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Community Treatment Options After Residential Program

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Treatment Options After Residential Program

After attending a residential program, many teens 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 that ensure that young adults have the support they need to become more independent.

Aftercare Options Following Residential Treatment


  • Intensive outpatient therapy is recommended for many people as step-down treatment from a residential program. The daily schedule of an intensive outpatient program is often similar to that of a residential program, except that individuals leave at the end of the day.
  • Individual therapy is less intensive than it would be in an residential program, with weekly sessions more focused on setting goals and processing challenges. Continuing a relationship with a primary therapist is often central to maintaining the progress that young adults have made in a residential program.   
  • Support groups in the community, like 12-step meetings or SMART Recovery Groups, are a great opportunity for teens to meet other people in recovery outside of a treatment center. While some support groups offer their own therapeutic recommendations, others are an informal way to socialize with others who have varying amounts of time in recovery. Support groups often focus on “welcoming the newcomer,” but they can also be a great way to pass on insight gained from residential treatment and help hold people accountable when they are in a program with less structure. 

Holistic Approach in Transitional Living Programs

Transitional living programs combine the benefits of outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient, and support groups for young adults who have already gone through intensive therapy. The goal of transitional living programs is giving young adults space to explore, a place to check back in, and guidance as they try to maintain the changes that they’ve made in their lives. Holistic programs take into account all of an individual’s needs before developing a treatment plan and aim to work on their lifestyle habits, emotional wellbeing, and healthy relationships more so than acute clinical diagnoses.

Transitional living programs may offer more supervision than a traditional outpatient model, but their daily schedule is often more informal than outpatient group therapy or support groups. Residents may continue to have individual therapy sessions with our licensed therapists, but they may feel more like check-ins than life updates, as therapists socialize with them between sessions. The role of staff in a transitional program is to offer mentorship, rather than to enforce rules, as they would in a residential program or an adult “halfway house.” Young adults are encouraged to attend support groups in the community, as well as weekly processing groups at the house, but following a 12-step program or equivalent is not required, like it might be in a halfway house or sober living house. 

Transition programs often recommend complementary therapies such as mindfulness, yoga, creative expression, and other recreation activities, as they are geared towards helping teens discover their passions that will keep them motivated as they transition into independence.

Journey Home Can Help 

Journey Home is a transitional living program for girls and assigned female at birth ages 16-21 that have graduated from a residential treatment center or wilderness therapy. We are the perfect fit for teens who are ready to build upon skills learned in therapeutic settings but recognize they still need guidance and support to further develop their success. Journey Home blends a traditional home setting with positive peer and staff relationships. We believe in the value of good health and healthy hobbies in promoting future success.

For more information about treatment options after residential program, call +1-801-444-0794.