How Old Should Troubled Teens Be for Residential Treatment?

Many troubled teens – especially those who have experienced trauma – thrive in a residential treatment environment.

Parents who struggle to help their adolescent and teenage children with anxiety, depression, attachment issues and other trauma-related challenges often feel hopeless as they watch their child disengage from life. They try to find help, potentially cycling through counselors, therapists, medication and other options without improvement.

The research provides overwhelming support for residential treatment as a highly effective method of helping troubled teens, but parents often struggle with knowing when the time is right to consider this option for their child.

Troubled Teens Residential Treatment

The Origin of the Term “Troubled Teens”

Although the term “troubled teen” is commonly used in the media, it’s a bit of a misnomer because the trouble usually starts before the teen years do.

In most cases, the symptoms commonly attributed to a troubled teen – behavioral and emotional issues that interfere with daily functioning – become especially problematic around the 11 – 12 age range. Starting around age 10, the adolescent body and mind begin to undergo the substantial changes associated with puberty.

In addition to the internal changes adolescents experience at this age, adults begin treating them differently, however subtly. Kids become more aware of family dynamics and subtle stresses and tensions they inevitably involve. Depending on the school system, adolescents may also be transitioning into middle school or preparing to move on to high school.

All these factors and the associated stresses combined can bring forward emotional challenges that may have been lurking just below the surface.

How Residential Treatment Helps Troubled Teens at Any Age

A decade of research demonstrates how effective residential treatment can be for helping adolescents overcome trauma-related behavioral challenges. The skills young people learn in the residential academy setting help them re-engage in life and rediscover their passion for life.

Having a set routine with intensive supervision and therapy are the foundation of residential treatment’s success. But the benefits are also largely attributed to taking the teen out of their normal routine and setting. This removes the triggers that enable or encourage negative behavior.

Finding the Right Residential Treatment for Your Teen

When you find the right treatment environment for your teen, the transformation can be almost unbelievable in its efficacy.

Away from the fear and anxiety adolescents and teens may experience at home or school – and under the ever-watchful eye of their residential treatment team – teens feel safe, supported and cared for. In that setting, they can begin to grow and thrive.

This is especially true when the treatment setting integrates academics, social opportunities, physical activity and the arts with an individually tailored treatment program. And that is the environment we have forged at the Elevate Academy, part of northern Utah’s Heritage Community.

Our students have one thing in common – adverse experiences that negatively affected their well-being and brought about behavioral or emotional challenges. Our environment helps students address the trauma and adverse experiences of their past. As a result, they become empowered to forge meaningful relationships and develop the resiliency they need to enjoy a successful, engaged life.

We help both boys and girls ages 12 to 17. In a small, gender-specific home-like setting, our students receive intensive, individual attention and therapy. Exceptional academics, sports, recreation, work, service and social experiences support our students in their journey to become energized, engaged members of their community.

Contact Elevate Academy today to learn more about our program and how we can help your troubled teen find his or her way back to happiness.