Introduction to Troubled Teen Programs


More than ever, teens today are facing an uncertain future. With political instability across the globe and unrest in local communities, it’s no wonder that our teens are confused and scared about their place in the world. Just as they are trying to find their own adult identity, the teenage body is hit with an influx of hormones and unsettling emotions that they don’t know how to control. Because of this, younger people are particularly susceptible to conditions such as teenage depression, oppositional defiant disorder(rebelliousness) and numerous personality disorders. Adolescent frustration can easily lead to behavioral problems, if the teen doesn’t receive appropriate counseling. Troubled teen programs exist to provide such counseling, and intervene before troubled teens can damage their future irrevocably.

Who Can Benefit from Troubled Teen Programs

Many teenagers can benefit from the variety of troubled youth programs that are available. Whether your teen is being overtly rebellious, experimenting with drugs, displaying promiscuous behavior, or has had trouble with the law, troubled youth programs can provide the tools to set your teenager on the right path. Troubled youth programs can reach your troubled teenager by teaching them to respect themselves and others, offering relatable testimonials and providing an objective outlook on how your teen functions. Whatever problems your teen may be facing, such as alcoholism, insecurity, or apathy, troubled teen programs can renew a positive outlook on life. These programs will help your teen, and your entire family, by bringing you all together.

Types of Troubled Teen Programs

There are many diverse troubled youth programs to address the many problems facing teens. Finding the program that best suits your teenager’s needs is essential to helping them out of their problems. Some typical troubled teen programs include:

  • Residential programs – Similar to boarding schools, residential teen programs require the teen to live at the program facility. Residential troubled teen programs are especially helpful for teens that have been expelled from public schools or need a great deal of supervision. Residential programs can be general or cater to specific problems such as drug abuse.
  • Wilderness programsWilderness troubled youth programs take the problem teenager out of the confusing modern world and bring them back to the basics. Removing the teenager from the influences of bad company, computers, cell phones and modern conveniences, allows wilderness programs to access the root cause of the teen’s issues.
  • Boot Camp/Military School – There are a number of troubled youth programs that utilize the military approach to treating problem teens. Focusing on discipline and respect, boot camp style programs can build the character of a troubled teen while allowing him to gain much-needed self respect.

Where to Look for Help in Finding Troubled Teen Programs

Because each program is unique, it’s important to carefully investigate your options before deciding on the program that is right for your troubled teen. Many programs can be investigated via the internet. Once you locate a program or programs that may be right for your teen, contact each organization to discuss your specific issues.

There are volumes of information available to parents of struggling teenagers. For help in sorting through all of this information and to find the best possible solution for your troubled teen please call Zion Educational Service at (888)597-9495.


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