social prescribing

Prescribing Social Activities: Relationships As a Form of Treatment

In the past decade, health care professionals have begun to use social prescribing to connect people to social support in the community. This may look like recommending group therapy, a support group, volunteer work, or group fitness classes. While not all of these options are inherently therapeutic, they help young adults build a support system and develop meaningful relationships. Transitional living programs operate based on the principle that relationships themselves can be used as a form of treatment for young adults struggling with social anxiety and depression.

What is Social Prescribing?

Social prescribing may refer to a wide range of social support-including emotional support, vocational support, or wellness coaching. Many young adults are referred to social support programs following individualized therapy to maintain their growth and learn from others who have had similar experiences. Participation in social prescribing programs is associated with beneficial effects in self-esteem, self-value, self-confidence and feelings of worthiness.

Social prescribing is recommended for young adults struggling with: 

  • Social anxiety
  • Isolating from others
  • Loneliness
  • Preoccupation with social media 
  • Toxic relationships

How Might Young Adults Benefit From “Social Prescribing”?

One of the biggest obstacles for teens leaving residential treatment is building healthy relationships. It can be difficult for them to transition from a supportive environment surrounded by peers to living independently and not knowing who or where to turn toward for support. Many young adults enter residential treatment struggling with social isolation or making connections based on shared negative experiences or interest in risky behaviors. While they may have begun to shift their perspectives of relationships in treatment, it is easy for them to feel isolated once they leave and do not have the same kind of built-in peer support. Young adults who struggle with loneliness and social anxiety may benefit from finding healthy social activities that they are passionate about and connecting with others that share similar interests. 

Social Activities Offered Through Transitional Programs

Journey Home Young Adult encourages girls and assigned female at birth to participate in a variety of recreation activities to help them develop healthier relationships. When struggling with emotional and behavioral issues, many teens have struggled to develop healthy coping skills, let alone interest in healthy activities that they can participate in as a group. While other programs focus on adventure activities, we consider recreation to be anything girls and assigned female at birth pursue in their free time–from physical activity to creative expression or even community service. We talk about recreation as anything that helps them life a whole-hearted life. 

We offer recreation assessments to help young adults discover activities they may enjoy that are aligned with their personal values. Most of our students have begun to consider their long-term goals, but struggle to recognize what drives them or what they are passionate about doing for fun. They’ve relied on external validation or numbing using unhealthy coping mechanisms to slide through life without really considering what kind of life they envision for themselves.

Some ways Journey Home Young Adults encourages girls and assigned female at birth to build relationships outside of group therapy include:

  • Going on hikes
  • Rock climbing
  • Biking
  • Yoga
  • Making art
  • Playing games
  • Volunteering
  • Cooking together

Journey Home Young Adult Can Help

Journey Home Young Adult is a transitional living program for teens ages 18-23. This program addresses emotional, behavioral, and mental health disorders that teens may face. Common presenting problems include depression, anxiety, body image issues, ADHD and other learning issues, academic struggles, and low self-esteem. Journey Home creates an environment conducive to healing where teens can learn healthy coping skills while becoming more well-equipped to launch into adulthood. Students leave this program feeling empowered, happy, and healthy. We can help your family today!

Contact us at 855-918-0032 to learn more about our relationship-based program.


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