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Is your family life in chaos due to the behavior of your teenager? Is your child displaying any of the following self-destructive behaviors? Are you considering a boot camp for teenagers? Contact us BEFORE you make a final decision.
Does your teenager struggle
with any of the following

  • Family Conflict, Argumentative, Abusive Behavior
  • Blatant Disregard of Rules
  • Can't Accept "No" For an Answer
  • Abrupt Change in Personality
  • Never at Fault - Shifts Blame to Others
  • Uncontrollable Anger - Poor Emotional Control
  • Can't Accept Feedback - "Above the Law"
  • Manipulative - Pits Parents Against Each Other
  • Lying - Stealing - Sneaky Behaviors
  • Lack of Motivation - Lazy - Resists Tasks
  • "I hate you," attitude
  • "You can't make me," attitude
  • Substance Abuse - Alcohol or Drugs
  • Skips School - Truancy
  • School Suspensions - Authority Problems
  • Grades Have Fallen - Academic Problems
  • Can't Keep Friends - Peer Problems
  • Legal Problems - Facing Justice
  • Fighting - Violence and Aggression
  • Gang Involvement & Glorification
  • Danger to Self or Others
  • Runs Away or AWOL
  • Conduct Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Poor Choice of Friends - Easily Misled
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Bipolar Disorder - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Low Self-Esteem or Poor Self-Image
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression - Diagnosed or Observed?
  • Attempted or Threats of Suicide (Ideation)
  • Drug Abuse or Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse or Addiction
  • Smoking or other Tobacco Use
  • Sexually Active - Risky Behavior
  • Cutting - Self-Harm or Mutilation
  • Adoption Issues - Associated with RAD
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Eating Disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Learning Disabilities - Diagnosed?
Often, when parents struggle with a teenager who is defiant or otherwise destructive to him/herself or others, they are at a loss as to what they can or should do. No rational parent wants the worst for their child. But troubled teenagers can easily motivate a sense of antagonism within a parent. The desire to send such a child to a boot camp for teenagers can be pretty strong. However, sending a teen to such a program can be one of the worst choices you'll ever make. There are better alternatives. Any reputable private residential program is going to be quite costly. But student loans are available. Moreover, there are many options aside from residential care. So before you make a rash decision that could permanently damage your relationship with your child do your research. If you are looking for a residential program, click on the resource at the top of this page. If you are looking for IMMEDIATE TEEN HELP contact us NOW.

What are boot camps for teenagers? Boot camps for teenagers are correctional programs for delinquent teens which maintain a military-style environment. These programs typically emphasize discipline and physical conditioning and have been developed as a alternative to longer terms of confinement in correctional facilities. Many, but not all, of these programs are followed by a period of probation or some form of aftercare. Boot camps for teenagers are generally restricted to non-violent or first-time offenders.

The idea of "shock incarceration" as a tough, low-cost alternative to more intensive programming brought about the establishment of military-style boot camps for teenagers.

Are boot camps for teenagers effective? Experts agree that a confrontational approach to teen problems is often inappropriate. Most correctional and military experts agree that a confrontational model, employing tactics of intimidation and humiliation, is counterproductive for most troubled teens. The use of this kind of model has led to disturbing incidents of abuse. For teens with emotional, behavioral, or learning problems, degrading tactics may be particularly inappropriate and potentially damaging. The bullying style and aggressive interactions that characterize boot camps for teenagers fail to model the pro-social behavior and development of empathy that struggling teens really need to learn.

Positive changes demonstrated while in boot camps for teenagers may not last when a teen returns to his community. Many teens have reported that the program is helpful to them and they feel more positive about their futures. It is unclear, however, whether these attitudes persist after students leave the boot camps, or whether they are related to actual changes in behavior once they return to their communities. Without significant therapeutic intervention while in the program, as well as specialized aftercare following release, boot camps for teenagers have been consistently unsuccessful in "changing" troubled teens.

What are the alternatives to boot camps for teenagers? Teens who need some form of treatment care require an individualized approach that takes their strengths and needs into account. Programs and policies should be family-centered, including the family in all decision making about a teen, as well as culturally and developmentally appropriate. Research has shown that small, family-centered programs are more effective than boot camps for teenagers at instilling long-term change.

Act Now .... But Act Wisely

Are you familiar with all of the intervention options - beyond boot camps for teenagers - to help your child? How are you going to know what your son/daughter needs? InsightPros may have treatment options that can help.

Beyond boot camps for teenagers, what kinds of treatment will build the life changing self-esteem and confidence that your son/daughter needs to be successful for the long run?

A major problem facing kids who struggle with the issues listed above is low self-esteem or feelings of worthlessness.

Many, if not all, of your son's/daughter's destructive behaviors could merely be symptoms of this one core problem.

Be certain that the intervention you choose builds, rather than destroys his/her self esteem, instilling life-long positive change by dealing with the core issues.

An abusive or overly restrictive setting may not build the confidence and self-esteem your child needs.

If your child exits a boot camp for teenagers with the same low self-image that he/she entered with, then he/she will continue to engage in the negative behaviors that validate his/her self image.

Many parents choose to pursue interventions that address the symptoms only. Attacking the symptoms will drive the destructive behaviors underground - only to resurface at a later date. This approach wastes valuable time and resources and may even make things worse.

You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to contact us. We have vast experience in the treatment care industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't.

We will guide you. We will inform you. Take advantage of our knowledge and insight. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For enrollment of a troubled teen in any school with which we are familiar, complete our contact form above, or for IMMEDIATE TEEN HELP call us now*

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