Alumni & Friends

About the Group

The CAT Alumni & Friends Association strives to establish and enhance a mutually beneficial enduring relationship between CAT and all of its alumni. The association encourages support for CAT, facilitates communication between alumni and CAT and offers opportunities for volunteer service.

The CAT Alumni & Friends Association is a critical component of what we do at CAT. In addition to coordinating activities with patients, CAT alumni organize and host social and fundraising events. But the most important thing the alumni do is share experience, strength and hope with our patients, encouraging them along the road to recovery. 

In all its activities, the CAT Alumni & Friends Association is committed to recovery as a lifelong process and fosters CAT’s vision that Recovery is Within Reach.

Who We Are

CAT Alumni & Friends members include former clients, friends, family, staff, and others who want to get involved.

What We Do

The CAT Alumni & Friends Association supports current patients and CAT by hosting monthly activities with the current patients, organizing social activities for CAT Alumni and Friends, and by holding fundraisers and spirit raisers throughout the year. The money raised is used to host the in-house activities and celebrations for clients and their families, buy art, athletic, or other supplies for the current patients, and to organize our Annual Reunion Picnic. The association is a fun way to network, stay in touch with other graduates and participate in clean and sober activities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is eligible for the Alumni & Friends Association?

CAT has been serving the public since 1970, and everyone who has completed treatment at CAT is considered alumni. In addition, anyone who has completed treatment at another facility or is the friend or family of someone who has completed treatment is considered a friend and is also welcome to participate and serve in our meetings and functions.

Is the Alumni & Friends Association a recovery program?

No. While “helping others” is a critical element in most recovery programs, the Alumni & Friends Association should not be considered a substitute. Anyone with questions about a recovery program should speak with an addictions counselor or group facilitator.

How much does it cost to join the Alumni & Friends Association?

Membership is free.

How do I join?

Just show up to one of our meetings. We meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month (except holidays) from 6-7 p.m. at CAT. For more information, contact Barbara Walkenhorst, Recovery Coach, at (513) 381-6672 x168 or

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