It is a sad but true fact of life that some young people get into trouble. I suppose you could argue that most kids get into some sort of trouble because that’s part of life, of growing up. But in this article we are talking about serious trouble. We’re talking about teens who fall into the drug culture, who carry out acts of violence, who threaten family members and school officials, who run with a gang and commit crimes, who have very poor social skills, a perverted attitude towards matters sexual, who run away and even those who give up on school and have no interest in any academic study. These young people are often a danger to themselves and to others. Their behavior is extreme and requires an extreme remedy.
The treatment they receive concentrates on two key words viz., residential and intensive. Residential means that the teen resides in the facility. These places are secure units and it is extremely rare for any young person to leave without permission. The venues are as close to escape proof as can be. The second word, ‘intensive’, refers to the level of treatment provided. There are psychologists and psychiatrists, medical staff including doctors and nurses as well as teachers and administrative staff. All these staff members are trained specially to deal with violent, dangerous and desperate young people. The program for the residents is full on. They are taught, counseled, tested, monitored and assessed on a constant basis. Staff members are on duty around the clock and every effort is made to plan a forward progression for each resident. The kids are not there for a holiday but to have their life changed for the good in a big and dramatic way.
Because the problems can be so profound, it is always difficult to determine how long each teen will remain in residence. Some problems are so serious it may take many months to affect a lifestyle change. All that means the cost will be significant. With both full board and an array of professionals all working to help each teen, the expense is considerable. Having an insurance policy which covers the treatment costs is a darn good idea.
The program is known as IRTP which stands for Intensive Residential Treatment Program and sadly is much in demand. Whether it’s the breakdown of the family unit, the availability of drugs or any one of another series of society’s ills, more and more young kids are in need of an IRTP. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about. Self-harm, a wasted life and even suicide is tragically the by-product of some of our troubled teens.
But not only are the teens given the best help possible, their families too are helped. There is constant communication with the parents with opportunities for family members to learn certain skills for when the troubled teen returns home. There is no quick fix to many problems and a lot of time, money and blood, sweat and tears are required to change the lives of these kids.