This is an excellent topic in that every troubled teen needs help but it must be the right type of help. It can be easy to recognize some types of troubled teen. The teens who are dabbling in drugs, running with the wrong crowd, are openly defiant or have done bad things to their body like serious weight loss or self harm are highly visible. Then there are the troubled teens that may appear normal on the outside but are suffering a serious condition such as depression.

But whatever the problem or problems, there are treatment programs geared specifically to particular problems. The key of course is to match your teen with the right program. And the best way to do just that is to find out specifically what is wrong with your child. This can begin with a visit to your family doctor and, if necessary, to a specialist recommended by your general practitioner. Then, once the diagnosis is complete, you can begin your search to find the best available treatment.

It sounds like a bit of hair-splitting but it is true to say that a particular problem for a troubled teen can be one of varying degrees. One teen who is defiant and failing at school could seemingly be a hopeless case whereas another teen might have simply allowed their grades to slip a little and needs a gentle prod to get their mind back on the job. So in looking for appropriate treatment, make sure you understand how severe is the problem faced by your teen.

Money is a major factor for most parents. One thing you should understand is that treatment programs are not free. And the cost will vary according to the length of the program, the number of staff members employed and the quality of the programs. Some parents choose to take their troubled teen to a health professional for say weekly sessions. Others may place their child in a camp which runs for weeks or even months. But consider two things. You don’t want to end your child’s treatment because you run out of money and consider a treatment program which is both suitable and covered by your insurance health plan.

Location is another important factor. If you place your troubled teen in a facility which is a long way from home, you will spend time and money whenever you want to visit. On the other hand if the facility is in the next town or suburb, there may well be a temptation for your child to abscond and hook up with their wild friends once again. Think about location.

Finally you should know that all treatment programs are not the same. You not only have to find a relevant facility but also a good one. Like most things in life there are good and not-so-good programs in helping troubled teens. Find not just the appropriate one but the best of the appropriate ones. Nothing is too good for your son or daughter who has to be helped.

Here are additional resources you might be interested in:

How to Help Troubled Teens

Parenting Your Troubled Teen

How to Help Teens Overcome Failure