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Residential Treatment For Boys

Teen boys are often left behind when it comes to mental health care.

Behavioral issues can present differently in teen boys than teen girls, and many centers are not structured to provide the right care for their unique needs. At Zenith Academy’s residential treatment for boys, we offer inpatient behavioral health treatment for teen males that can help address the challenges they face. 

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Understanding Behavioral Issues in Teen Males

Men are not socialized to express their feelings as easily as their female counterparts, so mental health concerns often become evident from behavioral cues rather than verbal expressions.

Some of the most common signs of behavioral and mental health concerns in adolescent males are:

  • Persistent lack of motivation
  • Prolonged periods of irritation toward everyday tasks (i.e., homework)
  • Substance use
  • Isolation from family
  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Changes in hygiene, sleep, and appetite
  • Fights with peers
  • Mood swings 
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities

Adolescent males are less likely to receive timely treatment, especially when dealing with depression. While females tend to withdraw inwardly, males can respond outwardly with displays of aggression. Even anxiety can present differently in teen boys, with signs like obsessive behaviors, procrastination, and perfectionism. 

Young men are also more likely to receive punishments or systemic corrective actions instead of psychological help, making it more likely that they interact with the criminal justice system before a therapist. 

Behavioral Health Inpatient Facility: The Intensive Care Your Teen Needs

At Zenith Academy, we strive to provide inpatient/residential treatment for boys that can help them address mental health and behavioral health challenges. For many, this means participating in our behavioral health inpatient facility (BHIF).

What Is BHIF and What Does It Offer?

Our behavioral health inpatient facility provides structured care for adolescents dealing with mental health and behavioral issues. We help young men between the ages of 13 and 17 who struggle with:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Aggression, opposition, truancy, and running away
  • Self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation

If your teen displays any signs or symptoms of behavioral health issues, finding help can prevent the problems from escalating. 

Our inpatient behavioral health treatment for teen males is a secure 34-bed residential treatment center (RTC) that offers 24-hour nursing care as well as a school on-site so that your teen does not fall behind as they get the treatment they need. 

Many of our residents stay for at least 30 days, but we can also offer longer-term care. 

Individual Therapy Sessions: Getting to the Cause of the Problem

Individual therapy is the cornerstone of our BHIF program. We rely on a variety of evidence-based treatments to help your teen understand the root cause of the challenges they face. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the main therapeutic option we offer at our BHIF. CBT is a type of talk therapy that can help your teen identify the negative patterns of thought and self-talk that influence his moods and behaviors. Once he can zero in on these, he can start making changes to those patterns. 

Changing patterns can involve learning how to understand the motivations of others better, using problem-solving skills to manage difficult situations, and recognizing when thoughts are distorted. 

CBT can also involve teaching the teen to face his fears while using techniques to calm his mind and body. 

Program-Led Therapy: Handling Issues with Structured Counseling

For teens with anger management or substance abuse issues, we may turn to one of two programs that have seen great success. The first is aggression replacement training (ART), a program that specifically targets out-of-control anger. With ART, your teen will learn to better manage their anger, reduce aggressive behavior, and improve social skills and moral reasoning. It’s a well-regarded approach that’s been implemented worldwide in various schools and treatment centers.

If your teen struggles with drug or alcohol use, The Seven Challenges might be an ideal program. This program specializes in substance abuse and empowers adolescents to take control over their lives by identifying problematic behavior and making informed, mature decisions to steer their lives in more positive directions. Though its primary purpose is treatment and behavior correction, it also takes a motivational approach to inspire patients to evaluate their circumstances, consider better alternatives, and implement positive life changes.

Group Therapy Sessions: Breaking Through the Barrier of Isolation

Adolescent males, in particular, tend to isolate themselves when battling mental health and behavioral health issues. Because they are not used to expressing their feelings, they may not realize that other boys may be going through similar difficulties. 

Group therapy at our residential treatment center can help address that isolation. By giving your teen a chance to hear from peers and speak with others who are also struggling, they can see that they are not alone. 

Group therapy can also offer the chance for teens to start learning how to communicate their emotions better, which can serve them throughout their entire lives. 

Family Therapy: Helping to Heal the Family Unit

Behavioral and mental health concerns can impact your entire family, fracturing it and making communication almost impossible. 

During family therapy, we can help address the issues that may be keeping you and your teen from understanding one another. Only with the right communication strategies in place can you and your teen learn how to work as a family unit once again. 

Holistic Therapy: Helping Your Teen Meet All Aspects of Himself

Holistic therapy, which can include art therapy, music therapy, sports therapy, and equine therapy, can help your teen relearn how to express himself in healthier ways.

Our therapy options include the following: 

  • Equine therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Weekly psychiatric care
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Sports therapy

Over the course of these sessions, your teen can learn new skills, release tension and stress, and awaken interest or passions he may never otherwise have known he had. 

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Entering Residential Treatment: Taking the Necessary Steps

At Zenith Academy, we always perform an assessment to see how we can best help your teen. During the assessment, we will ask you about your child’s medical history, their goals, and whether they have participated in residential treatment programs before. This is also the time when you can ask any questions you have.

We can then discuss payment options, which include private pay, commercial insurance, and Medicaid/AHCCCS policies. If you need help with the process of getting insurance approval, we are happy to offer it. 

We’ll also need documents such as his birth certificate, school enrollment, and immunization records, along with electronic signatures on any relevant forms.

Once the paperwork is done and approved, we can plan the day of your teen’s arrival at our residential treatment center. We will offer guidance on what they will need to bring and how to prepare. 

Helping Teens Get Their Lives Back on Right Track

At Zenith Academy, we know the challenges that teens face when dealing with mental health and behavioral health challenges. We strive to offer maximum safety at our secure location so that all of the teens in our care can concentrate on reclaiming their stability. 

Contact Zenith Academy to learn more about our behavioral health inpatient treatment for teen males.

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