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Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is a superior residential treatment center specializing in a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies (CBT, DBT, behavioral therapy) and life skills development and experiential education for struggling teenagers who are wrestling with pain medication abuse/addiction, pornography addiction (online or magazines), and/or narcissistic behavior.

Many teens are falling victim to substance abuse and addiction, leading them to make poor decisions that place their lives in danger. Parents who are searching for help for their child often seek group homes for teens. It is important parents educate themselves on what these facilities can and cannot offer their troubled teen.

One of the biggest threats to young people today is drugs and alcohol. According to a survey conducted by NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), around 9.4% of people twelve years and older have used an illicit drug within the past month. This same study showed marijuana use is on the rise.

Mental Health Group Homes

Though there are fantastic group homes, these state-run institutions typically only offer housing for mentally and physically disabled children and adults who cannot live with their families or on their own. These group home environments are generally not therapeutic and do not foster true change. Most parents who are searching for a group home for their teen are really searching for a residential treatment facility that will provide full therapy and an opportunity for their child to pursue their education.

We offer the program parents mistakenly believe they are seeking when they search for a group home. Our program provides therapy for teens who are facing mental health issues, behavioral problems, substance abuse, and addiction. Through our fully accredited academic program, teens develop a love of learning and discover they can be successful in pursuing their education.

Our therapeutic staff is dedicated to providing troubled teens with the skills they must learn to live sober lives. In the surroundings of the beautiful outdoors, they participate in a variety of daily activities that are always centered on therapeutic learning. With our 5:1 student-to-staff ratio, no teen falls through the cracks. Each of our students are Image of a recovering teenage boy at a group home for teensgiven the individual therapy treatment they need so they can overcome the life obstacles that have held them back from living a sober, effective life.

Turning Winds is a top-notch residential treatment center, that gives outdoor recreation and adventure therapy and life skills development and experiential education to teenage boys and girls wrestling with sleep disorder, alcohol abuse/overuse, and/or hypochondriasis. To inquire about our program, parents can contact one of our expert intake counselors at (800) 845-1380 today!

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Group Home For Girls

Although TWAI is an alternative to a group home for girls, our therapeutic program is one that fosters true change by helping girls to understand the underlying mental health issues that may be to blame for their behaviors and the choices they make.

Turning Winds seeks to give troubled girls a new outlook on life by helping them to discover who they truly are and develop the self-worth and esteem they need so they can learn to make decisions that will benefit their lives instead of putting them in danger. Through therapy, teens can learn the skills they must possess to avoid returning to substance abuse and addiction.

With our Co-ed experience, girls discover how to interact socially with boys so they can learn to become socially mature. Though some parents may feel a single gender Group Home would be more advantageous for their troubled daughter, research has shown single-gender facilities do not adequately prepare teens for acclimating back to normal society once they graduate from the program.

Group Home For Boys

Turning Winds offers a unique treatment approach for boys, as an alternative to a group home for boys, who seem to have lost their way in life. Many young men simply do not know how to effectively face the pain in their lives, so they turn to alcohol and drugs that lead to substance abuse and addiction. When boys are given the therapy they need to overcome mental health constraints; they learn to make better life decisions so they can pursue true sobriety.

Our Co-Ed Group Home provides troubled teens with a true life environment. Here, they learn to find common ground with members of the opposite sex so they can work together towards achieving their sobriety goals. Often, teens lack the social skills they need for positive relationships in life. When they graduate from our program, teens will have learned how to respect themselves and others. These are skills that will propel them towards becoming healthy, successful young adults.

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Why Teens Make Such Bad Decisions

Ever wonder why adolescents make such bad decisions? Most teens simply cannot make effectual decisions because a teen's brain has not yet reached full maturity. They lack the ability to regulate their emotions and control their impulses. When a teen faces mental health concerns, the inability to make wise decisions becomes even more pronounced, often leading them down the destructive path of substance abuse and addiction.

Through our Turning Winds therapeutic program, teens can be given the chance to reclaim their lives and learn the skills they need to become successful young adults.Our therapeutic program focuses on helping teens to identify the mental health constraints that need to be faced head-on. When teens arrive at Turning Winds, they Image of a group of adolescents in recovery at a group home for teensgo through individual testing and assessments so an individual treatment plan can be put in place. Our cognitive-behavioral approach seeks to help teens make lasting changes in their behavior while learning to use useful means of dealing with life.

With our fully accredited academic program, teens can receive the adequate therapy they require while pursuing their education, so they do not fall behind. Our small classroom sizes (6-12 students) allow our certified teachers to provide individualized education plans, so teens of all learning abilities can be successful in their academic pursuit. Through our academic program, teens learn to love learning.

A large part of the therapy our facility offers is through the outdoors. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, we offer daily therapeutic outdoor activities that foster self-reflection and goal pursuits. Teens learn to work with their peers to reach common goals. Whether hiking, swimming, skiing, camping or mountain biking, teens are consistently learning new skills, they will need to live sober, successful lives.

Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is a choice residential treatment center and therapeutic boarding school, specializing in a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies (CBT, DBT, behavioral therapy) and life skills development and experiential education for adolescent boys and girls wrestling with sexual abuse, poor academics, and/or video game addiction (gaming) obstacles. Contact one of our expert intake counselors at (800) 845-1380 to get licensed support for your at-risk adolescent today!

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National Partnership for Parents of Struggling Youth

MentalHealth.gov: Many at-risk teenage boys and girls and young adults in your local area turn to the Internet for assistance and advice on a wide range of mental health issues. To ensure that they get the right support and information, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) have launched mentalhealth.gov. This is an authoritative site that contains assistance on diagnosis and treatment for for struggling teenagers and young adults in your local area with mental health issues; including personal accounts of experiences of adolescent boys and girls and young adults with mental health issues. Advice is also given on how to take part in the “Community Conversations” initiative.

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The Turning Winds Program
https://www.turningwinds.com/program/
Our unique program produces superior outcomes for the unique teens we work with. Contact us to find out why thousands of parents have trusted TWAI to help.
Stories from Turning Winds Students and Parents
https://www.turningwinds.com/stories/
Learn more about Turning Winds therapeutic boarding school in Montana and how they have transformed the lives of hundreds of teens and their families.
The Turning Winds On-Line Application
https://www.turningwinds.com/admissions/application/
We have helped thousands of parents. Please complete our online application to enroll your son or daughter into our therapeutic school.
We Bring Hope For Both Patents And Teens
https://www.turningwinds.com/resources/parenting-strategy/
Need parenting help? In addition to helping teens we also help parents. Take strength that you have power to help your struggling teenager and give them hope.
Is Your Teen A Victim Of Bullying?
https://www.turningwinds.com/FeedItem/What-Signs-Should-Parents-Look-for-When-They-Suspect-Their-Teen-Is-Being-Bullied/
Many bullied teens silently struggle as they are inflicted with physical, mental, and emotional abuse by their peers. Each day, approximately 160,000 kids skip school because they are afraid of bullies.
Is Your Teen Suffering With Depression?
https://www.turningwinds.com/FeedItem/Teenage-Girl-Silently-Suffering-with-Depression--What-Can-a-Parent-Do/
If you suspect that your teenager is suffering from depression, we recommend that you act immediately. Do not wait.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
https://www.turningwinds.com/resources/teen-disorders/oppositional-defiant-disorder/
"My Son or Daughter has ODD." It is hard to tell the difference between ODD and the typical strong willed child. Learn more.
The Five Pillars Of Change
https://www.turningwinds.com/program/five-pillars-of-change/
Learn about our 5 pillars of change model. TWAI is a program for troubled teenagers located in Montana and is a leader among therapeutic boarding schools