Failure to Launch Therapeutic Community Program

Failure to Launch: Therapeutic Community Program for Young Adults

Spring Lake Ranch is an intensive residential treatment program for young adults who struggle with mental health and often, co-occurring addiction issues. Based in the beautiful mountains of Vermont, we help dozens of young adults every year regain control of their lives and their futures through our work-centered therapy and clinical programs.

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What is Failure to Launch Syndrome?

Failure to Launch syndrome is not an official diagnosis, but it is becoming commonplace terminology to describe a young adult struggling to transition out of the family home and into adulthood. We often see these types of individuals struggle with addiction, mental health issues, or both.

According to a 2017 Pew Research Center study about 36% of adults ages 18-31 live at home with their parents and the rate can be as high as 45% for states like New Jersey (Time 2018).  Other sources indicate that about 50% of this age group struggle with undiagnosed mental health issues.

These problems can be further complicated with substance use issues or a dysfunctional family system. The failure to launch isn’t merely failing to leave the family home but includes failure to complete school, find employment, sustain relationships etc.

With all that experienced negativity combined with the social media pressure to be well and do well and show the world you are “doing great”, it is no wonder why these young adults struggle with depression and anxiety as well as more complex mental health issues.

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About the Program

For nearly a century, work therapy has been at the center of our residential treatment program. Daily tasks of feeding and caring for animals, planting seeds and harvesting vegetables, building barns and constructing furniture, or tapping trees and splitting firewood all provide structure and routine through meaningful work.

Participation in the Work Program also allows residents to build and foster confidence and self-efficacy by seeing projects through from start to finish while having therapeutic conversations with staff and other residents during the entire process.

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Who We Serve

Spring Lake Ranch is a long term residential program (6 mos.+) for adults who struggle with mental health and often, co-occurring addiction issues. We are not a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Applicants with substance use issues must have at least 30 days clean and sober to be admitted and must be able to agree to stay clean and sober throughout our program.

Time and again, our residents and their families find that an intensive stay in an alternative residential treatment program like Spring Lake Ranch can best situate them to meet their long-term goals.

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Why Choose Spring Lake Ranch?

Since 1932, the Ranch has believed and put in practice the principle that working at something meaningful to you can bring you a sense of purpose that will anchor you. Work-centered therapy provides meaningful activity that expands your sense of self-worth by adding to your skills and helping you accomplish goals and feel good about yourself.

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CARF Accredited: Spring Lake Ranch programs are CARF accredited. The CARF accreditation signals our commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

Spring Lake Ranch is a member of the American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA). ARTA members are dedicated to providing extraordinary care to adults with mental illness.