Transitioning to the next stage in recovery from the Hope Program for Adults (Hope) is often challenging. After living for several weeks in a structured, secure environment, coping with the pressures of “real life” can be difficult. Early in the treatment process, we begin preparing patients to re-enter their lives by helping them create an initial wellness or recovery plan.
The plan, which is refined throughout treatment, is critical to a patient’s success after leaving Hope. Patients are active participants in preparing for life after leaving Menninger and need to take an active role in meeting their short- and long-term goals.
The family, clinicians and peers in treatment share feedback and are valuable in helping the patient set goals and recognize potential barriers as well as strengths. As treatment progresses, the treatment team
helps the patient and family prepare for the patient’s next stage in recovery. For instance, passes are often granted for off-campus visits and activities, which can help a patient learn how to use new skills and behaviors.
The team will work with the patient, family and referring clinicians
to develop an after-care plan that will give the patient the best chance for long-term success. A structured environment is often the best choice as a first step after discharge, though this is not always recommended. Some of the recommended options may include:
- Return to referring clinicians
- Intensive outpatient program
- A longer-term residential program focused on community reintegration
- A longer-term, addictions-focused program