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Alumni Community

A Lifelong Connection

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Evidence-based, person-centered treatment for drug dependence and alcoholism is core to recovery. Without it, recovery can’t truly take hold. But treatment at Gateway doesn’t end with graduation. In fact, it’s only the beginning for our addiction recovery alumni community.

Gateway doesn’t just save lives—it offers the opportunity for lifelong success, providing patients with ongoing access to the support structures developed during treatment and building on the strong foundation created within recovery through alumni support.

Recovery is a lifelong process that requires continued focus, support and commitment. Our patients benefit from ongoing addiction recovery alumni support, social activities and educational programming to help empower and support recovery, for life.

Each Gateway graduate, and every member of their family, is encouraged to take advantage of our ongoing support programs—available at every Gateway treatment center—to cultivate the relationships that will last a lifetime.

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Recovery Group Schedule

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Event Calendar

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Share Your Story

Read inspiring stories from people who have overcome addiction or share your own story with us.



From alumni meetings and recovery support group gatherings to community events, there are many opportunities to help.


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Alumni volunteering

Get Involved with Your Alumni Community

One of the best ways you can support lasting recovery is to stay involved in the Recovery Community. From addiction recovery alumni meetings and recovery support group gatherings to speaker jams and community events, there are many opportunities to help others who wrestle with substance abuse issues. Supporting others in recovery is a great way to promote your own recovery efforts, as well. Assisting others keeps you grounded and creates opportunities to reconnect with counselors if needed.

9 examples of easy and fulfilling ways to volunteer:

  1. Speak at a graduation ceremony.
  2. Share your story with patients and encourage them to be involved in an recovery program.
  3. Coordinate a holiday dinner.
  4. Run support groups.
  5. Help with set-up, decorating and clean-up for addiction recovery alumni special events.
  6. Share with alumni coordinators creative event ideas that would be fun and supportive of people in recovery.
  7. Hand out flyers about upcoming recovery events at local AA/NA meetings.
  8. Promote recovery events at local Recovery Homes.
  9. Come to Gateway on a day other than an alumni meeting day to sit with a few patients to discuss their Relapse Prevention Plans.
Alumni volunteering

Recovery Support, Everywhere You Go

The science of addiction tells us just how important it is for individuals in recovery to have access to their support network when they’re feeling overwhelmed or tempted to use.

In 2017, the FDA approved mobile apps to treat addiction, and early studies have demonstrated positive outcomes. Along with many other physicians, healthcare providers, insurance carriers and healthcare systems, Gateway has integrated mobile apps into our care models.

During treatment, our counselors work with patients to learn how to use myStrength, a premier digital mental health app that provides access to evidence-based resources for behavioral health and overall well-being. Our alumni can then take their support network with them. Anywhere their iPhone, iPad or Android device goes, their critical network can go too. For more information on Gateway’s alumni program, call 877–381–5683 today.

Gateway understands that when you leave our treatment center your path to recovery does not end. We have a position dedicated to be a point person for our alumni as they navigate recovery outside of our treatment center walls.

Stay Connected

It’s easier than ever to stay connected to Gateway and your alumni community with text alerts. Stay up-to-date on the latest events, meeting reminders and other information. You can cancel anytime by replying STOP. Standard text rates apply.

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