WinGate Wilderness Therapy is located in Kanab, UT. Currently, this is our only facility located in Utah. Therefore, adolescents from Utah, who wish to enroll in our wilderness program, won't be required to travel outside of Utah.

Programs for troubled teens Utah

Programs for Troubled Teens from Utah

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is one of the nation's premier programs for troubled teens from Utah, offering them treatment and recovery with long-term results. By incorporating the philosophy of the Arbinger Institute, WinGate embraces a unique approach wherein every teen student 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 struggling adolescent boys and girls in Utah, 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 Utah, enrollment is open to troubled teens from across the country, allowing them to take advantage of real and lasting recovery and to enter adulthood confident and ready for what life throws at them.

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WinGate Wilderness Therapy helps emerging adults from Utah, 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 teenagers in Utah 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 adolescent boys and girls 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 Utah

With 1.2 million teens ending up in the juvenile courts system every year, emotionally challenged teenagers from Utah 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 troubled adolescent boys and girls are referred to residential treatment facilities every year. This includes such facilities as detention centers, group homes, residential treatment 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 struggling teens. But there is hope.

Our supportive environment that encourages self-directed recovery in emotionally challenged teenagers is what brings about lasting change and reduces recidivism rates. Knowledgeable admissions directors are available to answer any questions about WinGate Wilderness Therapy, how their wilderness therapeutic program differs from other inpatient rehabilitation programs for our teenage participants, and the scientific evidence that shows the higher success rate with outdoor therapy 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 recovery that do not work for troubled adolescent boys and girls in Utah, this research is also showing what does work. Programs founded upon empathy, that embrace teens and are sympathetic to the very real pain that lays at the heart of their problems, be it alcohol abuse or drug addiction, behavioral issues, defiance, or depression. This helps to create a sense of security that allows teenagers 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 offering the highest quality of recovery and treatment care for struggling adolescent boys and girls from Utah.

By treating our teen students with dignity and respect in a distraction-free environment, teenage participants are encouraged to address their problems at their pace. Qualified therapists are available at all times to give help, constructive praise, and to counsel their commitment to recovery.

Wilderness behavioral health programs for Troubled Teens

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a leading wilderness behavioral health program, who provides a unique approach to treatment and recovery for emotionally challenged teens from Utah where focus is placed upon the future of the adolescent wilderness participant rather than on their mistakes. This helps to reinforce in the mind of a troubled adolescent that they do indeed have a future and that one mistake does not ruin their life.

Too often, teenagers 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 Utah

Wilderness programs for teens Utah

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, struggling adolescent boys and girls from Utah 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 students, 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 teens 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 participants have access to trained and licensed clinicians in an environment that counsels their recovery, and encourages them to actively participate in their treatment. Admissions counselors are available to further explain the benefits and advantages this outdoor therapy program gives troubled teenagers from Utah, and to coach parents through the admission process for their son or daughter. Call (800) 560-1599 to get started.

Mental Health Resources for Parents in Utah:

Utah Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH) - The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) was instituted as the State of Utah’s mental health and substance abuse authority. The mission of DSAMH is simple: to cultivate health, hope and healing while overseeing the publicly subsidized treatment and prevention policies. If you, a friend, or a family member is struggling with a mental health problem, or an issue with alcohol, tobacco or substance abuse, there is assistant available to you.

Utah Recovery Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) - USARA's mission is simple: to support, advocate, celebrate, and educate our citizens on behalf of alcohol and drug addiction recovery. As Utah's established addiction recovery community organization, USARA centers on the reality of long-term recovery from addiction and other substances for the both the abuser and their families. As a recovery community organization, USARA's goal is to increase the quality and capacity of support available to all those seeking long-term addiction recovery.

Daily Advice For Parents:

Does you feel your young person might have ODD? There are some simple techniques to encourage him to behave in more socially acceptable ways. You can give him praise and positive reinforcement whenever he shows cooperation. Don’t have too many rules, but focus on a few important ones, especially the ones that involve safety.

People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their angry feelings. The three main ways to handle it are expressing, suppressing, and calming. Teaching your kids to express their angry feelings in an assertive, non aggressive, manner is the healthiest way to express it. Now, this doesn't mean being pushy or demanding, it means being respectful.

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