Suffering from anxiety can be debilitating to some children and adolescents. As their anxiety continues to worsen, the more likely it is that their behaviors will become more extreme as they try to compensate for the extreme emotions that their anxiety is causing them to feel. When these behaviors of acting out include sexually maladaptive behaviors, there is an increase in the likelihood that your child’s behaviors will no longer affect him or her alone, but others as well.
At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we offer a program that is designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents who are suffering from both anxiety and sexual behavior problems. We are the only treatment center in the state of Arkansas that has a program specifically created to meet the unique needs that these children 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
Having a child who is struggling with the symptoms of anxiety, as well as acting out in problematic sexual behaviors, can be frustrating, time-consuming, and heart-breaking. You may feel as though you have run out of options as to how to help your child get well, yet you may also be struggling with the decision of whether or not your child needs intensive treatment. The following are some examples of symptomatic behavior that children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety may present:
- Sleep difficulties
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic stomachaches
- Mood swings
- Angry outbursts
- School refusal
If you have noticed any of these warning signs in your child, along with the addition of problematic sexual behaviors, a residential treatment program may be a good resource for getting your child the help that he or she needs. With the proper treatment, children and adolescents suffering from anxiety and sexual behavior problems can learn how to successfully manage their symptoms.
Why Seek Residential Treatment at Piney Ridge
If you have been watching your child’s negative behaviors escalate, you are most likely feeling very concerned about what his or her future holds. You might be questioning whether or not these symptoms and behaviors are things that he or she will grow out of or if they will continually worsen over time. Your concerns are justified because, if left untreated, the ramifications of anxiety and sexually maladaptive behaviors can become much more extreme.
Residential treatment programs have proven to be successful in helping children and adolescents overcome the destructive path of their problematic sexual behaviors, while also aiding them in finding ways to manage their symptoms of anxiety. When children enter a residential treatment program, they are entering a safe environment where they are provided with monitored care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are able to step out of their everyday lives and focus solely on the importance of treatment and getting well.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Piney Ridge Treatment Center, we believe that every child and family who comes to us for help is unique and deserves to have a treatment plan personalized to meet those unique needs. The staff at Piney Ridge recognizes that sexual thoughts and behaviors are meant to be private aspects of one’s life. We understand that addressing problematic sexual behaviors must be done in a therapeutic manner that is meant solely for the purpose of teaching our patients to reshape their future behaviors. We also understand that the added symptoms of anxiety can elicit the need for additional methods of treatment that will help get that aspect of our patients’ lives under control as well. Our program is designed to provide patients with the ability to understand how to accept responsibility for their past behaviors so that they can make the changes that they need to in order to get well.
Types of Treatment Offered at Piney Ridge
At Piney Ridge, we have tailored our treatment program using an evidence-based model of care with trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy at the core. We use a combination of therapeutic methods as a means of providing the most holistic treatment possible as we help our patients begin to heal. These treatment methods include:
Medication management: The symptoms of anxiety can be successfully treated through the use of certain types of psychotropic medications. Our residential program has three psychiatrists and one internist on staff that will meet with your child at least once every 28 days in order to monitor the administering and possible side effects of any medication that is prescribed. Appropriate alterations will be made when necessary and additional appointments will be scheduled based on each child’s individual needs.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held at least once per week. These sessions are a time for your child to meet on a one-on-one basis with his or her therapist in order to be provided with an opportunity to develop personal problem-solving skills and coping skills. This is also a time where therapists can help patients learn appropriate ways to behave, ways to cope with their anxiety, how to identify traumatic events that might be causing them pain, and how to better control 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 the coping skills that they are learning. Group sessions are held on a daily basis and cover topics such as empathy skills, family issues, anger management, and sexual safety. Goal groups are held every morning and rehab groups are held every evening.
Family therapy: The role that the family plays in a patient’s treatment process is of the utmost importance. Family sessions are held on a weekly or biweekly basis based on the needs of each patient. These sessions are designed to help parents and other family members learn how to implement rules about sexual behavior, how to use strategies that will reduce problematic behaviors, and how to enhance community and social skills. In addition to the family therapy sessions, visitation time is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.
School: Every child and adolescent in our residential program attends school Monday through Friday. All of our teachers are certified in special education and there is never more than 15 students in a classroom. All patients have their own individualized education plans and the credits that they earn while in the program are transferable to their home public schools. Both college prep and tutoring are available, and high school students have the ability to graduate while still remaining in treatment.
Experiential program: Because we want our treatment to be as holistic as possible, we offer a thorough experiential program. Aspects of this program include recreational therapy, expressive therapies, and spiritual therapy. 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 a thorough one because we know that this can be an intimidating time for our patients. We understand that in order for children and adolescents to leave our program with the comfort and knowledge that they can return to their lives at home, continuing care is often necessary. We will make referrals for this continuing care appropriately based on each patient’s treatment plan. Case management occurs continuously throughout treatment, so patients are introduced to the discharge process thoroughly and intensively prior to the end of their programming. This allows the transition out of treatment to 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 and fulfilling life.