If your child has conduct disorder, you may be struggling to keep the peace at home and at school. You may find that the aggressive behaviors your child exhibits prevent him or her from forming lasting relationships with others. Your child may be in trouble with the law for fighting and injuring others or destroying property. Your child may be attempting to control his or her temper and possible urges to hurt others only to find that he or she is incapable of mastering this type of self-control. Your child may wish that his or her life was normal; that he or she was a normal kid who easily functioned in society. There is a way for your child to regain control over his or her life in order to build the future he or she wants and deserves.
At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we have had nearly two decades of treating children and teens who have conduct disorder in addition to sexually maladaptive behaviors. We understand that there are no bad kids and work alongside your child as he or she learns ways to control his or her behaviors while building coping skills. Piney Ridge can help your child learn the skills he or she needs to lead a life he or she can be proud of.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
If your child or teen has conduct disorder, you may be at a loss for how to help him or her, especially if the disorder has gone undiagnosed. The strife at home may cause major problems in the family dynamic as you work to keep the peace and protect your other children from the aggression and violence. Your emotions are probably all over the place as you try to figure out a way to help your child or teen manage his or her behavior. Here are some symptoms of conduct disorder that warrant a comprehensive evaluation by a trained medical professional:
- Cruelty toward animals
- Brutality and violence toward others, possibly with a weapon
- Bullying others
- Having little regard or empathy for his or her actions and behaviors
- Constantly fighting and arguing with adults and other people
- School truancy
While conduct disorder cannot be cured, it can often be managed through a combination of therapeutic approaches, including medications and behavioral therapies. The sooner that treatment begins, the more positive the outcomes may be.
Why Seek Residential Treatment at Piney Ridge Center?
If your child has conduct disorder, he or she probably knows that the behaviors he or she engages in are abnormal but feel powerless to stop. You may find that your child has turned to drugs or alcohol as a way to suppress these urges to hurt others only to find that he or she has developed a drug or alcohol addiction. Many children and teens who do not get proper treatment for conduct disorder go on to develop antisocial personality disorder, a very serious condition. It is time for you to help your child reclaim his or her life and learn to manage his or her behaviors once and for all. A residential treatment center can help.
At a residential treatment center, your child will be able to seek care from a group of healthcare professionals who will be able to manage and treat all of the conditions he or she is struggling with. In a safe, controlled environment, your child will be free from the stresses of everyday life so that his or her focus can be on what matters most – building a better future for him or herself. Our patients find support and strength living with others who have similar behavioral and sexually maladaptive problems and learning to work together to overcome these challenges.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Since 1996, Piney Ridge has been helping children and teens who have conduct disorder and co-occurring disorders, in addition to deviant sexual behaviors. Through a combination of therapies, we have helped many move past their challenges and learn the skills needed to build a life filled with promise. Our multidisciplinary team knows that each child or teen is unique so treatment is never provided in a cookie-cutter approach; we pride ourselves on our individualized plans of care for each child we meet. Piney Ridge takes great joy in enveloping each client we treat into our family so that we can all grow, learn, and heal.
Treatment Options Offered at Piney Ridge Center
When first arriving at our doorstep, patients undergo comprehensive evaluations that will allow us to gain insight into their struggles and help us to develop strategies to guide them through the healing process. A medical exam will determine if they have been abusing drugs or alcohol as well as diagnose any medical ailments. Our psychiatric evaluations will determine if patients are, in fact, facing conduct disorder or a related condition, identify and diagnose any co-occurring disorders, and determine the extent of the presented sexually maladaptive behaviors. We will take the results of these evaluations and work with each family to create a treatment plan that addresses all of the patient’s struggles and meets all of his or her needs.
Medication may be used as a part of your child’s plan of care. While there are no specific medications used to treat conduct disorder, there have been some studies that indicate the efficacy of other types of medication in the reduction of symptoms. Additionally, medication may be used to manage any co-occurring, comorbid disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Medication usage will be closely monitored for effectiveness and altered as needed.
Individual therapy is held once each week and more frequently if necessary. Through this private time with their therapist, children and teens will work through some of the symptoms of the disorders they face and the consequences they have caused others. This is an effort to help them develop empathy and understand more completely the ways in which their behaviors may have caused harm to others.
Group therapy is held each day and allows our patients to work with others facing similar disorders and challenges in their lives. While some groups are same-sex only, others will include both boys and girls. Topics for group therapy may include anger management, coping skills, empathy training, and life skills.
Family therapy is held on a weekly or biweekly basis and loved ones are able to visit with patients three times each week. During family therapy sessions, patients and their therapists will work to help their family members understand conduct disorder and any co-occurring disorders, as well as what recovery will look like. They will also discuss ways in which they can assist their loved ones in recovery and allow them to have the chance to openly discuss the ways in which conduct disorder has impacted their lives.
As Piney Ridge treats the whole person, we include experiential therapeutic approaches to complement traditional therapy. These types of therapies may include:
- School-based programming
- Expressive therapy
- Recreational activities
- Activity therapy
- Spiritual guidance
Continuing Care and Levels of Care
As the time for your child to leave our campus draws closer, he or she will work to develop a continuing plan for care and treatment. Patients will work with discharge planners and family members to make certain any aftercare plan meets all of their ongoing treatment needs as they gradually reintegrate back into their community and life. Many of our clients find that they would like to slowly return to their community and opt to join a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both PHP and IOP allow patients to continue their recovery during the day while returning to a stable home environment in the evenings and on weekends. Other clients may feel they have made enough growth during their stay with us that they are ready to discharge to their home environment armed with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.