When a child or adolescent is suffering from an impulse control disorder, it can be detrimental to his or her ability to function. The severity of the disorder can have negative ramifications in every aspect of his or her life and will most assuredly have a negative impact on the lives of those around him or her. When children are struggling with sexually maladaptive behaviors on top of an impulse control disorder, the results can be devastating.
At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we offer a program that is designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents who are suffering from the debilitating combination of an impulse control disorder and problematic sexual behaviors. We are the only treatment center in the state of Arkansas that has a program devoted specifically to meeting the unique needs that these children and adolescents present. Since 1996, we have been providing successful, thorough, and comprehensive care for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 and we want to help your child get the help that he or she needs and deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching your child acting on the symptoms of an impulse control disorder can be angering, embarrassing, and heartbreaking. You may find yourself struggling to maintain order in your home while also living each day fearing for what your child may do next. You may also be worried about the lives of those around your child because you are aware of the level of danger that his or her behaviors can entail. It’s possible that you might even be struggling with feelings of guilt, questioning whether or not you did something or overlooked something that led to the onset of the behaviors that your child is demonstrating. Some examples of symptoms that are commonly associated with impulse control disorders can include:
- Acting out aggressively, even when unprovoked
- Angry outbursts and/or temper tantrums
- Compulsive stealing
- Compulsive lying
- Playing with fire
- Participating in risky sexual behaviors
- Demonstrating periods of emotional detachment
- Extreme agitation and irritability
If any of these behaviors ring true, a residential treatment program can be an extremely beneficial resource for getting the help that he or she needs. With proper and thorough treatment, children and adolescents with impulse control disorders and sexually maladaptive behaviors can learn self-control and find ways to successfully manage their symptoms.
Why Seek Residential Treatment at Piney Ridge
If you’ve been watching your child’s behaviors spiral downward, you are probably feeling concerned about the future. You might be wondering if the things that he or she is doing are extreme examples of adolescence and something that he or she will “grow out of,” or if they are behaviors that are going to worsen over time. Unfortunately, the reality is that without treatment, the behaviors will likely worsen and have the possibility of entering into higher levels of severity.
Residential treatment programs have proven to be effective in helping children and adolescents overcome the destructive path that impulse control disorders and sexually maladaptive behaviors can lead them down. When children enter a residential program, they are welcomed into a safe environment in which they are under constant supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to safety, children in residential programs are provided with the opportunity to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives and focus solely on their treatment.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we stand by our belief that every child and family who comes to us for treatment is truly unique and deserves to have a treatment plan tailored to address those unique sets of needs. The multidisciplinary staff at Piney Ridge recognizes that sexual thoughts and behaviors are meant to be private aspects of people’s lives. We understand that addressing problematic sexual behaviors must be done in a therapeutic manner with the sole purpose of teaching children and adolescents how to reshape their future behaviors. We also understand that the added symptoms of impulse control disorders can elicit the need for additional aspects of treatment that will help get our patients lives under control as well. Our program is designed to our patience the chance to learn how to accept responsibility for their past behaviors to make the changes they need in order to get well.
Types of Treatment Offered at Piney Ridge
At Piney Ridge, we have tailored our treatment program to meet the needs of our patients by using an evidence-based model of care with trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy at the core. We use a combination of therapeutic techniques in order to provide the highest level of holistic treatment possible. These therapeutic techniques include the following:
Medication management: Successfully managing the symptoms that your child is experiencing may involve medication. Our residential program has three psychiatrists as well as an internist that will meet with your child at least once every 28 days in order to monitor the therapeutic effects of any medication prescribed. Additional appointments will be added based on the needs of each child.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions are held at least once per week. During these sessions, patients meet with their therapist on a one-to-one basis in order to work towards developing personal problem-solving skills and coping skills. This time can also be used to teach patients appropriate behaviors, identify traumatic events that may be causing them pain, and learn to gain control over their impulsivity.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are used as a time for our patients to meet together in order to enhance positive social interactions and reinforce coping skills they are learning. These sessions are held on a daily basis and include goal groups in the morning and rehab groups in the evening. Group sessions cover a number of different topics including family issues, anger management, sexual safety, and empathy skills.
Family therapy: The role that the family plays in a patient’s treatment is of the utmost importance. Without family involvement, anything that is learned throughout treatment might fall to the wayside once the patient has left our program. Family sessions are held on a weekly or biweekly basis in order to help loved ones learn to implement rules about negative behaviors, how to use strategies to reduce problematic behaviors, and ways to enhance coping and social skills. In addition to these family sessions, visitation time is made available to family members as well.
Experiential program: Because we want our treatment to be as holistic as possible, we offer a thorough experiential program in addition to the traditional therapeutic methods. Aspects of this program include school-based programming, recreational therapy, spiritual therapy, and expressive therapies. We also have occupational therapists and speech therapists on staff to work with patients when necessary.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Piney Ridge, we ensure that the discharge process is thorough, as we know that this can be an intimidating time for our patients. We understand that in order for patients to leave our program with the comfort and knowledge that they can return to their lives at home, continued care is often necessary. We will make referrals based on each patient’s treatment plan. Case management occurs throughout treatment, so patients are introduced to the discharge process intensively prior to the end of their programming so that their transition will go as smoothly as possible. For our teenage patients, we will help arrange transfers to college, to the military, or to independent living situations, based on their needs.
We don’t want you and your child to continue suffering. At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we will do everything in our power to ensure that all of your needs are met and that your child leaves treatment with the confidence that he or she needs in order to successfully go on to lead a happy, fulfilling life.