Taking Care of A Problem Teen Can Wreak Havoc On Your Own State of Mind


Taking Care of A Problem Teen Can Wreak Havoc On Your Own State of MindBeing the parent of a problem teen is incredibly difficult, and trying to take care of them on your own can wreak havoc on your state of mind.  For many reasons, it is hard to watch your son or daughter spiral into bad behavior and a damaging lifestyle.  However, when you are dispensing all of your energy into how to help them, it’s easy to let your own mental state fall by the wayside, which is the last thing you need during a challenging time.

It can be very hard for parents to assist their struggling teens cope with the issues they are going through, and many of them don’t realize how much of the burden can be lifted by reaching out for professional help.  Cedar Ridge Academy understands the needs of troubled boys and girls, so call them for assistance today at 866-471-6629.

Taking Care of Your Mental Wellbeing

When my son was going through his issues with drug abuse in his high school years, I couldn’t think of any other solution than to throw myself entirely into helping him recover.  It was hard, but I couldn’t think of any other solution.  I assumed that because he was my child, his behavior was at least in part my fault, if for no other reason than I wasn’t observant enough to see it begin.  I felt that it was, therefore, my responsibility to “fix” him.  As his habits started getting worse and worse, and my mechanisms of helping were failing, it destroyed me.  I was under incredible amounts of stress, anxiety, and even fell into depression.  There were numerous resources for how to assist your son or daughter with their problems, but very few about how these affect parents, and what they can do about it, which is also hugely important.

The Need for Professional Help

The number one piece of advice I can offer parents is something that I wish I had realized at my  time of need.  Reforming your troubled teen is not always something you can take on by yourself.  Professional help ensures a successful recovery, and also that your own state of mind won’t suffer because of the problem.  Places like Cedar Ridge Academy have years of experience assisting young men and women, so if you think they can work with your child, call them at 866-471-6629.


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
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IOP patients

Addiction Treatment

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Primary Care: 28 days

Extended Care: 60-90 days

Long Term Care: up to 1 year
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911/Emergency: immediate crisis

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Psych Stay: 1-2 months

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