The Benefits of Teen and Young Adult Wilderness Therapy Programs


wildernessDespite our best efforts, there are some teens and young adults who are just more susceptible to the negative influences among peers, what is on the Internet and on TV.

There’s also the challenge of too much uncensored content on cell phones and in video games…and it’s hard to keep track of what your teenager or young adult is watching or reading or participating with on a daily basis.

As a result, our teens and young adults pick up bad habits, adopt an unenthusiastic attitude regarding priorities in life or worse, or get into a cycle of self-destructive behavior. When your teenager or young adult:

  • are struggling with ADD, ADHD, ODD
  • has been falling behind, failing or even dropping out from academic studies
  • has been lying to parents, teachers and other authority figures
  • has been stealing, cheating, or fencing valuables
  • is hanging with peers you suspect are abusing substances
  • is losing weight unhealthily without any reason
  • has become apathetic and disinterested in anything
  • has been breaking household rules
  • has become mean, resentful, or angry all the time
  • has become very untidy and sloppy
  • has been abusing substances or medication

Your teenager or young adult may be in trouble more than you know. You need to get into the details of this matter as soon as possible. When left untreated, these problems can develop into even more severe problems in later life.

Wilderness therapy programs have a lot to offer.

They are short, running between 45 and 90 days.

They are ideal to help a teen or young adult in trouble giving them the time and space to break away from the source of their challenges and problems.

Wilderness programs are much shorter than residential boarding school stays and less punitive and rigorous than boot camps, of which Horizon Family Solutions never recommends. They are an ideal choice for many troubled teens and young adults.

It needs to be understood that a therapeutic wilderness program will not be the perfect place to send every troubled teen or young adult.

Making the choice involves at least two factors.

  1. Is your teen or young adult the ideal candidate for a wilderness program; and
  2. When this has been determined, which wilderness program and therapist best suits your teen, young adult and family?

You can get the therapy sessions your teen or young adult might need by going to a therapist in your local area on a weekly basis. Each time that happens, your teen or young adult then returns home to their family and friends.

When nothing changes, nothing changes.

The best way to make a major impact on your teen’s life is to make a break, take a break.

Get away from the routine and contacts which have been a big part of their challenges, problems and troubles.

Parents with worries about the safety of their teen or young adult while in wilderness can be assured that the best wilderness programs do not accept everyone.

Most do not accept teens or young adults who are:

  • Actively suicidal or homicidal
  • Displaying a significant history of running away from treatment centers
  • Display cardiac conditions or other organ dysfunctions that may lead to emergency care
  • Insulin dependent diabetics
  • Medically unable to participate in the program
  • Psychotic
  • Significantly obese
  • Struggling with allergies that may lead to anaphylactic shock
  • Violent and/or aggressive outside of the home

The aim is to find like-minded teens and young adults who need direction, guidance, inspiration and mentoring in their life. The academic side of a wilderness program is in most cases able to be transferred back to the teen’s school as credit.

There are a lot of good therapeutic wilderness programs for troubled teens and young adults that can give them the help that they need.

They have an admissions or screening process in place to determine whether your teen or young adult can really be helped by their program. It’s a good first step towards your family’s healing.

A lot of  wilderness therapeutic programs are located in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont.

There are a range of different types of wilderness therapy programs all across the United States, with a range of models and approaches.

When needing assistance, please contact Horizon Family Solutions at 303-448-8803.

About Dore E. Frances, PhD

Dore' Frances, PhD Advocate / Comprehensive Case Management Educational / Therapeutic Consultant International Student Consultant / Visionary Founder of Horizon Family Solutions, LLC.
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