When students reach the point where they are leaving treatment at Clearview Girls Academy, many dilemmas surface. For one thing, parents face the challenge of figuring out how to balance “real life” with continuing recovery efforts. Usually, our students who graduate have a desire to reintegrate into society. However, finding a balance between recovery and daily life is crucial.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss post-treatment recovery and offer tips to help your daughter balance recovery and daily responsibilities. You’ll learn how to best address mental health concerns once your daughter comes home from residential treatment.
Understanding the Process of Recovery After Leaving Treatment
Leaving treatment can create a mix of emotions. Those emotions can include excitement as well as apprehension. While your daughter may feel a new feeling of freedom, she must remember that recovery is a lifelong process. What’s more, it will not always be smooth sailing. There will likely be ups and downs along the way, and that’s normal. It can help the whole family if you better understand the process of recovery while your daughter embarks on her new journey.
A basic first step to take is to help your daughter take care of herself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Along with this, help her set realistic goals and expectations for her recovery in those areas. It is also vital for her to build a support system of people who understand what she is going through and who can offer encouragement and guidance.
Finally, remind your daughter to be patient with herself and celebrate even the smallest victories. Recovery is a journey, not a destination, and taking things one day at a time is the best way to achieve lasting success.
The Importance of Setting Goals and Working Toward Them
It’s important to remember that leaving treatment is just one step in your daughter’s journey toward lasting wellness. Setting goals and working toward them can help her stay motivated, keep her recovery on track, and begin to build the life she wants.
Whether you and your daughter want stronger relationships, academic success, or more joy in life, setting goals can provide purpose and direction. The key is to make the goals concrete, achievable, and meaningful.
After creating goals, break them down into manageable steps, and commit to taking action every day. With patience, persistence, and a commitment to learning and growth, both you and your daughter can achieve anything. What’s more, she can emerge from treatment with newfound confidence and resilience.
Building Self-Awareness and Awareness of Personal Triggers
Leaving treatment can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to maintaining the progress made in therapy. Self-awareness and recognizing personal triggers are vital for sustaining progress beyond therapy.
Through self-understanding and identifying triggers, one can proactively avoid or manage negative thoughts and behaviors. This level of self-awareness requires patience and a willingness to be introspective. However, the benefits of being more in tune with oneself are immeasurable.
This exploration can lead to improved relationships, better decision-making skills, and an overall feeling of clarity and control. In short, leaving treatment doesn’t have to be a scary thought. Rather, it can be an opportunity to continue growing and developing a deeper understanding of oneself.
Developing Healthy Coping Skills and Stress Management Strategies
Like it or not, life will continue to present challenges outside of the safe space of therapy or rehab. This is where developing healthy coping skills and stress management strategies come in. Coping skills are tools and techniques that we can use to handle difficult situations, emotions, or thoughts in a safe and healthy way.
Similarly, stress management strategies help us regulate our emotional and physical responses to stressors, mitigating their impact on our lives. Building these skills can help us feel more prepared and confident in managing life’s ups and downs. With practice, we learn to stay grounded and centered even in the face of adversity.
Staying Motivated and Creating New Habits
Leaving treatment can feel overwhelming. Initially, it may be tempting to fall back into old ways. Nevertheless, you can help your daughter create new habits and stay motivated. Your efforts will help your daughter continue the progress she made in treatment. One way to stay motivated is to set up new daily routines and habits. It’s important to remind her to start small and gradually increase the difficulty of the routines she creates for herself.
Celebrate when she sticks to these routines, and remind her not to be too hard on herself if she slips up. Consistency is essential for forming new habits. Remember to establish a routine with her that includes exercise, nutritious eating, and a reasonable bedtime.
Change takes time, but with dedication and perseverance, it is possible to create new habits that lead to a happier, healthier life.
Finding Support From Friends, Family, and Professionals After Leaving Treatment
Leaving treatment is a critical moment where support from friends, family, and professionals can make all the difference. No matter what issues your daughter has been facing, there is no shame in seeking help to deal with them.
The journey to recovery should not be taken alone. The people who care about your daughter and the professionals who are trained to help her can be pillars of support during this time. Our staff here at Clearview Girls Academy can offer valuable advice, encouragement, or simply a listening ear when she needs it.
Remind your daughter that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. There is no obstacle that cannot be overcome with the right support system in place.
By understanding what the journey requires, setting goals, and creating new habits, you and your daughter can flourish post-treatment. Those early days, weeks, and months will involve developing an awareness of personal triggers, learning healthy coping skills, and adopting stress management strategies. At Clearview Girls Academy, we understand the importance of finding support to help you stay on course with recovery. Our specialized services including individual and group therapy sessions which foster long-term changes that begin at a foundational level. If you find that your daughter is struggling, it’s time to reach out for help. We can offer you hope and guidance. All you have to do is call us at (888) 796-5484.