If you have a troubled teen at home, daily life can become overwhelming.
Troubled teens who struggle with anxiety and emotional distress often seem to defy logic. Parents can see the potential in their kids but, no matter what they do, they can’t seem to reach it.
You want your child to succeed and, in fact, you’ve done everything you can think of to help them engage with life and school. And yet, nothing changes.
But what if something could change? What if you had the power to clear your child’s path to success? The first step comes with understanding your child’s challenges. But the bigger key is understanding your challenges as a parent and recognizing that, sometimes, you have to ask for help.
The Challenges that Prevent Troubled Teens from Engaging
When adolescents and teens struggle to engage in life – whether that might be socially or academically – we must look for the underlying problem.
For most teens, the problem can be traced to childhood trauma. This can manifest in the form of anxiety, oppositional defiance, ADHD, mood disorders and substance abuse, to name just a few. Faced with these challenges, young men and women may experience problems in academics, get in fights, use drugs or alcohol and even get in trouble with the law.
The Challenges Parents Face when Dealing with Troubled Teens
Parents often express their frustration in trying to get through to their teen. They try talking to them, reasoning with them, punishing them and moving them to different schools. They beg and plead, but nothing seems to help.
Eventually, many parents try sending their troubled teen to a counselor or psychologist. Unfortunately, traditional talk therapy doesn’t typically work with adolescents and teens. They may try medication but, although it may provide some benefits, parents worry about the possible side effects of psychoactive drugs. And, even with medication, may teens still don’t re-engage in life.
It’s common for parents to feel like they’ve hit a dead end and that they’re failing their child. Troubled teens often end up in the legal system, or face a lifetime of struggling to get by. Meanwhile, their parents sit and watch, feeling helpless and wondering what they might have done differently.
Clearing Your Teen’s Path to Success
If this describes your struggles and fears as a parent, you’re not alone. It’s important to understand that you simply may not have the resources to help your child on your own. But help is available.
The Heritage Community’s Elevate Academy helps parents and troubled teens overcome their challenges. Our residential academy provides students with the resources they need to discover their passions and re-engage in life.
Our programs use evidence-based therapies, personalized to meet each student’s specific needs. Students learn to live a balanced, healthy life while developing emotional awareness and learning to regulate their moods. Our students discover a passion for learning and achievement in academics, while mastering the skills they will need for a successful, happy life.
We work closely with parents, who become an integral part of their child’s treatment team. Many parents fear that enrolling their child in a residential academy means they failed as parents or gave up on their child, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We encourage you to consider this approach as giving your child the very best chance at getting their lives back on track and finding a path to success.
Contact us today to learn more about Elevate Academy. We’re confident that, when you see how we help adolescents and teens just like yours, you’ll understand why our program is so powerful. We look forward to talking with you about how our residential program can help your troubled teen.