When a teen starts to act out aggressively, it can seem like a natural conclusion to send the troubled teen away to a youth boot camp. That way, the militaristic discipline can “straighten them out” for the parents. However, this plan can often backfire and return the teen home with amplified aggressive behaviors.
Boot Camps Send The Wrong Message To Aggressive Teens
Youth boot camps for troubled teens are structured to be similar to military boot camps. This structure falls short in helping aggressive teens manage their anger, as it focuses on punitive discipline.
For example, say a troubled teen commits a minor rule infraction. At a youth boot camp, the infraction will be punished often with exhausting physical labor, such as running laps or pushups. The punished teen often is accompanied by an instructor barking out commands like a drill sergeant would in a military boot camp.
This method simply reinforces aggressive tendencies in teens, as it clearly shows them that those who are in power use raised voices and punishment as a way to control others.
Aggressive Behavior Needs To Be Address Via Intensive Therapy
Addressing the root causes of a teen’s aggressive behavior needs to be done through the intensive therapy available in a residential treatment center for troubled teens. These teen treatment centers specialize in:
With these tools, an aggressive teen has a far better opportunity to have the source of their aggression addressed and can be provided with the tools to manage their anger.
Find The Right Place For Your Aggressive Troubled Teen
Residential treatment centers can vary in what they offer. Some specialize in teenage boys, some work only with troubled teen girls, and others are co-ed. To help you find the right residential treatment center for your aggressive, troubled teen, contact us today.
We have decades of experience helping parents find the right place for their teenagers, and we offer our expertise completely for free. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have, and we will help you understand what all your options are to help your teen.