Wilderness Therapy Programs for Troubled Teens in Alaska
Thanks to today’s rise in troubled teens, residential facilities like wilderness therapy programs are also on the rise - including facilities targeting families from the state of Alaska.
Wilderness therapy programs are residential treatment facilities that have the unique distinction of operating completely outdoors.
According to wilderness therapy advocates, wilderness therapy programs are effective in rehabilitating the negative behaviors of troubled teens largely thanks to their wilderness environment - one that is completely removed from the distractions, and more importantly, the negative influence of the outside world.
While there may not be any wilderness therapy programs in the state of Alaska, there are plenty of wilderness therapy programs that serve families from all over the nation.
However, parents from Alaska considering utilizing this type of treatment should first be made aware of its downside.
Like many of today’s ‘cutting-edge treatments offering the latest behavioral and mental health treatments to families of troubled teens, there are some wilderness therapy programs that are simply out to make a quick buck, understaffed, or clinically untested.
Elk Mountain Academy: A New Kind of Wilderness Therapy Program for Troubled Girls in Alaska
We offer troubled girls from Alaska a unique treatment opportunity in participating in wilderness therapy first and then enroll with us at our residential treatment program.
By receiving both forms of treatment, our students will receive the most effective and consistent care that no two separate programs could possibly provide.
At Elk Mountain, it is our mission to provide excellent behavioral, emotional, and spiritual balance to teen girls whose lives have become unmanageable due to out-of-control behavior.
While our residential treatment center is located in Montana, we have proudly served families from all over the country (including those from ~region) for over 20 years.
Elk Mountain Provides Innovative Therapy, including individual, group, and family counseling to troubled teens from Alaska.
We also provide specialized help for students dealing with trauma and/or abandonment issues. Whatever the underlying issues may be, our goal is to uncover the psychological factors contributing to our student’s unhealthy behavioral choices.
"The Elk Mountain Academy students learn therapeutic tools that will assist them for the rest of her life... to be a healthy young woman."
Students at Elk Mountain Academy live together in our beautiful lodge and meet regularly with their therapist, who helps them confront fears and gain confidence in a safe, nurturing, and structured environment.
Elk Mountain Provides Innovative Therapy, including individual, group, and family counseling. We also provide specialized help for students dealing with trauma and/or abandonment issues.
Girls who are having emotional and behavioral problems tend to be failing in school. So, our on-site, accredited academic program is intentionally computer-based and assisted by a licensed teacher, so that girls get caught up and even get ahead in their schooling.
Regular academic progress reports are available at any time.
For more information regarding our treatment program, please call us today at (208) 266-1122.
Help for Believers from Alaska
24/7 Crisis Lines for people living in Alaska: If any Christian man, woman, or child is dealing with alcohol and drug abuse, anorexia, binge eating, bipolar disorder, Borderline, BPD, bulimia, cutting, depression, sexual abuse, runaways, or self-injury.
List of hotlines for people from Alaska (see below). Help for people from Alaska who have found themselves in bad situations should Dial 911 immediately, or call:
Christian Counseling Services for People From Alaska
New Life Clinics: 1-800-NEW-LIFE
National Prayer Line: 1-800-4-PRAYER
Bethany Lifeline Pregnancy Hotline: 1-800-BETHANY
Liberty Godparent Ministry: 1-800-368-3336
Grace Help Line 24 Hour Christian Service: 1-800-982-8032
Alaska Suicide Hotlines
Local Suicide Hotlines: If you would prefer to call an Alaska suicide hotline instead of a national hotline, there are several Alaska suicide prevention hotlines available. However, unlike most Alaska options, some Alaska hotlines may not be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Alaska suicide hotline numbers include:
NAMI Alaska: 907-277-1300
Mental Health Association in Alaska: 907-563-0880
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority: 907-269-7960
Alaska Division of Behavioral Health: 907-465-3370
Alaska CARELINE: 877-266-4357
Elk Mountain Academy offers affordable, mental health treatment for life-controlling issues and disorders in girls from Alaska, including attachment disorders, attention deficit, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-destructive or antisocial behavior, and issues involved with adoption.