Young Adult Transition Programs

Young adult transition programs are unique living experiences for young adults who have demonstrated the capacity to move into a more independent structure, but remain in need of clinical mental-health treatment support and mentoring services. These programs follow residential treatment and are a good option for teens and young adults who complete an inpatient treatment program for addiction or another mental health condition.

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Our transition program at Innercept is designed to help residents develop and apply age-appropriate life skills and coping techniques. We find it essential the therapeutic alliance built during their stay in the intensive program remains intact, so each resident continues to work with therapists and clinicians through individual, family, and group therapy.

In addition to medication management and program structure, we work closely with young adults to maintain a healthy balance of physical fitness, behavioral and emotional health strategies. We also offer college or workforce-training enrollment, employment and volunteer opportunities.

With ongoing staff and therapeutic structure, our young adult residents have the freedom to begin experiencing life on their own and progressing into our Launch program. If you or a young person you know struggles with mental health issues, we welcome you to contact our team at Innercept to discuss treatment options, including transitional living.

What are Transition Programs for Young Adults?

Transition programs for young adults help individuals move from residential treatment back into “normal” life. These programs are designed to guide young people from adolescence to adulthood and include education for career development, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and life skills development. While transition programs can be utilized by any between the ages of 16 and 25, typically these programs cater to individuals who struggle with or are in recovery for mental health disorders.

A key component of transition programs is independence training. This is very effective in helping those transitioning from residential substance abuse treatment back into society. Independence training in a transition program includes developing skills such as financial management and habits such as healthy dieting. Young people build self-sufficiency and are prepared for life outside of the treatment facility.

Why are Young Adult Transition Programs Important?

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Young adult transition programs are important because they strengthen one’s recovery and help prevent relapses. Residential treatment is very effective in healing an individual, but it can be difficult to transition from full-time care to living at home. Transition programs combine residential living with the independence one regains in outpatient treatment.

Returning to regular activities and society also presents unique challenges for someone in recovery. Transition programs aim to address these challenges and ensure that they fully prepared the individual to start living a sober life on their own. These programs offer a wide range of services, including life skills training, career development, and therapeutic support, all of which provide individuals with the tools they need to thrive in their daily lives.

Transition programs also provide a community of peers and mentors who can help support and offer guidance during this critical period of growth. It’s important for people at this age to interact regularly with peers and have opportunities to build and improve social skills. By providing a supportive and nurturing environment, transition programs play an essential role in helping young adults overcome the challenges of addiction and mental health struggles.

What To Expect From a Transition Program

Transitional living for young adults offers a range of supportive services. In our program, we offer mentoring, education, life skills training, medication management, therapeutic services, access to therapists and support staff, and transportation assistance.

Education & Life Skills

Since we work with young people ages 13 to 28, education is an important component of the transition program. These services help students stay current with their studies and pursue educational opportunities. We also prioritize mentorship for life skills training, so that our residents are ready for independent living. Here’s some of what’s included in our program:

  • Supportive services and monitoring of progress while enrolled in a local college or university.
  • Periodic mentoring on scheduled maintenance, decision-making, finance, health and fitness, leisure, cooking classes and attending to personal responsibilities.
  • Mentoring services for maintaining an appropriate budget, sensible nutritional choices, cooking, as well as shopping and menu planning.
  • Supervision of planning and time-management skills.
  • Group living arrangements to encourage relationship skills with roommates, peers and authority figures.
  • Staff assistance with resume development, mock interviews and other job-readiness skills.
Therapeutic Component

Continuing therapy treatments is important for mental health treatment and many illnesses our residents struggle with require ongoing treatment. Our residents still receive therapy in the transition program like they do in residential treatment. This helps continue the progress individuals make toward improved mental health. This component of transitional care also helps us to create the safest and most supportive environment for our residents. Here’s what’s offered:

  • Comprehensive medication management, as well as individual and family therapy.
  • Mentoring and direct assistance with a personal health and fitness plan supervised by staff, emphasizing exercise, effective sleep patterns, stress reduction and relaxation.
  • Supervision and support to help ensure compliance with established treatment-plan agreements.
  • 24-hour staff availability to respond to emergent situations.

Our facility is in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho right on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. While the surrounding environment is beautiful, rural, and the perfect place for young people to recover, we’re also minutes away from an international airport and urban amenities. A major advantage of our location is that there are five college campuses nearby. Some of our residents enroll in college, others may have part-time work or other obligations that take them into town, so we offer transportation assistance.

  • Innercept will provide assistance through the use of public transportation or bicycles to ensure residents make it to their daily commitments.
  • Innercept operates a bus route, allowing residents access to transportation.

Benefits of Our Transition Program for Young Adults

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Transition programs can be particularly beneficial for young adults who are receiving treatment for mental health problems. These programs provide a supportive and structured environment that can help individuals navigate the challenges of recovery and build a foundation for success in adulthood. Benefits of transition programs include:

Improving Life Skills

Transition programs offer training and support in essential life skills, such as budgeting, time management, cooking, and personal hygiene. This can help young adults build the skills they need to live independently and avoid relapse. These skills help individuals be self-sufficient and build confidence in themselves, which can improve their mental health.

Building a Support Network

There’s a very supportive community within transition programs where young adults can build positive relationships with peers and mentors. In these programs, young people also receive emotional support and guidance. This is essential for their mental and social health. While in recovery people require loads of support. In a transition program, young adults not only will receive this support but they’ll also provide it for their peers and practice communication skills. These skills enable them to seek help and support from their support network outside of the treatment facility.

Continuing Treatment

A major benefit that transition programs often offer is therapeutic services. This may include counseling, individual and group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and holistic therapies. This can help individuals stay engaged in treatment and avoid relapse.

Exploring Potential Careers

Transition programs provide support for education and career development, including assistance with college applications, job training, and career exploration. This can help young adults build a future that is focused on positive goals and aspirations. Being in intensive mental health treatment can take time and may interfere with regular schooling activities. This aspect of transition programs helps individuals catch up, or stay in step with their peers outside of treatment.

Creating a Safe Environment

After receiving residential treatment, not all individuals have a safe space to return to and stick to their sobriety goals. Transition programs provide structure and a safe environment where individuals will not have access to substances or encounter triggers to hinder their recovery. By teaching life skills, these programs also help ensure that young adults are self-sufficient enough to be safe when they complete the program.

Making the Return Home Less Stressful

Transition programs allow individuals to slowly integrate back into their lives. By doing this at a slower pace, typically people feel less overwhelmed by the changes. Young people will also learn coping strategies and life skills that enable them to return home and keep up with their sobriety goals.

How Innercept Can Help Your Teen

Struggling with mental health issues can be a silent battle. Our team at Innercept is dedicated to treating mental health disorders in teens and young adults and helping them develop skills to thrive in their adult life.

If your teen has anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, an eating disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia or a somatoform disorder, we can help! We offer varying levels of care that help stabilize and treat individuals with mental health conditions, as well as prepare them to integrate back into society with all the tools they need to succeed after treatment with us. Call us to learn more about how our transition program can set young adults up for success.

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