Columbus Girls Academy is an affordable Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, offering a safe haven for young women in Canton, Georgia and around the nation; girls who have sought to fill a void in their lives through negative peer influences, self-destructive habits, or risky substances.
After exhausting every option in their search to help their girl, parents in Canton, Georgia turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. They have usually tried relocation, counseling, and medication, and getting nowhere. Some have been told by loved ones that it would be a good idea for their girl to get away from the negative influences in her life and away from home for awhile. So, they seek the help of a Christian boarding school for troubled teens, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical girl who is enrolled from Canton, Georgia at the Teen Challenge Girls Academy was that she was once bright and talented; however, because of poor choices or an uncaring attitude, her future has been compromised. 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 sought her parents’ direction, love, approval and acceptance, now looks to 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 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
- Early abuse (known or hidden)
- Divorce of parents
- 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
- Medical issues with a loved one
- Rape or intimidation
- Gang membership
- Excessive interest in pornography
- Negative peer influences
As a result of such factors, girls from Canton, Georgia who register for our program generally exhibit issues and behaviors including:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Usually, prior to selecting CGA, parents in Canton, Georgia 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 weening girls off of them once and for all. All but the most severe mental 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 family’s psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Canton, Georgia have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders such as:
- 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 Canton, 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 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 experience a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the ups and downs that the family has experienced at home — promises to be different, periods of peace, that cycle back to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change behavior, repentance does.
Usually, teens have been spared or delayed the heartache of the full-blown consequences for their bad decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. So, as a result, adolescents are not always entirely certain of the need for a different way of living. However, the parent is certain of the need for intervention, because their daughter 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 go on with life habitually demonstrating a self-destructive lifestyle.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or inquire using the online inquiry form to learn girls from Canton, Georgia year-round.
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The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Canton, Georgia, but it accepts young women from Canton, Georgia.
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Canton is a city in and the county seat of Cherokee CountyGR, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 22,958.
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