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Rethinking the teen boot camp approach

Living with a teenager struggling with severe behavioral challenges is one of the most emotionally exhausting ordeals you’ll ever undergo. At times, the stress may become so overwhelming that a teen boot camp for your child might seem like the only option.

However, these programs, which employ military-style methods and fail to consider the psychological histories of their clients, aren’t equipped to effectively treat adolescents struggling with significant mental health challenges. This is where most juvenile boot camps miss the mark, relying on crude psychological approaches more befitting a battlefield than a care facility. 

If you want to avoid such methods, choose a program that addresses the root causes of your child’s problematic behavior. At Avery’s House, we foster lasting transformation through understanding, empathy, and top-notch support.

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

The so-called treatment provided by most juvenile boot camps consists of suppressing rebellious behavior through a combination of blind obedience, aggressive confrontations, and strict routines. While a military-style approach might be somewhat effective for adolescents with minor behavioral issues, it can be counterproductive and even harmful for those facing more significant challenges.

Helping troubled teens make lasting change requires a more nuanced approach. It’s not about superficially managing symptoms but addressing underlying causes. Because teen boot camps aren’t set up to do that, they’re unable to treat severe mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder.

If you have a troubled Meridian adolescent, you don’t have to navigate this path alone. Contact us today for support on your journey!

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Key limitations of a boot camp for teens

If you’re the parent of a Meridian teen with significant behavioral issues, sending them to a boot camp might seem like the best way to handle the problem. However, these programs have serious drawbacks. Here are a few: 

  • Not enough clinical staff to effectively manage complex behavioral challenges
  • A tendency to disregard psychological backgrounds
  • An inability to tackle the underlying causes of mental health issues
  • The adoption of a generic, one-size-fits-all approach 
  • A failure to recognize the importance of family engagement 
  • The prioritization of obedience over psychological well-being 
  • Insufficient academic support

Teen residential treatment

Treatment designed to meet the unique needs of troubled teens is more effective than generic, one-size-fits-all approaches. At Avery’s House, we provide customized solutions that address your adolescent’s specific behavioral challenges. Our residential treatment program offers a nurturing environment that fosters healthier behaviors, sparks emotional growth, and accelerates psychological healing. 

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 a better choice than teen boot camps in the Meridian area: 

  • A nurturing, nonjudgmental environment where it’s okay to be vulnerable 
  • A dedicated team of experts with specialized training in adolescent mental health care 
  • Expertise in addressing underlying causes of mental health challenges 
  • Family involvement in treatment that fosters enhanced interpersonal relationships 
  • Instruction in crucial life skills, such as emotional regulation, effective communication, and self-awareness 
  • A focus on developing skills needed for academic success 
  • Personalized medication management for those who need it  
  • Comprehensive aftercare planning to ensure a smooth transition back to everyday life

Teen residential treatment may be ideal if your Meridian adolescent…

  • Recently completed or is about to leave an inpatient or hospital psych stabilization program
  • Tried outpatient programs, such as partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) or intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), but needed more support
  • Would benefit from a temporary break from familiar surroundings to fully focus on recovery

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 minimize out-of-pocket costs. Click the button to the right to find out if your provider will pay for treatment.