Tips for Parenting Troubled Teens

Parenting troubled teens can be a difficult endeavor no matter who you are. Parenting a troubled teen, however, can present its own unique set of challenges. Before things get out of hand, here are a few warning signs that might indicate your teen is on a path for troubled behavior.

Changes in mood and temperament

Yes, teen’s moods can change quickly due to hormones and other physiological changes that are happening in their bodies, which can make them more agitated or moody. At the same time, sudden personality changes and severe anxiety issues could be a sign of bigger problems such as bullying, depression or anxiety disorders.

Consistent rebellion against authority

As your children grow into teenagers, arguments will likely be more frequent due to a desire for independence and questioning of authority. This is normal for any teen, but fights, skipping school, constant arguing and run-ins with the law are signs that it might be something a bit more serious than general teenage angst.

Experimenting with drugs or alcohol

A study in 2012, which was published on CBS News, stated that nearly 80 percent of American teenagers have used alcohol at some point. Though it’s never desired, teenage alcohol use is relatively common. However, common or habitual use coupled by declining school, athletics or job performance might be indicative of a larger problem and needs to be addressed and treated.

Wilderness therapy might help

If your teen is showing signs that they might have deeper issues, being responsive to those issues and addressing them in a respectful manner is of utmost importance. If open dialogue, and therapy session are not working a wilderness therapy program, such as Trails Carolina, might be a good option.
Wilderness therapy, coupled with group, family and individual sessions, is a great way for teens to address their problems and find solutions, which can have a lasting benefit on their futures.
If you are looking for more information about tips on parenting troubled teens or how wilderness therapy can help troubled teens, please feel free to contact us at 800-975-7303.

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Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

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