A Passion For Outreach: Celebrating Sharif Ali’s Efforts as Alta Mira’s Recovery Support Coordinator

As Recovery Support Coordinator, Sharif Ali, LMFT, is passionate about being part of the client experience and transformation at Alta Mira. He enjoys creating an individualized treatment experience with each client and helping everyone find their own path to recovery. Through alumni events like Quarterly Tune-Ups, as well as a plethora of other tools provided to clients upon discharge, it’s easy to stay connected with the learning you began at Alta Mira. Sharif Ali is enthusiastic about being there throughout the process, and we’re proud to celebrate his efforts to assist all our clients with recovery at Alta Mira and beyond.

 

A calm, comforting voice, a positive attitude, and a quiet sense of confidence make for a fantastic alumni coordinator—and Sharif Ali, Recovery Support Coordinator at Alta Mira, embodies these characteristics completely. Working with clients throughout treatment, during discharge, and beyond, Sharif gets to see the full evolution of every story.

Sharif works to maintain relationships after Alta Mira, organizing alumni events and providing additional resources to help clients stay connected with the treatment experience. Alumni outreach is incredibly important to Sharif—and to the overall success of addiction treatment at Alta Mira. Maintaining a strong connection to your treatment program after you’ve been discharged can go a long way toward continued recovery, and Sharif has seen this effect firsthand.

Continuing Care

“Everyone has a different story,” Sharif says, “When clients leave Alta Mira, it is just the beginning.” Through serving Alta Mira’s clients over the past four years, Sharif works with clients to develop a Relapse Prevention Plan that clients can “bring to fruition” in recovery. He also reaches out to alumni to provide support, encouragement, and resources when they return home from treatment. Sharif’s efforts are one way Alta Mira maintains a lasting connection long after clients leave the facility.

As Recovery Support Coordinator, Sharif gets to see the full transformation of most of the clients who pass through the program. “It’s a brave and courageous thing” to enter residential treatment, says Sharif, and he holds “a lot of respect for people who are able to assess what’s not working in their lives.” He gets the unique perspective of seeing individuals enter treatment and leave with even more bravery than they started with. This, he stresses, is what makes his job most worthwhile.

Quarterly Tune-Ups: A Powerful Resource For Individuals in Recovery

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.

Other Tools That Support Alumni Away From the Treatment Center

Quarterly Tune-Ups are just one way to provide continuing outreach to alumni of addiction treatment programs. Alta Mira provides a host of other tools to cultivate a lifetime of care for each individual. Leaving treatment can be difficult, but Sharif says these measures help clients by “meeting them exactly where they are”—fears and all. Alumni return to their daily lives accompanied by:

A Lasting Connection For Lasting Recovery

As Sharif explains, “recovery happens after treatment,” as you continue your journey outside of the contained environment of Alta Mira’s facility. Those that maintain a strong link to their treatment center after discharge are more likely to achieve lasting recovery, according to Sharif, and with such a wide variety of options, it’s easy to stay connected. It’s much easier to remain steadfast in your new course when you have someone walking beside you. “There’s more than one path to recovery, ” Sharif notes—and he is committed to “helping clients find which path is theirs.”

No matter which stage of addiction, recovery, or relapse you may find yourself in, Alta Mira’s Continuing Care resources are here to help you work through the difficult moments. To learn more about these suggestions and the other options available to you as an Alta Mira alumnus, reach out to us directly—our staff (including Sharif) are eager to help in any way they can. And if you’re an alumnus, remember that getting help again is as easy as making a phone call to a compassionate friend.

 

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