Who We Are
Alumni in Recovery (AinR) is a non-profit organization of dedicated young people who are now living in recovery and abstinent from all drugs and alcohol.
Our Mission: Raise Awareness/ End the Stigma/Provide Hope & Resources
Our mission is to provide a safe and reliable program while providing awareness, hope and resources for our local communities. We aim to end the stigma surrounding the disease of addiction by sharing our stories with students and their parents at local middle and high schools. We volunteer our time to speak openly about our struggles with addiction and how we overcame them.
All AinR members are:
• Actively working a program of abstinence-based recovery, independently living within the community, and are screened by an AinR director and/or senior member prior to membership.
• Required to review AinR Presentation Guidelines with another member, and agree to the format prior to his/her first presentation.
• Required to attend AinR meetings on a regular basis, which are typically held bimonthly
• A minimum of 2 speakers for presentations (demonstrates the WE of fellowship and support of each other).
• Required to dress in business casual clothing for presentations. Please no cut-off anything, although jeans are acceptable.
• Be Responsible about speaking commitments you volunteer for, and always show up, on time.
• Introduction - name, age, and the school you attended, AinR’s purpose (see Mission Statement), and why speaking is important to you. Start off with the GOOD SAMARITAN LAW* (see below!).
• Speak no more than 15 minutes at a time of personal story as IT LEAVES TIME FOR QUESTIONS! If 3 people, present, 1st presenter can be “lead” and provide introduction) use content relatable to age group of the student body. Attempt to keep your audience engaged throughout.
• IMPORTANT: Discuss where you were at their age, include feelings, behaviors, activities, school performance prior to substance use. Be specific about how you felt so they can identify.
• Progression to the disease of addiction (no one knows who is going to have that potential until substance use begins). Emphasize defining moments that happened at the audience’s age: incidents of how and when the path of drug/alcohol abuse started.
STAY ON TOPIC OF JOURNEY FROM YOUTH TO ADDICTION TO RECOVERY!
• Inform about Withdrawal and Detoxification: if it pertained to your story. Define terms such as Detox, Rehab, Abstinence, Recovery, Stigma, Withdrawal. Explain symptoms of withdrawal (typically) alcohol, opiates and/or benzodiazepines (ie: Xanax).
• Recovery: define the word abstinence, and how/why you live a life free of drugs and alcohol as part of recovery. Lifestyle choices that you get to make as a result of being clean and sober, etc.
• Encourage students to opt for positive choices. Provide healthy alternatives; and having supportive friends that value good and healthy choices. Asking for help.
• If you are alumni of school, familiar with teachers, only draw their names in if there is a positive point being made.
• Again, leave adequate time for students to ask questions at the end of presentation.
• Let students know that there are many young people in recovery, even teenagers.
• NO PROFANITY (Please be responsible of the words you are speaking, they matter).
• Avoid talking about risk-taking behaviors or details around illegal activity/drug use (Not necessary for the message we aim to bring).
.No over-sharing! Keep it brief, to the point. ONLY 15 MINUTES!
• Don’t assume they know what terms/words you are using. Ask questions to engage students.
• Don’t label any of the students as alcoholics or addicts, or that they will become one (just that substance use is the potential path) of addiction.
Keep it generalized, and do not go off topic of addiction to make points. Stay in the scope of addiction and personal journey.
• AinR does not speak of outside issues (i.e. religious or political reference), or anything beyond the scope of these guidelines, as it pertains to your own experience, and some general facts of addiction. WE SPEAK IN A GENERALIZED WAY about the pathway of addiction.
12 Step Program References (keeping with the 11th Tradition)
• Participants shall limit sharing on AA/NA as we are speaking as people in recovery, not as AA /NA members. As we are not affiliated with these 12 step programs. Be clear you are a person in recovery and not there to speak on behalf of any organization other than AinR. Try referring to it as a “12 step program”. Offer to discuss with anyone wanting more info after speaking.
• You CAN refer to these numbers for anyone interested in more info:
AA 24 hr (800)-245-1377
or NA 24 hr (908) 687-8566
• Do not refer to other members during presentations as part of AA or NA program, respecting anonymity outside the fellowships.
Sharing Contact Information
• Never give your personal phone number to students. They are minors and we are guests of the staff. You may give the contact staff or school personnel your info if they wish to reach you in regards to connecting with a particular student. You can also refer them to an AIR Coordinator.
• Videos/photographs for AIR Facebook posting are permitted after receiving verbal permission from school staff and members, on the day. NO STUDENTS ARE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED OR VIDEOTAPED (as per confidentiality laws). Be mindful to get permission from members too.
• All members will refrain from publicizing A.R student events, photos or videos on their own personal Social Media pages, but can post public community based events.. Public announcements should only come through official AIR sites and/or pages.
*GOOD SAMARITAN LAW (in regards to alcohol and drug overdoses) - offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated.
The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.
Email us: Info@Alumniinrecovery.org
Or Call: (201)-741-6409
*GOOD SAMARITAN LAW (in regards to alcohol and drug overdoses) - offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders' hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.
Interested in joining us? Email: Info@Alumniinrecovery.org or call 201-741-6409