How to Know When it’s Time for a Residential Program

Troubled teens can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with for any parent. More than just wanting the best for your teen, the path of destruction left behind can be devastating for all parties involved.

The options for seeking professional help are abundant, including wilderness programs for teens, online programs, teen summer camps or even a teen military program. If you have exhausted all of the programs that you are willing to try while keeping your teen at home, it may be time to consider a residential teen program. See below for some signs to look for when researching these types of therapy.

They are blind to the consequences. If your teen is suffering emotionally, mentally and physically without noticing the toll it is taking on their well-being, then a residential program may be the only thing that forces them to take a hard look at how their behavior is affecting themselves and others. Licensed doctors will be able to regulate everything from what they eat to who they are speaking with for a short time, and can highlight the progress they are making with the right treatment.

They can’t escape the bad influences. If your teen has fallen into a bad crowd of friends, there may be little you can do to monitor their interaction or behavior. If their school environment is affecting their academics, hobbies and causing them to seek out trouble, it will be best to take them out of the environment and with peers that are going through similar struggles and therapy that can help them work out their issues in a safe space.

They continue to spiral. Even with the best outpatient programs, some teens will continue to go down a bad path with spiraling behavior. They may start substance abuse or sexual activity that can have very serious repercussions. Sometimes a residential program can be the best measure when trying to stop a teen from becoming so out of control that they can no longer get help.

A residential program can build a strong therapist-patient relationship. Seeing someone once or twice a week in a short setting may not be enough for your teen to really confront their issues. When staying in an inpatient facility, the therapist can interact with your teen in several different settings so that they will build a stronger trusting relationship. This can also offer the therapist much more insight into what is genuinely troubling your teen.

They can benefit from group and individualized care. Group therapy can be very beneficial to a troubled teen as they will be around peers that are having similar problems and they have a sense of unity. Along with group therapy, the caregiver can also come up with an individualized plan to treat your teen based on their observations from how they interact alone and with others in the group.