Short term residential treatment is best for kids with chemical addiction issues, outside of mental illness or behavioral disorders. A period of detoxification along with counseling and goal setting often do the trick, along with long term alliances in your local sobriety community, and relationships with others who have been through the same issues. It’s important for a recovering addict to have a friend who can call them out when they’re justifying or rationalizing unhealthy behavior. Many residential treatment programs that help kids deal with drug and alcohol addiction will immerse the children in a culture of other teens and adults in the Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous program, which has proven itself to be successful for almost 100 years.
Therapeutic boarding schools have become very popular because they have the ability to help kids with behavioral problems learn to manage themselves in a safe environment. With an around-the-clock team of behavioral therapists and counselors children can participate in a treatment plan that addresses the beginnings of deviant behavior before the kids are overpowered by it. Group counseling meetings are also popular because they help children learn communication skills. Hearing the perspective of a friend who has been affected by your actions makes a powerful impact and regularly hearing the perspectives of others in a non judgmental environment led by professional counselors is really beneficial for children who are in therapy.
Academically, these schools help children reach their potential better, because they’re not distracted by the social aspects of a classroom environment. Learning can be customized for each student, and they are able to excel in areas they’re naturally good at, and in areas where they’re deficient because they have access to one on one instruction. There’s no public shaming or embarrassment that can sometimes occur in a traditional classroom. Learning and socializing are separated, so that children can excel at both, much like a home schooled child.
If you’re looking into residential treatment centers for children, learn about all of the options for treatment, including behavior management, counseling, drug therapy, short term residential and private boarding schools. It’s important to go for the best, because the sooner children learn to manage themselves the better. It’s important that the child’s environment be one that helps them succeed, and not one that becomes part of the battle.
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