Life after wilderness therapy can feel very different. Students go from being unplugged and in a peaceful environment back to their lives. They are tossed back into the chaos of every day life with the temptations that once surrounded them before. Wilderness therapy gives young people the opportunity to recharge and revitalize themselves from the inside out. They learn new healthy self-management techniques and have significant experiential growth. The transition from wilderness therapy back home is as vitally important as the treatment process itself.
The Wilderness Therapy Way
During wilderness therapy, young adults will experience living in a structured environment. Coming home from this structure can feel strange. However, through self-exploration, they may have some new found ideas on how they want to devote their time. As a parent your support means a lot to your young adult. Recognize that their goals are important and they want you to cheer them on. Wilderness therapy includes a lot more components than simply the wilderness. Your young adult will be exposed to and experience many opportunities that will help them with life after wilderness therapy. Some of these things include:
- Furthering academic career. Academics are not unaddressed in therapy. Young adults typically have the opportunity to work on their academics, receive credits, and work towards career goals. This should not stop after treatment.
- Community engagement. Some wilderness therapy programs may set up the opportunity for students to pair with local businesses. This can function as an internship. It is a great way to expose students to different job fields and give those who may not want to take the college-route other options.
- Other personal growth skills. Young adults will learn new skills that will help them post-treatment. Self-management, personal health and fitness, functional living skills, and hobbies are some examples of things they will explore during treatment. This will be so helpful when they leave treatment as they may have a sense of direction established for themselves.
What’s Next After Wilderness Therapy?
There is no one answer for what to do after wilderness therapy. However, the transitional approach is very important. Keep in mind that at first everything will feel new and different, but that is okay. Consider these components as important things to remember post-treatment:
- New healthy living techniques
- Functional living skills
- Coping with emotions
- Alternative behaviors to bad habits
- Enjoyable activities and hobbies
- Practicing effective communication
Foundations Asheville can help
Foundations Asheville is a transitional living program for young men and women ages 18-24. This program offers support to young people as they seek a successful launch to adulthood. Foundations Asheville helps young adults develop and sharpen their functional living skills. Coping with challenges like low-mood, anxiety, and difficulty following-through are addressed within the program as well. Students leave feeling more confident, independent, and prepared to seek a successful and healthy life. We can help your family today!
Contact us at (828) 604-6570