One can only imagine life is no cake walk for those young adults suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, anxiety disorders or any other behavioral or emotional problems. Coming to terms with the fact that there is an existing issue is a huge step in the direction of healing. Seeking out help on their own or being offered assistance from family or friends can be difficult to say the least. Once help is found and the young person accepts the commitment of the assistance being offered, the journey to a healthier lifestyle can begin. Following an initial therapy program, continuing care may be recommended or these young adults may choose to extend their therapy to become completely clean and healthy in preparation for the rest of their lives. For these people, a residential extended care program in North America may be the answer.
A structured environment and fully learning to accept responsibility for ones actions is an effective part of therapy in which students grow and learn to become self-reliant and more independent. These practices continue to be reinforced in extended therapy programs, as responsibilities would include a more structured set of expectations and outlined daily routines through a collaborative and supportive group environment.
The experience of an extended care program also allows for reflection on past behaviors and the coaching and development of future plans, without the distractions and normal stressors that everyday life can include at home.
Sometimes a new environment and a positive experience can help wonders for those teens and youths previously on a path of destruction in order to directly experience healthy rehabilitation through wilderness therapy. Regardless of if the issue is drug or alcohol related, or perhaps behavioral, presenting positive challenges and a support system can assist in molding the life of a more responsible self-reliant individual.
For more information regarding a residential extended care program in North America, contact Rites of Passage Wilderness Therapy at (800)794-0980.