The average person encounters multiple stressors in his/her environment, however youth who are constantly battling stressors such as bullying, negative family relationships, divorce, lack of friendships, etc., are at risk for developing behavioral health issues. Stressful environments are not predictable and impact the normal physical and neurological development of a child, who thrives on structure and routine. A non-stressful environment is one that is controlled and safe, with no potential risks to its occupants. As opposed to the free world we live in, a protected environment is fully controlled. There is an agreed timetable for individuals that live in a protected environment. For example, all occupants have to wake up, take meals, and sleep at specified times. In most circumstances, a secured environment will as well implement and enforce specific rules that will increase the inhabitants’ safety.
A secure environment is highly helpful to people who suffer from therapeutic and psychological disorders, as well people battling stressful and/or dangerous addictions. Independent living programs, transitional living programs, residential treatment programs, wilderness therapy and rehabilitation clinics all make use of and utilize safe environment systems. A secure environment is fundamental in the restoration process.