When an adolescent is battling an impulse control disorder, especially one in which compulsive sexual behaviors are symptoms, there is a high likelihood that the adolescent will experience a great deal of impairment in functioning on a day-to-day basis. Additionally the presence of an impulse control disorder can mean that other people in the adolescent’s life are also experiencing distress. Depending on the severity of symptoms present, a young person battling intense impulses is at risk for experiencing a number of detrimental effects if treatment is not implemented. Fortunately, there are viable treatment options available that can significantly lessen the chances of these risks occurring.
Resolute Treatment Center is a leading treatment provider for male adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 who are struggling with sexually maladaptive behaviors and other mental health conditions. Located in western Indianapolis, our 76-bed residential treatment center provides a broad continuum of care that is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child and family who entrusts us with their care. As the only treatment facility in the state of Indiana that exclusively treats adolescent males with sexually maladaptive behaviors, we remain steadfast in our dedication to providing preventative placement and post discharge clinical home services that are designed to enhance the lives of youth and their families.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Caring for a child with an impulse control disorder can be difficult. As a caregiver, you may be wondering what is causing your child to present such impulsive behaviors. You may feel as though your efforts to help your son or daughter are futile and become frustrated with yourself and him or her. However, getting an appropriate diagnosis for your child can be beneficial such that treatment can be sought and implemented to help your child and your family understand these behaviors and learn new techniques for managing behaviors and impulses. The following are some symptoms of impulse control disorders and should be reported to a mental health professional should you wish to pursue treatment for these types of mental health disorders:
- Fire starting
- Compulsive stealing
- Engaging in sexually explicit behaviors
- Increased irritability
- Overtly aggressive behaviors
- Extreme verbal defiance
- Temper tantrums
- Frequent lying
- Easily agitated
- Unprovoked emotional outbursts or drastic shifts in mood
If your child is presenting any of these symptoms, it is important to know that there is help available that can help cease these problematic behaviors. Effective care for these symptoms often includes behavior management techniques for sufferers and family members, the integration of new coping skills, and education on impulse control disorders that can offer a great deal of insight for loved ones. Lastly, one of the most beneficial things you can do for your child when he is suffering from an impulse control disorder, in addition to seeking appropriate care for him, is to remain supportive of your child; doing this can ultimately lead to successful completion of treatment and an improvement in your child’s life.
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
Untreated impulse control disorders can lead to a number of harmful and life-threatening effects for a child if care for symptoms of these disorders is not implemented. Children and adolescents who struggle with these symptoms are at risk for physical injury or getting in trouble with law enforcement. Additionally, the subsequent feelings by children and adolescents after giving into impulses put these individuals at risk for developing another mental health condition or conditions. Mental health treatment can prevent risks and offer hope for parents and caregivers who are concerned for their child’s future.
Receiving care in residential treatment for an impulse disorder, especially when sexually maladaptive behaviors are present, can do wonders for a child or adolescent battling impulses. Residential treatment takes place in safe and secure settings that are monitored by mental health professionals who can provide ongoing support in the event maladaptive or dangerous behaviors occur. Parents and caregivers are also afforded support and guidance on how they can best help their child. Lastly, residential care features specialized programming that can teach children and adolescents new skills for controlling impulses, while providing them with the opportunity for understanding how behavior affects their lives and the lives of others.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Resolute Treatment Center, our goal is to break the vicious cycle of victimization by providing the best care in the least restrictive environment possible. We offer adolescents a safe, secure, and confidential setting where they can receive therapy that is based on unconditional positive regard, which places an emphasis on the inherent strengths that we know our patients already have within them. By building upon those strengths, the caring and compassionate staff at Resolute help guide and support patients throughout the therapeutic process, keeping in mind our goal of returning each child to his community as a productive and responsible member of society. At Resolute, we are committed to ensuring the success of each child, the reunification of every family, and the long-standing happiness that every individual deserves.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resolute
At Resolute Treatment Center, we offer a unique, comprehensive therapeutic program that is designed to give every child the chance to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. With treatment that is guided by qualified, trained, and caring professionals, Resolute offers a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that help children maximize their potential through clinical and recreational interventions, strong academic programming, and positive relationship building with peers and adults. At Resolute, we believe that when children explore and discover their inherent strengths in a structured, nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping skills, and social skills will improve. In order to help our patients achieve all of their goals, the following treatment methods are implemented throughout their stay at Resolute:
Medication management: Medication may be recommended as part of treatment. This decision is ultimately based on the individual needs of the child or adolescent. When this is the case, children and adolescents meet with a psychiatrist at least once a month in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Patients participate in a minimum of one individual therapy session per week, but more sessions can be added based on individual needs. These sessions are designed to be a time for adolescents to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to discuss concerns and to focus on the development and application of new skills.
Family therapy: At Resolute, we view family involvement and participation in the treatment process as being necessary to ensuring that each child’s treatment is both effective and long-lasting. Family sessions are held at a minimum of once every two weeks, but more can be added when requested or deemed appropriate.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held daily and include both psycho-educational and process groups, including a daily sexual process group. These sessions are curriculum-based and trauma-focused. Special supplementary groups are also held regularly and include topics such as assault cycles, trauma outcomes, and healthy relationships.
School programming: Knowing how important a child’s education is, here at Resolute we make sure that each patient receives the services he needs in order to remain on track educationally. Our onsite school is fully accredited and meets daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
In addition to the previously mentioned services, Resolute also offers the following:
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- Reunification and aftercare planning
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- Psychological testing
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Resolute Treatment Center, we recognize that recovery is an ongoing process that does not just end once adolescents leave our program. In order to preserve continued success, our multidisciplinary staff works at creating thorough aftercare planning for each patient. We work intensively with adolescents as they become unified with their families and begin reintegrating back into the community.
For those adolescents who are not yet ready to, or are unable to, return home, but no longer require the intensive treatment of the residential setting, Resolute offers two step-down group homes for those patients who have successfully completed residential programming. These homes provide an open residential setting that is less restrictive, yet still provides 24-hour supervision.
Whatever your child’s long-term needs may be, Resolute Treatment Center will do all that can be done to ensure that your child achieves and maintains healing so that he can go on to live a healthy and productive life.