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Life After Residential Treatment: 3 Important Things

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When young adults spend time in residential treatment, they are learning new skills and improving methods of self-management, coping skills, and healthy living. However, the transition from a residential treatment center back to the real world can be frightening. One may wonder what is next for them. Your young adult may look to you for guidance in getting back into their normal (but healthier) routine.

Family Engagement

Young adults will need family support after residential treatment. It is critical that they have a strong support system when they move back home. You may have participated in family therapy, you are familiar with how you can offer reassurance and positivity as they resume with their everyday lives. Sustainable recovery relies on positive social support. Keeping lines of communication open and being available to help your young adult when they are in need is important.

Getting Hired

Residential treatment works to help equip young adults for success after treatment. Part of this includes giving young adults ways to develop professionalism and prepare for a job. The things young adults may work on include: resume building, interviewing practice, internships, and basic skills needed on the job. Life after residential treatment will include fully launching into the adult world which means getting a job. They may have already developed an interest in a particular job field, but if they haven’t, you can help them search for a good first job post treatment. Attending job fairs or job certification courses is a good way to get one’s foot in the door.

Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle

Continuing healthy habits learned in treatment is a vital part of life after residential treatment. During treatment young adults will learn the importance of exercise, nutrition, and stress management in the recovery process. They may have been exposed to a variety of methods including: yoga, meditation, and basic mindfulness exercises such as deep breathing or progressive muscular relaxation. It’s important that young adults keep engaged in these types of things when they return home. Motivate and encourage your young adult to participate in activities they enjoy, try new things, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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 (828) 243-6165