A social life is important for teens, and residential & therapeutic treatment centers provide a rich and stimulating social environment that’s designed to increase their self esteem and provide them with friends in recovery. Many teens enjoy the idea of having a roommate, and the group therapy sessions that are part of everyday life at a residential treatment center are extremely valuable tools for teens. The relationships that are forged at these facilities have an undertone of support, whereas the friends that are back home usually enabled their disabilities and might not even want to see them recover.
Another way that teenage residential & therapeutic treatment programs are so successful is that they often have round the clock behavioral therapists and counselors who work in teams to get to know every child personally and form healthy relationships with them. These trusted adults have often been through a similar treatment program and know what the kids are going through. This gives the counselors credibility with the teens and also helps them understand what the kids are going through, from an adult perspective. These counselors are able to guide teens through recovery and help them navigate the difficult path into their future.
The academic opportunities at a residential treatment center are also a huge advantage. In a traditional classroom, education can be disrupted by the social environment. Since the teens in treatment have social lives that revolve around mealtimes, free times and counseling sessions, the academic world can stay separate. Like in a home school, kids are able to learn in privacy, without classroom competition and can find success in the subject areas they have a natural aptitude for, and get one on one help in the areas where they’re lacking. Academic success is easier to come by when there’s no one to impress, and no one to be embarrassed by.
When you’re evaluating teenage residential & therapeutic treatment programs for your family, be sure that the social environment, the academic opportunities and the level of professional care are suitable. Other factors to consider are the amount and nature of the physical exercise, since fresh air and plenty of nature have proven beneficial. Don’t be too concerned with the distance between your home and the center you choose, because sometimes the best programs aren’t in your backyard. Every teen deserves the opportunity to enter adulthood with every opportunity available, and behavioral problems, addictions and eating disorders can severely limit the opportunities available for their future.
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