It can be exhausting to raise a defiant and angry teen and it can also be difficult to accept that you can no longer help him at home. In such situations, outside intervention is a valuable resource for parents to help their child get back on track. While many parents look first at boot camp style programs, the intimidation and unsafe tactics used at many of them can do more harm than good. Even the safe boot camp programs only offer short term solutions, at best. What your troubled teen really needs is an environment where he can identify his core issues and address them with the help and support of therapists and staff trained in adolescent psychology. Programs like residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools offer full time housing and coaching to help teens overcome issues like aggression, anxiety, depression, defiance, low self-esteem and substance abuse. Full time programs are the best option for teens that are unable or unwilling to respond to any outpatient solutions.
How Do Residential Treatment Programs Work?
Full time residential programs offer housing and round the clock monitoring for teens with severe behavioral issues while they work with professionals to turn their lives around. One of the primary benefits of such facilities is that they remove troubled boys from the triggers and temptations they deal with at home and immerse them in a consistent environment dedicated to helping them identify and address their core issues as well as the resulting symptoms. Change is encouraged through a variety of therapy modalities including recreational, music, culinary and art in addition to the more traditional group, individual and family therapy sessions. When this treatment is combined with a healthy diet and exercise, academics, life skills and regular one-on-one coaching from counselors and therapists, each boy is able to make the changes he needs to live a balanced and contributing life.
How Do I Help My Son After He Returns Home?
Programs with smaller group settings are designed to mimic the home environment and help students practice personal boundaries, teamwork and effective communication. Parents should be guided by their son’s instructors on how to best support and help their son as he transitions back into everyday life and works to maintain all the hard work he has done. The objective of full time programs is to help troubled boys and girls make positive changes from the inside out and gain the skills they need to stay on the path to successful adulthood.
Sundance Canyon Academy is a residential treatment center located in northern Utah. We specialize in helping troubled teen boys overcome their challenges and rediscover the beast parts of themselves. For questions about our program, or a consultation, please contact us at 1-866-678-2425.