Troubled Teen Programs

This page provides descriptions or several types of programs specially designed for teens who have a hard time dealing with alcohol or drug abuse, gangs, depression, ADD or ADHD, dishonesty, disrespect, or failing grades. For more information, please visit the Parent Help Resource Center Website. If you need help choosing a program for your troubled teen, call Parent Help now at 1-844-622-6705. Parent Help is available 24 hours a day, every day, to give you free information and advice on getting help for your child.

Military-style boot camps

Boot camps typically emphasize discipline and physical conditioning. Many, but not all, of these programs are followed by a period of probation or some form of aftercare. Teens are usually sent to boot camps after being rebellious, disrespectful, experimenting with drugs, getting kicked out of school, getting in minor legal troubled, or if they simply need some behavior modification.

Boarding schools

Boarding schools are independent, college preparatory schools that provide housing facilities for students. Faculty and staff at boarding schools work very hard to create an environment for students that is safe, academically challenging, active, and fun. Not all boarding schools accept students who have serious behavioral problems, but those that do typically accept teens who are doing poorly in school or have been suspended or expelled, teens who need behavior modification, teens with mild drug or alcohol abuse, and teens with ADD or ADHD.

Wilderness programs

These short-term programs take troubled teens out of their stressful lives and into nature, usually with a definite positive impact on the teen and her behaviors. Wilderness programs are usually not academically accredited because of their short duration. However, being out in nature gives troubled teens quiet time to reflect on what is really important, and what course they are on. Quiet time around the campfire at night is almost a spiritual experience and a great time for teaching a tired youth.

Other programs

There are other types of programs available for your troubled teen, such as military training schools, Christian boarding schools, and residential training centers. For more information on these types of schools, please visit the Parent Help Resource Center Website or call us at