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Get Help for Your Troubled Teen in the New Year

Why This May be the Most Important Resolution You Ever Make


Quick Links: Troubled Teens | Quiz: Is Your Teen At-Risk?

The year is coming to an end. If your teen has exhibited troubling behaviors during the year, resolve now to take the action needed to make sure next year is a healthier and happier one. Here are some of the reasons getting help for a troubled teen can change their life, and yours.

Teens with serious problems don't get better on their own. In fact, most will continue to get worse and when they do many will experiment with drugs, act out aggressively, or consider suicide in a misguided attempt to feel better.

Research shows that troubled teens who get help early heal faster and are able to maintain this improvement. Similar to dealing with physical illness, early diagnosis and intervention pays off. The longer problems continue without being dealt with, the longer it takes to address them successfully.

Taking action to get help for your teen stops the downward spiral of worsening problems. Teens' with problems get caught up in a cycle of behavior that continues to get worse. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it becomes to reverse the pattern from getting worse to taking productive, action-oriented steps to heal.

When you intervene to help your teen the parenting bond is strengthened by your ability to take care of them. Coming up with a tangible plan shows you are tuned into what your teen is going through, concerned about their troubles and doing everything you can to keep them from continuing to suffer.

Teens who are acting out are stuck and need parental intervention to get them the help they desperately need in order to heal. Decide today to make this critical New Year's resolution the one you keep. To learn more about the help available to troubled teens, read our article on Programs for Troubled Teens.

Quick Links: Troubled Teens | Quiz: Is Your Teen At-Risk?

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