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The majority of college students do not graduate in four-years, whether it is due to changing majors, dropping courses, taking time off, or changing expectations of curriculum. The high school-to-college pipeline is responsible for 30% of college students dropping out during their first year. By year six, 56% of students have dropped out. It is natural for college dropouts to feel like they have given up on their goals, but shame around dropping out of college can lead to losing...

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...

While no one necessarily wants to see themselves in a negative light, unconscious self-defeating thoughts can destroy one’s attempts to build self-esteem. These messages may be a response to traumatic events or rejection or a bad habit developed over time. When young adults have internalized messages that they are inadequate or worthless, they are less likely to pursue goals that would help them shift their perspective of themselves. Many young adults struggle to believe positive affirmations; however, trying to increase...

In the midst of a mental health epidemic on college campuses across the country, many young adults try to factor in finding therapeutic support when choosing colleges. One of the biggest struggles teens face when going to college is launching into independence, especially after leaving a residential treatment program. While they have taken steps in their lives to prepare emotionally to begin college, it is important for them to establish a support network and learn what resources they can access...

According to the latest meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, measures to address inequality and discrimination may be far more effective in combatting mental illness than the emphasis over the past 30 years on medication and therapy. While typical forms of psychotherapy are beneficial in reducing symptoms of depression, looking at mental health from a wellbeing perspective rather than a mental illness perspective may address underlying issues contributing to the mental health epidemic in young adults. Community models...

Confidence really is key. However, it isn’t something we just wake up with. Confidence is something we work to build our entire lives. Young adults especially thrive off of confidence. These are the years in which one jumps into the unknown and takes chances to discover what path they want to take in life. According to Psychology Today, the following elements are necessary in achieving one’s own personal greatness: Passionate and committed (because a lot of that striving for your...

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...

Without practicing proper self-care, leading a healthy life will become increasingly difficult. We must first take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone else. Self-care can encompass many things. It can be broken down in categories such as: Workplace or professional, physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationships. Young adults should work to implement a plan of action to prioritize self-care. Here are some tips to get one started in each category. Workplace or professional self-care This involves activities...

The time when young adults transition into independence is not easy. The “real world” can be quite overwhelming for many. Knowing what to do, where to go, and how to do it is not knowledge we just obtain one day out of nowhere. It takes guidance, watching others, asking questions, and exploring options to find our fit in the adult world. Becoming an independent adult requires baby steps. These steps begin far before one is even actually an adult. There...