Learning to Live Again

SavingTeens is excited to share with you a story of survival. Emily is a sixteen year old, self-described “treatment kid.” She came to SavingTeens because she wanted to give back, share her story, and raise awareness about therapeutic programs and schools. Emily will be the SavingTeens Guest Blogger for the coming months. We hope her story resonates with you and you gain a better understanding of young adults in treatment.

Next Steps

  So, I know I said I would be continuing on with the story, but there has been a change in plans. I will be transitioning to my boarding school, across the country. And I need to focus on that. […]


I hopped off the plane at LAX with my dream and my cardigan…just kidding. That’s not how it went at all.  I’ll start from the beginning.  During home visits, a staff is in charge of walking the girl to the gate […]

Roller Coasters

  My first couple of months in residential treatment were a roller coaster. I was trying to keep it together so that they would think I didn’t have any problems. I wanted to get out and get out fast. I […]


  So to say that my transition from Wilderness to Residential was rocky would be a large understatement. I was mad at my parents for not taking me home. I had just climbed mountains and built my own shelter. I […]


  I know I said I would be talking about my transition today from wilderness to a treatment program, but there is something else I really want to tell everyone about. On Friday morning, I graduated from my program!  I […]

Step 1 – Wilderness

Everything changed December 11th, 2012 at 4:00 AM.  I was woken up by two strangers and driven to Southern Utah.  The “treatment­ term” would be “gooned.”   I was taken to the base camp of a therapeutic wilderness program and […]

Learning To Live Again

My name is Emily; for confidentiality and all that, we will just keep it at my first name. I’m sixteen years old, and I’m what some call a “treatment-kid.”  I’m writing this blog to clear up some of the rumors about […]