July has been a busy month but I am doing what I love so it hardly feels like work. Sometimes, it feels strange to enjoy writing about troubled teens but I really do enjoy helping parents with their troubled teens.
Extreme Teenagers And Treatment
Part of why I do what I do is I feel it is really important to stress to parents is there is help available for their teen no matter how extreme their issues. Parents, schools for troubled teens exist because troubled teens exist. When your teen is out-of-control a therapeutic boarding school is the best place for troubled teens to be to receive help with their issues.
What Are Boot Camps
One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “Should I send my kid to boot camp?” However, I’ve come to realize most parents don’t understand what boot camp is. Many parents think their teens will receive extensive therapy while at boot camp. However, most boot camps are short-term and more “scare them straight,” then they are long-term residential treatment. Most troubled teens need a long-term placement to successfully manage their issues if they have any hope of meaningful rehabilitation.
One of the exciting alternatives to therapeutic boarding schools are programs which incorporate equine therapy. Horses are amazing creatures. It’s not a stretch to say they have magical healing powers. Not magic as an abracadabra but in that horses are able to reach troubled teens in ways even the best counselors cannot. When working with horses, troubled teens have to develop a level of trust and respect that they may not be ready to give to adults. Horses help even the hardest to troubled teen soften. Many parents do not realize equine therapy is a viable option for their troubled teen
All Parents Reached the End of Their Rope
As parents we want to be perfect. When we reach the point that we start to think sending our teen away is the right decision, we feel like a failure. It’s normal. Except the thing you need to understand, mom and dad, is your teen need the type of help that you just cannot provide. His issues are so deep and so serious that he needs special help. Let yourself off the hook just a little bit. One of the things I like to stress to parents is looking at boarding school as the right tool to correct their troubled teen’s issues.
Parents I cannot stress enough I am here to support you through this difficult time. I hope these articles offer you some hope and guidance.