Seeking help for a troubled teen is one of the most daunting experiences that parents can have. If your son faces more than one major challenge, such as adoption issues, substance abuse, challenges at school, or making friends; then you may feel overwhelmed. If you are not able to find the help your son needs in your community, then you might consider in-patient or residential care.
Residential care may come with its own set of worries. Most parents do not want to be separated from their sons for a long period of time. Also, because residential care provides teens with a variety of different service, it is expensive. Yet residential care may be the best opportunity your family has to heal.
Families typically do not consider residential care until they have tried everything else first. That means that the young people who come residential treatment facilities do so because they face significant challenges. The teens in residential care have a variety of complex needs. For example, in an examination of an average population of residential care facilities:
With so many complex problems, the teens in residential care have a variety of different needs. For example, they may require mental health counseling, substance abuse therapy, help with interpersonal or family issues, tutoring, dietary assistance, medication, mentoring, and training in various hobbies or activities. Parents generally look to a variety of different resources to help meet their teens’ needs. A quality residential care facility will meet all of these needs at one place.
Trouble teens who complete a residential treatment program are more likely to complete their high school education than those who do not. Moreover, teens with a history of criminal behavior are less likely to re-offend if they complete a residential treatment program.
Because residential care provides so many different services, it is expensive. However, the immediate cost of residential care facilities is more than paid off over the course of the teen’s life. There are also significant benefits to society. It is estimated that youth who need and complete residential care receive a 361% return on investment. Meaning, for every dollar that would be “saved” by not attending a residential program, parents and society will end up spending 3.61 times that by the time the child is in their 20’s. So, while residential treatment is expensive, it also makes it more likely that your teen will be able to look forward to a bright future.