What Does it Really Mean for a Teen Boy to Be 'Troubled': One Mother's Definition


What Does it Really Mean for a Teen Boy to Be 'Troubled': One Mother's DefinitionHave you been struggling to decide if your son would qualify as troubled and be in need of professional assistance? This is a problem that many parents struggle with, frequently believing that their children are only going through a stage and will resolve their problems themselves. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Generally, when children start to struggle with behavior, school performance, and other aspects of their lives, it will become a long-term issue. By realizing right away that professional assistance is necessary, parents can make the recovery process more efficient and save their family years of problems. If you are a parent, please don’t underestimate the necessity of professional help when dealing with difficult issues.

Triangle Cross Ranch’s services for troubled boys have proven themselves to be incredibly successful in bringing about long-term positive changes. If your family is in need of help, you can reach us today at 1-866-471-6695.

Being a single mother can be incredibly difficult, and you often end up blaming yourself for the problems that your children experience. This is what happened to me and my son. I was working long hours and unable to give him the attention I knew he deserved. Predictably, before long he had started getting involved with kids at school who were a negative influence. This quickly progressed into drug use and violence. Throughout this decline in his behavior, I knew that something was wrong but I still thought of him as a good kid. This made me hesitate to seek out any assistance. I now realize that this hesitation was the worst move I could have made. My son continued to get into increasingly serious situations and I felt lost as how to bring him out of this downward spiral. Things finally changed the day he was stabbed while participating in a gang fight. His injury wasn’t life threatening, but it really opened my eyes as to how bad things had gotten. 

At this point, I knew he needed to leave the neighborhood we were living in if he was going to change. To get him the help he needed, I enrolled him in a long-term youth treatment program. In the years since he has completely changed his life, becoming a model citizen and role model to other at-risk youths. I owe this transformation to the decision to finally seek out the support and guidance he needed.


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