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4 Ways to Strengthen Social Bonds After Residential Treatment

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After leaving residential treatment, many young adults struggle with feeling isolated from others. Transitioning from a supportive environment where their peers have gone through similar struggles, they reintegrate into society unsure of where they belong or where they even want to belong. They may feel overwhelmed by the idea of launching into adulthood on their own. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t ready to be more independent, but it suggests that strengthening social bonds may help them feel more motivated after residential treatment. Transitional living programs help young adults build social support by connecting students to resources in the community and promoting healthy social activities. 

What are Social Bonds?

  1. Attachment consists of a person’s sensitivity to and interest in others. The foundation of Journey Home East is focused on healing attachments to parents, peers, and even institutions, like school. We help young women identify what they value–personally and in relationships–to help them set goals for themselves and boundaries with others that they feel motivated to follow. Young adults who develop healthy attachments are more likely to make positive decisions and feel a greater sense of social support. We offer family therapy to help residents repair relationships with their parents and to strengthen their support system.
  2. Beliefs. People who live in the same social setting often share common moral beliefs. They may adhere to values such as sharing, sensitivity to the rights of others, and empathy. Young adults are empowered to change their mindset towards personal growth in a group setting with others people who are working through similar struggles. Our therapeutic approach involves addressing underlying core beliefs that affect the problems young women experience. For example, if someone is struggling with social anxiety, we might ask them about specific fears about social interactions, where they’ve learned those ideas, and how they believe positive social experiences should look like. This is more effective than focusing on their behavior: how they respond to social anxiety by isolating and whether they believe that is healthy for them.
  3. Involvement in conventional activities, such as physical activity, work, and school limits time for unhealthy or irresponsible behavior. Boredom is considered a significant risk for addictive behaviors, like substance abuse, technology, and disordered eating. Participating in prosocial recreation activities helps young adults strengthen relationships with positive peers that share similar interests. It also helps them structure their day around things that they find meaningful, which gives them a greater sense of life satisfaction. We encourage young women to come up with their own weekly schedule and to find a balance between “work” and structured “play.”
  4. Commitment involves the time, energy, and effort expended into personal goals, such as getting an education, developing meaningful relationships, and adopting a healthier lifestyle. If young adults develop a strong commitment to becoming more independent, they are less likely to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms that jeopardize their success. Feeling detached from the values associated with their actions puts young adults more at risk of turning back to self-destructive behaviors.

Journey Home East Can Help 

Journey Home East is a transitional living program for young women ages 16-21. This program focuses on helping women transition from long-term treatment to the real world. While they are at our program, we help build confidence in young adults. The idea is to ween them off support systems of being in programs for many years and hone in on functional living skills they need to be independent. Journey Home East helps with scheduling for school, classes, work, internships. This program also provides health coaching, relationship building, dating safety and personal safety tips. Students have the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills they need to lead healthy and successful lives post-treatment. We can help your family today!

Contact us at 855-290-9684 to learn more about our transitional living program.