If your child or teen has a disruptive behavior disorder, it’s not only impacting your child’s daily life, but similarly influencing the family dynamic. Your child may have temper tantrums that are far outside the normal realm for his or her age. Perhaps your child is aggressive, attacking other children or siblings over even the most minor of infractions. Maybe your teen has been caught stealing things from stores or destroying the property of other people and is in trouble with the law. Conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder are two of the most common disruptive behavior disorders; both involve a great deal of challenging behaviors. You may not know where to turn or how to help your child.
Piney Ridge Treatment Center has been helping children and teens struggling with disruptive behavior disorders such as conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorders, as well as deviant sexual behaviors, for nearly twenty years. We take an individual approach to treatment, which helps to ensure that each child we meet is treated as a unique individual who has been through a number of unique life events. Our residential treatment center may be the best option for your child or teen to learn what it takes to manage their disruptive behavior disorders and begin down the road to recovery.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Help
As a parent coping with a child who has a disruptive behavior disorder, you may be struggling with a number of overwhelming emotions. You may feel anger and frustration that your child is unable to follow even the simplest request without an ensuing argument. You may be fed up with his or her behaviors at school and out of the house, especially if they are causing major problems in your child’s life. You may not know what to do or how to help your child. Here are some signs of disruptive behavior disorders so that you can accurately identify and seek appropriate treatment for your child:
Signs of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):
- Loses temper quickly
- Frequently argues with adults
- Refuses to follow rules
- Negative, hostile, and defiant attitude
- Vindictive behaviors
Signs of Conduct Disorder (CD, which is the more severe of the two conditions):
- Pattern of disregarding the basic rights of others
- Major age appropriate societal norms are violated
- Serious aggression toward people and animals
- Running away from home
If your child is showing any of these conditions, he or she may have a disruptive behavior disorder and should seek immediate treatment to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Why Seek Residential Treatment at Piney Ridge Center?
If your child is struggling with a disruptive behavior disorder, he or she may also be facing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, which further complicates the symptoms he or she is experiencing. If left untreated, these disorders do not generally resolve on their own and can ruin many lives – including your child’s. The consequences of the behaviors that result from this disorder lead to substance abuse and addiction, incarceration, injuries, domestic abuse, and even death. The sooner you seek treatment for your child’s disorders, the more positive the outcome will be.
A residential treatment center that specializes in the treatment of children and teens who have disruptive behaviors, as well as sexually maladaptive behaviors, is the ideal place to begin the journey toward recovery. Your child will be able to work through the challenges he or she is facing and receive a number of therapeutic approaches aimed at his or her particular set of problems in a safe environment. A residential treatment center will allow your child to escape the pressures and triggers of his or her home environment so that he or she is able to focus upon what matters most – the journey to recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we have had nearly two decades of treating children and teens who are facing disruptive behavioral disorders as well as sexual deviance and helping them learn the skills needed to make a recovery and return to their home community as a productive member of society. We understand that this combination of disorders can be particularly challenging to treat, which is why we use a multidisciplinary approach to care that is aimed at managing all disorders, not just the symptoms. Our warm, empathetic staff has had much experience in the management of these disorders and will treat your child with the empathy and kindness he or she so deserves. When you come to Piney Ridge for help, you and your child become part of our family.
Treatment Options Offered at Piney Ridge Center
When you first arrive at our residential treatment center, our compassionate staff will work with you as your child undergoes a variety of empirically-validated assessments so that we can best form a picture of how to help him or her during his or her stay. The medical evaluation will help us determine if your child is using drugs or alcohol as well as diagnose and begin treatment for any medical conditions he or she may be facing. The psychological evaluation allows us to determine the type of disruptive behavior disorder your child has, the presence of co-occurring disorders such as ADHD, and the nature of his or her sexually maladaptive behaviors. We will take the results of these comprehensive assessments and sit down with you and your child and work to create a complete plan of treatment for the time he or she will spend with us.
Medication may be a part of your child’s therapeutic intervention based upon the findings of the treatment team. While there are no specific medications used to treat disruptive behavior disorders, some evidence suggests certain medications used to manage symptoms of ADHD may be helpful in reducing the symptoms. If it has been decided that your child will benefit from medication, usage and efficacy will be frequently evaluated by the treatment team.
Individual therapy is provided for all patients at least one time each week and can be more frequent if needed. During these private sessions, children have time to explore their actions and behaviors with a therapist as they learn to take responsibility for their actions. Individual therapy will also teach new coping skills and ways of controlling their impulses and behaviors in the future.
Group therapy is held each day and allows our patients to work with peers who are similarly struggling with disruptive behavior disorders and sexually maladaptive behaviors. Some sessions will be gender specific while others will include both boys and girls. Topics for group may include anger management, empathy training, family dynamic issues, and sexual safety.
Family therapy is held once each week, or once every two weeks depending on the patient’s treatment plan, and loved ones will be able to visit three times each week. During family therapy sessions, children work with their loved ones to educate them about disruptive behavior disorders, their ongoing recovery, and ways they can be supportive during this time. Family members will also have the opportunity to share the ways in which the patient’s disorders have impacted their lives.
As Piney Ridge Center is a holistic treatment center, we include other types of therapeutic approaches to complement traditional therapy. These 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 discharge from our residential center approaches, our staff will work closely with your family and our discharge therapists to determine the next best steps in your child’s recovery. Some of our clients find that they would like to slowly reintegrate back into their community and opt to join a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP and IOP will allow your child to continue his or her recovery during the day while returning home in the evenings and on weekends. Other clients may feel that they have made enough progress in our program that they are ready to discharge to home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy.