Overcoming the Stigma of Behavioral Modification: Finding Real Help for Struggling Boys


Overcoming the Stigma of Behavioral Modification: Finding Real Help for Struggling BoysWhen boys start to struggle with issues like depression or substance abuse, it can be difficult for them to recover without professional assistance. However, it can be difficult for them to receive the right support due to many parents reluctance to enter them into treatment. It is important to realize that this reluctance to find a facility only allows problems to grow more severe and difficult to manage.

Triangle Cross Ranch’s therapy can help troubled boys overcome issues like substance abuse, depression, anger, and violence. You can reach us today at 1-866-471-6695 for assistance or more information.

How Fearing Treatment Almost Ruined My Life

When I was a teenager I had serious issues that never received the professional attention they needed. At the time, behavioral modification and therapy were viewed as a stigma and something that should be avoided if at all possible. Unfortunately, this allowed my problems to fester and grow more severe. Eventually, fairly mild teen problems resulted in major depression and substance abuse as an attempt at self-medication. These difficulties almost ruined my entire life and took me years to overcome on my own. Eventually, well into adulthood, I was able to find the support and guidance I had needed for so many years. I felt like my eyes had been opened for the first time and I immediately knew that professional assistance is exactly what I had always needed. This all took place over a decade ago and ever since I have worked to relieve the cultural stigma of treatment for youth. While I have been successful in convincing many families that a program is the right answer, there are still millions of people holding on to their conviction that it is a sign of weakness and something to be ashamed of. With this in mind, I strongly urge you to find help for your children if they are struggling. I have seen first hand how important this is to the overall development of an individual and I would hate to see anyone go through the same experiences I was forced to. 


Behavioral Health


Wilderness Therapy

RTC (Residential Treatment Centers)

Therapeutic Boarding School

Education Consultants/Mental Health

Intensive Outpatient Programs
Mental Health Counselor/Therapists
Kid is being worked with “at home”, local therapy. They want their client back

Focus on: (referral based)
Mental Health personnel
Educational Consultants

IOP patients

Addiction Treatment

Types: NTAAP - NAADAC - Foundations


Primary Care: 28 days

Extended Care: 60-90 days

Long Term Care: up to 1 year
12 step programs
Celebrate Recovery

Sober Living/IOP:


Focus on:
Mental Health facilities

Mental Health

Types: APA

911/Emergency: immediate crisis

Stabilization: up to 28 days

Psych Stay: 1-2 months

Structured Living:


Focus on:
Guidance Counselors
Public Professionals