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An Alternative to a Boot Camp for Teens from Idaho Falls

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A focus on family engagement and support

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Rethinking the teen boot camp approach

Dealing with a teenager with severe behavioral challenges is among the most emotionally exhausting battles you’ll ever endure. Sometimes, the stress may escalate to the point where you consider enrolling your child in a teen boot camp. However, the overly strict, military-style techniques of these programs might not be ideal for adolescents struggling with significant behavioral health challenges. 

In fact, they could make things worse. To avoid this nightmare scenario, you need a program that gets to the root causes of your child’s problems—unlike juvenile boot camps, which resort to crude psychological tactics better suited to a battlefield than a place for teen recovery. Our approach to helping Idaho Falls teens at Avery’s House fosters lasting transformation through understanding, empathy, and unwavering support.

Why traditional boot camps may not solve your teen’s problems

Conventional juvenile boot camps spend too much time stamping out rebellious behavior through unquestioning obedience, aggressive confrontations, and overly regimented routines. Really helping troubled teens, however, requires focusing on helping them overcome the mental health challenges contributing to their problematic behavior.

While a military-style approach might work for adolescents with minor behavioral issues, it’s detrimental for those with more severe challenges. One of the biggest criticisms of teen boot camps is that they fail to tackle the root causes of behavioral problems, making them less effective for adolescents battling complex mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or oppositional-defiant disorder.

Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. If you have a struggling Idaho Falls teen, reach out to us today!

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Key limitations of a boot camp for teens

Boot camps seem like a viable solution for behavioral problems, but they have serious drawbacks. For example, they typically

  • Lack the clinical staff to treat complex behavioral issues
  • Overlook teens’ psychological histories
  • Fail to address the root causes of mental health problems 
  • Use a generic, one-size-fits-all methodology
  • Don’t recognize the significance of family involvement
  • Emphasize compliance over general well-being
  • Provide inadequate educational support

Teen residential treatment

Studies have shown that treatments specifically designed to meet the unique needs of a troubled teen are more effective than generic, one-size-fits-all methods. At Avery’s House, we provide customized solutions for your adolescent’s behavioral challenges. Our residential treatment program offers a nurturing environment that promotes healthier behaviors, emotional growth, and psychological well-being. 

Personalized and compassionate care at Avery’s House

At Avery’s House, we provide specialized residential mental health treatment tailored to the unique needs of adolescents. Here’s why our program is an effective alternative to teen boot camps in the Idaho Falls area: 

  • A supportive, nonjudgmental setting in which it’s okay to be vulnerable
  • A dedicated team of experts specifically trained to address adolescent needs
  • A focus on treating the root causes of mental health issues
  • Improved family relationships resulting from active family participation in treatment
  • Instruction in vital life skills, such as managing emotions, communicating effectively, and developing self-awareness 
  • Academic support that teaches teens the skills they need for school success so they don’t fall behind
  • Individualized medication management for those who need it  
  • Comprehensive aftercare planning and transitional assistance to facilitate a seamless return to daily life

Our program is particularly beneficial for Idaho Falls teens who

  • Are transitioning from or preparing to transition from a psychiatric stabilization program in a hospital or inpatient setting
  • Tried outpatient programs, such as partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) or intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), but need more support
  • Require a change from their usual environment to focus on recovery

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Therapeutic services included

We tailor each teen’s therapeutic experience based on their unique personality, challenges, and goals. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Case management
  • Experiential therapies
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Community-based activities
  • Family therapy
  • Trauma-informed care
  • LGBTQ allyship

We accept insurance

We work with most major insurance providers to keep out-of-pocket expenses low. Click the button to find out if your provider will pay for treatment.