Columbus Girls Academy is an affordable Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, offering a safe haven for adolescent girls in Cartersville, Georgia and around the nation; teens who have sought to fill a void in their hearts through substance abuse, self-harm or negative peer influences.
After exhausting every option in their search to help their girl, families in Cartersville, Georgia turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried relocation, counseling, and medication, all without success. Some have been told by psychologists that it would be a good idea for their girl to get away from the negative influences in her life and away from home for awhile. So, they seek the help of a therapeutic boarding school, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical prospective resident from Cartersville, Georgia at the Teen Challenge Girls Academy was that she was once bright and talented; however, because of poor choices or substance abuse, her future has been compromised. Where there was once excelling grades, there is academic failure. Where there were once athletic, artistic or musical abilities, there is a loss of interest. The teenage girl who once looked to her parents for direction, love, approval and acceptance, now has sifted to her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to follow them down a destructive path in life.
While changes usually happen in the attitudes of teenage girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a young woman’s life and lead to extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Early abuse (known or hidden)
- Blended family
- An absent or abusive 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
- Rape or intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Huffing, drug, alcohol, or prescription drug use
- Negative peer influences
As a result of such factors, teenage girls from Cartersville, Georgia who enter our our program typically exhibit attitudes and actions such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Usually, prior to selecting CGA, families in Cartersville, Georgia have sought help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While psychotropic medications can help reduce the symptoms of deeper issues, we have found great success in helping girls get off of them once and for all. All but the most severe psychological issues are generally precipitated by underlying emotional issues, which must be addressed and solved with a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are reduced over time with the care of our physician and the family’s psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Cartersville, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders like:
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Cartersville, GA:
When a girl comes to Columbus Girls Academy it is typical for her to exhibit blame-shifting, avoidance of responsibility, and sometimes complete denial of wrongdoing. Soon after enrollment, the resident begins to experience some regret for the consequences of her prior behavior. Essentially, she is “sorry” for being caught in her behavior, but she has yet to experience a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the roller coaster that parents have experienced at home — promises to change, moments of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Sorrow does not change individuals, repentance does.
Usually, teenagers have been spared or delayed the trouble of the full-blown consequences for their poor decisions; sometimes by well-intending parents. So, as a result, teens are not always confident of the need for a different way of living. 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 intervening in troubled teenagers’ lives before they become an adult habitually living in a self-destructive lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register students from Cartersville, Georgia year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge program for young girls in Cartersville, Georgia and around the nation who are troubled by life-controlling issues or minor addictions. Call us now to learn more about Teen Challenge.
The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Cartersville, Georgia, but it accepts girls from Cartersville, Georgia.
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Cartersville is a town in Bartow County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 19,731. The city is the county seat of Bartow County.
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