This Teen Challenge Girls Academy is a non-profit Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing an affordable safe haven for young women in Dallas, Georgia and around the country; teens who have sought to fill a void in their lives through negative peer influences, self-destructive habits, or substance abuse.
After trying every option in their search to help their girl, parents in Dallas, 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 loved ones that it would be best for their girl to get away from the negative influences in her life and away from home for awhile. So, they make the call for the help of a therapeutic boarding school, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical girl who is enrolled from Dallas, Georgia was once moving toward a bright future; however, as a result of self-destructive 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 disdain for what she held dear. The teenage girl who once looked to her parents for direction, love, approval and acceptance, now depends on her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to follow them down a destructive 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 young woman’s life and cause extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Early abuse (known or hidden)
- Divorce of parents
- A difficult or especially critical parent
- Bullying from others/Loss of friends
- Change in economic status or a change to a new home or school
- Medical issues with a loved one
- Rape or intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Substance abuse
- Negative peer influences
As a result of such factors, girls from Dallas, Georgia who enroll in our program typically demonstrate issues and behaviors such as:
- Loss of a positive self-image
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Substance abuse
Often, prior to choosing CGA, parents in Dallas, Georgia have gotten help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While such medications can help alleviate the symptoms of deeper issues, we have found high success in helping girls get off of them once and for all. All but the most severe mental issues are generally precipitated by underlying emotional issues, which must be dealt with having a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are reduced over time with the care of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Dallas, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with behavioral disorders like:
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Dallas, GA:
When a girl enrolls in 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 student begins to experience some sorrow for the consequences of her prior behavior. Essentially, she is sad 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 the family has experienced at home — pledges to be different, periods of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Sorrow does not change behavior, repentance does.
Often, adolescents have been spared or delayed the trouble of the full-blown consequences for their bad decisions; sometimes by well-intending authorities in their life. For these reasons, adolescents are not always confident of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is convinced of the need for intervention, because their teenager is obviously headed for lifelong trouble if such actions persist. The Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy is an intervention program, hopefully intervening in troubled adolescents’ lives before they go on with life habitually living in a self-destructive lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or inquire using the online inquiry form to learn girls from Dallas, Georgia year-round.
Therapeutic boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge program for adolescent girls in Dallas, Georgia and around the country who are struggling with 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 Dallas, Georgia, but it accepts young women from Dallas, Georgia.
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Dallas is a city in and the county seat of Paulding County, Georgia, United States.GR As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 11,544. It was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America under James K. Polk.
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