Although most of our students would never have chosen a therapeutic boarding school for themselves, they eventually accept their "fate," as one boy put it, and settle in. As they get used to the environment, make friends, talk to counselors, and try the 12 Steps for themselves, the benefits of the school become apparent. But the process is rarely smooth and sometimes students do leave prematurely. Many of them are returned by their parents. Others who couldn't wait to leave have asked to come back on their own. In one case, a boy who resumed drugs and ended up in a community rehab program, returned when he realized the value of a 24/7 caring community.
Even if they don't come back physically, a great many former students tell us they do return to the lessons, values and principles they learned here when they're facing other struggles in their lives. For them, the character-building work they did here is paying off.