Archives for November 2012

There is Hope for Troubled Boys

At Liahona Academy we believe that bringing families together and healing the delicate bond of "family" is a major part of the restoration process. There is hope! We feel that taking families through a step-by-step therapeutic process results in total restoration.  It is critical that together, Liahona and the families, ensure complete success in order for "hope" to be restored.  It is a long process, but a worthy endeavor in every respect. Hope for Troubled Boys

Liahona Academy is a fully licensed and accredited Residential Treatment Center for troubled teen boys ages 12 to 17 years old. We believe that true education lies in the ability to control yourself, in word, action, behavior, appetites and desires. The true test of a therapeutic program is the positive long-term impact the program has on the child, the family, and their community.

Hope for the Family

At Liahona Academy we serve the entire family.  We encourage family restoration from day one.  We recommend total family involvement to ensure that hope is restored to its fullest.

Family Visits: Family visits are strongly encouraged while your child is in the program to maintain consistency in keeping your family updated with the progress of your child.

Family Therapy: Family Therapy sessions are held during family visits to help each family better understand the recovery phase that each child works through in overcoming his issues as time approaches his completion of the program.

We Address the Root Problems | Troubled Teens

At Liahona Academy we focus on the root problems that have led to a "troubled life".  We hone in on the problems and issues that are associated with defiance, rebellion, and poor impulse control (making poor choices).  The issues that you face as a parent of a struggling teen can become "beyond your ability" to handle.  We specialize in turning around lives, restoring hope, and returning destiny.  Call us today!  Addressing the Root Problems

Root Causes That Must Be Addressed

  • Substance Abuse
  • Negative Peers
  • Learning Disabilities
  • School Failure
  • Depression

As a parent of a troubled boy you realize that something must be done to change his present course before its too late.  Everyday your decision to act becomes more and more crucial. Unfortunately for some parents an immediate intervention is necessary.  Sometimes placing a child into a controlled therapeutic environment is the only answer. Without a controlled therapeutic environment, any attempt by the parent to intervene can be disrupted by the influences of his current friends and cohorts.

Academics - Therapy - Recreation

Academics: Liahona Academy's accredited academics are based upon college bound curriculum, encouraging boys to further their education after their graduation or whenever they complete the program.

Therapy: Therapy is an effective element that we utilize to accomplish our overall design to help students build inner strengths, overcome emotional and behavioral problems and develop good communication and problem solving skills.

Recreation: Liahona Academy students will participate in many recreational activities such as water skiing, swimming, bowling, basketball, football, skiing, hiking, softball, weightlifting, camping, movies, and many other activities according to their eligibility.

We Restore Families | Troubled Boys

Liahona Academy is known by parents as a premier Residential Treatment Center for troubled boys that specializes in "family restoration".  One of our goals is to heal the family and restore hope.  How do we do it?  We start and finish with family restoration. For more information about enrollment call 800-675-8101. We Restore Families

We serve boys who are struggling with defiance, depression, anxiety, school failure, poor peer choice, susbtance abuse, and other self-harming behaviors.  Liahona is different than the run-of-the-mill residential treatment centers.  We are different from other therapeutic programs because of  the energy and effort we put into healing the family.

We are very proud of the success our students and families have enjoyed over the last decade.  The best way for you to know about Liahona's emphasis toward the family is to hear directly from our past students and parents.  Call today and speak with an Admissions Counselor (800-675-8101).

We truly understand that the adolescent years can be a trying time for some families.  We have worked with thousands of parents, teens, and siblings of troubled teens, and their stories of ultimate success are built on our solid therapeutic approach.

Liahona is the "therapeutic intervention" that has helped literally thousands of kids and families restore their hope.  We help families by giving them a fresh start.  Both the troubled boy and the family are given a healthy time out, and a "new opportunity".


Help is Here | Helping Troubled Boys | Liahona Academy

Liahona Academy, is an outstanding therapeutic school program for troubled boys. Liahona has been helping troubled teens and their families since 2002. Our therapeutic school program is based on the effective philosophy of positive peer culture and experiential therapy.  For immediate enrollment please call 800-675-8101 today.

At Liahona Academy we believe that boys thrive in an environment of "unconditional acceptance" and "discipline" combined with therapy, academics, structure, and consistency. Liahona is essentially the total package; we are a leadership program, substance abuse treatment (12 Steps Model), and an outstanding academic program combined in one total therapeutic experience. Help is Here | Helping Troubled Boys

We believe that troubled boys respond to the help given when they feel loved (respected) and responsible. Moreover, when boys are "heard", "appreciated", and treated with dignity they are more responsive to treatment and true heart changes.

If your troubled teen is acting out, emotionally immature, making one poor choice after another… we have the solution. Its as simple as this… speak with some of our former or current families and find out exactly how effective we are.  Speak with one of our former or current students and hear the stories of great success and restoration.

Boys and Running Away

Teen boys that have run away or are thinking about running away from home can find help with therapeutic treatment from a residential treatment center. Liahona Academy is a residential treatment center that helps teen boys that have behavioral issues, emotional issues, family issues, or addictions. Teen boys have a structured environment that is safe and compassionate for them to overcome their struggles. If Liahona Academy sounds like the place for your teen call a parent advocate today at 1-800-675-8101. Boys and Running Away

There are many different reasons that cause troubled boys to think about running away from home, maybe there is family issues like fighting between parents and siblings or maybe your teen is just worried they did something parents will be mad about. Whatever the case may be it is hard for parents to understand why their teen boys run away. In most situations teen boys don’t think about the consequences of what their actions will be. 

Reasons Boys Think About Running Away

Liahona Academy is a residential treatment center that gives troubled teens and families therapeutic treatment for their issues. Help is offered to teen boys that struggle with drug or substance addictions, family issues, behavioral issues, and emotional issues. Teen boys are supported and encouraged to better and change for themselves. 

At Liahona Academy students are provided with many physical activities to promote respect and responsibility. Staff at Liahona Academy care about the success and recovery of their students. If Liahona Academy sounds like the place for your troubled boys therapy, and the right place to rebuild your relationship with your teen, call a parent advocate at 1-800-675-8101.

Reactive Attachment Disorder in Boys

Although Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is common in boys that have been adopted it is also caused by early abuse or neglect, frequent change of their caregiver (foster care), and critical absence of a parent. If you are a parent of a boy dealing with RAD please call us.  We can help!

Liahona Academy is a residential treatment center that can help boys suffering from RAD among many other issues such as drug or substance abuse, behavioral issues, academic problems, and family issues. In severe cases, boys may be suffering from reactive attachment disorder. Also called "attachment disorder." Boys with RAD struggle to develop strong emotional attachments to others, often because of serious disruptions in their early relationships. At Liahona Academy we can help provide further information and therapy to families of boys that are struggling with reactive attachment disorder. 

There are certain things that must happen during a child’s early stages of life, from birth to three years old. During that time a child requires certain needs that can promote healthy brain development. Healthy growth depends on interaction with a constant caregiver. Cooing, loving touch, eye contact, consistent feeding and dependable comforting presence.

The lack of these interaction presents an issue for growing boys. Children may have great difficulty in forming lasting bonds with anyone. Reactive attachment disorder can cause boys to have behavioral issues, abuse drugs or substances, and have academic problems.

Signs of Boys with Reactive Attachment Disorder

  • Unable to have feelings of guilt or shame
  • May be Antisocial
  • Violent
  • Personality Disorders

Unfortunately there is no absolute cure for boys with reactive attachment disorder. However there is hope for parents of boys with RAD, residential treatment centers like Liahona Academy can help provide boys with coping skills and values that can help manage this disorder. Reactive attachment disorder is completely preventable, if parents are instrumental in the beginning stages of a child’s life.

Sometimes it is not always the case especially for adopted children. Boys that are in need of help and support for RAD can find it here at Liahona Academy, please call us today at 1-800-675-8101.

Self Harm and Self Defeating Behaviors of Boys

Liahona Academy is a residential treatment center that can help boys with self-harm and self defeating behaviors.  If your troubled boy needs help recovering from self-harm or self defeating behaviors call Liahona Academy at 1-800-675-8101

We help troubled boys that struggle with depression, addictions, behavioral issues, and emotional issues recover and heal. Our goal at Liahona Academy is to provide struggling teens with a secure, compassionate, structured facility where they can focus on themselves and their recovery. Self Harm and Self Defeating Behaviors

Overcoming Self Defeating Behaviors

Teens that suffer from depression or other mental or emotional issues use self-harm as an emotional release. Self-harm is often a behavior kept secret from friends and family by the teen.

This action is a negative way troubled teens try to express hurt or confusion. Self-harm and self defeating behaviors are done by teens that struggle to find a positive outlet for their moods and feelings. 

Teens in this situation need help as soon as possible. Behaviors like self-harm can be extremely dangerous, although teens who self-harm usually do not have the intentions to commit suicide, it sometimes happens. 

Some signs of self-harm are...

  • Unexplained injuries (cuts, scratches, burns, bruises)
  • Wearing long sleeves even in hot weather
  • Secretive or withdrawn  
  • Low self esteem
  • A history of eating disorders
  • Trouble dealing with emotions
  • Acting out in violent ways (physical or verbal fights)

Liahona Academy provides therapeutic treatment for troubled teens for recovery. We support troubled teens and encourage them to make changes for themselves internally. Our certified teachers are also able to help students that struggled with school before get back on track with academics or repair credits.

Liahona Academy has a staff that is here because they care about the success and recovery of troubled teens. If your teen is in need of help do not hesitate to call Liahona Academy at 1-800-675-8101

Boys & Low Self-esteem

Unbeknownst to many parents, teen boys frequently suffer from low self-esteem.  This very delicate, but critical component of a boys emotional development is often the key ingredient to their overall success in life and the main factor in developing strong physical, social and cognitive skills. 

In today’s media centric society, boys are constantly measuring themselves against other peers, the males in their household, as well as the often-skewed media’s portrayal of men.  Despite popular opinion, which generally labels boys as aggressive and overtly sexual, this is often far from the truth.  Most boys, especially those between the ages of 12 to 17 pass through an intense period of insecurity and are very sensitive about their image while struggling to find their place in the world around them.  Their egos are easily damaged and words said by loved ones and peers alike can have a devastating effect.

How to build Self-Esteem

Like trust, self-esteem can take months, even years to procure and seconds to destroy.  It is critical that parents and caregivers pay close attention to the boys in their care and implement certain strategies for building self-esteem each and every time they interact.

Here are a few helpful suggestions to encourage self-esteem in teenage boys.

1.     Listen.  Due to their lack of emotional vocabulary, many young men do not know how to adequately portray the way they feel.  Parents need to listen intently and help the boy with words that allow them to express their feelings.

2.     Spend quality time.  One of the greatest ideas that a boy can grasp is the knowledge that the people who are closest to him actually care about who he is as a person.  Time spent one-on-one with a boy can work wonders with their emotional development and create a direct sense of love for self.

3.     Praise.  Criticizing a child or constantly reinforcing what the boy has done wrong can only add to a diminished self-esteem.  Everyone needs to be praised.  Sincere praise can do more to lift their spirits and give them the will to succeed than nearly any other support they could receive.

4.     Identify his strengths.  A boy suffering from self-esteem issues generally does value his worth in society compared to others that he knows.  It is critical that parents and caregivers point out those talents or abilities, which the boy has, so that he can see them for himself and begin to value what he has to offer to the world.

Self-esteem can be rebuilt when it is damaged, however, it involves helping the boy understand the nature of why it was damaged in the first place.  This can take some time and must be reinforced over and over again with positive interactions and sincere, truthful conversation from a parent or mentor the child trusts.  There are also programs that can separate boys from negative environments and place them in positive peer cultures with staff that are trained to help boys with these types of issues. 

If your child struggles with self-esteem and you are unable to find ways to help, it is important that you allow an intervention to occur in his life before other poor behavior patterns begin. Get help today.



Impulsiveness & Obsessive Behaviors | Troubled Boys

Often times troubled boys have impulsive or obsessive behaviors, are argumentative and distracted, and completely absorbed in their own concerns and thoughts. However, defiant, disrespectful, and hostile behavior should be carefully examined in troubled boys when they are beginning to be extremely affected in social, family, or academic life.

Liahona Academy is a residential treatment center that helps troubled boys that struggle with ODD, obsessive, compulsive, and impulsive behaviors. If you are a parent in need of help for your troubled boy with behavioral issues call us at 1-800-675-8101. Obesssive and Impulsive Behaviors

Although it is rarely easy to distinguish behavioral issues from normal obsessive and impulsive behavior, there are some signs or symptoms that can determine behavioral issues like impulsive or obsessive behaviors.

Troubled boys with behavioral issues show a pattern of uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behavior toward to authority figures that interferes with their day to day functioning.

Treating Troubled Boys with Obessive Behaviors

Troubled boys with impulsive and obsessive behavioral issues argue with adults, deliberately annoy others, loose their tempers, and actively defy adult rules regularly. Words parents often use to describe troubled boys with these behaviors are words such as hostile, negative, defiant, pessimistic, aggressive, angry, unreasonable, spiteful, vindictive, and bad tempered. 

It is important that if you as a parent realize that your troubled boys defiance, obsessive, and impulsive behaviors are actually caused by behavioral issues and they need to receive help and get treatment in order to resolve these behavioral issues. It is also important to choose the right intervention or treatment center that will build your troubled boys self-esteem not destroy it.

Overcoming Impulsiveness and Behavioral Issues of Troubled Boys

Liahona Academy helps troubled boys get to the core issue of their behavioral problems with our small student population which gives us the ability to give more one-on-one attention to students than most residential treatment centers. We create an individualized treatment plan that is suited to your child's individual issues.

Parents with boys that are struggling with troubled boy behavioral issues can find therapeutic treatment at Liahona Academy. If Liahona Academy sounds like the right residential treatment center for your boy or you would like more information please call us at 1-800-675-8101.

Boys | Lacking Motivation

In today’s technology driven world, more and more teenage boys are become isolated and lacking motivation to participate in normal everyday activities or in activities that progress them along a valued growth pattern. For immediate help call 800-675-8101.Boys Lacking Motivation

This lack of motivation shows up primarily in boys who have built patterns of doing what is “fun” or “easy” and have not found worth in doing those things that show a sense of responsibility or forward thinking.  Many parents have experienced this problem to one degree or another with their children, but may not have expected that their boy’s lack of motivation could lead to real trouble down the road.

Where does a lack of motivation come from?

Motivation itself is not generally the issue.  Most troubled teens do not lack motivation for the things they enjoy, i.e., skateboarding, video games and watching T.V. etc.  They are lacking motivation for those things such as service, work, group dynamics, education, job related items and other chores or processes that may not bring immediate pleasure or self-actualization. 

They have not learned how to think in the group mentality or value the family/group dynamic, but instead see only value in those things that are beneficial to their needs. They also fail to identify with failure because they rarely place themselves in situations that will cause it on any large scale.  They tend to live life in a bubble, and do not see the effects that can be waiting for them down the road due to their poor decision making skills.

How do I motivate my troubled boys?

One way to teach young boys to increase motivation for the right things is to make kids work for what they want. Parents, believing they are acting out of love, often give their children too many things without making them work for them.  Then when the child expects to get things for nothing they wonder why they are not appreciative – always wanting more and more, without making any effort themselves.

There is tremendous growth that happens when a boy realizes that hard work can benefit them in life.  Once they see work as a means to getting what they want, then parents need to reinforce the behavior and reward them with emotional support and coaching and not always with material gifts.  As they grasp the concept of work-reward they will begin to experience the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing tasks that benefit people and systems outside of themselves.