Children and adolescents who are struggling with oppositional defiant disorder often present with a number of behavioral and emotional issues that can have an adverse affect on their lives. Also known as ODD, this mental health condition can cause a youth to be irritable and angry and lead a child or adolescent to act out in a defiant manner. Parents and caregivers may notice that their child or adolescent blatantly disregards people in positions of authority or power. These behavioral problems and emotional disturbances can ultimately lead to frequent interactions with police, constant disciplinary actions at school, and other such consequences that can carry over into adulthood. Without treatment, symptoms of this condition can worsen, resulting potentially severe consequences if problematic behaviors and emotionally aggressive outbursts persist. What is important to know, however, is that individuals with oppositional defiant disorder can receive treatment for this disorder and ultimately acquire the tools necessary to live productive, happy lives.
Resolute Treatment Center is a premier 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 on the west side of Indianapolis, our 76-bed residential treatment center provides a broad continuum of care that is tailored to meet the unique 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
Parenting a child who has oppositional defiant disorder can be ripe with challenges. As a caregiver, you may feel as though there is nothing you can do to combat your child’s defiance. You may feel that the only interactions you have with your child involve arguing about menial things. In addition to these types of obstacles, you may also notice that your child presents with the following behaviors:
- Instigative mannerisms or actions
- Frequent conflict or fights between siblings or peers
- Disruptive behaviors
- Lack of control over behaviors
- Verbal disrespect
As a caregiver, one of the most beneficial things you can do for your child is seek treatment that will reduce the presence of these behaviors/symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder. While your child is engaged in such treatment, there are some things you can do to help your child be successful during and after treatment is complete:
- Be involved in your child’s care by participating in treatment planning
- Attend family sessions regularly
- Seek the advice of the professionals treating your child as they can offer valuable guidance on how to manage your child’s behavior at home
- Encourage your child to adhere to treatment recommendations
- Remain supportive of your child
- Be patient
- Seek your own support and remember to take care of yourself as well
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute Treatment Center
Oppositional defiant disorder can be emotionally taxing for a child or adolescent suffering from this condition. Depression symptoms can be triggered by this disorder as the instigative behaviors associated with ODD can leave a child or adolescent socially isolated. Additionally, youth who struggle with ODD are at risk of using or abusing substances as those battling this disorder often turn to substances as a means of coping with unpleasant feelings that result from getting in trouble. It is imperative that a youth’s guardian(s) seek appropriate care for this disorder so as to avoid the harmful consequences that come with this mental health condition.
Care that is administered in residential treatment is a great option for children and adolescents suffering from oppositional defiant disorder. Programming in residential care is delivered in a safe and secure setting that extremely conducive to healing. Especially for youth who struggle with this condition and other problem behaviors, including sexually maladaptive behaviors, mental health professionals are on hand to monitor youth and have the ability to intervene and provide guidance when it comes to ceasing such behaviors. Family members and loved ones are also included in the treatment offered in residential care, as ongoing support from a youth’s primary support system can ultimately produce more successful treatment outcomes. By engaging in this form of treatment, children and adolescents battling ODD can learn new skills for controlling the symptoms associated with this disruptive mental health condition.
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 helps guide and support patients throughout the treatment process, keeping in mind our steadfast goal of returning each child to his community as a productive and responsible member of society. At Resolute, we are dedicated 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, multifaceted 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 helps children maximize their potential through recreational interventions, clinical 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.
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.
Family therapy: At Resolute, we view family involvement and participation in the treatment process as being paramount 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 are added when requested or deemed appropriate.
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:
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- Psychological testing
- Reunification and aftercare planning
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 ensure continued success, our multidisciplinary staff works at creating thorough aftercare planning for each patient. We work intensively with adolescents as they become reunified 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 we can to ensure continued success and lasting recovery for that he can move forwards toward a happy, healthy, and productive future.