Family Front works while a teen is gone at a wilderness program to put together a plan. This helps parents and families get a needed break from the crisis and chaos they face with their troubled teen. While the teen is gone, our mentors work with their church, school, neighborhood, extended family and home to make a plan for when the teen returns home
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Lehi, UT (PRWEB) August 22, 2008
At a time when many families with teenagers are struggling with higher food and gas prices, some face another expense that they didn't plan on -- the expense of dealing with a troubled teen.
The first reaction of most parents is to send their troubled teen to a long-term wilderness therapy program or a boarding school. These programs come at a high financial cost and teens often relapse after returning home. FamilyFront.com offers a shorter-term wilderness experience that is less expensive and has mentors that work with families and communities to ensure troubled teens succeed once they return.
Most parents are unprepared financially or emotionally when it comes to dealing with a troubled teen - teens struggling with drug addiction, behavior, emotional issues, or school work. They have exhausted themselves emotionally, and often financially, to save their family. Their is unrelenting chaos and disruption in their family life.
Parents of troubled teens often turn to programs and treatments as a last resort to turn their troubled teen around. These are often long-term and costly. "Wilderness therapy programs for troubled teens typically cost $400 to $500 a day and last seven weeks on average. Then there are additional costs -- like for an escort, the plane ticket, gear, and an educational consultant. All of this can add up to tens of thousands of dollars," said Dr. Tim Thayne, Ph.D, founder and CEO of Family Front.
Not only are these solutions costly, but most aren't covered by insurance. Parents often end up taking out loans, mortgaging their homes, or end up paying for treatment for their troubled teens with a credit card.
Not only are programs a large investment, they often don't create lasting change in troubled teens behavior. It's easier for troubled teens to maintain positive changes while they are in treatment, but once they get home they find their family, environment, and friends haven't changed. They can easily fall into old patterns.
"Family Front works while a teen is gone at a wilderness program to put together a plan. This helps parents and families get a needed break from the crisis and chaos they face with their troubled teen. While the teen is gone, our mentors work with their church, school, neighborhood, extended family and home to make a plan for when the teen returns home," said Thayne.
Dr. Tim Thayne, has run wilderness therapy programs and is a licensed family therapist. He has seen how effective wilderness programs for troubled teens can be -- and witnessed dramatic changes in teens who attended them. They were happier and their behavior improved. But when they returned home, even the most promising teens often relapsed.
While families do the best they can, Thayne sees that many need more support to ensure lasting change. He wanted to reduce the time teens spent in treatment, make treatment more affordable, and see more long-term success with treatment. The key is to involve mentors.
Family Front takes the best of the wilderness program and condensed it into two to three weeks. They then work with parents of troubled teens to create an environment that supports positive change. Troubled teens get help translating what they learned in the wilderness experience translate into the real world. Parents get individual coaching and a holistic approach that costs far less than they would typically spend on longer programs.
About Family Front:
Family Front was started by Dr. Tim Thayne, Ph.D, a nationally recognized leader in adolescent care. Thayne has appeared on Dr. Phil and has worked with hundreds of troubled teens and their families. Family Front services include individual and family counseling, coaching, mentoring, family services planning and interagency coordination. When an adolescent returns home from a wilderness or residential treatment program, the single largest deterrent they face is how to successfully apply the newly learned behavioral skills to their interactions with family, peer groups and/or the "real world." Family Front utilizes a four phase process to evaluate and coach families in their home and provides supports to families and teens at all income levels.