Wilderness Therapy Programs for Troubled Teens in Highlands Ranch, CO
Within the last few decades, America (including Highlands Ranch, CO) has seen the demographic of adolescents deemed, troubled, or out of control, reach epidemic numbers. While experts aren’t sure as to why our nation’s teens increasingly turn to negative behavioral patterns, modern-day issues such as easier access to drugs and the advent of the internet, social media and other screen-based distractions (to name a few) are most likely significant contributing factors.
But with the number of troubled teens rising each year, cities like Highlands Ranch, CO, so too is the number of residential treatment centers that advertise their services to parents seeking respite and therapeutic healing for their child.
What are Wilderness Therapy Programs for Troubled Teens in Highlands Ranch, CO?
Residential treatment centers come in various forms - transitional living, boarding schools, and lockdown treatment programs (eg. boot camps), etc. For decades, traditional types of treatment centers like these were almost the exclusive options for parents of troubled teens.
However, in the last 20 years, new age adventure-based treatment, namely, wilderness therapy programs, has gone from obscure to widely popular among parents looking for today's most contemporary and cutting-edge form of behavioral treatment.
And, while many of these treatment programs are well-intentioned and run by those who truly believe in their program’s treatment model and core curriculum, parents from Highlands Ranch, CO and elsewhere are all too often duped into sending their teenage daughter to an expensive program that at best, is ineffective in treating their child’s behavioral and emotional issues, and, at worst, exacerbates said issues even further.
Among these detrimental programs are treatment facilities that pose as wilderness therapy programs for troubled teens when in reality, they are more akin to glorified outdoor boot camps.
With the wilderness industry's increasing popularity and recent mainstream exposure, parents sometimes unwittingly send their child to programs that omit the clinical aspects of wilderness therapy. Though technically a wilderness program, these treatment facilities omit the very foundations that make wilderness therapy effective, and instead, utilize behavioral modification and punishments to enact change within their campers.
For example, instead of providing experiential group therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy, like the most reputable, adventure-based programs, these facilities merely seek to exploit the natural environment as a means to 'break' their campers, before 'building' them back up again.
These tactics are not only deceitful and misrepresent genuine wilderness therapy camps, they often aggravate the very issues campers were sent there to correct, to begin with.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Wilderness Therapy Programs for Troubled Teens From Highlands Ranch, CO
While wilderness therapy programs, may sound intriguing, adventurous and therapeutically innovative at face value, parents from Highlands Ranch, CO should keep some things in mind during the selection process.
Wilderness Therapy is Almost Always Used as a Preliminary Treatment
According to recent statistical analysis of the 28 recognized wilderness therapy programs, 80% of enrolled teens on to an additional residential treatment program. In other words, wilderness therapy programs are mostly used as a 'first step' in treatment, rather than a one stop therapeutic destination. Additionally, many wilderness programs are partnered with other traditional, indoor residential treatment programs that sometimes recommend a teen go back and go through wilderness treatment again if said program deems the student is not ready to participate in their residential program.
Considering the average wilderness program is $500 dollars per day with a $3,000 dollar enrollment fee (not including what it would cost to transport said teen through a transport company two or more times) choosing this route of treatment is quite expensive.
Legitimate and Cost-effective Wilderness Therapy Programs for teens from the Highlands Ranch, CO area
For moms and dads from Highlands Ranch, CO unwilling to pay double (or potentially triple) for a wilderness program for their teenage daughter, there are cost-effective and dynamic treatment options to consider - like that of Elk Mountain Academy.
Elk Mountain Academy is a Christ-centered wilderness thearpy program and residential treatment center for troubled teenage girls.
Elk Mountain Academy offers affordable, expert treatment for life-controlling issues and disorders in girls from the Highlands Ranch, CO area, including:
- attachment disorders
- attention deficit
- eating disorders
- anxiety, depression
- self-destructive or antisocial behavior behavior
- adoption-related issues
We lead troubled girls from Highlands Ranch, CO to seek truth and to trust in the Holy Spirit, our Holy Comforter who was given to all believers in Christ. At EMA we coach and train our students to seek, trust, and rely on the Holy Spirit, who is their comforter.
For more information regarding our treatment program, please call us today at (208) 266-1122.
Assistance for Parents of Struggling Adolescents in Highlands Ranch, CO
Many families from Highlands Ranch, CO who are investigating assistance, have made Elk Mountain Academy their first choice for their struggling child who may be experiencing pain medication abuse/addiction, poor academics, or self-harming behavior related obstacles. Here at EMA, our therapists understand the common issues that struggling teenage girls from Highlands Ranch, CO are faced with every day; and we offer assistance to our students, so they can recognize and deal with their social-related problems in a way that is both healthy and productive. Our robust outdoor recreation and adventure therapy programs rely on connection, trust, and respect; thus inspiring an internally motivated recovery that lasts a lifetime.
EMA recognizes that the circumstances of one at-risk child does not always apply to other girls. As a result, our expert therapists are devoted to the administration of each student’s needs; a commitment illustrated by their expert professionalism and sympathy. Here at EMA, we include the entire family (especially the parents) in the process of our student’s therapy, recovery, and progress.
Because we specialize in a variety of relevant residential treatment strategies (equine, life training, behavioral therapy) and give outdoor recreation and adventure therapy, struggling adolescent girls can grow to be healthy adults, and EMA’s students can emerge as strong people who are motivated to succeed. EMA recognizes that the entire family needs the support that our expert therapists offer; so that your child can be rehabilitated and whole. EMA’s intake counselors can be reached immediately at (208) 266-1122.
Additional Organizations in Highlands Ranch, CO
NATSAP FOR PARENTS: NATSAP is a volunteer membership resource who supports clinicians and programs in Highlands Ranch, CO with their efforts to help at-risk teenage girls and young adults; and their families. NATSAP realizes that, as a parent, this is an incredibly stressful and difficult time for you. This is why they strive to give the necessary resources available to help you match the unique needs of your child with a particular treatment facility for struggling teenagers or young adults in Highlands Ranch, CO; that would best benefit them. Provided is a list of articles providing support to you during this difficult time, as well as suggested questions for you to consider before making a final placement selection.