This Teen Challenge Girls Academy is a non-profit Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing an affordable safe haven for adolescent girls in Milledgeville, 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 quest to help their girl, parents in Milledgeville, Georgia turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried psychologists, medications, and rehabs, and getting nowhere. Some have been told by psychologists 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 is enrolled from Milledgeville, Georgia at the Teen Challenge Girls Academy was that she was once bright and talented; however, because of poor choices or substance abuse, her life may end up far different from what everyone hoped for. 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 allow them to lead her 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 young woman’s life and lead to extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Loss of a parent or loved one
- Early abuse (known or hidden)
- Family split
- An absent or abusive parent
- Bullying from others/Loss of friends
- Change in economic status or a move to a new home or school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Substance abuse
- Negative peer group
Resulting from such factors, girls from Milledgeville, Georgia who enter our our boarding school generally exhibit issues and behaviors such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Substance abuse
Often, prior to selecting CGA, parents in Milledgeville, Georgia have sought help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While such medications can help reduce the symptoms of problems, we have achieved significant success in weening girls 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 reduced over time with the care of our physician and the family’s psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Milledgeville, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with behavioral disorders including:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Milledgeville, 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 girl begins to feel 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 parents have been living with at home — promises to be different, moments of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Sorrow does not change individuals, repentance does.
Often, adolescents have been spared or delayed the trouble of the full-blown consequences for their bad decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. For these reasons, teens are not always confident of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is convinced 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 contact us using the online inquiry form to register students from Milledgeville, Georgia year-round.
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The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Milledgeville, Georgia, but it accepts young women from Milledgeville, Georgia.
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Milledgeville is a city in and the county seat of Baldwin CountyGR in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is northeast of Macon, located just before Eatonton on the way to Athens along U.S. Highway 441, and it is located on the Oconee River. The relatively rapid current of the Oconee here made this an attractive location to build a city. It was the capital of Georgia from 1804 to 1868, notably during the American Civil War. Milledgeville was preceded as the capital city by Louisville, and it was succeeded by Atlanta, the current capital.
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