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Fighting Loneliness in Recovery for Young Adults

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When many teens leave a residential treatment center, where they’ve had a built-in support network of peers and mentors, they struggle with feeling lonely and making new friends. They are uncertain about returning to their home environment and reconnecting with old friends, who they may have pushed away or needed distance from. Whether or not they engaged in destructive behaviors together, it can be hard to repair relationships they associate with their own unhealthy coping mechanisms, as they’ve grown as a person. Transitional living programs help young girls and assigned female at birth maintain healthy relationships and continue to make progress, despite triggers for depression and social isolation when they return to a “real world” setting. Fighting loneliness in recovery for young adults is essential for overcoming reservations and self-doubt. 

Community Living

Journey Home combines the warmth and comfort of a traditional home-like setting with continued therapeutic support. Residents live in a home setting on a quiet cul-de-sac with other teens who are also coming out of treatment programs. In a residential setting, girls and assigned female at birth practice open communication, giving feedback, showing respect, and setting boundaries with roommates to cultivate a positive group dynamic.

Transitional living programs help teens launch into independence by teaching them personal responsibility and other life skills that help them live in community, including:

  • Maintaining cleanliness of living space and property
  • Budgeting
  • Time Management
  • Meal Preparation
  • Nutrition
  • Shopping
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Fitness
  • Job Skills and Study Skills

Building Healthy Relationships: Combatting Loneliness in Young Adults

The foundation of our program is helping teens strengthen their support network. We take a client-centered approach that empowers girls and assigned female at birth to set personal goals and identify elements of healthy personal relationships. Girls and assigned female at birth develop strong relationships with other girls and assigned female at birth in the program through group therapy and healthy social activities.

While staff at residential treatment programs play a more direct role in the care of residents, house parents in transitional living programs act as guides and role models to support students. Girls and assigned female at birth meet with their guide at least every two weeks to review progress on goals in the five core areas. Guides offer support and direction to the girls and assigned female at birth on how to accomplish their goals, assist them in their studies, homework and skill development.

Similarly, therapy becomes less structured. Young people are encouraged to play a more active role in collaborating with their therapists to create personal goals and ask for what they need.

Healthy Social Activities

Residents at Journey Home are encouraged to pursue positive hobbies, develop talents and skills, and participate in fun, leisure activities. Many of these activities are planned and developed by the Journey Home girls and assigned female at birth and staff to do together. Girls and assigned female at birth are also encouraged to pursue some of these activities on their own.

Some of the regular group activities at the Journey Home include “Fun Food Friday”, snowsports in the winter, visiting museums, going to movies, exploring the local outdoors by hiking and biking, and many other local events and activities.

This helps girls and assigned female at birth strengthen relationships outside of a group therapy setting based on shared values and interests, rather than struggles.

Journey Home Can Help

Journey Home is a small residential treatment program for girls and assigned female at birth 16 – 21 years old. This program offers a community-based treatment option for young girls and assigned female at birth, which helps teens combat the loneliness in recovery for young adults. It is specifically designed for residents who have successfully completed a therapeutic treatment program but may need more help in transitioning back home. Journey Home West focuses on healthy living, education, responsibilities, and social integration as key components of the program. Young people leave this program feeling empowered, happy, and healthy. We can help your family today!

Contact us at (844) 597-8550.