Services

Classes

1 - Sobriety vs. Recovery- Recovery Starts Before Graduation - It is very easy to get people through the program if they follow the rules and meet the expectations of compliance. Long term recovery is a change of life and everything within that life. People need to have proper guidance and support to make this change, and the drug court staff and peers are the best line of alliance and reliance to effect change. Abstinence is only the first step; true recovery is a change of life and spirit.

Objectives

  • Sobriety is about not using drugs or alcohol. Recovery is about getting better physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

  • This is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

  • The court program and alumni can work together to support the long-term recovery through direction and access to resources before and after graduation. Aftercare actually begins early on. Addiction is about isolation; recovery is about engagement.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class, 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

2 - Let’s Talk Multiple Pathways to Recovery-A Panel Discussion - This panel discussion will provide access to graduates of treatment courts nationwide all at different lengths and paths in recovery. It is the culmination of previous classes in the track to allow alumni, court staff, and professionals to ask any question they may have about what works, what did not work, support networks, peer certification programs, and anything related to building an alumni peer support system.

Objectives

  • Recognizing that recovery looks different for different people.

  • Recovery supports- prosocial, recovery based, spiritual- understanding that recovery is not just about substance use- it is about healing relationships, engaging with family and communities, finding inner peace and hope.

  • Peer Support Systems.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class, 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

3 - The Power Of Language in Long Term Recovery - Extensive research shows us that the way we speak about addiction and recovery has a real impact on participant outcomes. Come learn more about a simple (and free!) way to change the culture and outcomes of your treatment court!

Objectives

  • Explore the effects language has on participant recovery outcomes.

  • Identify personal biases and expand working knowledge of implicit bias.

  • Learn what best practice says about how to speak about addiction and recovery.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class, 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

4 - Participant transition from court supervision to life on life’s terms - The “new” graduate enters society with motivation and empowerment to change their life. But how exactly do they do that? Life after Drug Court is still life on life's terms. The overwhelming need in our programs stales in the graduates who are fully engaged in recovery through long term health, wellness, and community. There is an overwhelming need for people to have access to ongoing support to continue on their chosen path to long term recovery. Drug Court graduates have a unique gift to share with their communities in an abundance of capacities, but they also need the support of their peers and the team that helped build the path. The idea of total wellness and what that means can be defined, but the Drug Court staff are key components to access to resources.

Objectives

  • The important role alumni serve as mentors to those coming through the program and the empowerment it brings to recovery.

  • The court program and alumni can work together to support the long-term recovery through direction and access to resources before and after graduation.

  • The four elements of recovery: Purpose, Health, Home, and Community.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class, 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

5 - How to empower participants to become alumni and peers through interactions and language - This class is for alumni, peers and court staff to embrace and understand the power in the language and terms[AF8] that are used to identify substance abuse disorder. It is imperative to empower alumni to put their experience to use as a recovery tool for the community and their personal growth.

Objectives

  • Core Competencies for Peers.

  • Trauma Awareness and resource referral.

  • Peer Certification and Continuing Education.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class, 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

6 - Financial - This class is for alumni and peers to establish, maintain and project a financial strategy ensuring that financial goals that are obtainable.

Objectives

  • How do you manage finances?

    • What does that mean to you?

    • Bills, food, gas, clothes, repairs, recreation.

    • Long term costs vs. Short term cost.

  • List out ALL monthly costs with due dates.

  • Breakdown monthly income and when it is received.

  • Plan for 1.5 months to be slim while you get used to the budget schedule.

  • Idea is to be ready to pay a bill or cost BEFORE it is time.

  • Breakdown income and cost weekly or biweekly and create a checking or savings account that can be used ONLY for paying bills.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class, 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

7 - Job Applications/Interviews -

Objectives

  • The Application.

  • Interviewing.

  • The Follow Up.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class - 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

8 - Court Orientation - This class will consist of graduates presenting the knowledge and expertise of successfully navigating the requirements of the program.

Objectives

  • Expectations.

  • Guidelines.

  • Requirements.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class - 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

9 - After Drug Court - Suggestions you can do with all your newly found free time after graduation that will help you stay on the path of recovery and continue to put your best foot forward.

Objectives

  • After Graduation.

  • Probation After Graduation.

  • Off Paper After Graduation.

  • Beneficial Suggestions-

    • New Goals.

    • Education.

    • Support.

    • Work on You.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class - 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board

10 - You Have Rights! - Contrary to popular belief even while an individual is incarcerated, while an individual is serving probation/parole time or if an individual is a felon, they still retain most of their Constitutional rights.

Objectives

  • The Constitution.

  • The Bill of Rights.

  • Rights While -

    • Incarcerated.

    • Rights during Probation.

    • As A Felon.

  • Important things to know.

  • Summary.

Minimum of 10 People Per Class - 90 Minute Session, Presenters - NM Alumni Board


To schedule a class, please contact Reese McAlister at rmcalister@newmexicoalumniinrecovery.org