There are a number of good wilderness therapy programs that are available for troubled teens. It’s understandable that parents have a difficult time deciding on whether they want to send their child away from home to be in a wilderness therapy program. However, if your teen is on a dangerous path, getting him/her on the right path that leads to wellness can save them from struggling with these problems through their adult lives.
It would be a comfort for parents struggling with their teens’ dangerous addictions that these troubled teen wilderness therapy programs have a high success rate in helping participants turn their lives around. As such, more parents are turning to these programs to help them out with their struggling teens.
Different teens have different problems which mean that finding the right program that will make the most impact in their life and inspire the most change is very important. There are some wilderness therapy programs that focus on specialized therapy. Some deal with teenagers struggling with accepting the death of a loved one, some deal with teenagers who have self-esteem issues, and more.
In our society, it’s quite alarming that the number of teens struggling with drug and alcohol dependency is quite high. There are wilderness therapy programs that help with that as well. Several years back, such programs were standardized where one type of program fits all teenagers with different problems. As a result, teens that were sent to such programs are usually not prepared for therapy and it was harder for camp staff to focus their therapy.
Troubled teen wilderness therapy programs these days usually make it a point to prepare for the arrival of a troubled teen in order to make the most impact. It’s also done to make sure that the time spent by the youth in the program would really be focused on what issues need to be addressed. There are plenty of individual therapy sessions as well as useful group sessions while in the program.
Unlike what some people may believe, such therapeutic programs are not just about camping, although they are done in a wilderness setting. Through forging a partnership between camp staff and teens, the youth who spends time in the program sees it as a shared adventure and experience rather than as a punishment. During the program, along with the therapy for drug and alcohol dependency, they learn about a healthy kind of friendship and a good level of personal responsibility. Through interacting with people who have the same challenges that they do, they find ways of coping with their own inner struggles which they may not have known about prior to the program.
Some programs can last for as short as a few weeks, some can run for several months. Some have a summer program, some have programs that have academic elements in order to make sure that the teen doesn’t fall behind in their studies while participating in the program.
Preparing your teen to go to a wilderness therapy program involves not just buying the right gear for it. Sitting down to talk with your child about what to expect in the program, how long it would run, and what activities they can look forward to would be a great help. It would also be best if you encouraged your child to ask questions before he/she leaves for camp in order to get them into an introspective mindset.