Integration into the community is a vital component of transition planning for individuals leaving residential treatment. Transition programs help young adults get involved in the community by developing a resume of work experiences, meeting role models in the community, and exploring new hobbies. Recreation activities help young adults develop a positive self-concept through meaningful experiences and satisfying peer relationships.
Why Offer Recreation Activities?
After spending months in a structured therapeutic environment, many young adults get used to the routine of group therapy and meetings with therapists. It is an adjustment for them when they transition back to the “real world” and have the freedom to choose how they spend their time. Adults need relaxation, socialization, and time to blow off steam, just as much as they need to find ways to be productive and responsible. Transition programs help young adults navigate this work-life balance by encouraging them to explore things that they are passionate about.
Recreation activities are about more than just staying physically active. For some, recreation activities offer a fresh perspective about the things that they value in a career path, while others appreciate the structure of planned social activities as a way to cope with stress. The relational component boosts young adults’ wellbeing and feelings of connection.
Recreation Activities at Foundations Asheville
We balance giving residents independence to go to classes, work, or volunteer and planning structured social activities to help them develop a stronger support net work. Our group usually reconvenes around mid-afternoon after they have accomplished their personal goals for the day. During this time, we focus on group engagement, physical activities, or new hobbies. Some of our students go to the YMCA while others choose to partake in outdoor activities such as disk golf, paddle boarding, or join recreational sports leagues in town.
As young adults learn about values in healthy relationships and communication skills in therapy, recreation activities give them the opportunity to practice these skills in natural settings. Healthy relationships involve more than just being able to address conflict and share negative emotions. Spending quality time with peers and actively seeking to build deeper connections helps young adults maintain positive relationships based on similar values, interests, and goals.
Why is This So Important in a Transitional Program?
One of the biggest obstacles for young adults leaving residential treatment is building healthy relationships. It can be difficult for them to transition from a supportive environment surrounded by peers to living independently and not knowing who or where to turn toward for support. Many young adults enter residential treatment struggling with social isolation or making connections based on shared negative experiences or interest in risky behaviors. While they may have begun to shift their perspectives of relationships in treatment, it is easy for them to feel isolated once they leave and do not have the same kind of built-in peer support. Young adults who struggle with loneliness and social anxiety may benefit from finding healthy social activities that they are passionate about and connecting with others that share similar interests.
Foundations Asheville Can Help
Foundations Asheville is a program for young adults ages 18-24 who are struggling to find the motivation to launch into adulthood. Many of our students struggle with anxiety, depression, social skills, and learning difficulties. This program is committed to helping young adults develop and sharpen the skills they need to be successful in the real world. There is a focus on teaching students how to enter the workforce, develop vocational trades, and functional living skills. Foundations Asheville gives young adults the opportunity to gain confidence, find their purpose, and learn useful skills that will help them navigate through the adult years.
For more information about our transition program, call 18773187273. We can help your family today!