No two people are alike; however, young men who enter In Balance Ranch Academy are having problems with alcohol and/or drug use, are unmotivated and underachieving in school, and fail to recognize and have insight into their own problems. Often, they are experiencing co-occurring disorders such as anxiety or depression. There is often conflict in the family and family members have difficulty communicating, expressing and managing their emotions, and feel unstable in their relationships. The typical candidate for our program needs help, but denies, resists, and refuses help, leaving other family members feeling helpless and powerless over the situation.
In many circumstances, our students come to our program from other treatment settings such as wilderness programs, other residential placements, or outpatient treatment. In these environments, they have started to understand the nature of their self-damaging behaviors and may recognize what is necessary for recovery. Our program provides them with the skills to continue that journey. We find that these students have benefited from the other programs and have been provided with the knowledge and readiness required for them to achieve dramatic gains in our program.
In Balance Ranch Academy students are typically:
- Creative, yet in need of direction and inspiration
- Angry, critical, and deny the importance of finding purpose in their life
- Adventurous risk-takers who enjoy challenges
- Confused and in need of more clarity and purpose
- Isolated or involved with peers who are negative influences and reject joining with positive, goal-directed peers
- Interested in the outdoors, nature, and animals
- Bored, unmotivated, and in need of help to discover their passions
- Lacking decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Limited in setting goals and need more purpose and meaning in their lives
- Lacking a connection with a higher power and use external sources to fill the void
- Exhibiting indicators of chemical dependency
- Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
- Experiencing communication problems and conflict within their family
- Dealing with another co-occurring disorder such as depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues
Get help immediately. Do not ignore, excuse, rationalize, or justify these important warning signs! Call us at 1-877-304-3329 if you feel that the above describes your son.