A pressing need to help troubled teens and kids is leading to new and innovative therapies now being made available in the UK. Among those therapies is something known as boot camp. Although boot camps for kids and teens are relatively new in the UK, they are catching on. The boot camp philosophy has already proven successful wherever it has been employed.

Boot camps in the UK take on children dealing with any number of conditions including:

  • substance abuse and addiction

  • ADHD and oppositional defiance

  • family and relational struggles.

A boot camp programme might be right for the teenager or child in your life struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Moreover, while this type of treatment is often rigorous and demanding, it is very successful in most cases. Boot camp is something you should consider for your child struggling with addiction.

The Boot Camp Philosophy

The boot camp philosophy was first developed in the United States by a small handful of individuals who realised how successful the military is in teaching people self-discipline. Year after year, new military recruits enter boot camp with a myriad of issues, only to come out having achieved victory over those issues. Upon further review, it was observed that the skills necessary for being an effective soldier were also effective in conquering a long list of behavioural problems.

The boot camp philosophy was adopted for substance abuse and addiction based on the belief that the only real cure is permanent abstinence. And as we all know, permanent abstinence for the addict is something that requires an incredible amount of self-discipline. What better way to learn self-discipline than through a boot camp programme?

In the UK, boot camp programmes are being established all over the country. If that’s the right option for your teenager or adolescent, we can help you make the connections necessary for admittance. Helping you get the treatment you need for your child is our number one priority.

How it Works

The basic premise of the boot camp is to place kids in a situation that challenges their perceptions of what is, and is not, acceptable behaviour. It uses a number of things including physical challenges, experiential learning, positive reinforcement, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to address addictions or other issues. Yet make no mistake, a boot camp programme is very straightforward and intense.

For boot camp to be successful, counsellors and therapists must get full cooperation from the kids. If that cooperation is not offered, there are strategies in place designed to change that. Kids are rewarded when they cooperate; they are not rewarded when they do not.

You should know that boot camp programmes are often held in remote or out-of-the-way locations so as to avoid any distractions. They may involve your child going on hiking and camping trips, sleeping in a tent, climbing mountains, and doing other sorts of strenuous activities that challenge him or her. However, they will also spend time in counselling and group support sessions.

Choosing a Boot Camp Programme

Because of the intense and challenging nature of boot camp treatment, parents may be reluctant to admit their kids to one. That’s understandable. Nevertheless, rest assured that all of the organisations we work with are the best of the best. They are fully certified as well as adhering to high standards of excellence.

If you were to look for a boot camp programme on your own, you would want to look for the following:

  • Certification – Any type of addiction rehab programme should be properly certified and accredited. This includes boot camps. Certification and accreditation ensures a programme is safe, effective, and staffed only by qualified personnel.

  • Bespoke Approach – Because boot camps deal with so many different types of issues, it is best to go with one that offers bespoke treatment plans. Tailoring a treatment to the individual needs of your child is the best way to ensure long-term success.

  • References – Boot camp programmes achieving positive results should have no shortage of references to offer you. Do not be afraid to contact those references for verification. References are great way to find out what people really think of a particular boot camp programme.

  • Proven Therapies – In addition to the physical challenges boot camp participants engage in, there will be other therapies used to help them overcome. Ask about those therapies, making sure they are those already proven to work.

Although we’ve given you a short list of things to look for in a boot camp programme, we still recommend you don’t attempt to find one on your own. Our service is designed to do the legwork for you by investigating all of the treatment options in the UK. We know what each boot camp programme offers, so we can advise you according to your circumstances.

What’s more, the services we offer are completely free and totally confidential. There’s no need for you to spend weeks or months searching for rehab treatment for your teenager or child. With just a single call or e-mail, we can get you started right away.

Trust the Camp, Trust Your Child

Since the first boot camp programme was established in the US more than a decade ago, the programmes have been the subject of controversy. Critics claim they are too difficult and challenging for the kids to deal with. However, it’s hard to argue with the results. As long as kids truly want to be helped, boot camps can indeed help them.

We want to encourage you to trust both the boot camp programme and your child. While it may be hard for you to believe, your child can endure a lot more than he or she is given credit for. And in many cases, a lack of rigorous challenges in the child’s life is one of the reasons they lack the self-discipline to control addictive behaviour. The challenges of boot camp may be just what they need.

As long as a boot camp programme is certified, accredited, and one with plenty of positive references, you should have nothing to worry about. Sure, it might be physically and emotionally challenging to your child. However, he/she will come out the other end a changed person.

In the meantime, it would be wise for the rest of your family to seek counselling services while your teenager is away at boot camp. These services will help you understand the root causes of addiction as well as how you can further help your teenager when he or she returns home. We can help you find family counselling in addition to the boot camp programme for your child.