Welcome, Wasatch Warrior
The Wasatch Warriors Alumni Program
A Message from Wasatch Crest's Founder, Jim Huffman:
Dear Wasatch Crest Graduate,
Congratulations on completing your treatment at Wasatch Crest. These first 30 to 90 days are the hardest, and it is a huge accomplishment to have come this far. That said, the journey is just beginning and the best is yet to come. I personally want to welcome you to our alumni program. You are officially a Wasatch Warrior! So what now?
Just over 13 years ago, my life had become completely unmanageable, and I was in a bad place. My 17-year marriage was failing, my role as a father to seven children was questionable at best, and my life was imploding. My journey to recovery started by asking for help and being willing to go to treatment.
When I first went to treatment, I was concerned that there were people in my treatment program who were not the same as me and struggled with different things than I did. I remember asking myself questions like: “How will I relate to them?” “How will they relate to me?” “And how is this going to help me get better?”
The reality is “those people” were actually “my people.” I quickly developed deep, meaningful relationships with my treatment peers. This is not to say that I enjoyed everyone’s company, nor did everyone enjoy mine. (I was a handful in early recovery….in some ways, I probably still am). The important thing is that I found my tribe and those individuals became some of my closest friends — in fact, the closest, truest friends I had ever known. Some of those people are still my closest friends to this day. Some are no longer with us. Regardless of the outcome, those bonds in early recovery were essential to staying sober. When I was feeling strong, I helped and supported others. And when I was down, they were there to support me. We learned to count on one another and to help each other stay sober.
Treatment was a great start, but it would not have been enough to keep me sober long term. I needed more. I needed that human connection and I needed a program of long-term recovery. For me, that has been Alcoholics Anonymous. For you, it may be something different and that’s okay. It’s not important “which” recovery program you choose as long as you have one that works for you.
Early on, I set a goal to get one year of sobriety — one day at a time of course. I humbled myself and took direction in key areas of my life. The first year was not easy, but I never gave up and kept showing up. I did the work, and guess what? My life got better! Before long, I actually had a life that was worth protecting. This is the experience, strength and hope that I wish to share. Things do get better…but only if you are willing to work for it, and you stay connected with others who are serious about sobriety.
The goal of our alumni program is to create connections, provide ongoing support, and have a lot of fun along the way! Many programs say, “stay in touch,” but don’t really mean it. When we say those words at Wasatch Crest, we mean it, and we are counting on you to help make it happen. We sincerely want to see you, and we want to stay connected with you. During your time at Wasatch, you’ve probably made some solid friends. My hope is that you will continue those relationships, and build new ones, as a Wasatch Warrior.
I’ve now been sober for over 13 years. I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long! Time flies. I have a wonderful marriage and eight children who I love dearly (and I’m pretty sure they love me too!). I run an honest business. I’m a hard worker, a good son to my parents, and a good friend. I try to be of service wherever I can, and my character, integrity and values are not for sale — to anyone, for any price. These are but a few of the blessings of sobriety, without which I would have none of these things.
When we finish treatment, it’s easy to get pulled back into the stresses of life. After all, we have a lot of wreckage and responsibility waiting for us. My experience is that putting sobriety first and allowing everything else to work itself out in time, makes all the difference. Simply put, stay the course. Stay connected. Do the work.
“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path.” I cannot promise you that the journey will be easy, but I can promise you that it will be worth it! You will never have to walk alone. We will be here to walk beside you one step at a time, one day at a time.
Warriors on three……
A Message from Wasatch Crest's Alumni Coordinator, Madi Banks:
My name is Madi Banks, and I’m the alumni coordinator at Wasatch Crest. I want to officially welcome you to the Wasatch Warriors alumni program!
You have worked so hard to get where you are, and your dedication to creating a new life for yourself has not gone unnoticed. I can't wait to see the amazing things that the future has in store for you.
As you set out on your journey, I want to tell you a little bit about what it means to be a Wasatch Warrior, and why it’s so important for you to stay connected to a recovery community.
Being part of the Wasatch Warriors alumni program means that you have successfully completed your treatment at Wasatch Crest, and are committed to writing a new story for your life. You should be extremely proud of yourself. You are doing something that others will never be able to do or even have the opportunity to do. By welcoming you to the Wasatch Warriors, we want to help you make the most of your fresh start.
When you leave treatment, it's important to find your people and where you fit in. You might find your recovery community at 12-step meetings or events like sober softball and sober open mic nights. There are so many paths to recovery, and whatever path you choose, the Wasatch Warriors are here to support you.
For our Wasatch Warriors, we host weekly alumni meetings, monthly game nights, sober softball games, recovery retreats, and camping trips. You can always find the most up-to-date event listings on our Alumni Events page. Additionally, we want to check in with you and celebrate your recovery milestones through regular phone calls and emails. We will also always be here to welcome you with open arms through any struggles you may encounter.
I'm a big believer that it's important to recover out loud, so others know they are not alone as they battle the disease of addiction. We ask that you might consider sharing your recovery story with us, so that your strength and courage can inspire the community. If you’re interested in sharing your story, you can submit it to us in writing, through an audio or video recording, or retell it during a phone interview.
If you’d like to learn more about sharing your story, or just want to connect, feel free to reach out to me at any time:
Madi Banks, [email protected]
Never forget that I believe in you, and you are meant to have an amazing life. You are worth it!
Wasatch Warriors Events
We host weekly support group meetings, monthly events, and outings for our alumni. Find out about Wasatch Warriors events.
Share Your Recovery Story
Stories have the power to heal both the sharer and the listener. By sharing your recovery story, you provide others with hope for healing, while also challenging the stereotype of addiction. If you’re interested in sharing your Wasatch Warrior recovery story with us, please email Madi Banks, our alumni coordinator, at [email protected]
Connect With Us
Make sure you’re following us on social media to stay up to date on all the Wasatch Warrior news and events. We also have a Wasatch Warrior Facebook group so you can connect with other graduates. Join the Facebook Group.