Columbus Girls Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing a safe haven for teen girls in Lagrange, 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 daughter, families in Lagrange, 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 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 is enrolled from Lagrange, 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 disdain for what she held dear. The young 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 an alternate and dangerous path in life.
While changes usually happen in the moods of girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a young woman’s life and bring out 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
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Substance abuse
- Negative peer group
Resulting from such factors, girls from Lagrange, Georgia who enter our our boarding school 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 Lagrange, Georgia have gotten help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While such medications can help alleviate the symptoms of deeper issues, we have achieved great 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 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 Lagrange, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders such as:
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Lagrange, GA:
When a student 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 feel some sorrow for the consequences of her prior actions. Essentially, she is sad 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 ups and downs that parents have experienced at home — pledges to be different, periods of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change individuals, repentance does.
Many times, teenagers have been spared or delayed the trouble of the full-blown consequences for their bad decisions; sometimes by well-intending parents. So, as a result, adolescents are not always convinced of the need for a different way of living. 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 become an adult habitually demonstrating a dangerous lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register young women from Lagrange, Georgia year-round.
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LaGrange is a city in Troup County, Georgia, United States. It is named after the country estate near Paris of the Marquis de La Fayette, who visited the area in 1825. The population was 24,998 at the 2000 census. It is the principal city of and is included in the LaGrange, Georgia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia-Alabama Combined Statistical Area.
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