Habit reversal

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Habit reversal training is a "multicomponent behavioral treatment package originally developed to address a wide variety of repetitive behavior disorders. Habit reversal is used to treat individual's suffering from Tourette's syndrome, as well as individuals who struggle with impulse control behaviors such as, hair pulling, or pathological skin picking. While this type of training was originally used to correct repetitive behavior disorders, habit reversal training has also become an invaluable tool in treating negative behaviors in troubled teens. Using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the most advanced residential treatment assists troubled teens in reversing their problematic behaviors and learned habits.

A habit is a behavior, positive or negative, that is repeated continuously over an extended amount of time. Positive habits are often times difficult to develop and requires a certain amount of diligence and discipline from an individual. Contrariwise to good habits, bad habits are much easier to establish and are developed when an individual lacks discipline. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to break bad habits. Furthermore, if bad habits are left uncontrolled, they can easily destroy a young person's life. It is for this reason that habit reversal is a crucial and formidable tool in treating out of control troubled teens.




A habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Habits can be positive or negative. Good habits such as, brushing your teeth or mowing your lawn, are beneficial and improve one's overall well-being. Contrariwise, bad habits such as, smoking or binge drinking, negatively effect an individual and may result in terrible ramifications.

Habits are formed after consistently repeating an action over a long period of time. Establishing good habits in teens is essential for them living a fulfilling and productive lifestyle. However, choosing to act on the right thing to do, as opposed to the easiest thing to do, is sometimes incredibly difficult for teenage boy or girl to practice. Nevertheless, by repeatedly choosing to act on productive behaviors, in spite of the adversity they may face, a teen is able to turn these practiced endeavors into a habit. As a result, an adolescent, who is disciplined enough to establish good habits, is able to reap the benefits of their labor and live a truly happy life.

Regarding adolescents, Unfortunately, bad habits are much easier to form as they often times bring about instant gratification. Once a negative habit takes hold, they are very difficult to break. Everyone develops a bad habit at one time or another. However, if a teen makes a habit of developing bad habits, they are essentially choosing to forgo their promising potential and live a life of mediocrity.

Healthy behavior

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Healthy behavior is any type of behavior that benefits an individual's life. A person, who displays healthy behavior, is proactive, productive, optimistic, and consistently makes decisions that will further his/her success. Those who demonstrate healthy behaviors do not make rash decisions and critically think when making any major choices. Healthy behaviors are crucial for not only achieving great success, but also living a long, fulfilled life.

Demonstrate the following healthy behaviors
to promote a happy, successful lifestyle

- Set personal goals
- Save money
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Selecting only productive and healthy relationships
- Abstaining from unhealthy addictions such as, drugs,
alcohol, smoking etc.
- Getting 6-8 hours of sleep
- Always demonstrate good hygiene
- Abstain from unhealthy, compulsive sexual behaviors
- Treat others with understanding and compassion

Unfortunately, troubled teens generally struggle with engaging in healthy behaviors. Troubled adolescents tend to care mostly for instant gratification. These types of teens rarely take into account how their unhealthy behaviors are destroying their lives and stunting their potential and overall success in life. For teenagers such as these, residential treatment centers are a viable and popular service to consider.

Highly trained professionals

highly trained professionals are specialized and well-trained professional staff that use their training and schooling to accomplish the work that only they are trained and qualified to accomplish.

When pertaining to the therapeutic restoration of troubled teens, highly trained professionals, usually certified therapeutic professionals, are able to give therapeutic guidance to teens who desperately need their therapeutic expertise. Highly trained therapeutic professionals are the only qualified personnel to diagnose and properly treat psychological disorders in troubled youth. Moreover, highly trained professionals are a crucial and integral part of helping troubled teens reach their full therapeutic potential.

When searching for a treatment option for troubled teens, parents need to make sure that the specific treatment employs highly trained professional staff to ensure their child receives the most effective treatment.

Holistic approach

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A holistic approach is one that relates to or concerned with completely treating the entirety of an issue, rather than with individual parts of that issue. In regards to psychotherapy, a holistic approach is based on Psychosynthesis, a technique that thoroughly addresses physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of a person as a whole.

The holistic approach to psychotherapy differs from traditional therapy in the methods used in combatting and correcting psychological disorders. While traditional therapy focuses exclusively on behaviors and thoughts that cause issues or disorders, the holistic approach additionally concentrates, on other, external factors. In holistic psychotherapy, attention is also focused on an individual's relationship with their environment and how it is expressed through their sense of feeling, thinking, and being.

Home visits

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Home visits are an integral part of any behavioral treatment program. Home visits, widely used by troubled teen treatment facilities, allow a teen who is currently enrolled in an inpatient treatment program, to temporarily leave to visit family. The visiting teen is sent back home to visit with their parents, who are responsible for supervising the child.

Home visits are a useful tool in assisting teens with reintegrating into 'normal life.' The troubled teen's home life, once an environment of disrespect, resentment, and helplessness, is able to ease into a functional, loving home, further restoring the relationships of estranged troubled teens and their respective families. This trip a recovering teen to restore broken trust they may have with their family, and get a glimpse of how their new home life will be upon completing their treatment.

Additionally, home visits can be a sort of test of faith for the individual teen. As these teens are granted temporary release from therapeutic treatment, they are consequently given more freedom during their visit. How that adolescent decides to manage their additional privilege of freedom is the way of measuring their therapeutic, emotional and behavioral growth.

A disorder that typically effects children and is characterized by excessive energy and restlessness.