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5 Vital Things Young Adults Should Look for When Considering...

5 Vital Things Young Adults Should Look for When Considering an Aftercare Recovery Program

5 Vital Things Young Adults Should Look for When Considering an Aftercare Recovery Program

By: Red Mountain SedonaPosted: Section: Articles

 

“Failure to launch” is something many young adults face when making their way through addiction recovery, but sober living programs which help to foster a struggling young adult’s transition to self-sufficiency require more than just a brief overview of what the facility might offer.  

After working so hard in their recovery, what parents want more than anything is for their adult child is to be successful in long-term sobriety and independence – and there are a few key points to consider when seeking out independent living programs to help them get there. 

To read the "5 Vital Things" to look for when looking for an aftercare recovery program scroll down past the video.

Young Adults in Recovery - Millenials and the need for Aftercare Explained

5 Vital Things Young Adults Should Look for When Considering an Aftercare Recovery Program

1. Focused Aftercare - Many recovering addicts still suffer from anxiety, depression, and various mental health or maturity issues that cause difficulty in the transition to adulthood.  As a result, sober living programs should not just provide a safe space for struggling young adults to solidify their recovery, they should also provide focused aftercare which includes a personalized treatment and transition plan to help them leave as healthier, more balanced individuals.

2. Staff Credentialing - All staff who are in direct contact with an independent living program’s patients need to be credentialed or certified in their respective positions.  The credentials of therapists and health professionals are an important factor when it comes to obtaining the proper care needed for successful recovery.  Every patient deserves to get the best care possible, and parents who have questions regarding their grown child’s care, they should be able to ask freely and obtain answers.

3. Accreditations and Licensing - Unfortunately, although there is a real need for independent living programs, it has become somewhat of an industry, and it makes it easy for some facilities to take advantage of those in an emotional and vulnerable state.  When recovering addicts and their families are seeking a good place to obtain aftercare, it’s not uncommon to fail to check up on any accreditations they claim to have, and the licensing required to operate.  

4. Commitment to Personal Transformation - Aftercare treatment at sober living homes is just as important as the initial treatment phase of recovery, if not more [1].  According the National Institute of Health, those who spend time in aftercare programs have a greater chance of ensuring permanent abstinence and living a full, successful life [2].  However, the facility must be commitment to the individual’s complete personal transformation.  A good independent living program will offer a variety of different “body and soul” building activities to help their students find their own personal joy and life-goals, and then provide them all the skills, therapy, and educational guidance they need to achieve them.

5. Extensive Life Skills Education - While most independent living programs will claim to teach life skills in their treatment plans, many provide minimalist versions which just aren’t enough.  Young adults need more than the basics of how to get a job, how to maintain a home, and proper personal hygiene.  Recovering young adults need to be engaged in real-life situations where they:   learn how to deal with stress and conflict; learn how to maintain both their physical and mental health; and have access to varying types of education to help provide focus, self-confidence, and hope for the future.

At Red Mountain Sedona, we are fully accredited, licensed, and provide the focused aftercare that all sober living programs should be providing.  We help struggling young adults to conquer their personal demons and challenges, and through our philosophy of teaching mindfulness as a means of healing, our students find success and long-term peacefulness in their recoveries.

About Red Mountain Sedona: Red Mountain Sedona works with young men and women ages 18 and up who are failing to gain traction in life - “failing to launch”. The failure to launch could be due to drug and alcohol abuse, poor life skills, emotional and behavioral challenges, and / or compulsive behavior. Our students have usually completed previous treatment and need help to launch into a full, rich life.  Our students change from the inside out, engaging in a path of mindfulness, physical fitness, fellowship, spiritual and emotional depth, and personal transformation.

Our students engage in a daily matrix of mindfulness therapy, martial arts, Yoga, 12-step work, life skills, individual and group therapy, and vigorous physical activity. We help our students to find their joy, develop real-life skills to handle life on life’s terms, and turn imagination into reality. We help them cease from harmful and immature behavior, replacing these behaviors with healthier choices which instill wisdom competence, confidence, self-esteem, and determination.

Sources: 

[1] FCHP:  “The Importance of Aftercare Treatment” 

[2]  NCBI: “What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here?”

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