlands, Texas. Originally from Blackwood, New Jersey, Kelsey moved to Spring, Texas to completely change her environment and give her recovery a real chance. After completing treatment in 2015, she dove into Alcoholics Anonymous and finally started doing all that had been suggested to her for so many years. She is a person of long term recovery and hopes patients will someday say the same thing about themselves. In her role at Lakeview, she is responsible for coordinating alumni events, including a staff-alumni softball team, service events, and other sober fun activities. Kelsey is incredibly passionate about her job and loves helping others get back on their feet to realize and achieve their full potential.
Melodie Wegner adds a special element to her role as an Alumni Coordinator because she is also an alumna of the program. She credits having the support of Lakeview Health’s alumni program and aftercare services as a major reason why she has maintained her sobriety. Melodie understands being amongst peers in recovery allows them to be more transparent and open not only in times of struggle, but also in successes. She believes it is a privilege to be in this role because she has a deeper understanding of what it takes to be successful in recovery having gone through and applied what she learned in treatment at Lakeview Health.
Lakeview Health is a proud member of Treatment Professionals Alumni Services (TPAS).
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.
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