When is it appropriate to put your teen into a treatment program?
Your first consideration? Don’t rush it.
It may surprise you to learn that I usually encourage parents of troubled teens to do their best to avoid putting their child in a residential treatment program. The reason? Money. I have seen so many desperate people pull from their home equity loans and tap into college, retirement, and trust funds just to make residential care possible for their child. And this doesn’t even include the humble request they often make for church and family support.
For many parents, there comes a tipping point when things get so crazy that family counsel, pastoral counsel, professional therapy, and medication can all seem useless. That is when therapeutic residential care may be the only option a parent can make. Like heart surgery- nobody wants to go through it, but once successfully completed they’re happy they did.
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