Research has indicated that there are three primary factors that increase the likelihood of positive long-term success following discharge from residential depression and anxiety treatment . These factors are:
- Parental involvement in the treatment process.
- The stability and structure of the discharge environment.
- The utilization of aftercare support after discharge.
These three factors provide the foundation for much of what is emphasized at Solstice, as “long term positive outcomes” is our primary objective. In order to provide for these needs, Solstice RTC has implemented a transitional support program as part of the residential treatment center experience to provide families needed support through the transition process back to the home environment.
Principles of Transition Support
The goal is to provide the most cost-effective, research-based transition support options available to assist families and graduates with the transition into life after residential treatment. The following principles guide the aftercare program implementation:
Preparation for Home Starts on Day One of the Solstice Journey
Preparation for aftercare will begin immediately upon admission. Everything we do from day of admission to day of discharge and beyond is aimed at long-term success following the student’s return to your home.
Upon admission, families will receive the following:
- A book entitled, Not By Chance: How Parent’s Boost Their Teen’s Success In and After Treatment, by Tim Thayne, Ph.D. This is the beginning of the education about the treatment process and preparation for transition.
- An outline of the transition program components to help families recognize how important aftercare is in the overall treatment process, as well as the steps to take in this process.
- Information about dates for the family seminars which we encourage all families to attend. These seminars include further education and face-to-face transition groups that aid in preparation for the transition process.