Columbus Girls Academy is an affordable Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, offering a safe haven for young women in Pensacola, Florida and around the country; 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 Pensacola, Florida 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 home for awhile and from negative influences and peers. So, they seek the help of a therapeutic boarding school, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical girl who comes to CGA from Pensacola, Florida at the Teen Challenge Girls Academy was that she was once bright and talented; however, as a result of self-destructive 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 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)
- Divorce of parents
- A difficult or especially critical parent
- Bullying from others/Loss of friends
- Loss of economic status or a change to a new home or school
- Medical issues with a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang membership
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Huffing, drug, alcohol, or prescription drug use
- Negative peer influences
Resulting from such factors, girls from Pensacola, Florida who register for our the Teen Challenge program typically demonstrate issues and behaviors including:
- Loss of a positive self-image
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Substance abuse
Usually, prior to choosing CGA, parents in Pensacola, Florida have gotten help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While such medications can help reduce the symptoms of problems, we have found significant 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 eliminated over time with the care of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Pensacola, Florida have been previously diagnosed with behavioral disorders like:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a usual Teen Challenge resident from Pensacola, FL:
When a young woman enrolls in 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 resident begins to feel some regret for the consequences of her prior behavior. Essentially, she is sad 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 parents have been living with at home — pledges to be different, periods of peace, that cycle back to repeat and crisis. Sorrow does not change individuals, repentance does.
Usually, adolescents have been spared or delayed the heartache of the full-blown consequences for their negative decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. For these reasons, teenagers are not always entirely certain of the need for change in their lives. 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 helping make a change in troubled teenagers’ lives before they go on with life habitually living in a dangerous lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register young women from Pensacola, Florida year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge academy for teenage girls in Pensacola, Florida and around the nation who are troubled by life-controlling issues or minor substance abuse. Call us now to learn more about Teen Challenge.
The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Pensacola, Florida, but it accepts girls from Pensacola, Florida.
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Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County, Florida, United States of America.GR As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 56,255 and as of 2009, the estimated population was 53,752. Pensacola is the principal city of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area, an area with about 455,102 residents in 2009.
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