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Pacific Life Program Reviews

Pacific Life Program Yelp Reviews

I attended PLP for around 13 months about 4 years ago. I completed and graduated the program. I struggled with various things such as failing school, obesity, drugs, running away, self harm and suicide. I secluded myself from the world, and my family.

This place is not picture perfect or luxury of any sort. The program is what you make of it, EVERYONE in the family must be willing to support and be open to change. It gave me for the first time in my life the consistency I needed. The showed me the toughest love I could feel. Most kids will lie or manipulate the system and get out to only do worse (I've seen it happen way to many times, for even people I thought I cared for). It was not fun, it was hard! and they pushed me to every limit! I was 230 pounds when I walked in the door and I left 160 with  my new found love of fitness and running. I not only made up every single credit I failed, but it gave me the chance to graduate school a year early. Most importantly, I worked through many issues and resentments I had towards my family and I cannot thank them enough for this. But I was able to create the most unbreakable bond with each member of my family individually.

I left PLP and continued with the new found strength I found inside me. Before PLP, I never thought I would loose weight and learn to love myself. I never thought I would graduate high school and attend college. I believed my family was broken forever. I never thought I would see my 18th birthday. I never thought I would be able to turn my pain into strength.
Today, I am now traveling the U.S as a Sales rep for an amazing company and half way through a Bachelors degree, all at the age of 18! It brought me back to my Mexican culture and family roots, which I once denied. And I couldn't have done it without the most supportive family by my side. I am forever grateful for what PLP has brung to my family. I can only hope it can do the same for everyone else. They are a terrific team, and they have some amazing therapists and staff that care for the kids.

 

Pacific Life Program is a very amazing place for troubled teens. The staff members are very compassionate, kind, and helpful. The therapy programs also yield excellent results. We appreciate the great work.

The hardest decision that I ever made was sending my son to PLP.  It was the best decision that I made.  The people at PLP really care about these kids.  I sent him there in Oct. of 2017 and he graduated Sept. of 2018.  Today he is drug free and on a track that I never thought that I would see.  He communicates with me like he never has before.  He went from a failing student to almost a straight A student.  No he isn't perfect, we are both a work in progress.  But they have taught us how to do that.  But as a parent, we have to learn how to parent better as well.  It is a whole family change and learning experience.

PLP is not a luxury resort.  But the program is a good one.  The therapist that we worked with, and still do, doesn't miss a thing.  She is so good at what she does.  My son misses the people who work there and is wanting to go back down for a visit.

Forever grateful, pacific life program is a really special place for troubled teens. Everyone at the school was really caring and helpful. The therapist, doctors, and other staff members were very kind and friendly. They have helped my adoptive son get through his PTSD issues. I am really grateful.

I know PLP well. I have a troubled teenager . Me and the mother of my daughter were trying to find a help to put our rebel teenager to order for her own good.  But regular psychiatrists and therapists were useless.  Peels, weed, alcohol , stealing , skipping school , police , etc ...
This school became a real solution for us.  They have  strictly enforce rules , dedicated therapists for group and individual family therapy. Good  system to encourage teens to behave and to have good school grades.
And for very reasonable price . The staff is experienced and professional.
During my visitations I met other parents and they told me their stories.
Stories , which all are very similar to mine. The grown men and women almost cried because of the helplessness and inability to control troubled teens. . PLP is a solution. I watched transformation for my daughter. She became more tolerant , more understanding , has good school grades.
Of course , nothing is guaranteed .  And you can see the repeats of  pattern for the bad behavior again. Keeping the strict rules after finishing school MUST. I learned my lessons.  Please use school therapists recommendations . They know what they say.  I highly recommend  you this school.

We sent our son to PLP from March of 2017 to January of 2018. Our son was struggling in so many ways and there was no way we could deal with all of these challenges in our own home. It was an extremely challenging decision to send our son to Pacific Life yet it was definitely the right decision for our family.

We live in San Diego, so sending our child to Mexico was cost effective and convenient for us. Now that our son has graduated from the program we continue to return to PLP about every 3 months so he can speak with current residents and stay connected to the program. During his time at PLP our son dealt with a number of issues revolving around bullying and self-esteem. Since he returned home he has been much happier, has been 100% clean from drugs, choosing good friends and is focused on being a better person.

We have met many individuals that have graduated, or were pulled out, of PLP and not all of the results are equal. The biggest challenge as a parent is to realize that we are just as much a part of the solution as our child. If we believe that handing our kids off to someone else for a year or so and have them come back and be different, if we're not different, is unrealistic. The work needs to be done by all family members, not just the child who's struggling.

In summary, we would highly suggest that you consider PLP as an option for your child if you are having challenges. They are kind and caring people and they know how to get results, just know that it's a team effort.

They saved my daughter bottom line and got her on the right track.
They do it through therapy and teaching that there actions have consequences.  Its not fancy, but you don't want your child to want to say stay someplace - they have to want to change and come  home.

if your having issues you cant solve alone - I highly recommend them.

The Best Therapeutic Boarding School I could find, I was searching for the best therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens when I got to know about Pacific Life Program. I was really impressed with the facilities. The staff members were really helpful. They have helped transform my boys life. He used to hate school, because of a lack self-esteem. Now he is getting good grades and feeling confident.

Thank you,

I am really impressed with the troubled teen program at Pacific Life. The staff are professional, friendly, and caring. They did everything possible to help my nephew overcome his anger issues, and were really supportive throughout his residency. I appreciate their great work.

Our Family Really Needed Success. The staff at Pacific Life were really wonderful and helpful. The line staff, therapist, admissions director, and support staff took great care of our son. I can tell that the people here dedicate their time to helping troubled teens overcome their behavior issues. They did wonders on my boy. My family is really grateful.

 

Few months back, my nephew started showing some strange behaviors. He was getting angry over little things and becoming aggressive. He then started hanging out with negative friends and getting into trouble with the police. I heard about this therapeutic boarding school and took him after visiting the campus. Although his defiance kept him there almost nine months, he is now able to control his rage and channel it into something productive. Thanks a lot for your help.

PLP provided exactly the therapy that our family needed. It is tough to find a therapist that cares and people that truthfully want the best for you and your child. It has been a hard road but without the help and the tools learned from this program I have no idea how we would be today. I will forever be thankful.

We sent our son to PLP from March of 2017 to January of 2018. Our son was struggling in so many ways and there was no way we could deal with all of these challenges in our own home. It was an extremely challenging decision to send our son to Pacific Life yet it was definitely the right decision for our family.

We live in San Diego, so sending our child to Mexico was cost effective and convenient for us. Now that our son has graduated from the program we continue to return to PLP about every 3 months so he can speak with current residents and stay connected to the program. During his time at PLP our son dealt with a number of issues revolving around bullying and self-esteem. Since he returned home he has been much happier, has been 100% clean from drugs, choosing good friends and is focused on being a better person.

We have met many individuals that have graduated, or were pulled out, of PLP and not all of the results are equal. The biggest challenge as a parent is to realize that we are just as much a part of the solution as our child. If we believe that handing our kids off to someone else for a year or so and have them come back and be different, if we're not different, is unrealistic. The work needs to be done by all family members, not just the child who's struggling.

In summary, we would highly suggest that you consider PLP as an option for your child if you are having challenges. They are kind and caring people and they know how to get results, just know that it's a team effort.

Best decision I've ever made for my 15 year old son! So grateful for this place! All therapist are top-notch!
My son has been there for almost 5 months and I'm letting him stay for 8. It's incredible how he is healing from past issues (low self esteem etc.) and is HAPPY! He has a great mind-set and is becoming a leader! He has developed extremely healthy habits and works out every day! He has gone from failing all his classes to jumping ahead a grade!
It’s hard to find caring and supportive therapists and staff members like the one they have at Pacific Life Program. Right from the first day, the staff showed care and concern for my son. In fact, they created a personalized therapy program for my boy to help him get through his struggle with depression. This really helped him a lot. He now goes about with a bright smile, and is always optimistic about what life has to offer.
Contact Pacific Life Program for more information about the therapeutic boarding school programs available
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angry teenager

What do you do with a defiant teenager?

What Do You Do With A Defiant Teenager?

Adolescence is one of the most important stages in human development. Young adulthood is often referred to as one’s best years. However, your teen may be exhibiting behaviors that have become worrisome. These behaviors and acts of defiance are significantly affecting the quality of the important developmental and experiential milestones they should reach. This can create severe tension in your family dynamic, causing anger, frustration, and guilt. However, there are options and solutions to help your teen and heal the family dynamic.

Your teen may be exhibiting signs of defiance, but often that is only a surface level reaction to a deeper issue at play. Defiant teenager programs, such as the one at Pacific Life Teen Program, provide options for teens and their families by providing teens with a therapeutic space. This would help in determining the root cause of the defiant behavior.

Defiance can surface as many different behaviors. If you recognize these behaviors as coinciding with your teens, you may want to consider a therapeutic approach.

Rebellious teens are known for:

  • Refusing to do any school work (either in class or at home)
  • Using drugs
  • Abandoning hobbies or sports that were once loved
  • Cutting off important relationships
  • Causing themselves (or others) physical harm

Anger and defiance will linger as long as the negative root stimulus is present. When the painful stimulus is left without treatment, the condition is known to worsen. Emotional reactions will increase and distress will heighten. A therapist will be able to help a teen remove that toxic stimulus, and work on maintaining and developing a healthy means of managing emotions.

What happens when treatment is not sought? Sometimes parents or guardians will think that teenagers will grow out of their defiant stage, even though it is significantly impacting the quality of their life. If there is no treatment option, the negative stimulus will never be eliminated. This will cause tension and anger to remain. Even if the negativity goes away for a while, it is likely to resurface later on, since no healing has taken place.

Consequences for teenage rebellion if left untreated:

  • Drug and alcohol dependence
  • Severed familial ties
  • Low confidence of feelings of inadequacy
  • Severe bouts of depression and/or anxiety
  • Self-harm or suicide

One of the most common defiance disorders among children and young adults is Oppositional Defiant Disorder or ODD. This disorder can often be noticed when a child is quite young, but severe symptoms may not arise until the teenage years. The main symptoms of ODD include a pattern that frequently consists of being:

  • Extremely irritable
  • Unreasonably angry
  • Argumentative
  • Manipulative
  • Spiteful
  • Resentful

How To Deal With A Oppositional Defiant Teenager

Oppositional defiance usually surfaces at a young age. The behaviors associated with ODD significantly affect work, school, and normal day-to-day life. One of the key factors of ODD is the consistent pattern. This is not just a random here and there tantrum. This is a calculated routine of defiance. Most times, defiant teenagers will be completely blind to their behavior. They will see nothing wrong with how they are acting. This is the first red flag that should be noticed by parents: a lack of remorse and insight.

In order for teenagers to successfully overcome Oppositional Defiant Disorder, they first need to be able to recognize that their behavior is wrong. Professional therapists will provide optimal guidance in this area, without damaging the relationship you share with your teen.

The Pacific Life Teenage Program gives defiant teenagers the opportunity to reach their full potential as students, while also mending the family dynamic. The positive and engaging atmosphere provides a safe place where teenagers will know they are cared for. Each student is assigned a therapist who creates an individualized plan to guide him/her on the road to recovery and diminishes the destructive behaviors.

Pacific Life Program is a therapeutic boarding school that gives defiant teenagers the opportunity to reach their full potential as students.

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Behavior management school

What do you do when your teenager is out of control?

What Do You Do When Your Teenager Is Out Of Control?

If you and your family are struggling with an out of control teenager, the first step to a healthy relationship and healing is to understand the problem. Unruly and out of control teenagers often have underlying issues that they may not even be aware of. You may be wondering, “My child is out of control, what can I do?”

Know that you are not alone, and thousands of parents are facing this every day. Parents can often feel hopeless and powerless, but there is hope for both families and teens.

Anxiety, defiance, and depression can be contributing factors to your teenager acting out. Often, these behaviors are the result of a particular trauma or unresolved negative stimulus. A mental health professional is the best person to identify this negative stimulus and dissolve it from your teen’s life. This will make your teen feel happier and healthier, bettering his/her life and the family dynamic.

How To Regain Control Of Your Teenager

Once you recognize there is a problem, the first step is to act. You do not want to delay seeking help for your teen. heir out of control behavior can be boiled down to a variety of different behavior disorders. The longer that these disorders are left untreated, the worse they can become over time. Seek treatment immediately after you notice any unusual behaviors, which may include:

  • Repeated aggressive behaviors
  • Refusal to complete school work
  • Lack of remorse or recognition of poor behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Severing important relationships
  • Abandoning hobbies or favorite sports
  • Criminal activity

Your out of control teenager desperately needs your help, otherwise, all areas of life will suffer. The disorder will make it hard for your teen not only to operate within the school system but also to function in everyday life. This can affect opportunities as the teen gets older because s/he is not reaching full potential due to the underlying disorder.

Teenage Behavior Management Strategies

While you seek treatment, there are steps you can take while you are with your teen to help your teen adjust to the new processes s/he may face. These strategies will help minimize tension between teens and parents, keeping the support system strong, while also making sure they are trying their best to manage their emotions. All of these strategies will also be used professionally, which will be more effective.

  • Establish clear boundaries

This may seem counterproductive because your teen will seem to rebel against those boundaries constantly. However, having the boundaries stated and reinforcing them will show the teen that s/he is cared for. Back up your boundaries by emphasizing respect. Allow the teen certain privileges when they show respect.

  • Handle with care

When the teen acts out in a mild way, provide the teen with a chance to make it right. Do not immediately reprimand him/her, but instead show empathy.

The best thing you or a loved one could do for an out of control teenager is give the teen an opportunity to receive professional help. Without it, the situation will almost certainly get worse, and can come with dire consequences.

Where Can I Send My Out Of Control Teenager?

Thankfully, there are options. There are many different options for teens and their families to help them on the road to recovery.

Pacific Life Teen Program offers solutions for teens and their families to put teens on the right path by providing them with a therapeutic experience in a safe and engaging environment. PLP allows teens to continue academically while also receiving therapy to help manage their emotions and get to the root of their problems. They will meet and interact with adult professionals, and with teens experiencing what they are going through, so they will never feel alone. PLP even offers family counseling services so all parties are part of the solution. This will strengthen the bond between you and your teen as they receive life-changing treatment.

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