Alumni Support Services

Alumni Support Services

Alumni Support Services are here to support you on your journey ahead. Many of us from the White Sands family are out there recovering as we speak. Staying connected and reaching out when struggling, or even if you have a recovery question, are keys to success. Whether you are new to recovery or just coming back, you have the ability to inspire others as you continuously work to better yourself. Addiction recovery is no easy feat, but the positive support found in this White Sands alumni group can make long-term recovery much more attainable.

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Alumni Support Team

Mark Adams, Alumni Coordinator

Mark is a proud alumni member of White Sands Treatment Center. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At White Sands Treatment Center, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives. We push for support and true connection with one another. There is strength in numbers and that is why we have a need to stay connected. If anybody is ever going through a rough time in their recovery, feel free to contact Mark. He will always be there with his hand out to help with a  smile on his face.

Office Phone- 239.895.0610 Ext. 3024


Helping Hands Hotline- 877-4-REHAB-1  (877-473-4221)

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Voice/SMS messages
Alumni newsletters
Monthly support group
Buddy program
Speakers' program

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Buddy Program

The White Sands Treatment Center alumni program connects recently discharged clients with other recovering alumni. This relationship provides encouragement and support for our clients, as they adjust to living a sober lifestyle and engage in additional support groups at home.
If you would like to become a buddy, please contact Mark Adams at  in order to learn more about what the program entails.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Support Group

The continuing growth and success of our Alumni is of the utmost importance to White Sands Treatment Center. As such, we provide a safe venue each week for our former clients to share in each other’s everyday life experiences and to discuss how they are feeling about their journey in recovery. Much strength is gained from one of our Alumni helping another. Alumni Support Group is hosted Thursday nights at 8PM in the Administration Building of White Sands Treatment Center. Please come join us!

White Sands Alumni Community

Throughout the year, our facility offers events that encourage alumni to share their unique experiences, setbacks, and inspiration. Alumni also have the ability to keep in contact through our .

Long-Term Recovery Management

Some of the recovery programs we provide include:

  • Phone follow-up from our support team
  • Intensive outpatient weekly meetings
  • Communication by email
  • Family programming
  • Aftercare resources
  • A support network

Our staff can also help assist you in locating addiction recovery meetings in your area.


Tales of Recovery:

Michelle G.

My name is Michele and I am a grateful recovering addict, though I still suffer with the disease each and every day. It all started 15 years age when I went through a life changing event. I thought that I could cope with my emotion by using. I started off smoking marijuana and drinking here an there at the age of 13. By the age of 18 I was drinking everyday and using pills. Fast-forward 7 years, my addiction was in full swing. I was smoking marijuaMichelle and drinking to just bring my self out of bed. Cocaine and pills were also some things I felt like I needed to help me get through the day.  By this time there wasn’t much that I wouldn’t do to chase my next high. I was on this never ending roller-coaster ride of using to make myself feel happy and numb. However, once I  reached that “high” I felt disgust and hatred towards myself. Through my many years of addiction I ended up hurting everyone around me. Not only did I hurt my family and loved ones, I lost my marriage, my kids, but most of all I lost myself. I had opened a door that I couldn’t close anymore. I was very confused and could no longer distinguish between what was good and what was bad. I couldn’t make a decision to stop all these things. During the last four years of my drug use, I used to pray to God every time to let it be my last time. I was at my rock bottom an I didn’t want to live anymore. My life changed about 14 months ago when I walked through the front doors of White Sands. I thought I would just go there to make my family happy and be out in about 2 weeks, but that wasn’t the case. From being there, I learned that I wasn’t alone and that there was a solutionI was introduced to a 12 step program that showed me a new way to live my life drug and alcohol free. Committing myself to a lifetime without my “best friend” was a scary thing to me, but I decided to give it a chance since nothing else had helped me before. The recovery process is where I learned to get to the core of the reasons behind my addiction. White Sands taught me how to address those issues so that I can effectively move on with my life without going back to drugs and alcohol and my addictive behavior. After leaving White Sands I have moved on to become a house manager of a halfway house, I have begun to reconnect with my family, and most of all, I have taken the steps to start loving myself.