A Journey into Independence

Moving into the freedoms and responsibilities of early adulthood and independent living can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. Young adults entering the college experience, or venturing out into first apartments and work places often find added structure and support reassuring as they begin to make their way.

For those transitioning to independence from a treatment or recovery experience or transitional living home, the overwhelming part can weigh heavy and relapse is common. This is why we have developed a boots on the ground, clinically-informed, coaching and recovery program. LifeTutors works together with clients, families, clinical teams, and academic institutions to create a cohesive independence plan that works. We spend time learning about what’s working and try to see further than just the clinical snapshot. What worked in mental health care or addiction treatment may not look the same when it lands on the ground alone in the real world. We like to ask the question “What fits where you live?” We help break down the big goals into simple action steps. Each thoughtful best step leads to the next; each small win leads to another. Then, once the groundwork has been laid down, we help our young adults get back to school and work approaching these things anew.

LifeTutors believes in a whole person approach to wellness and recovery. Transition plans are designed to build social, emotional, and physical health. Grounded and intentional planning coupled with the inherent accountability of our personal touch gives our clients the confidence to take steps toward independence, even when they’re terrified of doing so. The first step is half the battle but with support and a plan it is also a tremendous confidence builder. Part of that is appreciating the progress already made, to take inventory of how the lessons and tools are being used in real time and finally take the step forward. Pacing the journey, rather than sprinting to play “catch up” or win the unwinnable race, is crucial to sustainable success.

The final essential component of what we do is to bring parents and families directly into the picture; mom doesn’t have to be a chauffeur and a case manager anymore. By working with the client, family members, and family unit as a whole we empower our clients to forge a new relationship dynamic. At LifeTutors, our clients learn to live their independence and thrive in sustainable recovery.

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