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Blanchard’s Change Agents


The opposite of addiction is connection, it has been said. One of the most devastating aspects of addiction is the damage it causes to relationships with parents, family, and friends. The Blanchard Institute recognizes the important role of relationships in the healing process—especially within the family.

Recovery from addiction is a challenging process and outcomes improve dramatically if you don’t have to do it on your own. Rebuilding relationships and forging new ones is central to the treatment program at The Blanchard Institute.

“Patients are with us for several months and families are required to participate as much as the identified patient. With us, family involvement is more like family restructuring or realignment, says founder and CEO Ward Blanchard.


Equally important are strong relationships with fellow patients and engaging with the wider recovery community. At Blanchard, we believe in the power of giving back. 

After achieving recovery from addiction, our alumni can be more: they can become what we call “change agents” in their communities. Volunteering is a rewarding way to share your journey, support others in their recovery, and continue to grow personally.

“We wanted to do something different with our alumni program,” explains Blanchard. “Change agents—that communicates better what their mission is. Here at Blanchard, it’s more about relationships than just a treatment experience. You’re not navigating this journey alone. We emphasize the  importance of staying in touch after concluding your treatment.” 

The members of our alumni community embody the spirit of a change agent—someone who doesn’t just transform their own life but also has a profound impact on others. Your journey through recovery has prepared you to be a beacon of hope and a pillar of support within the community.


Navigating daily life after treatment presents challenges and opportunities. Our alumni program is designed to ensure you have the continuous support and resources needed to meet these challenges and opportunities head-on. Engaging with our community keeps you connected to vital support through exclusive events, ongoing education, and peer networking, reinforcing your commitment to a sober, fulfilling life.

“We want to stay connected with our clients and their families,” says Blanchard. “We put a structure in place to achieve that, because it’s very important to us. We like to keep in touch, especially in early recovery in the first six months or so. We provide the space to have alumni gatherings and events. We had our first alumni cookout last year. We want to be a place where the community is able to flourish. We also hired an alumnus recently and that is one of the most special things you can have as a treatment program.”


Your journey and successes equip you to guide new clients as they begin their paths to recovery. Through volunteer activities, community service projects, and mentorship roles, you can give back, providing the same support and inspiration that was crucial during your recovery. Your involvement helps sustain a vibrant, supportive recovery environment that welcomes everyone.

The Blanchard Institute cultivates a safe, comfortable environment for clients and their families across North Carolina. Your journey to recovery doesn’t end with day or outpatient treatment, once you’re with Blanchard, we’re always there for you.

Our admissions process is discrete, confidential, and non-invasive. Call us at (704) 288-1097. Our experienced admissions specialists will guide you through the process and treat you with the dignity and compassion you deserve.

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