If you are facing a challenging season with your teen, it can be tough to determine what to do next. Perhaps you have found a great counselor locally for your child and, a few months in, progress has stalled. Maybe the latest in a series of report cards just arrived and grades are still in decline. Whatever your family may be facing, you might be considering what to do next.
This decision is difficult. Although it may seem extreme and scary to send your child away to a residential treatment center, you might be ready to give your teen much-needed help. How do you know when the time is right for a residential treatment center?
At Shelterwood, we have spoken with thousands of parents who have found themselves in the same position as you. They bring similar questions and concerns to the Shelterwood conversation. Here are a few signs that it may be time to consider a residential treatment center:
- “Outpatient counseling is not working.”
Evaluate your teen’s outpatient counseling or therapy experience. Has your teen been attending these sessions for a while but making no progress? Generally, teens enter residential treatment when their needs are too intense to be managed with outpatient counseling. Beyond a couple of sessions a week, your teen could benefit from a full-time model of care.
- “Our family has had enough.”
Assess your whole family’s emotional capacity. When so much of your time and attention is focused on your child, your marriage, other children and professional career can suffer. Even the strongest parent needs a respite. Asking for help when you need it is a sign of how much you care about your child. If you feel your mental and emotional energy is depleted, it may be time for additional help. A residential treatment center can offer you a chance to regroup while staying fully involved in your child’s treatment journey.
- “We’ve tried strategy after strategy — and nothing has worked.”
Have you have put every tactic under the sun into play with no results? No matter how many opportunities you give your teen to change – counseling, rewards, punishments – nothing seems to work. You are frustrated and ready for your teen’s life to head in a different direction. Clinical expertise in a residential setting could be a turning point for your teen’s restoration.
- “I’m concerned for my teen’s safety.”
Your teen’s and your family’s safety is critical. If your teen exhibits reckless behavior that puts anyone at risk (including themselves, you, your family or their classmates and friends), it is time to get help. Examples include feeling fearful of leaving your child alone, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, anger, stealing, violent tendencies and more. A residential treatment center can provide a safe, engaging environment – the right setting for personal growth.
If you are frustrated and experiencing any of the concerns above, it may be time to get help. Consider Shelterwood Residential Treatment Center. Shelterwood combines boarding school excellence with the best in therapeutic care for real transformation. At Shelterwood, our desire is to create an environment where teens know they are loved, valued and have purpose.
We know that sending your struggling teen to a residential treatment center is one of the hardest decisions your family may ever need to make. When your teen is struggling, all you want is real restoration. All you want is your child back.