National Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys Who Struggle With Life-Controlling Emotional 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 14-17 come to our facility near Minneapolis from across America. We help at-risk teens who struggle with behavior and troubling issues such as: falling grades, anger, defiance, depression, attention deficit, attachment disorders, drug or alcohol abuse or disrespect for authority. 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 difficult teens. The professional men and women on our team provide mentorship, counseling, and effective therapy to repair the significant struggles in each teenager’s life that are the catalysts for them to be making poor choices.
The campus of the boarding school span nearly 50 acres and provide a unique environment for 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 or they can 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 at additional cost by credentialed chemical health counselors for truly addicted teenagers. 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 insurance. For more information on our innovative and highly successful addiction treatment services, and to learn if it may be covered by your insurance, inquire with our admissions team.
About Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
At Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, our mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We use best practices including a traditional 12-step program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and integrated mental and chemical health services. The multidisciplinary staff approach is motivational, strength-based and relationally focused. We also provide life-skill development that helps the resident enhance coping and social skills and prepare for a brighter future.
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)