Give It Time—Trust The Process!

The Turning Winds program is all about effecting positive change. “The simple, singular focus of our treatment program is to help each student improve their self-image and their self-confidence and change the behaviors that have been hindering their growth by teaching them to create stable patterns of living through education, process groups, and individualized treatment […]

Healing the Teenage Brain 

For the parents of a teenager, adolescence is often a fairly challenging time. For experts on the human brain, it’s a fascinating period. “I want people to understand that adolescence is not a disease, that adolescence is an amazing time of development,” Beatriz Luna, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh recently […]

Treatment as a Change in the Family System

Families come first at Turning Winds. Two of our treatment goals are increasing the healthy autonomy of our students while promoting better integration into their families and assisting their return to live successfully within their family system after completing the program. Family connection is one of the 12 character virtues taught in our program: students […]

New Health Advisory on Social Media Use For Teens

Social media platforms have had an immense impact on the lives of today’s teens. A 2018 Pew Research Center survey of some 750 13–17-year-olds found that 45 percent were online almost constantly and 97 percent used social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. These numbers are unlikely to have gone down since […]

Fentanyl Deaths Increasing Among US Teens

Drug overdose deaths in the United States have spiked to record highs in recent years, primarily due to the increased use of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. The rate of deaths from fentanyl drug overdoses increased by nearly a quarter in 2021 […]

Gen Z: The Most Dissatisfied And Depressed Generation

Six years ago, author and psychology professor Jean Twenge warned of a youth mental health crisis on the horizon. Rates of depression, anxiety, and loneliness were rising. And she had a hypothesis for the cause: smartphones and the social media that come with them. In her influential 2017 book iGen, Twenge describes members of the […]

The Turning Winds Kitchen Got an Upgrade!

Good nutrition is an important requirement for growing bodies in recovery. “You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body,” advised the Roman poet Juvenal nineteen centuries ago—making that motto famous ever since. For teenagers with mental health and substance misuse issues a healthy diet is key to a positive treatment outcome. In […]

Finding Help For Your Troubled Teen

One of the hardest calls a parent can make is to seek help for a child in trouble. Their families are usually in crisis mode and are unsure what the best course of action might be.  “Understandably, it’s not a call any family really wants to make,” says Turning Winds admissions director Eric Loesch. “In […]