Why do residential treatment programs for troubled boys and girls work? I don't mean the times when the right path is hard, but glorious at the end. He said it remained unclear whether the law had been violated because of her age. A privately run residential treatment center will have the resources and the staff available to ensure that the teen will receive the therapy necessary to recover fully, while supporting the teen through every stage of the recovery process. But almost anyone can do that. While the cost of a residential treatment center may be higher than that of a state-funded group home, the benefits associated with the superior service and resources are immeasurable.