How to AssistTroubled Teens
What parents of a teen haven't wondered where their sweet child went and who the angry and rebellious child is that took his or her place. After all, adolescence is a time of change. While each child is different, there are some behaviors that all normal teens seem to exhibit. These include: acting moody and/or rude, complaining about parental interference, experimenting with sex and/or drugs, searching for a sense of identity, showing less affection to parents and/or siblings.
Unfortunately, some teens are more troubled than others and may spiral out of control. These teens are at higher risk of developing serious problems such as substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders, failure in school, legal problems, pregnancy, and in the worst-case scenario, attempted suicide. The difficulty for parents lies in trying to interrupt their teen's downward spiral and replace it with positive steps to help him or her regain a healthy way of life.
Often the hardest part for parents is to admit that they can't do it alone and that their teen needs professional help. Once they can do that, parents will find that there is help available for troubled teens. Some of the options available to parents include boarding schools, boot camps, military style schools, and even residential treatment centers. Deciding which type of program or facility is best suited to help your teen with his or her issues can be a daunting task. Each program or facility will have a different philosophy toward treatment and techniques to achieve results. Parents must do a little research, and whenever possible, take the time to visit facilities and meet the staff to ensure that it's a good fit for their troubled teen.
The most effective programs or facilities offer a number of key components to help troubled teens deal with their issues. These components include academics to enable teens to earn high school credit while they attend the program, as well as recreation, exercise and social opportunities. Other components may include reinforcement of appropriate behavior, family involvement that helps families understand and rebuild problems, as well as personal and emotional development.