The Desert Hope Rehab Alumni Program

Completing addiction treatment is an amazing milestone. But the journey to recovery is not over, and there will be many opportunities and challenges along the way. Once you’ve completed drug and alcohol rehab, an addiction recovery alumni program can be a great way to continue the skills and relationships acquired in treatment and keep your forward momentum.

Read on for more information about the alumni program at Desert Hope and how staying engaged after rehab ends can help you sustain your hard-earned sobriety.

Community of Alumni Recovering Everywhere (CARE)

At Desert Hope, our free alumni program is available to anyone who has attended a treatment program at our Las Vegas drug and alcohol rehab facility.

Our Community of Alumni Recovering Everywhere (aka “CARE”) provides a support network of staff and graduates, where members can:

  • Lean on each other’s shared experiences.
  • Nurture existing friendships and develop new ones.
  • Celebrate recovery milestones.
  • And so much more.

The CARE program at Desert Hope includes features like:

  • Our “Connections” alumni app.
  • Weekly alumni meetings.
  • Guest speakers.
  • Special alumni events.

Our Alumni App: Your Recovery Connection

Our parent company, American Addiction Centers, offers an app called Connections, which is designed to support your continued success after treatment.

As a former Desert Hope patient, you’ll be able to:

  • Access our addiction professionals through a secure, HIPAA-compliant chat function.
  • Keep connected to our community with a new, alumni-only social networking experience.
  • Enjoy recovery-related podcasts, articles, and other insightful content.
  • Keep a gratitude journal and share your post-treatment journey.
  • Mark important milestones with a recovery tracker.

To download and join our Connections alumni app, complete this online request form.

Desert Hope Alumni Meetings & Speakers

Our CARE rehab alumni program’s alumni meetings, speaker events, and group outings help foster the alumni connection.

Weekly Virtual AAC Global Alumni Meetings

We host weekly meetings, where alumni at all stages of the recovery process can share stories, insights, lessons, and hope for the future.

The meetings are held online, so you can stay connected from the comfort of your own home or anywhere else in the world.

Meetings are open to former patients from our network of treatment facilities across the country.

CARE program participants are also welcome to join the AA/NA meetings held on-site at our facility.

Alumni Speaker Events

Each week, Desert Hope invites alumni back to the facility so they can share their experiences and offer support to those currently in treatment.

Being of service to others can be an important part of recovery. When peers help peers, both sides can experience hope, motivation, and empowerment.1

If you’re interested in becoming an alumni speaker, please contact us at*

*All speakers must have at least 6 months in recovery.

Alumni Events & Outings

The sense of community you find in rehab doesn’t have to end when treatment ends. CARE’s events and outings give alumni opportunities to socialize, celebrate, and support each other in a sober environment, without the potential triggers of drugs and alcohol.

Our rehab alumni program in Las Vegas organizes quarterly events that help members of our recovery community keep in touch with each other.

Events include fun activities like:

  • Bowling.
  • Holiday-themed events.
  • Baseball games.
  • Movies.
  • And more!

The Benefits of Joining an Alumni Program  

The benefits of joining an alumni program like CARE abound. Studies show that continuing care after rehab ends can help a person maintain long-term recovery.2

“Community” is one of the Four Major Dimensions of Recovery, as defined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Having friendships and a strong support system of peers who understand what you’ve been through and where you’re headed can be critical to your success.3

Peer support groups are associated with:4

  • Better treatment outcomes.
  • Higher rates of abstinence from drugs and alcohol.
  • A reduced risk of relapse and cravings.
  • Fewer feelings of guilt or shame.

Peer support groups can also improve a person’s self-efficacy—or belief in themselves and their ability to stay sober.4

When you attend addiction treatment at Desert Hope or any of our other American Addiction Centers facilities, you become part of our family—which means you are never alone.

We hope you’ll consider joining our free CARE alumni program, so you can stay engaged and encouraged as you move forward in your recovery journey.


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