Do you look at your daughter and no longer recognize the vivacious driven girl you once knew? Do you lie awake at night trying to figure out how to help? Is the stress of the issue tearing your family apart? Then it may be time to consider residential treatment centers for teenage girls.
Choosing the Right Treatment for Your Daughter
Before you can choose the right treatment for your daughter, it is important to figure out what condition needs to be treated. Are you looking for treatment for a daughter with social anxiety, or is she dealing with a substance abuse disorder? Is it a short-term issue spurred by a specific event? Or has this been going on for some time and looks to continue?
The initial steps you can take to start the development of a course of treatment for your daughter include:
- Identifying any worrisome behaviors.
- Determining the frequency and duration.
- Thinking back and trying to establish when the behaviors started.
- Determining the impact of these behaviors on her quality of life and that of your entire family.
Why Residential Treatment for Girls?
Choosing a residential treatment center may be a tough call to make, but do not think of it as relinquishing control or a negative decision. The truth is, you are taking back control of your life and giving your daughter the opportunity to control hers. It is one of the most positive things you can do for your young daughter.
Residential treatment has a number of benefits, like:
- 24/7 professional care
- Structure and support in a comfortable, homey atmosphere
- Positive Peer Culture
- Removal from a damaging peer group or setting that is a triggering factor
- Continued education
What to Look for in Residential Treatment Centers for Teenage Girls
The accreditation and licensing of staff at any treatment center are important, along with their diversity and years of experience. However, there are other questions you will want answers to as well.
- What security measures are in place?
- What is their daughter-to-therapist ratio?
- What are the living/sleeping arrangements?
- What role will the family play in your daughter’s treatment?
- Are outside professionals consulted or brought in?
- What types of therapies are available?
This last question is one of the most important. As each girl is complex and unique, so must go each treatment plan. The best residential treatment centers will have therapies that are fresh and unique like:
- Equine Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Horticultural Therapy
- Drama Therapy
More About Equine Therapy
Equine therapy is a successful treatment for a variety of health concerns, including ADHD, anxiety, and those on the autism spectrum. At Renewed Hope Ranch, it is a means of creating a bond between your daughter and her horse while simultaneously making her responsible for the well-being of another creature.
How does it work? As your daughter completes her daily tasks of grooming, feeding, watering, and leading her equine companion, a therapist observes. The therapist will note things that may later be discussed in individual therapy, such as:
- Impulse control
- Distress tolerance
- Social awareness
- Emotional perception
- Physical awareness
- Ability to bond
The success of equine therapy can be attributed to its beautiful blend of physical, emotional, and psychological healing. It is occupational therapy mixed with a boost of communication skills and leadership qualities. The bond between your daughter and her horse transcends to relationships outside of the stable and paddock, making her a more accepting, honest, and open individual.
The Choice is Yours
You can contact us at Renewed Hope Ranch at any time. We are happy to provide information about our residential treatment facility and our available therapies. And we always suggest reading over the testimonials of how other girls have taken their lives back through our residential treatment center.