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A Fresh Start: Leaving Residential Treatment

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After a teen or young adult has participated in a residential treatment program, the transition back home can be scary. The hope is that when young adults leave residential treatment programs, that feel more equipped to conquer life and any challenges that may ensue. Effective residential treatment programs will spend treatment time helping your young adult build a greater sense of independence. Leaving residential treatment can be a huge transition for everyone, however, it is a completely manageable one! 

The After-Treatment Expectations 

Throughout your child’s treatment period, they will probably develop a bond with peers and staff. Coming home without that support system on hand can be uncomfortable. As a parent, you will also be included in your child’s treatment journey. Your support becomes very important to them especially to ease the transition back home. Keep in mind, the things they have learned throughout treatment, and enforce them at home too. 

  1. Peer Relationships: Your young adult will better grasp the concepts of working and communicating with others. 
  2. Accepting one’s physical body and keeping it healthy: Self-care tasks should be something they are capable of at this point. 
  3. Increased self-sufficiency: Allow your young adult to participate in their own decision-making. 
  4. Plans to prepare for a job or career: Residential programs typically include job preparation as a part of their curriculum. You should talk with your young adult about their interests and professional goals. 
  5. Acquiring a set of values to guide behavior: At this point in their life, young adults should have the ability to integrate personal values and beliefs into a unique, individual outlook on life
  6. More socially responsibility: it is not unreasonable to hold your young adult accountable for acting responsibly at home and in the community.

Beginning the New Chapter 

After leaving a residential treatment program, it is okay and normal not to have the future planned out. However, this treatment usually helps young adults build a new sense of direction. Parents should be supportive during the plan, but certainly shouldn’t do the planning. After residential treatment, these are some ways young adults can begin their new chapter of a healthy and happy life:

  • Exploring new career options 
  • Getting involved in community organizations or volunteer services
  • Creating a financial plan to become financially independent 
  • Moving to a new place 
  • Putting new healthy habits into action 

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. 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 +18552909684.