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Is your teen struggling with a mental or behavioral health issue and you are not sure where to turn to? Then we suggest you read this article on which steps to take so that you can find the help that your child deserves.

How To Find The Best Teen Treatment

Your Goal

Ultimately you just want your child to live a happy, successful, and healthy life. In order to achieve this goal, we suggest a treatment modality that includes trauma/PTSD therapy, behavioral modification, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health therapy, and substance use disorder recovery. In addition, whichever teen treatment center you decide on, it should offer academics so your child does not fall behind and/or can catch up in their studies that have perhaps suffered because of their behavior and struggles so that when they do graduate from treatment they don’t have the challenge of having to catch up on academics and the accompanying fear and embarrassment of falling behind their peers. The truth is that if your child does not get the correct help from the beginning, it may hinder their recovery long-term. It is important to look at all factors when it comes to where to send your child for help; this includes location, how long their treatment will be, academic recovery, and what activities the kids will be able to participate in while getting help.

Location, Location, Location

Now that you have your goal in mind, it’s time to talk about placement for your child. We suggest you find an out-of-state therapeutic treatment program as it can offer many benefits to the healing and recovery of not just your child, but the whole family. We understand that sending your teen away from home can be difficult especially for a parent, but currently the home environment has become unhealthy for everyone and a change is needed. A new location can provide a new perspective and experience for your teen, while also giving the rest of the family the chance to heal and recover, too. This will also help limit the risk of your child trying to run away and go back to the old people and places that have blocked them from getting help until now. Going off to treatment should not be a punishment, but rather an opportunity to learn, grow, build self-esteem, and heal

Length of Stay

The length of stay is just as important as the location. You may be aware of what is known as short-term programs, which are usually only 30-60 days; programs that are appealing to families because it means their child is away from home for a shorter period of time, but sacrifices on the quality of care and the necessary time that your child’s recovery process demands. These programs can be great options for aftercare, when stepping down from a long-term treatment plan. Other types of programs include outpatient programs known as intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and/or partial hospitalization programs (PHP); these too are often not a high enough level of care and are designed as a stepping stone for those coming out of higher levels of care like inpatient treatment and should be used as such. Live long change takes time and shouldn’t be rushed, especially for a teen who is already battling so many other stressors like school and hormonal changes. We strongly recommend a program that offers from 3-12 months depending on what is best suggested for the child by professionals. It is not easy, but trust the process and you will be amazed with the results.

Insurance and Cost

Treatment is not free; the best quality care can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars. Too often parents fail to investigate treatment options let alone pursue treatment out of fear of the financial burden they might incur. Rest assured, you are not alone in your apprehensions about cost of care. The challenge of affording quality care for your loved one is not as daunting as perhaps you have made it out to be. Is your loved one covered by insurance? That can often significantly offset cost of care, greatly limiting a family’s out of pocket exposure – many parents are shocked to learn just how many weeks or months of care insurance could potentially cover for their loved one. Perhaps you know little or nothing about your insurance and the coverage it offers, once again you are not alone. You no doubt have been researching programs that best fit your child based on the recommendations we have given; call them and ask. A quality treatment program should be more than able to take some general demographic and insurance information from you and verify your benefits to better understand your coverage and share those findings with you. Perhaps insurance will cover a significant amount of care, perhaps only partial; investigate and find out so you can make the best decision. Don’t shy away from exploring resources to help with out of pocket costs – credible mental/behavioral health loan companies, asking extended family for help, or even using savings or college funds set aside. This is the best investment you can make – your loved one’s life.

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 Virginia, 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.

Virginia Health & Human Service Resources

United Way Virginia provides information for resources, community support, assistance, and more statewide.

2-1-1 Virginia provides resources, information, support, and help through the state in local communities.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) is a government database that provides nationwide resources for mental and behavioral health organizations for those who can’t afford treatment.

AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) is a support group that holds meetings for those struggling with alcohol abuse.

Al-Anon / Al-Ateen is a support group that holds meetings for those struggling with someone who is suffering from alcohol abuse.

NA (Narcotics Anonymous) is a support group that holds meetings for those struggling with drug abuse.

Nar-Anon is a support group that holds meetings for those struggling with someone who is suffering from drug abuse.

LGBTQ provides support, resources, and information for the LGBTQ community in VA.

NAMI Youth Group Support for adolescents who are looking for support and resources in VA.

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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