Turning Winds California Connections

We here at Turning Winds are seeing a growth in California adolescents who are struggling from mental illnesses, behavioral health issues, and substance use disorders (SUDs). The reality is that mental illnesses and substance use disorders often occur together, commonly referred to as dual diagnosis, so it is crucial to treat both.

How To Find The Best Teen Treatment

Your Goal

Your goal is to treat your child’s behavioral, mental, and emotional health and ultimately to help your child heal while building a foundation that will foster a life full of purpose, happiness, and success. It is important to find a program that supports that plan and going out-of-state and attending a long-term residential program can help you achieve just that goal.

Location, Location, Location

You may think that sending your child to a treatment close to home is the best option, but in many cases this can actually hinder their care; even in a state as large and resourceful as CA. Removing your child from an environment where there are roadblocks and negative environmental factors including but not limited to negative friend/peer influences, unhealthy home relationships, unhealthy school environment, and more can have a crucial impact on their recovery and healing. We understand that sending your child away can be difficult and emotional, let alone sending out-of-state; try not to look at it as “sending away” but rather sending to the best possible program providing the care your loved one absolutely needs. Additionally, getting the child out of the home/local environment gives everyone a chance to catch their breath and address their own health concerns, family and work duties, and any other responsibilities and care which might have been ignored or neglected. Going to treatment out of state can also provide your teen the opportunity to learn new talents and skills, explore new areas and environments, and interact with new and different people both peers and professionals alike; a new and fresh perspective which can coincide with supporting their healing process.

Length of Stay

There are a variety of different treatment programs to choose from; there are outpatient program and there are inpatient programs each of which has different options. The key is identifying what level of care your loved one needs. Outpatient programs are often not enough; the child remains in the same environment with the same family situation, same friends, same school, same everything with the only difference being his/her seeing an outpatient counselor or therapist once or a few times a week for a few hours. It’s difficult for a struggling child to make the changes needed with such a low level of care. Then there are short-term programs, many of whom accept private insurance with limited out of pocket costs to the family but these programs are typically only 30-60 days at which point you get a call saying your child is ready to go home; the question you need to ask, “Is my child truly ready to go home, or is insurance just no longer paying for your services?” These programs are quite often great programs with quality care and the child can do quite well while there, but struggles upon discharge home as a 30, 60, or even 90 day short-term stay is quite often not enough for a child to fully learn, change, and heal. Then there are long-term programs, upwards of 6-12 months, where a child has ample opportunity to grow and change. These programs provide a well rounded and community type environment where the child has ample opportunity to have all areas treated including behavioral, mental, and emotional health while also working on his/her academics and learning skills and tools to best prepare them for a successful life ahead.

Insurance and Cost

You may have insurance that can cover some costs, so it is beneficial to find out what kind of coverage you have for your child and what type of care is covered. Whatever treatment you pursue, a quality treatment program will help verify insurance and advocate the best care for your child along the way. Most insurance companies will not pay for the entire length of stay for a long-term program over 90 days, but that does not mean you should limit your child’s stay. There are a variety of ways to finance long-term care for your loved one so be sure to explore all options and speak with the program for guidance and direction. Don’t let cost dictate finding the best possible placement and care for your loved one; going beyond just insurance and paying out of pocket costs for the best program now will be more cost effective in the long run and can save your child from months or even years of further struggle and suffering while also elimating the need for further treatment, the risk of legal consequences, or even the cost of your child’s life.  

Can Turning Winds Help?

Turning Winds is a mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorder treatment center and boarding school for struggling adolescents located on 150 acres in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana. Whether you are looking for help in the state of California or wanting to attend treatment out-of-state, we can help you find the right treatment for your teen.

It is very common to feel overwhelmed by the treatment process and that is why we want to make sure you are equipped with the facts so that you can make the best decision for your child.

For more information on how Turning Winds can help you, contact us now at 800-845-1380.

Turning Winds wants to make sure that you are able to get the help you deserve, so please feel free to utilize these free resources below.

Health & Human Service Resources and Information In California

  • Al-Anon/Alateen can be found in Northern and Southern California and offers  support groups for the families and friends of those who struggle with alcoholism.

  • NA California (Narcotics Anonymous) can be found in Northern and Southern California. NA is a program to help those struggling with drug addiction and substance use disorders.

  • Nar-Anon California is a support group for the families and friends of those who struggle with drug addiction.

  • California Youth Services provides crisis intervention, counseling, and family support for teens and parents.

  • Happy Hippies Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Miley Cyrus. Their mission is to provide support and resources for the LGBTQ youth.

  • First 5 California is an organization that helps provide resources and information for families and youth.

  • CA Department of Education provides resources to parents and general information about the state education system.

  • Youth Substance Abuse Disorder Services in CA for those with Medi-Cal and/or financial difficulties.

  • United Way of California was designed to focus on three major areas of help; health, education, and income. Their resources can be beneficial for any family looking for more information on how they can improve their lives.

  • 2-1-1 is a free non-profit organization that provides information and referral services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is supported by United Way. 2-1-1 services all income levels, languages, and cultural backgrounds.

  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) provides a national information, a crisis helpline, and treatment finder for those struggling with mental, behavioral, and addiction.

  • AA California (Alcoholics Anonymous) is a mutual aid fellowship & program designed to help those who struggle with alcoholism.

Turning Winds California Alumni Spotlight

“I attended Turning Winds in 2017 and graduated from High School in 2018. I am now attending college and majoring in psychology.”

Faith from Folsom, California

Heal With Turning Winds

Is your child or loved one struggling and lost? Have you tried all different means of help and support and nothing is working? Are you feeling overwhelmed and just not sure what you as a parent or guardian should do next? Contact us now and let us help guide you in the right direction that is best for your loved one and family. No family should have to face this journey alone so contact us today.

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