Columbus Girls Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing a safe haven for teen girls in Rome, Georgia and around the country; teens who have sought to fill a void in their lives through substance abuse, self-harm or negative peer influences.
After exhausting every option in their quest to help their girl, families in Rome, 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 a good idea for their girl to get away from home for awhile and from negative influences and peers. That is when 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 Rome, 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 sought her parents’ direction, love, approval and acceptance, now looks to her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to follow them down a negative path in life.
While shifts usually happen in the moods of teenage 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
- An absent or abusive 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
- Substance abuse
- Negative peer influences
Resulting from such factors, teenage girls from Rome, Georgia who enter our our boarding school generally demonstrate attitudes and actions such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Substance abuse
Often, prior to selecting CGA, families in Rome, Georgia have sought help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While psychotropic medications can help alleviate the symptoms of problems, we have achieved significant success in weening girls off of them once and for all. All but the most severe psychological 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 supervision of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Rome, 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 student from Rome, GA:
When a student 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 experience some regret for the consequences of her previous 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 been living with at home — pledges to change, 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 heartache of the full-blown consequences for their negative decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. So, as a result, adolescents are not always confident of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is certain of the need for intervention, because their daughter 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 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 students from Rome, Georgia year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge program for teenage girls in Rome, Georgia and around the nation 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 Rome, Georgia, but it accepts girls from Rome, Georgia.
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Rome is the largest city and the county seat of Floyd County, Georgia, United States. It is the principal city of the Rome, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Floyd County. At the 2009 census, the city had a total population of 36,031,GR and was the largest city in Northwest Georgia.
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