Spiritual Guidance for Troubled Teen Girls - Re-Creation Retreat

By Spiritual Guidance

Spirituality is important during a period when institutional religion seems to be losing its hold on troubled teens. To enhance the spiritual development of teenage girls in the school setting, the group experience described addresses authentic identity, relationships and boundaries, managing pain experienced in life, and discovering and utilizing unique gifts. For those girls that haven't found it and are struggling please get them help through Re-Creation Retreat. Re-Creation Retreat is a treatment center for troubled girls. For more information please look into Re-Creation Retreats website.

"Everywhere we look, children are under assault from violence and neglect; from the breakup of families; from the temptations of alcohol, tobacco, sex, and drug abuse; from greed, materialism, and spiritual emptiness. These problems are not new, but in our time they have sky-rocketed" (Whitman & Chetwynd) In many ways, today's troubled teens are presented with a less stable environment than experienced a decade or two ago. Many Struggling teens don’t know how to overcome the problems that they are faced with and many need to be placed in the correct environment in order to restore themselves. For immediate assistance contact a child placing specialist at Zion Educational Services, 866-439-8112. They can educate you on how to place your struggling teen in the correct environment in order to receive the help they need to overcome their struggles.

High divorce rates, high teen pregnancy rates, and increased geographic mobility of families contribute to this lack of stability. Statistics related to teenage crime, violence, drug abuse, and suicide in our country indicate that troubled teens are struggling to make meaning of their lives. Teenage girls, in particular, seem to wrestle with many more issues than girls did 30 years ago. Many people acknowledge that struggling teens have it hard in today's dangerous, sexualized, and media-saturated world. Young teenage girls in the United States face incredible pressures to be beautiful and sophisticated. She asserted the most important questions for troubled girls to answer, are "Who am I?" and "What do I want?" rather than, "What must I do to please others?" Adolescence is when gifts experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and display a small portion of their gifts".

Teenage Girls who stay true to themselves manage to find some way to respect the parts of them that are spiritual and protect their spirit from the forces that would break it. Can the female adolescent look within to find a core of true self, acknowledge unique gifts, accept her feelings, and make firm decisions about values, meaning, and spirituality? Many of today's struggling teenagers in the United States suffer from a sense of emptiness inside, a sense of meaninglessness that comes when social and religious traditions no longer provide a sense of meaning, continuity, or participation in a larger whole. Troubled teenagers experience a void of spiritual guidance and opportunity in their lives during adolescence. This void contributes to high-risk behaviors, which can be both a search for connection, transcendence, meaning, and initiation as well as an escape from the pain of not having a genuine source of spiritual fulfillment and meaning. reason spiritual issues are more of a concern during adolescence than earlier in an individual's life may be due partly to the development of the ability to think abstractly. Troubled teens can hypothesize, think about the future, and are less likely to conceptualize everything in either or terms because their thought processes are becoming flexible. Teens are capable of pondering and philosophizing about moral, social, and political issues.

As human beings think more abstractly and discover new information and different understandings, some of which do not fit into their previous idea of the world, inner conflict occurs. Humans are born with the need to resolve inner conflicts and restore equilibrium, either by making changes in their thinking or by assimilating the new ideas into thoughts and beliefs. Troubled girls may have a harder time finding equilibrium because of the desire for approval from relationships that are important to them and because of the pressure put on struggling girls in our culture to be something other than authentic. Often, societal roadblocks impede teenage girls from blossoming into their true self. One example of this is the value the Western culture places on slimness for women and the consequence of eating disorders experienced by many teenage girls. While struggling teens may overtly subscribe to the deeply held value to be true to themselves, cultural ideals about beauty could shape attitudes about appearance.

Many parents aren’t aware the correct way to restore struggling teenagers and need a professional to educate them. For parents that need immediate assistance dealing with out of control teens, Zion Educational Services specializes in educating parents about different youth programs for troubled teens such as different types of private boarding schools, boot camps, Christian schools, therapy programs and many other youth facilities for both boys and girls. ZES provides you with the information to place your troubled boys and girls in the perfect treatment center that can meet their needs. If you have any questions or concerns contact ZES, (Zion Educational Services) to immediately to talk to a child education specialist at 866-439-8112.


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