Columbus Girls Academy is an affordable Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, offering a safe haven for adolescent girls in Brunswick, Georgia and around the nation; teens who have sought to fill a void in their lives through negative peer influences, self-destructive habits, or substance abuse.
After exhausting every option in their quest to help their girl, families in Brunswick, Georgia turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried counseling, medication, relocation, mental health approaches, and social service interventions, and getting nowhere. Some have been told by psychologists that it would be a good idea for their girl to get away from home for awhile and from negative influences and peers. That is when they make the call for the help of a therapeutic boarding school, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The usual prospective resident from Brunswick, Georgia was once moving toward a bright future; however, as a result of self-destructive choices or substance abuse, her life may end up far different from what everyone hoped for. Where there was once excelling grades, there are failing grades. Where there were once athletic, artistic or musical abilities, there is disdain for what she held dear. The young girl who once sought her parents’ direction, love, approval and acceptance, now looks to her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to follow them down an alternate and dangerous path in life.
While shifts usually happen in the attitudes of girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a girl’s life and cause extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Childhood abuse (known or hidden)
- Family split
- A difficult or especially critical parent
- Bullying from others/Loss of friends
- Loss of economic status or a move to a new home or school
- Medical issues with a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessiveparticipation in pornography
- Huffing, drug, alcohol, or prescription drug use
- Negative peer group
Resulting from such factors, girls from Brunswick, Georgia who enroll in our the Teen Challenge program typically demonstrate issues and behaviors such as:
- Loss of a positive self-image
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Many times, prior to choosing CGA, families in Brunswick, Georgia have gotten help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While psychotropic medications can help alleviate the symptoms of deeper issues, we have found high success in weening girls off of them once and for all. All but the most severe psychological issues are generally triggered by deeper emotional issues, which must be addressed and solved with a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are eliminated over time with the supervision of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Brunswick, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders including:
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a usual Teen Challenge resident from Brunswick, GA:
When a young woman enrolls in Columbus Girls Academy it is usual for her to exhibit blame-shifting, avoidance of responsibility, and sometimes complete denial of wrongdoing. Soon after enrollment, the student begins to experience some sorrow for the consequences of her prior actions. Essentially, she is “sorry” for being caught in her actions, but she has yet to begin a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the roller coaster that parents have experienced at home — pledges to change, periods of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Sorrow does not change behavior, repentance does.
Many times, adolescents have been spared or delayed the heartache of the entire consequences for their poor decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. So, as a result, teens are not always confident of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is certain of the need for intervention, because their teenager is obviously headed for disaster if such actions persist. The Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy is an intervention program, hopefully helping make a change in troubled adolescents’ lives before they become an adult habitually demonstrating a self-destructive lifestyle.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register girls from Brunswick, Georgia year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge program for adolescent girls in Brunswick, Georgia and around the country who are troubled by life-controlling issues or minor addictions. Visit the remainder of this website to learn more about Teen Challenge.
The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Brunswick, Georgia, but it accepts girls from Brunswick, Georgia.
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Brunswick is the major urban and economic center in southeastern Georgia in the United States. The municipality is located on a harbor near the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 30 miles (50 km) north of Florida and 70 miles (110 km) south of South Carolina. Brunswick is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway which separates it from the Golden Isles. It is the second-largest city on Georgia’s coast, after Savannah, and is the seat of government for Glynn County.
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