Columbus Girls Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing a safe haven for adolescent girls in Smyrna, 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 quest to help their daughter, families in Smyrna, 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 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 Christian boarding school for troubled teens, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical girl who is enrolled from Smyrna, Georgia was once moving toward a bright future; 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 are failing grades. Where there were once athletic, artistic or musical abilities, there is disdain for what she held dear. The young woman who once sought her parents’ direction, love, approval and acceptance, now depends on her peers to fulfill those needs; she is willing to allow them to lead her down a destructive 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 cause extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Childhood abuse (known or hidden)
- Blended family
- A difficult or especially critical 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
- Rape or intimidation
- Gang membership
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Substance abuse
- Negative peer group
Resulting from such factors, girls from Smyrna, Georgia who enter our our boarding school generally demonstrate issues and behaviors such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Usually, prior to choosing CGA, families in Smyrna, Georgia have sought 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 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 dealt with having a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are reduced over time with the supervision of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Smyrna, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with behavioral disorders such as:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Smyrna, 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 student begins to experience some regret for the consequences of her previous 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 ups and downs that the family has been living with at home — promises to change, moments of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change individuals, repentance does.
Usually, teens have been spared or delayed the heartache of the full-blown consequences for their bad decisions; sometimes by well-intending parents. For these reasons, teens are not always confident 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 lifelong trouble if such actions persist. The Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy is an intervention program, hopefully intervening in troubled teenagers’ lives before they become an adult habitually living in a self-destructive lifestyle.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register young women from Smyrna, Georgia year-round.
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The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Smyrna, Georgia, but it accepts young women from Smyrna, Georgia.
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Smyrna is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 51,271. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL CSA.
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