Lifeskills Alumni Program:
Connect. Commit. Cultivate

Our Guiding Principles: The Three Cs

The Three Cs provide the foundation for the Lifeskills Alumni Program.

1.

CONNECT

our communities to our alumni and their families in a meaningful way.

2.

COMMIT

to serving and guiding our alumni and their families. 

3.

CULTIVATE

strong communities that will continue their recovery journeys together. 

Alumni Program Components

Support Groups

Our alumni relations team facilitates discharge interviews for Lifeskills’ clients as well as various support groups for clients, alumni, and their families to help them connect with and commit to the program.

Discharge Interviews

During each discharge interview, the alumni relations coordinator introduces the program, answers any questions, and collects membership information.

Discharge Group

Beginning three weeks before discharge, the discharge group allows clients to check in, share their experiences, find support, and get educated on the program.

Alumni Support Group

Within this weekly group, alumni can check in, share their experiences, and find support.

Family Support Group

 Within this weekly group, families can check in, share their experiences, and find support.

Hear From Our Alumni

Post-discharge Outreach

We know that consistent contact cultivates relationships. After leaving Lifeskills, each alumni receives an initial check-in, as well as ongoing scheduled check-ins. During these check-ins, recovery challenges and the needed resources are identified and addressed so our alumni and their families feel supported. 

The Group Me App and Private Facebook Page

The app and private page allow alumni and their families to instantly connect with other program members. Members can post, build friendships, access support groups, track events and milestones, and more. The alumni relations coordinator administers groups and provides support as well as holds all members accountable to each group’s rules.

Volunteer Committee

 Our alumni community is run, governed, and supported by our volunteer committee, which works in conjunction with our alumni relations coordinator. The only requirementsfor committee membership include attending the once-a-month meetings and participating in most alumni community events.

Events

We believe in connection through group activities! Recovery is about being a part of life and experiencing new events. The volunteer committee votes on various quarterly events, including reunions, beach trips, bowling, and more.

What Our Alumni and Families Are Saying

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“Lifeskills wasn't an easy program. There were a lot of hardships in the program. I had to look at myself honestly. I couldn't hide my shortcomings anymore. I had to face what my life had become, but I did get better. I'm stable now, and it's something I haven't had my entire life. Now I have peace of mind and a future ahead of me. Addiction doesn't have to be a death sentence. DID doesn't have to be a death sentence. You can get better. It's work, but you can definitely grow and change. It's never too late, and if you've never had stability or true happiness you can always work so you can have it in the future. Life can be good, you can change.”

– Grateful Alumnus

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“I arrived after four suicide attempts, three of which took place within a single day. The last of which got me sent to the VA hospital in West Palm Beach who took the initiative to have me placed at Lifeskills. This place is a miracle worker. It took a fully broken man who couldn't see life ahead of him and gave him hope for the future. Everything here has a purpose, even if you cannot see it at the time. The staff is honestly amazing, full of highly qualified therapists, great techs, and community building that is truly next level. They saved my life. I strongly suggest Lifeskills to anyone who is struggling with their mental health. They CAN change you too if you allow the program to work.”

– Grateful Alumnus

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“Before coming to Lifeskills, I was really struggling with my mental health and with substance abuse. The community here is so incredibly supportive, the staff is amazing, and the program was truly so helpful in assisting me with creating a much more stable and helpful life. I would like to thank the clinical team, especially Celin, Ian, Amy, and Sheryl, who helped me learn so many valuable skills that have really changed my life for the better. My life was so unmanageable, and I was manic and unstable, but with the help of Lifeskills I have grown so much as a person. I would highly recommend this treatment center to anyone looking for the best possible help!!”

– Grateful Alumnus

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“We were desperate to get help for a family friend, so we reached out to Lifeskills. With the help of the staff and Dr. David, the clinical director, he was inresidential treatment for two months, and then he transferred to outpatient care. During his stay, we visited with him, met the staff membersand toured the beautiful facility. I’m so thankful that we found this amazing center to help our dear friend get the help he needed. He’s been mentally healthy, clean, and sober for 16 months. Thank you Lifeskills!”

– Grateful Friend of an Alumnus

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“Lifeskills South Florida was the perfect place to treat my child’s mental health and addiction issues. The staff’s qualifications and areas of expertise enabled my child to get the targeted therapy that was needed. The staff was always available to answer questions and treated my family with dignity and respect. I particularly appreciated the family therapy sessions. I would highly recommend Lifeskills.”

– Grateful Family Member of an Alumnus

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“Our family has faced many challenges and Lifeskills was a blessing for us. They have a very informative family weekend which helped our family grow closer. They helped us gain insights and the information they provided will be valuable for years to come. The employees are skilled professionals and saved our family. We cannot thank them enough.”

– Grateful Family Member of an Alumnus

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Meet Our Alumni Program Team

Stefan Glamp, Alumni Relations Manager
Stefan leads Odyssey’s efforts in developing the alumni communities at each of their facilities. Stefan’s approach sustains treatment effectiveness by providing timely, systematic, and supportive engagement for all clients who have completed treatment. With extensive experience developing and directing robust alumni communities in the addiction and mental health fields, he focuses on engaging people within their specific recovery journeys and developing community partnerships with a belief that long-term recovery is an attainable life goal.

Brandi Petitti, Alumni Relations Coordinator
Brandi leads Lifeskills South Florida efforts in serving and guiding the Alumni and Alumni Family communities. She has served within various leadership roles throughout her career and has hands-on experience working in the mental health/addiction field with multiple positions of service. Brandi’s empathy, compassion, and consistent source of stability have enabled her to be a beacon of hope in many people’s lives. Her many talents include her ability to engage people on their specific recovery journey, leadership, outreach, and crisis management. Brandi’s belief is that Lifeskills South Florida treatment works, and that long-term recovery is an attainable life goal.
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