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Alumni Weekend 2019: Food, Fun and Fellowship

Make plans to join us for the annual alumni weekend this September

Continuing an annual tradition, Oxford Treatment Center alumni and their families are invited to a casual weekend of food, fun and fellowship on Sept. 28-29.

For 2019, the main event of the Alumni Weekend will be held at the Old Armory Pavilion, at the corner of University Avenue and Bramlett Boulevard in Oxford. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, alumni and their families will enjoy outdoor games, live music and speakers. Oxford Treatment Center Executive Chef Moulay Elabdellaoui and his staff will serve a picnic of Southern-style cuisine.

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“…it’s important for us to host weekends like this not only for our alumni but also for the people who’ve been their support system.”

Operated by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the pavilion is situated beside Oxford’s community garden and public library. Holding the Alumni Weekend picnic at a family-friendly, community location underscores the important role of families in a person’s recovery from addiction, said Brian Whisenant, Director of Community Relations.

“We say often that addiction is a family disease — but recovery involves the whole family, too,” he said. “That’s why it’s important for us to host weekends like this not only for our alumni but also for the people who’ve been their support system.”

On Sunday, Sept. 29, alumni and their families will have an opportunity to return to Oxford Treatment Center’s main campus at Etta between 1 and 4 p.m. Those in attendance will be able to participate in experiential activities that those in recovery took part in while in treatment. Experiential therapies offered at Oxford Treatment Center include art, music, yoga and equine therapy.

“For our alumni, it’s often meaningful to bring their loved ones back to the place where their recovery began,” Whisenant said. “They’ve come this far in their recovery because of the support of their family and friends. Being able to reflect on how far they have come is truly an exercise in gratitude.”

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