Columbus Girls Academy is a therapeutic boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing a safe haven for teen girls in Venice, 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 trying every option in their search to help their girl, families in Venice, Florida turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried psychologists, medications, and rehabs, all without success. Some have been told by loved ones that it would be best 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 prospective resident from Venice, Florida 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 looked to her parents for direction, love, approval and acceptance, now looks to 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 attitudes of girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a girl’s life and cause extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Loss 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 change to a new home or school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessiveexposure to pornography
- Huffing, drug, alcohol, or prescription drug use
- Negative peer influences
As a result of such factors, girls from Venice, Florida who enroll in our the Teen Challenge program generally exhibit attitudes and actions including:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Substance abuse
Usually, prior to choosing CGA, families in Venice, Florida have sought help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While such medications can help alleviate the symptoms of deeper issues, we have achieved high success in weening girls off of them once and for all. All but the most severe psychological issues are generally triggered by deeper 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.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Venice, 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 typical Teen Challenge student from Venice, FL:
When a young woman 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 sorrow for the consequences of her previous actions. Essentially, she is “sorry” for being caught in her actions, but she has yet to experience a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the roller coaster that parents have experienced at home — promises to be different, moments 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 entire consequences for their negative decisions; sometimes by well-intending parents. For these reasons, teenagers are not always confident 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 lifelong trouble 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 dysfunctional lifestyle.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register students from Venice, Florida year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge program for adolescent girls in Venice, Florida and around the nation who are troubled by life-controlling issues or minor substance abuse. Visit the remainder of this website to learn more about Teen Challenge.
The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Venice, Florida, but it accepts young women from Venice, Florida.
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Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 estimates, the city had a population of 21,015. It is noted for its large snowbird population. Its newspaper is the Venice Gondolier Sun. Tampa Bay’s Univision affiliate WVEA-TV is licensed to Venice, though it is based in Tampa, and broadcasts from Riverview.
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