One way that Alta Mira makes continuing care meaningful is through Quarterly Tune-Ups. This is one of Sharif’s favorite components, and it’s not hard to see why. These two-day alumni workshops are designed to be highly relevant to the concerns, struggles, and triumphs of individuals in recovery—no matter which stage they find themselves in at the moment. These workshops help clients continue the work they began in treatment, and provide practical advice for how to reintegrate back into their new normal. Previous Tune-Up topics have included personality exploration with the Enneagram, applying courage to everyday life with Rising Strong™, understanding addiction through Myth and Metaphor, and other timely themes that clients have enjoyed.
For Sharif, the “most powerful part” of these alumni workshops comes in the evening, when current clients gather with returning alumni to learn from each other and celebrate the success of those in recovery. For in-house clients and alumni alike, this is a meeting that helps bridge the gaps between past and present. Current clients find comfort in the stories of struggle and success that alumni share, and become more confident about returning home when the time comes.
These Tune-Ups also provide a fantastic opportunity to make connections and strengthen their incredibly important peer support network. Alumni connect with in-house individuals, and have the option to share contact information and build relationships with others in recovery. They may choose to become client sponsors and help with the treatment trajectory of their peers—which gives these workshops a lasting benefit long after the participants return home. Sharif finds that alumni from various cohorts return to and benefit from these events with regularity.