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Your daughter has accomplished something amazing and is on her way to graduate from a residential program or wilderness program. Now would be the time to start thinking about if a transitional program might be a good fit for her. Transitional programs such as Journey Home are a “step down” type of structure where girls aged 16-21 live in a residential setting and learn how to incorporate the skills learned in treatment programs with real world applications.  Why are step down...

One of the biggest obstacles to developing a self-care routine isn’t necessarily loathing the activities it might entail, it’s believing that one deserves to take a break and do things for themselves. It’s a Catch-22 that activities designed to improve one’s self esteem are harder to engage in when one struggles with low self-esteem in the first place. For some young adults, this might look like obsessing over skincare and makeup routines to the point where they’re no longer enjoyable...

A recent study found that young people in America are three times more likely to aspire towards a career as a professional Youtuber than working in the STEM field. For teens who have grown up spending more of their free time on social media and surfing the internet than participating in offline hobbies, it makes sense that they see this as a realistic career goal. We encourage teens to reflect on their personal experiences and values in order to determine...

After attending a residential program, many young women benefit from continued therapeutic structure, but don’t need the same level of care they may have had in a wilderness therapy program or a residential treatment center. While residential programs help people learn how to regulate their emotions and identify goals that they want to work towards, transition programs offer guidance as they apply these skills in reaching their goals. There are a variety of community treatment options available after residential program...

Research indicates that there are three primary factors that increase the likelihood of positive long-term success following discharge from residential treatment, including parental involvement in the treatment process, the stability and structure of the discharge environment, and the utilization of support following the aftercare program. While many transition programs have similar structures, a transition program designed for older teens may be a better developmental fit for your daughter leaving residential treatment than one for young adults. If you are looking...

By the time young women reach young adulthood, their beliefs about relationships and the way they interact with others feel ingrained. For someone who has struggled with maintaining friendships or being bullied throughout adolescence, it may feel impossible to overcome social anxiety as a young adult. They may internalize that social anxiety is part of their personality, rather than an issue that can be managed. However, positive, healthy relationships are essential for getting through this transitional period of one’s life....

According to the Pew Research Center, around 15% of children live in blended families with step-parents and step or half siblings. Only about 46% of families include two parents in their first marriage. In contrast, 40% of new marriages include at least one person who was previously married and 20% feature two people who have been previously married. Although blended families are becoming more common, it can still take a couple years for them to get used to the changes....

Many researchers have found mixed results about whether social media use has an effect on self-concept, self-esteem, body image, and body dissatisfaction, which suggests that individual mindsets can have an impact on the outcome of social media use. While comparing oneself to others over social media can have a detrimental effect on one’s self esteem, the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey revealed that 65% of girls reported that seeing their selfies on social networking sites boosts their self-esteem.  How...

A number of major life events can be considered traumatic, even if they are not categorized as particularly violent. Conflict in relationships, significant changes in routine, and loss can be life-changing and result in increased depression and anxiety. While these “little t” traumas, compared to “Big T” traumas, may not sound significant enough to lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress, over time, traumatic loss affects one’s ability to cope and respond appropriately. Symptoms of Traumatic Loss Symptoms of trauma aren’t exclusive to...

Many of our residents visit home for the holidays to spend time with their families. The holiday season often involves many holidays parties where alcohol is served, which can be a temptation for people in recovery. As alcohol use over the holidays is normalized, many young adults may be tempted to make an exception and try to hide that they’ve been drinking from their parents. However, drinking over the holidays can bring up old patterns of substance abuse, craving, and...