National Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys Who Struggle With Life-Controlling Behavioral Issues or Substance Abuse
Lakeside is a Christian therapeutic boarding school and boys home dedicated to helping troubled boys gain a new start in life. Boys ages 14-18 come to our facility near Minneapolis from across America. We help at-risk teens who struggle with behavior and troubling issues such as: failing grades, school suspension, anger, defiance, depression, attention deficit or attachment disorders, or minor drug or alcohol abuse. Our staff works with each boy in cooperation with and participation of their family, bringing to the table a vast amount of experience and knowledge in dealing with and turning around troubled teens. The professional men and women on our therapeutic team provide mentorship, counseling, and effective counseling to help repair the significant struggles in each teenager’s life that are the catalysts for them to be making poor choices.
The campus of the therapeutic boarding school span nearly 50 acres and provide a unique environment for troubled teenage boys. We integrate outdoor and adventure activities into all aspects of the therapeutic program. Lakeside is built on a foundation of faith, fostering new behaviors, character development, and helping each boy to recognize who they were created to be. We do this by providing a place that they can truly belong; a place for new, positive relationships and daily opportunities to learn about God and be challenged in their faith.
While boys are here, they receive a quality education, including the opportunity to get caught up on academic credits, if they are behind, or to retake courses to improve their grades. We feature a leading online, self-paced curriculum which can also be completed back at home, so your boy won’t have to re-enter the risky environment of the public school system.
Dual Focus | Behavior and Substance Abuse Recovery
Today, behavioral issues in teens most often coincide with some level of substance abuse, or even addiction, which is commonly hidden from the parent. Substance abuse can have a profound affect on your boy’s attitudes, and may be the main reason he is acting up. Fact is, it can take months for the effects of drugs (even marijuana) to leave your boy’s system and no longer affect his attitudes and judgments. And with some substances, addictions can arise from even one use and must be dealt with before they become a life-long problem.
Lakeside offers the best opportunity for recovery from both behavioral challenges and substance abuse issues at the same time, allowing boys to truly get their lives turned around.
Optional Licensed Chemical Dependency Care
Optional licensed treatment detox and addiction counseling services are provided for boys who have become addicted. This at additional cost and presented by credentialed chemical health counselors. This service is beyond the standard behavioral recovery services provided for all our boys, and is based on the assessed need of the resident. In many cases, such specific treatment is covered in while or in part by medical insurance. For more information on our highly successful addiction treatment services, and to learn if it may be covered by your insurance, inquire with our admissions team.
The Mission of Our Therapeutic Boarding School:
At Lakeside Academy, our mission is to assist teen boys in gaining freedom from life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. We are a therapeutic boarding school founded on Christian faith. We believe that faith is transformational, not just in the short-term but for a life time. The therapeutic program at Lakeside integrates opportunities to learn and grow in faith into everything we do. From our adventure activities, to our focus on excellence in academics we seek to foster our students’ understanding of themselves, God and others.
You can see the results–right relationships, restored families, truly content and purposeful lives, and refocused futures.
Over 80 percent rated the overall quality of Teen Challenge as “outstanding” or “very good.” When asked to name what helped most, the faith-based aspects of the program were mentioned most frequently. — Minnesota Teen Challenge Outcomes Studies Performed by Wilder Research (2007-2008 & 2009-2011)