My husband and I said no less than 10 times - “thank god we picked NSA.” It was amazing and we credit that school with saving our son. He had issues with severe anxiety and low self esteem.
The entire staff was amazing. The teachers weren’t just teachers - they helped to counsel our son. The therapists were amazing. Everyone from the chef to the security felt like family to our son. He mentioned every single person in his graduation speech. He cried his eyes out when he had to leave everyone because he loved them so much and they loved him. He plans to go back as a mentor! That speaks volumes to the school.
We chose NSA because the other schools seemed like they also had good therapists and education ...but NSA had the best vibe. The others seemed too restrictive and more prison-like. And let’s face it - being in a lush environment is therapeutic in itself. Our son definitely wanted to be home, but he also knew the other places he could have gone would have been so much worse.
He’s been home a year now, and things are going really well. We still are so thankful we found and chose NSA and we’re not convinced things would have gone this well if we had chosen one of the other schools that were recommended.