First semester of school is coming to an end. You realize that your teen is failing – and may have even discovered they are experimenting with drugs – smoking pot, drinking – and now you are thinking – “is this a phase?” “is it their friends?” “typical teen?”
Sure – all is possible – but why risk it? Getting your teen the help they need is a parent’s responsibility. I am not saying that rushing into a residential treatment center is your first option – on the contrary, it is your last.
You need to exhaust all your local resources first. Therapy, peer support groups, maybe outpatient, living with a relative, youth counselors….. If the behavior continues to escalates you can’t be a parent in denial. Once the therapy isn’t working – your teen is actually holding you hostage in your home – and taking control of your family – you literally feel like you are walking on eggshells – you have to reach out for help.
The Internet, as much as it is an educational tool, can also be a deceptive device. Parents have to do their due diligence when researching schools and programs.
Many therapists are excellent in working with your families however are not familiar with residential therapy programs aka specialty program or therapeutic boarding schools. They know of adolescent wards in hospitals but most of the time that is not what these type of teens need. They are in need of emotional growth.
Now the Internet again can be deceiving. You may see programs that offer these wonderful attributes but do they?
I was scammed and duped over a decade ago – which is why I created Parents’ Universal Resource Experts. I encourage you to review my site and especially the helpful hints and tips for looking for schools and programs.
There are more good programs than there are not so good programs. It is just a matter of doing your research. Don’t allow these toll free marketing arms convince you that you need to make a quick and rash decision.
Call us today – we can help you get educated on this big business of teen help.