Big thanks to all of our alumni and friends that joined us for our annual reunion this weekend. It’s amazing to think that it was our 15th and our biggest turn out yet! The ropes course was full Friday night and we had as big a number around the fire on Saturday! It’s a powerful weekend for alumni and residents alike in rekindling that resolve for recovery. It is even stronger for us, the members of staff that show up at the drug rehab facility each day to provide help. It strengthens us with a new resolve to continue what we do each day!
One of the themes of this weekend was connectedness, staying connected to those who are positives to your recovery and to the Cirque where you got clean and sober. For all the thousands of residents that have come through our doors since the beginning. We consider all of you “one of ours”. We want you stay connected and in touch. We want to continue to play part in your recovery process. Just like in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous we encourage all our alumni to keep coming back! We have created and implemented a bunch of ways to keep you connected to the Cirque wherever you are.
Ways to Stay Connected
- Aftercare: (Local) for those located near the studio facility of Cirque Lodge, you can stay connected by attending weekly aftercare meetings and 12-step meetings. Aftercare is held on Monday nights. It is a check in group to see how everything is going in recovery. The Studio also hosts a number of open 12-step meetings each night for the local community to be involved in. In our alumni section, you can find Utah Meetings held at the Studio drug rehab facility.
- Events and Dinners: Outside of the reunion, Cirque Lodge sponsors a number of events and dinners across the country each year. In the winter we have a ski retreat. In the summer we head to the beach. Cirque sponsored dinners happen monthly in Utah and Southern California and are usually combined with check-in groups and AA Meetings. We also schedule other dinners around the country when members of staff visit local areas. The best way to receive information about dinners is to contact our Alumni Director, Chris Rueckert and get on our alumni mailing lists and private Facebook page.
- Mentoring: Cirque Lodge has more residents on a daily basis than we have ever had before. This means we have more graduates of the program and more individuals new to sobriety returning home. A Cirque Lodge mentor is not a sponsor. It is a phone call. It is an alumnus who is willing to extend a hand of support to those returning home. Show them where the good meetings are and provide advice on what has been helpful with transition back to your community. In a way this keeps you connected to the drug rehab facility here in Utah, wherever you may be. Mentoring opportunities are posted each month in our alumni bulletins and newsletters.
- Guesting: Keep coming back. Through Cirque’s guesting program you can do just that. Guesting is a privilege extended to all our alumni. It allows you to return to the facility free of charge when you need to recommit to your sobriety. Most importantly, IT IS A LIFETIME PRIVILEGE. Whether you are 3 months sober, a year, or have been doing good for a while longer than that, you can come back at any time and guest with us! We do require that you are clean and sober to guest. If you have relapsed, we can help you there too with a condensed treatment program or with admission back into facility if you need it.
- Relapse Track: For those who have relapsed and need help, we offer a two-week relapse track to get you back on target. You return to the facility and work on the areas that you struggled with in recovery. We help you rework your continuing care plan to discover what went wrong and what other resources might be of service to you in the recovery process.
Continuing the Circle
The word old-timer means something to those in the rooms of A.A. It stood out at the bonfire on Saturday that Cirque Lodge has its own old-timers, those original residents who continue to stay connected to the program and drug rehab facility. In their way, they are continuing the circle. By returning and sharing their experience, strength and hope, they touch the hearts of current residents. Through this, the circle continues when those current residents return home and share their experiences in the rooms of their recovery community. In time, they can be the old-timers that return each September and take part in the reunion.
Again a big thank you for making this one of the biggest and best Alumni Reunions we have ever had. As rewarding as it is for those who come and attend, it is ever so much more to us the staff. It is difficult to describe what it does in rejuvenating us to this noble cause of treating the still struggling alcoholic / addict. We encourage you to stay connected and again, Thank You!