This Teen Challenge Girls Academy is a non-profit Christian boarding school located near Columbus, Georgia, providing an affordable safe haven for teen girls in Wetumpka, Alabama and around the nation; girls who have sought to fill a void in their lives through substance abuse, self-harm or negative peer influences.
After trying every option in their quest to help their daughter, parents in Wetumpka, Alabama turn to the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy. 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 home for awhile and from negative influences and peers. That is when they make the call for the help of a therapeutic boarding school, like the Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy.
The typical prospective resident from Wetumpka, Alabama was once moving toward a bright future; however, as a result of self-destructive choices or substance abuse, 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 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 changes usually happen in the attitudes of young women 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
- Physical invasion or mental intimidation
- Gang participation
- Excessive interest in pornography
- Negative peer group
As a result of such factors, young women from Wetumpka, Alabama who register for our boarding school generally exhibit attitudes and actions including:
- Low self-esteem
- Depression/Suicidal thoughts
- Manipulation of family and parents
- Alcohol or drug abuse
Often, prior to selecting CGA, parents in Wetumpka, Alabama have sought help from psychiatry and the use of medication. While such 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 psychological issues are generally triggered by deeper emotional issues, which must be dealt with having a clear mind. Psychotropic drugs are eliminated over time with the supervision of our physician and the prescribing psychiatrist.
Some students who come to CGA in Columbus, Georgia, from Wetumpka, Alabama have been previously diagnosed with psychological disorders like:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Reactive Attachment Disorder(RAD)
- Depression or Manic Depression
Progression of a typical Teen Challenge resident from Wetumpka, AL:
When a girl enrolls in 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 resident begins to experience some sorrow for the consequences of her previous actions. Essentially, she is sad for being caught in her actions, but she has yet to begin a turning away from that behavior. This may be very similar to the roller coaster that the family has been living with at home — promises to change, moments of peace, that then again turn to repeat and crisis. Sorrow does not change behavior, repentance does.
Often, adolescents have been spared or delayed the trouble of the full-blown consequences for their inappropriate decisions; sometimes by well-intending adults. So, as a result, teenagers 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 girl 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 teenagers’ lives before they become an adult habitually demonstrating a dangerous lifestyle.
Please call at (334)855-3695 or contact us using the online inquiry form to register young women from Wetumpka, Alabama year-round.
Christian boarding school near Columbus, Georgia, a Teen Challenge school for young girls in Wetumpka, Alabama and around the nation who are struggling with 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 Wetumpka, Alabama, but it accepts girls from Wetumpka, Alabama.
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Wetumpka is a city in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 5,726.
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