An individual with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), a behavioral disorder that impacts the ability to remain non-aggressive toward adults along with other issues, probably feels as if they can’t control their behavior. They may feel constantly irritated at even the most minor infractions and are unable to cope with the anger that builds inside them. These children may argue constantly with their parents and get into fights with others in authority, such as teachers, eventually becoming labeled as a “bad kid.” Relationships with others may be strained due to angry outbursts, which may make a child feel guilty even though they are unable to control these aggressive impulses. There is another way to live; ODD does not have to control your child’s life.
Piney Ridge Center offers a residential treatment program for children and teens who have oppositional defiant disorder, a type of disruptive behavior disorder, as well as sexual deviance. For nearly two decades, we’ve been helping those who come to us learn to control their impulses, develop social skills, and begin to build the life they’ve always wanted. At Piney Ridge, you’ll be warmly welcomed into our community as a member of our family.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Seek Treatment
If your child or teen is struggling with ODD, you may find your home life has become chaotic as you’re unable to predict where your child’s behaviors are coming from and why they’re constantly arguing with you. Your child may not have gotten a proper diagnosis and may be equally frustrated with his or her temper. The whole family is suffering under the weight of this disruptive behavioral disorder and you may feel helpless to fix it. Common symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder include:
- Frequent temper tantrums
- Constant irritation
- Aggression and rebelliousness
- Picks fights with peers, siblings, and others
- Trouble at school or with the law due to behaviors
If your child has oppositional defiant disorder, you’re probably wondering how best to care for yourself and your family. Here are some self-care tips to remember when your child has ODD:
Take time for yourself: The constant stress of having a child with ODD can make you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. Spend some time each day doing something nice for you. This can be as simple as reading a good book or taking a hot bubble bath.
Seek support: Find a professional therapist who can help you process your emotions and learn ways to cope with the stress. Find local support groups for other families who have disruptive children. Enlist the care of family and friends so you have time to leave the house and relax.
Support your child: As your child enters treatment for ODD and sexual misconduct, understand that your actions did not cause your child to behave this way. He or she is not a “bad person,” simply someone who needs empathy and love. Offer your love while setting emotional limits for your own sanity.
Why Seek Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder at Piney Ridge?
If your child is living with untreated or undiagnosed oppositional defiant disorder, their life may seem like a series of unfortunate events. Despite their best efforts to form relationships with peers, their aggression and constant arguing may have left them socially isolated and alone. In an attempt to stop the angry feelings, your child may have begun to use drugs or alcohol to numb the anger, only to discover that drug abuse has become a full-blown addiction. With substance abuse making matters even worse, your child may intentionally cause themselves harm and even start to have thoughts of suicide. While life can feel overwhelming, there is help available. It’s time to help your child turn their life into something that brings them joy.
A residential treatment center that specializes in the care and treatment of children and teens struggling with ODD and sexually maladaptive behaviors is the ideal setting for your child to receive the care they so desperately need. They will be able to escape the chaos of the home environment and focus all of their energy on creating a life they deserve. By living in a center for an extended period of time with other boys and girls struggling with similar challenges it will allow them to work together to grow, learn, and heal.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Piney Ridge Center, we’ve had nearly two decades of experience treating children and teens who have behavioral health disorders in addition to sexual deviance. Through a multidisciplinary treatment team, we treat each child as the unique individual they are and create a plan of care for his or stay with us that allows for maximum safety and comfort while meeting each of the child or teen’s needs. We know that each child must be treated for more than just the presenting symptoms and use the child’s inborn skills and strengths in order help each child take an active role in his or her recovery. At Piney Ridge, our patients are our family.
Treatment Options Offered at Piney Ridge Center
When you bring your child to us for help, their journey toward healing will start by having them complete a series of comprehensive assessments that will allow us to understand how best to guide treatment during their stay. The medical examination will help us determine if your child has drugs or alcohol in their system and assess any health-related concerns. Our psychiatric evaluation will evaluate the severity of their ODD, diagnose any co-occurring, comorbid disorders, and determine the type of sexually maladaptive behaviors they have. We’ll take the results of these assessments and work with you and your child to create an appropriate plan of care for your needs.
Medication may be used to help stabilize some of your child’s moods and treat any co-occurring disorders. While there are no medications on the market to specifically treat ODD, some people find that certain medications reduce the symptoms. The usage of medication will be determined by your child’s treatment team and monitored for efficacy and safety.
Individual therapy is a wonderful way for a child to work privately with a therapist to discuss the challenges in their life that will help them learn to manage their symptoms of ODD and develop the coping skills needed to be a functional member of society. Therapy sessions will likely delve into the problems that ODD has caused in their life and work toward building solutions and ways to prevent these challenges from occurring again.
Group therapy is the cornerstone of our treatment program and we hold meetings each day that focus on a variety of topics. While some groups will be separated by sexes, others include both boys and girls. Groups are a great way to bond with peers who are similarly struggling and topics may include empathy training, social skills, anger management, sexual safety, and family issues.
Family therapy is held once each week and family visitation is offered three times per week. Family sessions focus upon family dynamics that have been strained by your child’s ODD and deviant sexual behaviors. We will work to educate everyone about ODD and what the recovery looks like as well as provide loved ones the opportunity to express the ways in which their lives have been impacted.
Piney Ridge Center includes experiential therapeutic approaches specifically designed to complement traditional therapies. 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’s departure from our residential treatment center approaches, you will work closely with your child and their treatment team to identify the next best steps in recovery so we can help implement appropriate aftercare options. Some of our clients find they’d like to slowly reintegrate back into their community and opt to join a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or intensive outpatient program (IOP). Both PHP and IOP programs are outpatient programs that let your child to continue your recovery during the day while returning home during the evenings and on weekends. Other clients may feel they’ve made enough progress in our program that they’re ready to discharge to home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy.