Troubled teens feel disconnected from their environment. They suffer from low self-esteem, anger and confusion. Most will succumb to isolation, drugs, promiscuity or other self-destructive behavior as a means of defense. If you are a parent of a troubled teen and reading this, then you have prepared yourself in taking the next step to helping your child realize his/her self-worth. If your troubled teenager has gone through the traditional course of therapy or has just completed drug addiction treatment, you will be relieved to know that there are different program options available to help aid in your teen’s recovery.
A Quick Overview of the Options
Wilderness Programs – Wilderness Programs for Troubled Youth is a program designed to develop confidence, pride and respect for self and others through outdoor experiences and mentoring. Students are taught survival skills, animal tracking, and different species of plant life. By encouraging students to emerge themselves into nature and their natural surroundings, the wilderness program encourages troubled teenager’s to have genuine healthy relationships with themselves, their family and peers with a respect to community and nature.
Residential Programs – Residential treatment centers vary from clinical settings with a full on-site staff, to a more relaxed home environment. Teens who graduate from an addiction treatment center will more likely graduate to a less-structured facility where socializing and interaction are encouraged, teens are better likely to obtain the necessary skills to become competent, successful adults. Residential help for troubled teens may also include individual and group counseling, vocational education with a focus on a trade skill, organized physical activities or volunteer neighborhood improvement projects.
Academic Programs/Boarding schools and Christian schools – Many boarding schools strongly believe that re-learning in a therapeutic and nurturing environment is the best way to help troubled teenagers develop positive thinking skills to help them assimilate back into society. Boarding schools offer a strong emphasis on both education and therapy in a healthy positive environment. Christian boarding schools aim to bring strength, healing and structure to teenagers who were once at risk. The objective is to help each student transition back into the home and society with the same positive thinking skills and good habits they developed while in school.
Boot Camp Programs – Teen boot camp programs are designed to teach self-control, responsibility and respect for authority through military-like discipline. The concept was initially started as an alternative to jail time for those teenagers who committed crimes. A lot of time is spent doing physical activities such as exercising and marching. Parents who enroll their troubled teen in a boot camp program do so hoping that the tough, disciplined environment will be one thing that will finally straighten their son/daughter out.
Source by Sarah Simmons