Boarding Schools in Florida for Troubled Youth

Untreated mental and behavioral health issues among teens can lead to drug addiction, and since Florida has had over 70,000 opioid drug overdose deaths since 2017, it is absolutely crucial now more than ever that teens undergo treatment for their mental and/or behavioral health issues before they become just another statistic. Florida, besides being known for beautiful beaches and sunny weather, is also commonly referred to as the “recovery capital of the world”; a title awarded for its surplus of substance abuse/mental health programs. Despite the vast mental health and substance abuse resources available in the state of Florida, there is a shortage of mental and behavioral health centers for teens. For this reason, considering a long-term residential teen treatment center out-of-state could be the best option for you and your loved one.

How To Find The Best Teen Treatment

Your Goal

When it comes to struggling teens, they are facing much more than just mental or be-havioral health problems (although that in itself is enough to weigh on anyone); they also have their high school studies, graduation, and subsequent future to worry about. These additional demands and different areas of focus that need to be met make it even more overwhelming and difficult for a parent to find a treatment program that meets all their loved ones needs. Remember, your mission is to treat and save your child now so that they might have the opportunity to live a happy and fruitful life. When choosing a teen rehab center remember that location, length of stay, and treatment plan provided are going to be the key factors when deciding on what program is the best fit for your child.

Location, Location, Location

Location matters and in many cases removing your child from an unhealthy environment where negative peers, influences, and bad habits have impacted and controlled their decision making can have a huge impact in the progress and success of their rehabilitation. Often times, parents will look for rehab centers close to home, but this can hinder a child’s treatment. We understand that sending your teen out-of-state is difficult for so many reasons and we sympathize, but it can allow for your child to meet new people, experience a change in perspective, and focus on their recovery. Many teens will not only discover and learn new habits, skills, and coping mechanisms, but they will explore new activities and learn new talents they may not have known they had; like skiing, hiking, camping, and much more. Your teen should be in an environment that fosters growth, healing, learning; all supported by a staff that cares and treats your child like one of their own family.

Length of Stay

There are a variety of teen rehab programs to choose from. There are intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP); these levels of care can be beneficial after the attendance of an inpatient residential stay. Since 2002 we have worked with thousands of teens who have joined our team, our community and our family here in the magical wilderness of Western Montana. What we have discovered and learned in our many years of experience and care is that a child’s best chance for success is a long-term inpatient treatment program. It is imperative that a child stay at a program well beyond the common, short-term thirty day stay. It takes anywhere from 3-12 months for a child to truly change, heal, and recover. Anything less than 90 days could seriously impact the long-term recovery and future of your teen.

Insurance and Cost

Private insurance can help cover at least some of the cost for treatment. How much will depend on what your insurance covers. It is important to know what they will cover and where they will cover first. We here at Turning Winds can help verify insurance and advocate for your teen. A good program should be able to help you discern if your insurance can cover any length of stay. Although many private insurance companies will not pay for the entire length of stay for a long-term residential rehab center, they can help offset costs for out-of-pocket expenses. Remember that this is your child’s life on the line so you will want to find the best treatment plan based on their needs and not just cost alone. This is as serious as any physical health condition and so it should be treated as such.

Can Turning Winds Help?

Turning Winds is a teen treatment center that provides therapy, activities, adventure, and schooling. No matter what time of year it is or what kind of struggles they are dealing with in their studies, we can help them get back on track for a brighter future. We are located in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains of Troy, Montana. Turning Winds prides itself on offering quality treatment of mental and behavioral health issues and substance use disorders for teens. We have an amazing dedicated and loving team who believe in the hope and healing of our youth. Whether you are looking to come to our family here at Turning Winds or wanting to get help in Florida, let us guide you to getting the best treatment for your teen.

You are not alone and Turning Winds can help! contact us now for more information at 800-845-1380.

One of our many goals here at Turning Winds is to be able to help those seeking it, so we provided a list of free resources below.

Florida Health & Human Service Resources

  • United Way of Florida is an organization dedicated to the health and well being for it’s community with an emphasis on mental and physical health, education, financial, and state resources.  
  • 2-1-1 Florida is a non-profit organization that helps provide 24/7 resources for food, health, housing, and more. You can call 211 directly or visit their website for more information.
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) is a government funded organization that can provide treatment programs for those struggling with drug abuse, mental health, behavioral disorder, and substance abuse issues.
  • AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is a 12-step program for those who have a problem with alcohol. For more information please click the links for AA North Florida and AA South Florida
  • Al-Anon / Al-Ateen North Florida and South Florida is the sister program to AA and provides meetings for those who have been affected by someone who struggles with alcoholism.
  • NA Florida (Narcotics Anonymous) is a 12-step support group designed for those who struggling with drugs.  
  • Nar-Anon FL is a support group for those who are affected by someone who struggles with drug addiction.
  • LGBTQ Florida Community Resources for those looking for support and information in the LGBTQ community.
  • MyFlorida provides a state agency list of information and resources for those in FL.
  • DCF is the Florida Department of Children and Families. They provide information, resources, and referrals for those in the state of FL.

Heal With Turning Winds

If you have an adolescent who is struggling with mental, behavioral, and/or addiction issues, we can help. Turning Winds has provided treatment, educational services, and resources since opening it’s doors in 2002. We believe every child should have the opportunity to get help they deserve, whether it be with us here at Turning Winds or another program. Contact us now for more information. You are not alone and we are here to help!

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