The key word here is residential. As you can imagine, any residential treatment program means the client or patient lives in the care center – they leave home. The alternative is to receive treatment as an out-patient going home each time your therapy session is over.
So the question you need to answer is, will a residential treatment program be the best way to help my troubled son or daughter? You can find the answer to that question without paying a dime. And here is how
Ask a wide variety of people. First of course you need to have your son or daughter assessed. You need to know exactly what is the problem and the cause of the problem. Seeing a relevant health professional should soon have your child diagnosed. Now you are ready to seek that free advice.
Go to your local GP. He or she will of course assist in the diagnosis but then can provide information on how best to treat the troubled teen. The best programs may be found in residential centers. And only if there is a significant reason why your child should not or cannot live away from home, would you not choose the most appropriate residential center as the place to go.
You can seek free counsel from your local state health authority who will know which facilities exist and the programs they offer. They will also know about clinics and individual health professionals in your state who specialize in the problem faced by your child.
So having discovered the cause and nature of the problem and obtained a list of relevant residential service providers, the final step is choosing which facility to use. And there are different ways you can do this.
Again take counsel from your relevant health professionals – your family doctor and any specialist you may have visited in having your child assessed. They will know which facilities are highly recommended.
Then you can and should consult any parent who has sent their child to a particular facility which is on your list. Ask about the care provided for the child concerned. Was the therapy successful? Has the child returned home a new person? Would the parent recommend the facility?
Then there is the institution itself. They will have a web site with a Q and A section, testimonials online and probably a brochure they can forward to you. Draw up a list of questions relevant to your son or daughter’s situation. Put these questions to the treatment center. Telephone if you wish and have a personal conversation. They will probably welcome visits from prospective parents of children likely to enter their program.
All the information you have collected thus far is free. Take advantage of this opportunity because you must do the right thing and choose the best treatment program for the needs of your child. Sure this may require some time and effort on your behalf but nothing is too good for the health and wellbeing of your son or daughter and the information is free.