The Northbound Alumni Association is a dynamic and vibrant organization created to establish and maintain a bridge between Northbound, its alumni, and families. Sharing the vision and mission of Northbound, the Alumni Association will work in concert with Northbound Treatment Services in the production of alumni activities and the development of a strong and committed support system for former clients, those still completing therapy programs, and their family members, building a sense of pride among the entire Northbound Treatment Services family.
The Alumni Association hosts a number of weekly, monthly and quarterly events. There is a weekly dinner and 12-step meeting at The Behr Center. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a free meal and check-in with fellow alums. Alumni who choose to participate in this weekly event have the opportunity to improve their local support structure and build great friendships. The Alumni Association also recognizes Sober Birthdays and milestones at this meeting. To promote fellowship, friendship and fun the NTS Alumni field a Sober Softball Team in Orange County and, on a monthly basis, the Northbound Alumni Association offers Sober Sailing.
On a quarterly basis, Northbound hosts an “Alumni Dinner and Speaker Meeting.” The menu ranges from grilled New York strips and mashed potatoes to roasted chicken with vegetables and always includes a delectable dessert. After Randy’s meal there is a panel of speakers comprised of Alumni who share their experiences and strength. Alumni, Staff, Family and current Clients are invited to this event and have an opportunity to interact with each other. Round tables are used and we encourage a mix of Alumni, Staff and clients at each table so that the experience can be both a celebration of our Alumni’s success, and a positive moment in our current client’s own recovery. It is a powerful experience for current clients to interact with alums, see that there is hope, and watch the Alumni celebrate their sobriety. Northbound also hosts various speakers and guest lecturers throughout the year, usually during the family program, which all Alumni are encouraged to attend.
When clients physically leave NTS after finishing experiential therapy, the support system of NTS and The Alumni Association stays with them. From interactions with Alumni while a client, to follow up calls after discharge and participation in Alumni events, The Alumni Association plays an important role in treatment and recovery and speaks directly to the NTS Mission Statement of helping our clients reach one year of continuous sobriety.
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