Columbus Girls Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing a safe haven for teen girls in Hiram, Georgia and around the country; girls 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 daughter, families in Hiram, Georgia turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried psychologists, medications, and rehabs, all without success. Some have been told by counselors 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 Christian boarding school for troubled teens, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical girl who comes to CGA from Hiram, Georgia was once moving toward a bright future; however, because of poor choices or substance abuse, her future has been compromised. Where there was once excelling grades, there are failing grades. Where there were once athletic, artistic or musical abilities, there is a loss of interest. The young woman 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 allow them to lead her down an alternate and dangerous path in life.
While changes usually happen in the moods of young women going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a girl’s life and bring out extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Loss 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
- Change in economic status or a change to a new home or school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessiveparticipation in pornography
- Substance abuse
- Negative peer group
Resulting from such factors, young women from Hiram, Georgia who enroll in our program typically demonstrate attitudes and actions including:
- Loss of a positive self-image
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Substance abuse
Many times, prior to choosing CGA, families in Hiram, Georgia have sought help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While such 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 eliminated over time with the supervision of our physician and the girl’s psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Hiram, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders like:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a usual Teen Challenge resident from Hiram, GA:
When a young woman comes to 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 girl begins to experience some sorrow for the consequences of her prior behavior. Essentially, she is “sorry” for being caught in her behavior, but she has yet to begin a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the ups and downs that the family has experienced at home — pledges to change, moments of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change individuals, repentance does.
Many times, adolescents have been spared or delayed the trouble of the full-blown consequences for their inappropriate decisions; sometimes by well-intending parents. For these reasons, adolescents are not always convinced of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is certain of the need for intervention, because their girl is obviously headed for disaster if such actions persist. The Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy is an intervention program, hopefully intervening in troubled adolescents’ lives before they become an adult habitually living in a dangerous lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or inquire using the online inquiry form to register young women from Hiram, Georgia year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge program for young girls in Hiram, 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 Hiram, Georgia, but it accepts girls from Hiram, Georgia.
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Hiram is a city in Paulding County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,361 at the 2000 census. The city was named after Hiram Bagget, the town’s first postmaster, and is currently the home of country music star Travis Tritt.
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