WinGate Wilderness Therapy is located in Kanab, UT, and currently does not have a facility located in Alaska. Students from Alaska, who wish to enroll in our program, will be required to travel and temporarily relocate to Utah.

Programs for troubled teens Alaska

Programs for Troubled Teens from Alaska

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is one of the nation's premier programs for troubled teens from Alaska, delivering them treatment and recovery with long-term results. By incorporating the philosophy of the Arbinger Institute, WinGate embraces a unique approach wherein every teen participant of ours is treated with respect and empathy and focus is placed not so much on their past mistakes, but upon moving past them and on living a healthy, prosperous life.

While numerous "get tough" programs are often suggested for troubled teenagers in Alaska, such as military style boot camp or "scared straight" programs, leading research has shown that these programs actually serve to increase recidivism rates and boost the odds of offending by 60%-70%. However, different results can be found through WinGate Wilderness Therapy.

Although WinGate may be located outside of Alaska, enrollment is open to at-risk adolescents from across the country, allowing them to take advantage of real and lasting change and to enter adulthood confident and ready for what life throws at them.

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WinGate Wilderness Therapy helps emerging adults from Alaska, ages 18-28, through their young adult program, Expanse Wilderness. For more information, please visit the Expanse Wilderness therapy for adults website, or call them at (800) 685-3059.

Troubled Teen Programs That Work

Troubled teen boys and girls in Alaska have a high chance of their behavior escalating and of finding themselves caught up in the legal justice system, which is taking a less favorable look at teenagers and frequently trying them as adults. Preventative measures are always the best route, and at WinGate, your child will find themselves in a situation where, supported by their peers and the licensed professional staff, they will address their problems and behaviors and truly want to work through them.

Programs for troubled teens Alaska

With 1.2 million adolescents ending up in the juvenile courts system every year, emotionally challenged teen boys and girls from Alaska face tough odds. Society, in general, is becoming more frustrated with this growing problem and, as a result, is favoring harsher punishments. Roughly 160,000 at-risk teenagers are referred to residential treatment facilities every year. This includes such facilities as detention centers, group homes, long-term residential rehab programs, and correctional institutions.

However, research shows that these facilities, along with punishment based treatment programs, only serve to exasperate the problem, leading to depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, and increased rates of recidivism in troubled adolescents. But there is hope.

Our supportive environment that encourages self-directed change in emotionally challenged teen boys and girls is what brings about lasting change and reduces recidivism rates. Knowledgeable admissions specialists are available to answer any questions about WinGate Wilderness Therapy, how their therapeutic wilderness rehab center differs from other rehab treatment programs for our teenage clients, and the scientific evidence that shows the higher success rate with therapeutic outdoor programs. Call (800) 560-1599 today!

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs For Teens

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Where this same research is showing the types of programs and treatment for change that do not work for at-risk teenagers in Alaska, this research is also showing what does work. Programs founded upon empathy, that embrace adolescents and are sympathetic to the very real pain that lays at the heart of their problems, be it process addiction (gaming) or substance abuse (including marijuana), sexual promiscuity, under-achievement, or adoption/attachment disorders. This helps to create a sense of security that allows teen boys and girls to feel safe enough to explore their problems, to look for the cause of them, and to choose to work toward recovery. As a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, WinGate Wilderness Therapy is dedicated to the improvement of our nation's youth, and to delivering the highest quality of recovery and treatment care for troubled teenagers from Alaska.

By treating our teen participants with dignity and respect in a distraction-free environment, teenage clients are encouraged to address their problems at their pace. Qualified practitioners are available at all times to provide support, constructive praise, and to help their commitment to change.

Wilderness camp programs for Troubled Teens

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a leading wilderness camp program, who offers a unique approach to treatment and recovery for emotionally challenged adolescents from Alaska where focus is placed upon the future of the adolescent wilderness client rather than on their mistakes. This helps to reinforce in the mind of a at-risk teenager that they do indeed have a future and that one mistake does not ruin their life.

Too often, teen boys and girls believe that once they find themselves entrenched in their problems there is no escape. They lose hope and faith in themselves, and that sense of hopelessness and despair is only strengthened by punishment based treatment that focuses on their mistakes.

Camps for Troubled Teens from Alaska

Wilderness programs for teens Alaska

There is an inherent healing quality of being in the wilderness, with natural consequences being taught through every choice and action but in a manner that is empowering, rather than disheartening. Without the distraction of computers, tv, friends who often encourage the perpetuation of problems, cellphones, and video games, troubled teenagers from Alaska are able to think clearly and honestly about what they're experiencing and why they are behaving the way they do.

The result is strengthened confidence and belief in their abilities, the creation of hope, and the knowledge that they can have a happy and successful life despite what they have been going through. Yet, at the same time, the wilderness has a humbling effect on our teen participants, which encourages them to see their problems objectively and to see how their actions effect and hurt the people closest to them. This objectivity helps emotionally challenged adolescents to see themselves as a part of the greater world and to see their place in the world, too.

Throughout the WinGate Wilderness Therapy program, the teenage clients have access to trained and licensed mental health counselors in an environment that helps their change, and encourages them to actively participate in their treatment. Intake counselors are available to further explain the benefits and advantages this therapeutic outdoor program provides at-risk teen boys and girls from Alaska, and to coach parents through the admission process for their son or daughter. Call (800) 560-1599 to get started.

Alaska Resources for Parents:

Alaska, NAMI Alaska, founded in 1984, is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We provide support and educate those who are personally effected by either their own personal, mental health issues, or if they suffer alongside a psychologically afflicted loved one.

NAMI Alaska additionally offers assistance to those suffering from chemical dependency issues.

Making the Best Decision in Alaska on Whether and Which Program or School to Choose

Alaska, Finding the best program, service or school for your Alaska teenager depends on the teen themself. Take into consideration the teen's problems and their character before making a decision that will alter their life and your family's. Of course, find out the cost and financing options that are available. Most definitely, find out how successful the organization is - translation "Get References" from parents who have sent their teens to the program or school you are considering.

Call (800) 560-1599 to get more information about our enrollment and fees. We want to help your family today!

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