The Pine Grove Alumni Program
Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services offers lifetime recovery support services to every patient who completes one of Pine Grove's addiction treatment programs. During treatment, Pine Grove creates the foundation for long-term contented recovery, and putting that education to work often begins when patients leave the treatment environment and integrate into the real world. The Pine Grove Alumni Program is designed to support the recovery process after treatment through a variety of programs that support our patients’ continued recovery.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- Days of Hope: January 31 - February 1, 2019 - Register Now
Days of Hope schedule:
Thursday, January 31st
- 8:00-9:30 AM: Opening Session at Days of Hope building (2807 Arlington Loop)
- 10:00-4:00 PM: Return to programs for lunch and groups
- 8:00-9:30 AM: Opening Session at the Days of Hope building (2807 Arlington Loop)
- 10:00-12:00 PM: Group and Al-Anon meeting at Wicker Building (218 South 28th Ave)
- 12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch at Forrest General Hospital or on your own
- 1:15-2:30 PM: Presentation by Pine Grove’s Spiritual Coordinator
- 2:45-3:30 PM: Coffee with Carver at T-bone's (2101 Hardy Street)
- 3:00-4:30 PM: Professional’s Recovery Track group (PRT alumni ONLY) at PG Main Campus
- 5:30-6:30 PM: Nar-Anon family group meeting at Open Door Community Church
- 6:30-7:30 PM: Recovery celebration worship service at Open Door Community Church
- 7:00-8:00 PM: SLAA meeting (GP & former patients ONLY) at Gratitude (304 Emerald Lane)
- 8:00-9:00 PM: AA-Meeting at Open Door Community Church (2180 Oak Grove Road)
Friday, February 1st
Patients and Family
- 9:00-11:00 AM: Sober Fun activity (TBA)
- 12:00-3:00 PM: Return to programs for lunch and groups
- 3:15-3:45 PM: Spiritual Send off at Pine Grove’s McRae Hall (2253 Broadway Drive)
The Pine Grove Network Program
The Pine Grove Network Program connects alumni with patients during treatment to begin a positive relationship prior to discharge. This creates a bond and opens the door for the newly sober to pick up the phone and ask for help when they return home. This program helps to connect alumni when they relocate or travel. Sometimes an exiting patient may be the first alumni in their home town, and it’s beneficial to their recovery to connect them with fellow Pine Grove alumni. Exiting patients find it helpful to talk with alumni via e-mail or phone calls. Permission to connect is requested, and participation is voluntary.
The Days of Hope Weekend Retreat
The Days of Hope Weekend Retreat is an annual event that offers alumni an extended version of Pine Grove's Days of Hope, which is offered throughout the year. Alumni and their families return to Pine Grove's campus to re-connect with staff and current patients. The weekend concludes with a spiritual send off on Sunday morning.
The Gratitude Reunion
The annual Gratitude Reunion is an established Pine Grove tradition. Gratitude alumni enjoy a specifically tailored reunion for that program. Pine Grove has hosted alumni from several countries at this event. During the reunion, alumni and their families reconnect with Gratitude staff and meet with current patients to provide hope and healing, while enjoying Mississippi’s excellent cuisine.
Back to Basics
Back to Basics is an integral part of the Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services’ residential treatment program. The Back to Basics program was originally created by Wally P., who is known within the recovery community for rediscovering the 12 Step meeting format from the programs’ early days in the 1940’s. The Pine Grove alumni team spends a day with our residential program patients on a quarterly basis for Back to Basics. This lecture is also part of Pine Grove’s dedicated Family Week itinerary. Pine Grove’s Alumni Program will also tailor a Back to Basics presentation for the organization’s alumni in locations beyond South Mississippi. For inquiries about this service, please contact Carver Brown, Alumni Coordinator, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pine Grove's Alumni Program offers recovery support to the families of the alumni of Pine Grove's addiction treatment programs. Family members are invited to attend Days of Hope, the annual Gratitude Reunion and the Days of Hope Weekend Retreat. During these recovery support events, the families follow a curriculum presented by Pine Grove's Family Program. This format gives families an opportunity to interact with other families in recovery. Families receive a better understanding of what it is like when their family member reintegrates into the family system after completing treatment at Pine Grove.
Structured Family Recovery™
Structured Family Recovery™ is a program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services that outlines how each family member impacts a patient's recovery after treatment. Developed by Pine Grove Consultant Debra Jay, this program creates a defined family support system which can provide empathy, understanding, and accountability once a patient completes treatment.
Structured Family Recovery™ Video
Recovery meetings for Pine Grove Alumni
We have helped people find recovery meetings all over the world. If you need help finding a meeting in your hometown or while traveling, please contact Carver Brown, Alumni Coordinator, at email@example.com
Contact the Alumni Department
Pine Grove’s Alumni Program is interested in your feedback on how to improve communication with us. Alumni and their family members have important suggestions and we welcome this advice. If you are an alumnus or alumna of Pine Grove and have not been receiving our quarterly newsletters and other correspondence, please fill out the Alumni Consent Form and mail it to:
Pine Grove Alumni Department
Attn: Shelly Lankford
2255 Broadway Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Alumni Department Staff
Carver Brown, Alumni Coordinator
Carver Brown is Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services’ Alumni Coordinator and has served in this capacity since 2008. At Pine Grove, Brown helped establish the organization’s Days of Hope reunion, which invites alumni of Pine Grove’s residential programs and their families to return to the facility’s campus several times a year for recovery support and renewal. Mr. Brown also facilitates Pine Grove’s Back to Basics program, a 12-step experiential workshop. Brown also serves on the Board of Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services, known as TPAS.
Before joining Pine Grove, Brown worked as an intern counselor in Jackson, MS. Mr. Brown is from Jackson and attended Mississippi College. Prior to working in behavioral health care, Brown worked in international sales and marketing and joined his family in founding Robot Coupe USA, the originator of the Cuisinart Food Processor.x
Shelly Lankford, Outreach Associate
Shelly Lankford is the Outreach Associate for Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services’ Alumni Program. In her role with the Alumni Program, Lankford works with alumni, who have completed one of Pine Grove’s specialty treatment programs, along with their family members. She enjoys serving as a resource for all of Pine Grove’s alumni and their loved ones and invites alumni contributions for the program’s quarterly newsletter. Additionally, Lankford plays an integral role in planning the Alumni Program’s many activities such as Days of Hope and annual weekend retreats. Lankford joined the Pine Grove team in 2018 and is also assisting with establishing Pine Grove’s Tele-Psych program.x