Therapeutic Boarding Schools for Troubled Teens in Manchester, NH - Are They Truly The Right Therapeutic Option for Teens from Manchester, NH?

Therapeutic boarding schools, like any behavioral health restoration programs, can be quite effective in changing the lives of troubled teens. However, when it comes to providing the most dynamic therapeutic environment, traditional facilities like therapeutic boarding schools, or residential treatment programs, they are unfortunately at a disadvantage. 

Whether or not boarding schools have all the right psychiatric and academic amenities, one truth they will never have the capacity to overcome is the love of freedom every child inherently yearns for. In other words, children, who are prone to having trouble sitting in one place, let alone living in and remaining in one locked down facility for a year and a half at a time, are far more guarded and mistrusting of authority figures whom they often believe are their captures, rather than their ticket to a clean bill of mental health. It is for this reason that parents from Manchester, NH  should be wary of sending their child to a static location where they will almost certainly feel as though they are prisoners, as well as consider anyone in a position of authority as their enemy. Just logistically speaking, it's quite easy to suss out why teens have a guarded resiliency to fall in line with tenants of any program whose walls they are unable to escape or leave with any sort of regularity. 

It is also worth noting that not all therapeutic boarding schools are created equal in either their overall effectiveness or mode of application regarding the treatment of troubled teens. Like any other business, there are some facilities that live up to the content posted on their website while others hide behind their empty promises to parents desperate enough to seek help in any way they can for their at-risk teenage boy or girl.

With that in mind, It should go without saying how highly important it is for parents to do their research on any potential treatment center before entrusting strangers with the life of their child. Just as a qualified and reputable therapeutic boarding school can change the lives of children for the better, the opposite can be said when it comes to therapeutic programs whose heart isn't in saving the lives of children, but rather, individuals who are merely interested in bringing home another paycheck at the end of their shift. 

In the following section, we will help parents come to find that there is, in fact,  a viable alternative to having to deal with this fundamental issue of a prisoner vs. warden mentality most teens face at a therapeutic boarding school. In fact, over the next section, we will actually inform parents from Manchester, NH  that there is actually a treatment option that is completely free from the unproductive bonds of such power-dynamics and institutionalizing issues.

Additionally, we will explain to parents from Manchester, NH why wilderness therapy is much more than just a financially convenient alternative to therapeutic boarding schools. And finally, we will cover what makes our wilderness therapy program, in particular, so uniquely designed to treat the complexities of the underlying mental health-related issues of troubled teens.   

With that being said, we want to take this moment to urge parents of troubled teens from Manchester, NH  to become more familiar with what the day-to-day life is like for a WinGate student - and compare it to the quality of living and treatment they would endure while enrolled in a therapeutic boarding school.  

The Anything But a Typical day-to-day life of a Troubled Teen in the Wilderness 

A Typical Week for teens emersed in the WinGate wilderness experience is exciting, refreshing, and, in a word, an all-around awe-inspiring and transformative experience. First and foremost, it's important to understand that while they are living in the wilderness, the way in which our campers spend their time is very structured and consistent.

For instance, every day begins the same: with our campers delegating the first part of their day to create and practice what we refer to as, their morning routine of contemplation, meditation, or prayer - this of course depending on each student's own personal and familial belief structure). Divvying themselves up into what we call 'personal circles.' teenage campers are instructed to work on personalized therapeutic, reading, and other working assignments. We call this phase of the day, Personal Mentoring Time (PMT).

Additionally, PMT is also an opportunity for staff to check in with students on a more personal one-on-one level. It is their patient and all around non-authoritarian way in which they speak and act towards teens which allow the child to become more perceptive to actually listening and hearing their advice and guidance than they would say, a therapeutic boarding school staff member who, in all likelihood, considers it his duty to forcefully make the teens understand that under his supervision, they all must obey - See the difference? Or, most importantly, do you see the fundamental issues with how traditional therapeutic facilities are self-defeating in their approach in providing behavioral and therapeutic restoration? ( take my word for it, as the author of this page, I am also former alumni and staff member of such a facility) 

To be frank, these type of facilities (generally speaking) are from - and continue to operate as if - they are from a bygone era that most people were naively unaware ever past us by, to begin with. In short, psychiatric treatment has changed a lot, even within the last ten years; the approximate length of time it has been since I graduated from a therapeutic boarding school, myself. 

At WinGate, Teens are The Masters of Their Domain, The Leaders of Their Tight Knit Tribe

Upon first setting foot on the campsite, all campers must keep track of what their goals are for that particular day. We call this daily devotion to goal setting, "Day Tracks." 

Rather than enforce or display authoritarian rule over the student, our staff is highly trained in teaching teens how to essentially run the program themselves. With this kind of nurturing role of leading and depending on one another, students will be able to trust their staff while simultaneously building self-confidence, most likely unbeknownst to themselves.

In fact, when the program is running smoothly as it is designed to operate, the troubled teen campers play a major leadership role in their own therapeutic development.  Whether it be choosing what they listen to, participate in, or conducting what we refer to as, 'WindSpeaks' (Group Discussions) on topics that will help themselves and their peer group become more mentally and emotionally self-aware. At the end of the day, it is the teenage campers who are in charge and thus, trusted to take full responsibility for not only themselves but also their peers, who by this point in their journey, will have almost certainly built strong bonds with one another - it's the way of the wilderness. 

Through their journey, our students will get the chance to make primitive wilderness living things like spoons, fire, moccasins, leather goods, and maybe even a bow and arrow or two. Interspersed in all of this will be recovery work and recovery meetings that focus their attention on what they came to the wilderness to work on.

Mondays and Tuesdays are typical 'layover days.' On these days, the group doesn't hike. These are also the therapy days- your therapist will come out to do individual sessions and therapy groups. This is also the time in which current staff rotates out as a fresh one rotates in. Layover days are a good opportunity to make goals that will proactively prepare them for the next week's journey. This list of preparations may include anything from crafting items, finishing letters to parents, to working on therapeutic assignments that are tailored specifically to meet their specific treatment's needs.

The rest of the days of the week are typical "hiking days." On these days, the group packs up camp and hikes to a new camp. There are chores to attend to in cleaning up camp and in setting up the new site. Hikes vary in length according to the capabilities of the group members, the weather, as well as whatever the season happens to be at the time. 

By simply applying basic common sense, it's easy to understand why world-class wilderness therapy programs like WinGate are effective where other, more traditional treatment facilities fail.

If You are the Parent of a Troubled Teen From Manchester, NH WinGate is Here to Help!

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Parents From Manchester, NH Can Get Help for Their Troubled Teen

Manchester, NH often appears favorably in lists ranking the affordability and livability of American cities. Long ago it had the reputation among the Pennacook Indians as a "good fishing place" because of the productivity of fishing in the Merrimack River.

Money magazine named Manchester, NH the "Number One Small City in the East" in 1998. It is also nicknamed the Queen City, though it is also called "ManchVegas" because of illegal gambling in many local businesses during the 1980's and 1990's.

Even though it ranks as a great place to live, emotional and behavioral problems occur in Manchester, NH just like any other city. Those problems, along with addictive behavior leading to drug or alcohol abuse can create disruptive family situations. You may be watching your teen destroy their lives right before your eyes.

If your teenage son or daughter is dealing with destructive problems in Manchester, NH, you might be able to find health at the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester. They have a team of professionals available twenty-four hours a day to help individuals dealing with a mental health crisis.

Troubled teens in Manchester, NH can create great stress and sadness for both themselves and their parents. Parents of teens going through problems such as addictions or emotional problems may have exhausted all ways they know to help their child overcome these difficult times.

Even with the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester located close to you, it might not be the place to get help with your problems. Your child might be dealing with a situation better solved by a good wilderness therapy program like WinGate Wilderness Therapy. While not located in Manchester, NH, we can help you and your troubled teen through these difficult times.

A recent new report on WMUR indicate that "MANCHESTER, N.H. —Police in New York City are celebrating what they called a major bust in the pipeline that brings heroin and cocaine to New Hampshire.

Officials in New York on Friday announced that dozens of gang members were indicted in what police called the largest gang take-down in the history of the Bronx. In what the Bronx district attorney called an "alliance of evil," four gangs were accused of selling drugs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and then using the profits to bring guns back to the Bronx."

These problems are real, and the difficulties your teenager is facing might need help that can't be found near your home.

The Addiction Connection in Manchester, NH

Many of these drugs are obtained from the home medicine cabinet or easily purchased on the Internet.

Once addicted, many of these troubled teens spend much of their days searching for the combination of drugs that will help them wake up feeling good. After spending much of the day high, they experiment with other drugs to bring them down, enabling them to sleep. Soon the teenager or young adult is in a destructive cycle that can only end disastrously. At WinGate Wilderness Therapy we can help stop that cycle and restore a troubled teen to normalcy.

The technical phrase for this combination of issues is co-occuring disorders. Unless this combination of problems is effectively treated, the likelihood of relapse after any form of treatment or intervention is quite large.

The wilderness program at WinGate Wilderness Therapy addresses those multiple issues in a professional and effective manner.


Unfortunately, Manchester, NH is no different from many other cities in the growing plague of drug abuse and the other events that often follow the increase in drug use. At WinGate we understand, and can help you in these difficult times. Call WinGate Wilderness Therapy at (800) 560-1599.

Troubled Teens From Manchester, NH are Helped at WinGate

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is not located in Manchester, NH, but we certainly can help your trouble teen escape from the depression and stress caused by serious problems.

Family chaos and anger is a common result of a troubled teen experiencing emotional or behavioral issues or struggling with substance abuse probblems. WinGate Wilderness Therapy programs address the whole problem, not just symptoms of deeper difficulties. You can trust our experienced and well-trained staff to help your troubled teen achieve full recovery and restoration.


Troubled teens from Manchester, NH may be dealing with life-destroying problems. Their behavior can also create chaos and confusion in the family. WinGate Wilderness Therapy is the ideal program for bringing your teen and family back to normal. Our entire program is designed to produce positive life-changing and life-long results in the troubled teen.

One troubled teen can completely destroy the harmony and peace in any family. Anger grows as problems deepen. The good news is that WinGate Wilderness Therapy knows how to bring back the love and calmness parents desire. We address the whole series of problems that often live within a troubled teen, including those that are family related to family harmony.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is committed to helping your troubled teen from Manchester, NH regain a healthy and effective life. We work with teens who are dealing with drug or alcohol addiction, emotional problems and behavioral issues. Our success rate is affirmed by the large number of testimonials we receive from both parents and teens who have experienced changed lives while in the wilderness.

Call WinGate Wilderness Therapy right now at (800) 560-1599 to get the help your troubled teen needs. It might be hard to start the process, but the results will help your son or daughter get back on track for living a worthwhile and rewarding life.

Quotes to Live By.

The old school of thought would have you believe that you'd be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn't what being in nature is all about. Rather, it's about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.”
- Ryel Kestenbaum