Nobody ever said that parenting was going to be easy, but many parents find their lives, and more specifically, the lives of their children spiraling out of control when their child hits the troubled teenage years which can be a bit like the “terrible twos.” How does a parent know whether their teenager is just going through a phase and will grow out of it or is in need of a camp for troubled teen program?
Making the decision to enroll your wayward teenager in such a program is probably one of the most difficult you’ll ever have to face. It could also be the best thing you’ve ever done for your teenager, yourself, and your entire family.
So how do you know whether your teenager might benefit from a program at one of the trouble teen camps?
There are important differences between what could be classed as normal rebellious teen-like behavior and teenagers who are heading off the rails at a rapid rate. Some behaviors of which to be aware:
- Alcohol abuse
- Drug or other substance abuse
- Anger management problems
- Running away from school / home / authority
- Getting into trouble with the law
If your teenager is showing any signs of these problems, then it could be in his / her, and your best interests to enroll them in a camp for troubled teen program.
You may not even know about the specific problems your teenager has to cope with in his or her life. Many teenagers manage to keep alcohol and substance abuse secret, at least in the beginning. Tell tale signs may include:
- Losing interest in school and hobbies which they previously enjoyed.
- Becoming involved with a new group of friends, who may also be involved in drug and / or alcohol abuse
- Sudden and dramatic changes in personality. Your happy, outgoing teenager can become suddenly withdrawn and angry.
- Money problems, maybe even stealing money from their families or stealing things to sell to make the money to feed their habit.
If you have noticed any of these problems with your teenager, then you should seriously consider your options for satisfactorily changing their destructive behavior and setting them along the right path to a happy, healthy, and productive life.
Experience shows that teenagers of all ages can benefit from this type of program with those as young as 13 years needing the help and guidance of trouble teen camps.
[January 24, 2014]comments powered by Disqus