Columbus Girls Academy is an affordable Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, offering a safe haven for teen girls in Sarasota, Florida and around the nation; girls who have sought to fill a void in their hearts through negative peer influences, self-destructive habits, or risky substances.
After exhausting every option in their quest to help their daughter, parents in Sarasota, Florida are happy to find the Teen Challenge Girls Academy near Columbus, Georgia. 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 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 Sarasota, Florida was once moving toward a bright future; however, as a result of self-destructive 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 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 allow them to lead her down a dark path in life.
While changes usually happen in the attitudes 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:
- Death 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 move to a new home or school
- Chronic illness of a loved one
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang membership
- Excessive interest in pornography
- Negative peer group
Resulting from such factors, teenage girls from Sarasota, Florida who enter our our boarding school typically exhibit issues and behaviors such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Many times, prior to choosing CGA, parents in Sarasota, Florida have gotten help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While such medications can help reduce the symptoms of deeper issues, we have achieved significant success in helping girls get 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 reduced over time with the care of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Sarasota, Florida have been previously diagnosed with behavioral 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 resident from Sarasota, FL:
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 sorrow for the consequences of her previous behavior. Essentially, she is “sorry” 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 roller coaster that the family has been living with at home — pledges to be different, moments of peace, that cycle back to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change individuals, repentance does.
Many times, teenagers have been spared or delayed the trouble of the entire consequences for their poor decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. For these reasons, teenagers are not always convinced of the need for change in their lives. However, the parent is convinced 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 intervening in troubled teenagers’ lives before they go on with life habitually demonstrating a dangerous lifestyle.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or inquire using the online inquiry form to learn girls from Sarasota, Florida year-round.
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Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. It is south of the Tampa Bay Area and north of Fort Myers. Its current official limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
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