This Teen Challenge Girls Academy is a non-profit Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing an affordable safe haven for young women in Talladega, Alabama and around the country; girls who have sought to fill a void in their hearts through anger, self-harm or negative peer influences.
After trying every option in their search to help their girl, parents in Talladega, Alabama are happy to find the Teen Challenge Girls Academy near Columbus, Georgia. They have usually tried relocation, counseling, and medication, and getting nowhere. Some have been told by psychologists 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 usual prospective resident from Talladega, Alabama at the Teen Challenge Girls Academy was that she was once bright and talented; 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 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 depends on 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 attitudes of teenage girls going through early adolescence, some precipitating factors can leave a void in a girl’s life and lead to extremely self-destructive and angry behaviors. These factors include:
- Death of a parent or loved one
- Childhood abuse (known or hidden)
- Blended family
- 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
- Excessive interest in pornography
- Negative peer influences
As a result of such factors, teenage girls from Talladega, Alabama who register for our program typically demonstrate issues and behaviors such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
Many times, prior to selecting CGA, parents in Talladega, Alabama have sought help from psychiatry and the prescription of medication. While psychotropic medications can help reduce the symptoms of deeper issues, we have found high success in helping girls get off of them once and for all. All but the most severe mental issues are generally precipitated by deeper 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 girl’s psychiatrist.
Most girls who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Talladega, Alabama have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders including:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a usual Teen Challenge student from Talladega, AL:
When a student enrolls in Columbus Girls Academy it is usual 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 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 ups and downs that the family has been living with at home — promises to be different, periods of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Regret does not change individuals, repentance does.
Many times, adolescents have been spared or delayed the trouble of the entire consequences for their poor decisions; sometimes by well-intending parents. So, as a result, 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 disaster if such actions persist. The Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy is an intervention program, hopefully intervening in troubled adolescents’ lives before they become an adult habitually demonstrating a dysfunctional lifestyle.
We can be reached at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register young women from Talladega, Alabama year-round.
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The Columbus Girls Academy Teen Challenge program isn’t in Talladega, Alabama, but it accepts girls from Talladega, Alabama.
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Talladega is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 15,143. The city is the county seat of Talladega CountyGR. Talladega is approximately 50 miles east of Birmingham, Alabama.
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