"Drug court graduations might more appropriately be termed "commencements." For as much as these ceremonies mark the successful completion of a rigorous treatment program, they also signal a beginning for the graduates they honor: new lives as sober, crime-free members of society. Recovery is a lifelong condition, one that can only be maintained especially in its early stages with a great deal of support.
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In recognition of this fact, many drug courts have formed alumni groups and many other drug courts have expressed an interest in doing so. Alumni groups can provide drug court graduates an opportunity to obtain support for sober living, a chance to do the service work that can be a key to ongoing recovery, and a way to stay connected to the organization that helped them get their start on the road to sobriety . . .
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There is no `right` way to operate a drug court alumni group; a group`s particular characteristics will potentially depend upon the size, location, and resources of the drug court itself."
The above excerpt was taken from Good Beginnings: Development and Maintenance of Drug Court Alumni Groups. Prepared by: Elizabeth Costello, Robyn Johnson, March 2002. (A report prepared by the Office of Justice Programs Drug Court Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance Project at American University, Washington, D.C. and supported by Grant No. 98-NU-VX-K018, awarded by the Drug Courts Program Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to American University. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.)
Resources For Forming An Alumni Group
How I Started Our Alumni Group and What I Learned (2008)
Good Beginnings, Development and Maintenance of Drug Court Alumni Groups (2002)
How to Develop and Sustain a Drug Treatment Court Alumni Group (2000)