After leaving residential treatment, young women set different types of goals to help them maintain personal growth. While they may enter treatment questioning “What can I do to keep myself alive,” their focus shifts to “What do I plan to do with my one wild and precious life?” As they complete specific treatment goals, they begin to work on how to integrate healthy habits that will help them live a more purposeful life. Many girls continue to struggle with visualizing a life beyond their history of depression, anxiety and self-esteem. Mentors in transitional living programs help girls identify intentions they want to carry with them throughout their lives.
Ways to Maintain Personal Growth After Residential Treatment Include:
- Taking Care of Their Bodies
Healthy bodies lead to healthier minds. In transitional living programs, girls have more autonomy over the energy and nutrition that goes into their body and the ways they release that energy through physical activity. Girls are encouraged to cook together and try new recipes. Taking a relationship-based approach to healthy living reduces some of the shame associated with diet culture and body image issues that many young girls struggle with. We encourage group meals and group adventure activities to help change girls’ association with food and exercise.
- Discovering Passions
It takes a lot of self-discovery and trial and error to discover what one is truly passionate about. In a group setting, girls are supported in their creative endeavors and encouraged to try new things. Girls are encouraged to engage with the greater local community to explore what options are out there in helping them find their role. The secret to self-confidence is having the courage to experiment in life without judging one’s progress or skill level.
- Working On Self-Improvement
The main focus in residential treatment is self-reflection and self-awareness. In transitional living programs, girls have the opportunity to identify longer-term goals consistent with their values. This includes building employment skills, becoming more independent, consistently practicing self-care, and setting realistic educational goals. As girls learn to become more present in their everyday lives, they begin to consider how short-term goals can help them create a meaningful future for themselves beyond what they ever thought possible.
- Continuously Identifying Challenges
Many young girls believe that their problems will go away after residential treatment. Unfortunately, this is not always realistic. Problems in their environment and negative emotions are inevitable; however, therapy teaches them skills that help them better manage conflict as it arises. While they may be used to bottling things up, girls are encouraged to identify triggers and reach out to their support network for guidance. Admitting struggles is not a sign of weakness, but rather a symbol of honesty and willingness to overcome challenges they may face.
- Helping Others
During residential treatment, young girls allow themselves to reach out for help and to be helped. During transitional living programs, they are able to take what they’ve learned to help those around them–both their peers, family members, and people in the community. Community service helps build this sense of generosity–giving back what they have been given. Volunteering is a great reminder of community connection, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.
Transitional living programs help young women stay focused on their goals and empower them to never stop growing.
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 goal setting at Journey Home East.