Therapeutic Boarding Schools in Abilene, Texas
Is your teenager spinning out of control? Looking for a therapeutic Christian boarding school for him or her near Abilene, Texas?
There is nothing worse than having your teen spinning out of control, and no worse feeling than the despair parents experience in the process. It is hard to know what to do and how to react when your teen daily reaches new lows in disobedience, dishonesty, and disrespect, and chooses the wrong path in life.
We know, because we went through it with our son. Raised in a Christian home and mostly home-schooled until high school, we suddenly found that we didn’t know him. He had changed seemingly overnight. His grades started falling and his interest in sports and old friends shifted to a new group of friends — the kind parents are wary of.
Unknowingy, our son was already heavy into smoking marijuana, huffing, drinking alcohol and just about everything else his new peer group dared him to do. The downward spiral was dramatic — all the way down to fist-through- the-wallboard rages, running away for days at a time, and finally threatening suicide. After months in counseling, the therapist proclaimed that there was nothing more he could do. He recommended a local residential program and school where issues could be dealt with and the influence of his negative peer group could be broken.
Putting our son in a therapeutic boarding school was the hardest thing we’ve ever done as parents.
Not only would it mean selling everything and cashing in all of our savings and the boy’s college fund, but it would mean not seeing our boy for long periods of time. We cried for two days after dropping him off. But then, a couple weeks later, we learned our boy had been attacked on campus. Unfortunately, the school we put him in was also taking in some violent gang kids (they hadn’t told us that), and our son was soon their target, nearly killing him. After his recovery, we went on our own search for the right program where he could be safe and be treated for his issues – after all, he still needed help, and now he also needed therapy for the trauma of being attacked.
We learned from this traumatic experience that therapeutic schools can be quite different and need to be selected based on their strengths and avoided if they have serious weaknesses. It’s important to know what those are.
Some therapeutic boarding schools are good, and others are not so good. Some target one set of issues; others are experts on other issues. But talking to them, they want to fill their beds, so they’ll often present themselves as “experts in all areas” having to do with behavior. But that’s not always so. Some kids are just being rebellious, but others are really dealing with serious issues that may not be known to their parents. So choosing a “behavioral modification” program when a “therapeutic” program is needed can do more harm than good. It can also be a big waste of money.
No one was around to help us find the right school for our boy. We made a mistake to begin with, and that cost us dearly, but after weeks of research we found a good program that was able to help our son. Today, our family and even our son are thankful for that program.
The boarding school we finally enrolled him in literally saved his life and got him off the downward spiral.
So, is your family experiencing the same storms of a teenager who is out of control? Are you walking on similar pins and needles around your teen? Does it sometimes seem like he or she has suddenly been taken over by aliens (well, not literally)?
Let us help you in finding the best school near Abilene, Texas. We’ve made it our life goal to know all we can about every school, so we can help parents (without cost) find the best possible choice for their troubled teen. We want to help you avoid the same mistake we did.
Now, every day we hear from many frustrated parents in towns like Abilene, Texas, who share how their once normal and happy child has become seriously out of control — just like our son was. They talk about how it has disrupted their family and how they fear for their child’s future and very life. “My child is no longer who she used to be,” is an often repeated cry from these parents.
If your child is out of control, he or she needs you to intervene. That’s why you’ve landed on this site, so allow us to be the resource you need to help you find just the right program near Abilene, Texas. The downward spiral your teen is on can have tremendous destructive potential with lifelong consequences, or even bring a young life to a quick end. Don’t wait. Act today based on what you know is true – your faith, your own beliefs, and what you know is best for your child.
Give us the opportunity to help you find a Christian boarding school closest to Abilene, Texas that will provide your teen with the help and mentoring he or she needs, and within your budget. We’ve visited most of these schools and we know the staff there. We know what they are good at, and what they are not so good at. We poll parents who have placed their teen in these programs, so we know how well they have done.
Avoid the temptation to put your child in a therapeutic boarding school nearby Abilene merely out of convenience (like we did). Rather, find the program that is most likely to help your child, wherever it may be located in the country. Give us the chance to tell you about a few of them. Fill in the inquiry form now to begin that process. There is NO CHARGE for this service.
|More about Abilene, Texas:Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in west central Texas. The population was 117,063 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a 2006 estimated population of 158,063. It is the county seat of Taylor County.GR Dyess Air Force Base is located on the west side of the city.
Abilene is located off Interstate 20, between exits 279 on its western edge and 292 on the east. Abilene is Convert west of Fort Worth, Texas. The city is looped by I-20 to the north, US 83/84 on the west, and Loop 322 to the east. A railroad divides the city down the center into north and south. The historic downtown area is on the north side of the railroad.
The fastest-growing sections of the city are growing to the southwest, along Southwest Drive, the Winters Freeway, and the Buffalo Gap Road corridor; the southeast, along Loop 322, Oldham Lane, Industrial Drive, and Maple Street; and in the northeast near the intersection of SH 351 and I-20. Many developments have begun in these three areas within the last few years. There are three lakes in the city, Lytle Lake on the western edge of Abilene Regional Airport, Kirby Lake on the southeast corner of the US 83/84 & Loop 322 interchange, and Lake Fort Phantom Hill in Jones County in north Abilene.
Shepherds Hill Academy
Columbus Girls Academy
Abundant Life Academy
Arivaca Boys Ranch
Agape Boarding School