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How to Find a Residential Treatment Program for Your Child or Teen

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How do we find a good residential treatment program for our teen?

We’ve been through so many struggles with our teen son’s substance abuse and violent behavior. He’s turned our entire family upside down, and counseling hasn’t helped. It’s time for more intensive care, but we don’t know how to find a residential treatment center with an effective program. We’re afraid of how much it will cost, and we’re embarrassed for anyone else to know what’s going on.


 
ANSWER:

We wish we were sitting with you over coffee, face-to-face, so you could hear us say clearly, Well done. The high calling of parenting is hard on the best of days. How much more so when a crisis hits and doesn’t quit! But you aren’t giving up, either — on your son or yourselves — and you’ve made the brave choice to reach out for help. It’s our privilege to walk with you.

Finding a good residential treatment center (RTC) has a lot of moving parts, some of which you might already know about. Still, we’re going to cover it all because so many families struggle with children who are troubled, and they need as much information as we can give. It’s a lot to take in, so feel free to jump to certain sections.


Note: This piece is written for families whose child is adopted or biological. Guardianship issues are different for families who foster. If you are fostering a child or teen and believe they need intense professional help, talk to your social services connection.


When to get residential treatment for your child

RTCs address many obvious challenges, including:

  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Violent behavior

Look for telltale signs

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint how your child is hurting and whether they would benefit from an RTC. When that happens, you can look for the following signs:

  • Your child or teen can’t understand that actions have consequences.
  • They blame others and never take responsibility for themself.
  • Their poor choices escalate to increasingly dangerous behavior.
  • They show symptoms of psychiatric issues.
  • Your teen has tried to quit alcohol or drugs but relapses every time.
  • Your child or teen shows severe mood or behavior changes.
  • Ongoing outpatient counseling (regardless of the issue) hasn’t helped.

Two specific situations require the benefits of an RTC:

  • The first is when it’s not safe for your child to live at home because they harm other family members — physically, verbally, or mentally. (Keep reading for more on this point.)

How to know whether it’s safe for your child to stay in your home

Let’s talk about the difference between hurt and harm.

We all experience occasional hurt in family life: misunderstandings, disagreements, selfishness, busyness — the list is long. But for a healthy family committed to each other, those bummer moments don’t last.

These families build strong communication skills, and they resolve conflict quickly and effectively. They make time for each other, they sacrifice for each other, and they show appreciation. And even when they don’t agree, they let each other be.

What about when your child tests boundaries or your teen is occasionally disrespectful? Yes, those interactions are frustrating, but they’re a normal part of raising children; they’re not harmful.

Harm, on the other hand, causes lasting damage. This is where we see emotional, physical, sexual, or spiritual abuse. Even if your teen thinks they’re only hurting themself, you know better. You have the right and the obligation to safeguard your own well-being and that of your teen and any other children in the home.

Face your fears

Be ready: Choosing to place your child or teen in a residential treatment facility can unleash your deepest insecurities as a parent.

You might be tempted to play the comparison game as you see other families living in peace and joy. You might feel shame because of your child’s actions — especially if you are a follower of Jesus Christ and your child has been raised in the Christian faith.

Bravely face your fears. As you do, here are six important truths to remember:

God loves your child even more than you do

When you feel helpless, take comfort in the truth that God created your child. He won’t stop drawing their heart back to His, and He’ll help you love your child in the best ways possible during this season.

You are not responsible for your child’s behavior

We love our kids, and we want what’s best for them. But most parents, if we’re honest, sometimes have a distorted view of what love should look like — especially when our children make mistakes.

In other words, we might unintentionally enable our child’s poor choices when we don’t let them face consequences or learn accountability. Maybe we bailed our teen out of jail and paid court fees. Maybe we made excuses for our child’s behavior in school or in the community.

As parents, we must be realistic about our part in guiding and nurturing our children to healthy adulthood. At the same time, we need to let go of false guilt when reflecting on the question, Am I responsible for my child’s bad behavior? Dr. Joannie DeBrito points out:

“As parents, we often assume that everything our kids do is somehow related to us. This way of thinking, though, discounts a child’s individuality, the negative influence of peers and our larger culture.”

Author Dave Harvey also notes, “For the one who loves a wayward soul, a shift in gaze is the only link to present sanity and future hope”:

If you love a prodigal, you must learn shame-hating. Christ nailed our shame to the cross. In its place, he imputed to us his record of perfect righteousness. When God looks at us, he doesn’t see our parenting failures. He doesn’t scroll through an unfiltered feed of ugly accusations and regrets. God sees his Son instead of us. We must look to Christ as well. (Lift the Heavy Burden of Shame)

You won’t harm your child by placing them in residential treatment

Some parents feel that sending their child to an RTC is a type of punishment or abandonment. That belief can be further complicated if your child is adopted. You might feel like you’re “giving them away again” and worry about what that will do to them.

But your decision won’t ruin your child. The truth is that residential treatment isn’t a punishment. It won’t worsen any attachment issues. Instead, it gives your child the opportunity to heal. It’s restorative. If your child is willing to do the hard work and face what’s driving their behavior, they will develop skills to successfully handle life’s inevitable difficulties.

Whether your child is biological or adopted, assure them (and yourself!) by saying We want you here. But in your present state, it’s not safe. We want to get you help so you can come home.

Residential treatment can work well because your child will have extended time in a supportive environment under the care of specialists. Letting go of bad habits and building healthy life skills takes time and discipline — even more so when addictions or behavior disorders are present. That’s why we encourage you to let the potential benefits of a good RTC outweigh any hesitations.

Still not convinced? Consider these positive aspects:

  • An RTC offers your teen a fresh start, which is valuable if they feel stuck or pressured by unhealthy peers.
  • The intensity of an RTC creates an immersive, supportive framework that cuts out distractions and stumbling blocks.
  • The RTC can help your entire family through support, resources, and referrals. And once your teen is back home, you’ll always have a place to turn if you have questions or worry that they’ve relapsed.

You won’t harm your other children by getting treatment for your troubled teen

Other children in your home might already feel ignored because of the spotlight on the one who’s troubled (even though that’s not your heart). Or you might know that you’ll have to tighten the family budget to place your teen in residential treatment, but you don’t want the kids to experience that fallout. (You might even be afraid you’ll hurt their chances for financial stability in adulthood if you have to pay for your son’s care by digging into college savings you’d set aside for them.)

It’s easy to let your troubled teen consume all of mom’s and dad’s attention and resources. And it’s easy to assume that your other children will be fine, especially if they’re younger than their struggling sibling and haven’t yet learned how to express their emotions.

You must find a balance.

You cannot ignore the damage your son is causing. You do have to place a lot of your focus on the immediate crisis. At the same time, you can’t just hope your other children will be fine. You can’t overlook the potential for lifelong bitterness that can develop if you don’t find a way to normalize life and family relationships as much as possible.

And one of the best ways you can do that is to get your son the treatment he needs.

So take things one step at a time. Trust God to give you wisdom and energy to care for each of your children. Be a safe space for your other kids to talk about feelings and emotions. And make sure they have trusted adults they can open up to if they’re not ready to share with you. Take time to genuinely engage with each of your children on their level with activities they enjoy. Most importantly, get professional counseling for everyone.

Your child’s education won’t suffer

States require inpatient residential treatment programs to include educational services that will transfer coursework back to your child’s school when he returns home.

To that end, most facilities have a tutor or special education teacher on staff. (Don’t panic; your child isn’t being labeled. Special education teachers work with students who have learning disabilities, yes. But they also work with those who have mental and emotional challenges.)

That said, be flexible and open-minded about how schooling in an RTC is handled. If your child has been failing classes because of substance abuse or behavioral issues, treatment might need to take priority.

You have a say in your child’s healthcare while they’re under 18

In many situations, parents will make the decision to place their child in an RTC without much, if any, pushback from the child.

However, that’s not necessarily the case when a teen battles substance abuse or other dangerous behavior. Under those circumstances, they might defiantly refuse to go to rehab — and threaten to take you down with them.

If you’ve already tried outpatient counseling, mentoring, and steps of tough love (such as restricting your teen’s time away from home and taking away digital devices), sit down with them again.

Talk bluntly about where they’re headed if nothing changes. If possible, give them a choice between two good RTCs so they feel empowered in their recovery. (And mention that if they refuse help now but get arrested for their actions later, they might be ordered to go to rehab.)

At this point, there are two facts to realize:

One, you are your child’s legal guardian. You have the authority and responsibility to do what’s best for them — whether they like it or not. Keep in mind, too, that once your child becomes an adult, getting them into rehab could be even harder (not to mention the further damage they’ll have caused to themselves and others). So don’t wait.

Two, you can’t force your child to own up to their problems and pursue healing. (In fact, some states allow RTC patients to sign themselves out at age 15 without parental consent.) You’ll need to learn to accept that you have no quick fix for your son’s problems — and that despite your love and care for him, he might still choose a destructive path.

Call Focus on the Family’s counselors

We know that looking for a residential treatment center is hard. There are a lot of options, and you have a lot of personal variables to consider. And let’s face it: The whole situation is messy and complicated and just plain ugly — it’s not a journey you would have chosen for your family.

Would you let us share your load? There aren’t any easy answers, but we can help with some of the heaviest lifting. Call us for a free one-time phone consultation at 1-855-771-HELP (4357). You can also fill out our online form to request a callback. Our licensed or pastoral counselors would be glad to talk with you and point you to possible RTCs that best fit your child’s needs.

For ongoing support for you and other family members, check out our Christian Counselors Network. You’ll find a nationwide referral system of qualified and reputable counselors working in your region who can provide in-depth, long-term help.

Understand a continuum of care

A continuum of care ensures that you know what services and next steps are available to help your child. It also offers a map to work backward when your child is released from institutional or residential treatment so that they have appropriate aftercare.

It’s important to note, though, that the level of care someone receives can fluctuate based on symptoms. Don’t get locked into a linear, rigid view of these steps.

1. Family, community, and therapeutic mentoring

For parents just realizing that their child needs more guidance and support than they can give, start with other trusted family members, school counselors, youth group leaders, and regular meetings with a trained mentor.

2. Outpatient care

This is the next step of care, meeting one to three hours each week with a licensed counselor for individual or group therapy.

3. Intensive outpatient care or day treatment

Intensive outpatient care offers therapeutic services three or more days a week for three hours a day. Day treatment increases that amount to five days a week for eight hours each day (and includes school coursework).

4. Residential treatment

Residential treatment happens in an inpatient (live-in) facility.

You might see this described as a residential childcare facility, which includes 24-hour supervision and programming. Or a therapeutic residential childcare facility, which includes 24-hour supervision and programming, mental health, and specialty adjunct services. Or staff-secure residential, which includes 24-hour line-of-sight supervision and programming.

5. Institutional care (legal or medical)

Institutional care is usually a locked-down facility.

In legal situations, that can include short-term detention or incarceration overseen by state Departments of Corrections. In medical situations, the most common scenario is a 72-hour hold in a hospital, but it can include longer care in a state or private hospital system.

How to find a good residential treatment center

Before anything else, we want to gently point out that you’ll never find a perfect residential treatment program.

We don’t say that to discourage you; you’ve already had more than your share of sorrow. Instead, we want to prepare you for the road ahead. When you know the challenges to expect and how to meet them, you’ll be able to confidently say We’ve done what we could, and leave the rest in God’s hands.

Start with prayer

Ask the Lord to give you insight to make this important decision with wisdom and discernment. He knows your situation, and He can lead you to the facility best able to help your child. Ultimately, it’s not the wisdom of man but the work of the Holy Spirit that heals.

Don’t ask What program will fix my child?

The biggest variable to a successful outcome is your child’s willingness to cooperate with treatment.

Second to that is realizing that while most RTCs have good intentions and solid programs, they still have to make ends meet. So sometimes they might have low staff numbers, which can limit the one-on-one care your child gets — or they might not currently have an expert in your child’s issue.

Accept the fact that an ideal program doesn’t exist. Look for good enough. You can be picky and understanding at the same time. Our upcoming section on questions to ask when looking for a residential treatment facility gives some guidelines.

In short, the RTC you choose should meet state licensing requirements or accreditation standards, use evidence-based practices, employ qualified staff, and have a program that specifically meets your child’s needs.

Also, to the extent possible, look for a program with positive outcomes. Just realize that positive outcomes can be subjective since every person’s recovery is different. And an RTC might be limited in what information they’re legally allowed to share.

Be familiar with your basic choices for residential treatment centers

Each RTC uses their own model of treatment. You’ll want to strongly consider the degree to which they incorporate faith-based elements into their programs. However, in crisis situations like you’re experiencing with your son, we believe that therapeutic specialty is more important than a Christian focus. Even so, the facility should at least understand your personal values and agree to support them in the treatment of your teen.

That said, there are three basic choices when considering a residential facility:

  • Christian-based programs that specialize in the issues your teen battles.

Even then, loosen your expectations for your child’s faith journey. The point of these programs is to incorporate a Christian worldview into treatment, not be heavy-handed. Take a cue from the RTC: A Christian-based facility may offer chapel services or quiet time, but they’re never forced on patients.

  • Christian tracts (like small groups) within a secular organization that specializes in your child’s struggles.
  • Secular-only programs that specialize in the issues your child is experiencing.

Again, this choice is better than a Christian-based program that doesn’t have the expertise to help your child.

Dig deeper

As you research an effective RTC, focus on three big areas: questions to ask a potential RTC, how to parent your child while they’re in treatment, and how to cover the financial cost.

Questions to ask a potential residential treatment facility

Once you have a lead on a possible RTC for your child, research it thoroughly.

Ask your child’s outpatient counselor if they know the facility and can give any insight. Look at the RTC’s website and online reviews from other parents. And then get in touch with the facility. Ask them the questions below, and listen carefully — vague answers are a red flag and a sign that you need to continue your search.

  • What’s the current age range of patients?

You’re not asking what age range the facility is licensed for; you’re asking what the ages look like right now. For example, if the RTC is licensed for ages 5 to 18, but they presently only have 16- to 18-year-olds, your 13-year-old won’t necessarily get the best care.

  • Are different age groups housed in the same building or separately?
  • Is the program Christian in totality or a Christian tract as part of a secular program?

If the program is a Christian tract within a secular program, ask if the tract is staffed by Christian therapists. (Refer to your basic choices of RTC.)

  • How does the program keep parents informed?

Most RTCs require weekly or monthly parental involvement.

  • Do you have staff who specialize in the care my child needs?
  • How will the program address the specific issues my child has?

Get into the weeds. For example, find out what eating disorders an RTC addresses and how patients are treated.

  • Does your program have experiential components?

Many kids don’t do well sitting and talking with a therapist. That’s where hands-on, experiential programs become especially valuable.

Experiential therapy is an umbrella term for several therapies that use activities to encourage a child or teen to identify and address issues and traumas. Experiential therapies include play therapy, equine-assisted therapy, art therapy, and wilderness experience therapy. (For more details, read our article Therapeutic Interventions for an Adopted Child.)

  • How is the educational component provided?

Ask about the style of instruction, how the RTC will decide whether treatment needs to take priority, and how to confirm that your child’s school will accept classwork done during treatment.

  • How long do you expect my child’s inpatient treatment to last?

Unfortunately, the timeline may depend largely on what your insurance covers. Normally, though, a typical stay in an RTC is three months to one year.

Plan for your child to stay until they have successfully completed the program. Some kids respond well quickly; others fight against change.

  • How do you decide when my child has successfully completed the program?

Nobody expects perfection. But the RTC will be sure your teen has reached whatever measurable therapeutic goals were set when treatment started. They’ll evaluate your teen’s sincere efforts to recover and whether they’ve made solid steps toward taking responsibility for themselves.

And if they believe your child no longer needs inpatient care but would continue to improve with ongoing professional care, they’ll create a step-down plan. For example, your child could move from residential care to outpatient care (look back at the continuum of care).

  • Will a minor be required to complete a treatment plan if they turn 18 during their stay, or will they immediately be discharged at 18? 
  • What type of aftercare do you provide?

Recovery from substance abuse or other conditions isn’t always a straight line; setbacks don’t mean failure, but they do happen. A good RTC will make sure you and your child have tools to keep making steady progress in the right direction.

This could include ongoing counseling, pointing you to a Celebrate Recovery group, or checking that your teen and family are connected to a good church, safe friends, and strong mentors.

How to parent your child during residential treatment

Your main role during your teen’s stay in an RTC is to follow the facility’s lead and humbly cooperate as much as you can.

When they set occasional times for calls with your child, stay within those boundaries. When they ask you to minimize other forms of contact so your child has room to focus and heal, respect that. When they ask you to attend family weekends, go. When they recommend family therapy sessions, give it a try. When they make parenting or communication suggestions, hear them out and keep an open mind.

Entrusting your child to the care of someone else is never easy. But don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. You’re agreeing to give up some control for the sake of your child’s future.

How to pay for residential treatment

The cost of healthcare, including mental healthcare, worries almost everyone. But when someone you love is at risk, don’t let fears about financial strain keep you from getting help.

The expense of residential treatment varies among RTCs and depends on several factors, including length of stay, location, amenities, and how much you’ll pay out of pocket once insurance has covered their portion.

The first step is to call your insurance company and ask for information about mental health and addiction treatment coverage. Then, before you make a commitment to an RTC, ask prospective treatment facilities for information about total cost of care and how much your insurance will likely cover.

Once you’ve selected a facility, a good admissions representative should work directly with your insurance company to verify your benefits, get required authorizations, and submit claims to your insurance. Still, you’ll need to stay on top of things, especially if your insurance denies your request and you need to work through an appeal process.

Of course, even with a generous insurance plan, the entire cost of treatment might not be covered. If that turns out to be your case, don’t lose hope. Ask the RTC if they offer financial aid or are willing to work with you on a financing plan. And if circumstances are desperate, get input from your financial advisor or trusted friends about refinancing your house or using savings set aside for college or retirement.

Keep things in perspective

When it comes to family dynamics, one of the wisest choices we can make is to grieve imperfections well.

On this side of heaven, we will feel the pain of broken relationships. But the Lord will sustain us as we trust Him with our present and our eternity. We can admit that our family isn’t what we’d like it to be. We can grieve the loss of the family we want, choose to accept the family we have, and move forward in hope for better days.

Still, we know that doing so can be a complicated and sensitive. Please remember that our offer to come alongside you stands. Call us for a free one-time phone consultation at 1-855-771-HELP (4357), or fill out our online form to request a callback.

In the meantime, the recommended resources listed below could be helpful.

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Is your marriage under attack? Sometimes it can feel like the world is trying to tear your marriage apart. Internal conflicts or external pressures might make you wonder if something sinister is going on. How can you tell if you’re facing spiritual opposition? And what can you do about it? Tim Muehlhoff provides a straightforward resource for protecting your marriage from the threats of the evil one. He looks at what Scripture says about spiritual warfare and how our everyday struggles have deeper spiritual realities. And he provides practical steps for guarding our marriages with the whole armor of God.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 1

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

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Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Reigniting Your Passion for Jesus - Part 2

For those of faith whose passion has waned over time, Kim Meeder will reinspire you in your relationship with Jesus Christ as she tells powerful, true stories about God that will spark renewed joy in your heart and encourage you to share the Gospel with others.

Headshot photo of author Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder

Kim Meeder and her husband, Troy, are the co-founders of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit organization in Bend, Oregon, that rescues abused horses and pairs them with hurting kids for mutual healing. Kim is a popular motivational speaker and the author of a half dozen books including Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope, which feature inspirational stories from her ranch.

Revival Rising

With enthusiasm that will set ablaze your passion to reach the hurting, Kim Meeder encourages you to let the holy fire of God’s presence fill your heart, soul, mind and strength. As your fear and pride melt away, those around you who are losing their battle for hope will be transformed by encountering His redeeming love in you. This–this is revival rising.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 2

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage - Part 2

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

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Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 2

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Embracing Your Role as a Spouse

As a spouse, you have three roles to play—a friend, a partner, and a lover. On this one-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Pastor Kevin A. Thompson explores those different roles and challenges you to live them out by investing emotionally, physically, and mentally in your relationship. As friends, he suggests we learn to play and laugh together. As partners, he equips us with solid ways to handle conflict and communication. As lovers, he offers some thoughts on how to bring back the sizzle. He shares five keys to saving your marriage: humility, respect, mercy, communication, and resilience. You’ll be encouraged to intentionally invest in your marriage.

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Pastor Kevin Thompson

Kevin A. Thompson (MDiv, Beeson Divinity School) is lead pastor at Community Bible Church, a growing multi-site church with four locations in western Arkansas. Every year he meets with nearly one hundred couples with a range of needs, from pre-marital counseling to navigating the most serious betrayals. A marriage and parenting conference speaker, he and his wife, Jenny, have two children and live in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He blogs at kevinathompson.com.

Cover image of Kevin Thompson's book "Friends, Partners & Lovers"

Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin Thompson shows how to live out three distinct roles in marraige. Using solid biblical principles, he helps you and your spouse grow your friendship, be supportive partners through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Sharing Your Faith with Grace and Purpose

You can confidently and lovingly share your faith—you just need to learn some new tactics to do so! In this Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, apologist Greg Koukl outlines the “Columbo” tactic of asking questions, the “self-defeating argument” tactic to find holes in your opponent’s arguments, and other specific methods for engaging in faith-building conversations with others. Greg pulls from his over 30 years of experience debating atheists and agnostics to help you share your faith with grace and truth.

Mr. Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl is a writer, public speaker and talk show host who’s spent 30 years advocating for and defending the Christian worldview. Greg has written or contributed to 15 books, including The Story of RealityTactics, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has published nearly 230 articles and has spoken on 80 college and university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.

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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you’ll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 1

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

How a Former Abortion Doctor Became Pro-Life

As an abortion doctor at Planned Parenthood, Dr. Patti Giebink believed she was helping women. Later, she began reading scripture and God gradually changed her heart on the abortion issue. Patti tells the story of her long journey from abortion doctor to pro-life and encourages listeners to share the message of life with compassion.

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Mrs. Patti Giebink

Dr. Patti Giebink is an OB-GYN who serves on the board of the Alpha Center, a well-known pregnancy center located in Sioux Falls, S.D. She also travels intermittently to work in mission hospitals in Pakistan and other countries. After completing her medical training, Dr. Giebink worked for Planned Parenthood from 1995-1997, during which she was the only abortion-provider in the state of South Dakota. She eventually experienced a radical change of heart on the issue of abortion after receiving God’s grace, forgiveness, and love, and she is now a passionate advocate for the pro-life movement.

Cover image of the book "Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life"

Unexpected Choice: An Abortion Doctor’s Journey to Pro-Life

Unexpected Choice is told from the perspective of a doctor who actually performed abortions through Planned Parenthood. The book chronicles her journey from being a pro-choice physician to someone speaking on behalf of the pro-life movement.

Giving up Sugar, Tasting God's Goodness

As a latchkey kid, Wendy Speake turned to sugar for comfort. Every Friday, she would pedal to the candy show and use her allowance to fill her bag with candy. And one day, when she was older and a mom of three young boys, she came to realize that she was still “pedaling” away from her stress and using sugar as comfort, instead of turning to Jesus. She was joyless, worn out, tired, and in need of a change. In this interview, Wendy will challenge Christians to take 40 days to focus on fasting from something they turn to instead of Jesus for comfort. She invited people to break free from a dependence on sugar and taste the goodness of God.

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Mrs. Wendy Speake

With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom.

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The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation

Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a fast that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us himself–the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul’s deep hunger. On this 40-day journey you’ll learn how to stop fixating on food and other things you use to fill the voids in life and instead fix your eyes on Christ. Anyone who runs to sugar for comfort or a reward, who eats mindlessly or out of boredom, who feels physically and spiritually lethargic, or who struggles with self-control will discover here not only freedom from their cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for us.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 1

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

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Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Understanding the Root of Your Child's Misbehavior - Part 2

Often, children act out because they are used to getting attention through bad behavior. Dr. Kevin Leman offers advice to help parents transform their child’s behavior. He discusses the benefits of allowing your kids to learn from real-life consequences and describes the importance of understanding your child’s temperament based on his birth order.

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known family psychologist and an award-winning, New York Times best-selling author. He is also a popular public speaker and media personality who has made countless guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. Dr. Leman has written more than 50 books including The Birth Order BookHave a New Kid by Friday and Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours.

Bundle of Why Your Kids Misbehave

Why Your Kids Misbehave and What to Do about It

Tantrums. Talking back. Throwing toys or food. Meltdowns. Slamming doors. Kids know just how to push your buttons. You’ve tried all sorts of methods, but nothing seems to work. In this book, Dr. Kevin Leman reveals exactly why kids misbehave and how you can turn that behavior around with practical, no-nonsense strategies that really work . . . and are a long-term win for both of you.

Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage - Part 2

Debra Fileta has identified the four seasons of marriage that correspond with our natural seasons – spring (new life and new love), summer (things get hot!), fall (showing our true colors), and winter (long days ahead). In this interview, she will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage.

Love in Every Season: Understanding the Four Stages of a Healthy Relationship

Every relationship goes through four life-changing seasons: Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Each season plays an important role in taking your relationship to the next level. And depending on how you navigate each season, your relationship will either flourish and grow, or it will slowly die. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged or married, join licensed professional counselor and relationship expert, Debra Fileta as she takes you on an eye-opening psychological and spiritual journey through the four seasons that she has observed in every healthy relationship.

Reconciling Faith and Science in a Medical Crisis

Dr. Lee Warren is a neurosurgeon who has faced many heavy challenges in his life – from serving in the Iraq War to removing deadly brain tumors to experiencing the loss of a teenage son. He’ll share about his difficult quest to find answers to some of life’s toughest questions, while holding onto his faith in God and the sure hope of heaven

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Dr. Lee Warren

W. Lee Warren, M.D., is a brain surgeon , inventor, Iraq War veteran, and author of I’ve Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon’s Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know, winner of the Christian Book Award®. His previous book, No Place to Hide, was included on the 2015 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Recommended Reading List. Dr. Warren has appeared on The 700 Club and the CBS Evening News, and his writings have been featured in Guideposts magazine. His Dr. Lee Warren Podcast, which is heard in more than 60 countries, helps listeners use the power of neuroscience, faith, and common sense to change their lives.

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I've Seen the End of You: A Neurosurgeon's Look at Faith, Doubt, and the Things We Think We Know

This gripping inspirational memoir grapples with the tension between faith and science—and between death and hope—as a seasoned neurosurgeon faces insurmountable odds and grief both in the office and at home.

Praying Scripture Over Your Child’s Life - Part 1

Jodie Berndt loves to pray for her children. She’s been doing that for the past thirty years. Now she helps other parents to talk to God, asking for the salvation of their kids, and for wisdom, self-discipline, purpose, a future and much more. She offers fun and practical encouragement that moms and dads can put to work immediately in their daily lives as they prepare their children for a life in Christ.

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Jodie Berndt

Jodie Berndt is a public speaker, a Bible teacher, and the the author of 10 books. Find out more about Jodie and get some free resources (including printable prayer cards and calendars) at her website, jodieberndt.com.

Cover image of Jodie Berndt's book "Praying the Scriptures for Your Children"

Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

You will discover how using the Bible to shape your desires and requests opens the door to God’s provision—and frees us from things like worry and fear in our parenting! This expanded edition of the bestseller features updated content on issues like technology and identity, and comes with new material designed to invite children into the family prayer circle. Purchase now and receive 10% off your product.

Mothers and Sons: Being a Godly Influence - Part 1

Rhonda Stoppe describes her early motherhood challenges of raising a son, which was intimidating to her. She found help through group of older women mentors. She urges moms to see their role as ministry in shaping sons to be good and godly men. Rhonda outlines several practical suggestions to moms about spiritual training, how to communicate with boys, and supporting the father-son relationship as a wife.

Headshot of Rhonda Stoppe

Rhonda Stoppe

Drawing upon 35 years of experience as a mentor, pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom, Rhonda Stoppe offers encouragement and guidance to women as an author and public speaker. She is popularly known as the “No Regrets Woman,” as she is especially passionate about helping women live life without regrets. Rhonda’s books include Moms Raising Sons to Be MenReal Life Romance, and The Marriage Mentor, which she co-authored with her husband, Steve.

Cover image of Rhonda Stoppe's book "Moms Raising Sons to be Men"

Moms Raising Sons to Be Men

Mothers of boys have the special calling to shape future men of God. Popular speaker Rhonda Stoppe, mom to two sons, knows this opportunity is a challenge, a joy, and probably the most important work of a woman’s life. Drawing from years of experience, this inspirational resource will revive the faithfulness and fortitude a woman needs to partner with God as they shape the character and heart of a future godly man.

Identifying Triggers in Your Marriage Part 1

They were both convinced they had married the wrong person. From almost the very beginning of their marriage, Amber and Guy Lia experienced various tensions and personality clashes related to house cleaning, backseat driving, workaholism, and intimacy. In this two-day Focus on the Family broadcast, Amber and Guy discuss how they bravely faced the triggers head-on, and committed to working on their own relationships with Jesus. As you listen to the Lia’s story, you’ll feel hope that you, too, can see real marriage transformation!

Headshot of Guy and Amber Lia

Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Amber Lia and Mrs. Jean Daly

Amber Lia is a work-at-home mom, blogger, public speaker, and co-author of two best-selling books. Her husband, Guy, is a former TV, feature film, and VFX development and production executive who has worked on popular TV shows and films. Guy and Amber own Storehouse Media Group, a faith- and family-friendly TV and film production company based in Los Angeles,

Cover image of the book "Marriage Triggers" by Guy and Amber Lia

Marriage Triggers: How You and Your Spouse Can Exchange Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses

A husband-wife team offers practical advice for married couples to end the cycle of reactionary arguments by examining the most common issues that trigger disagreements and apply God’s Word to radically transform relationships.

What to Do When You're Not Okay - Part 1

Life can be pretty stressful. Between work, relationships, and other obligations, the pressure builds, and we lose sight of who we are. Counselor Debra Fileta helps you better understand your emotions, assess your mental, physical, and spiritual health, and intentionally pursue a path to wellbeing. In dealing with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, Debra understands the importance of self-examination as well as the benefits of seeking professional help. She offers biblically-based advice, tools, and encouragement to help you get on a path toward healing and wholeness.

Author Debra Fileta in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Mrs. Debra Fileta

Debra Fileta is a licensed professional counselor specializing in relationship and marital issues. She is also a public speaker and the author of multiple books, including Married SexChoosing Marriage: Why It Has to Start With We > Me, Love in Every Season, and Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are, How You’re Doing, and Why It Matters. Debra’s popular relationship advice blog, TrueLoveDates.com, and her Love + Relationships podcast reach millions of people each year offering guidance on topics including love, sex, and marriage. Debra resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, John, and their four children.

Are You Really Okay?

Are You Really OK: Getting Real About Who You Are

In Are You Really OK? author and licensed counselor Debra Fileta challenges you to get real with who you are and how you’re doing spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically so you can recognize where you need growth and healing.

Navigating a Toxic Culture with Your Daughter - Part 1

As a pediatrician, Dr. Meg Meeker has seen thousands of girls come through her office through the years. They struggle with eating issues, sexual identity, social media…and many other challenges in this toxic culture. Dr. Meeker will encourage parents to invest love and time in their daughters and develop their character to give them the best opportunity for a bright future, all rooted in a spiritual foundation. The discussion also includes healthy feminism vs. toxic feminism

Mrs. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on parenting, teens and children’s health. With appearances on numerous nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, her popularity as a an expert on key issues confronting families has created a strong following across America. Her work with countless families over the years served as the inspiration behind her best-selling books which include Strong Fathers, Strong DaughtersStrong Mothers, Strong Sons and The Ten Habits of Happy Mothers

Cover image of Dr. Meg Meeker's book "Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture"

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps to Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Meg Meeker has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years, is a mother and a grandmother, and has seen it all. She knows what makes for strong, happy, healthy young women–and what puts our daughters at risk. Combining that experience with her famous common sense, she explains the eleven steps that will help your daughter–whether she’s a toddler or a troubled teen–to achieve her full human potential.

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Newest Release - Episode 1: The Truth About Life!

In this episode, we will tackle tough questions like, “When does life begin?” and “What does the Bible
say about Life?” You’ll discover and understand the stages of pre-born life and that babies are more than
just a clump of cells!

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