Many times parents of troubled teenagers do not even see the warning signs of their teens planning to leave home. Warning Signs It’s easy to confuse signs of trouble with the usual adolescent turmoil–it’s hard to tell the difference. But when real problems are in the making, the signs outlined here usually come in clusters. Observance of the signs should cause concern, rather than undue alarm. Sleep Changes – fatigue, early morning wakenings, insomnia, increased sleeping Personality Changes – abrupt mood swings, excessive blow-ups triggered by small things, apathy, boredom, irritability, preoccupation with a single thought. Withdrawal from the Family – growing isolation, increased violation of house rules, avoidance of family gatherings even at meals School Problems – falling grades, truancy, cutting classes, fights, and disciplinary problems. Withdrawal from Friends – fallouts with friends, hostility toward former friends, new (older) friends, reluctance to introduce parents to new friends. Over Reaction to Family – prolonged reaction to loss or stress from death, divorce, illness, loss of job, a move to another city. Trust Your Feelings – Parents often have “gut” feelings when something is wrong. Trust those feelings and watch for these signs. If your struggling teen has already runaway and you are looking for alternatives to help you and your family with keeping your troubled teen safe, We recommend that you look at Red Rock Canyon School for your struggling teenager.Red Rock Canyon School presents two separate premier residential treatment centers for troubled teens; one program for troubled boys and a separate program for troubled girls. Red Rock Canyon school is considered to be a residential treatment center for troubled teens, yet we are more appropriately described as a therapeutic boarding school.
When adolescent boys and girls are at-risk with substance abuse, or behavioral issues, behavior modification programs, as well as cognitive therapy, can result in the positive changes he or she needs for a long lasting transformation.