Bipolar disorder, a serious mental health condition that affects many children and adolescents, has the potential to cause a great deal of disruption in the lives of sufferers. Youth who struggle with this disorder experience extreme fluctuations in mood, of which involve episodes of depression and mania. Symptoms of this mental illness can cause a youth to act out, often in ways that are considered sexually maladaptive and inappropriate in nature, due to chemical imbalances in the brain, of which can cause poor impulse control. These symptoms can ultimately hinder functioning at school, home, and in the community. Without treatment, children and adolescents who meet diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder are at risk for a number of effects that can include the potential for academic failure, poor interactions with peers, abusing drugs and/or alcohol, suicidal ideation, and even suicide attempts. Luckily, there are beneficial options for care that treat this condition, reduce harmful effects, and help youth learn to manage emotional symptoms and impulsive behaviors.
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
The unpredictable shifts in mood that come with bipolar disorder are often distressing for the youth who suffer from this condition. Parents and caregivers of these children and adolescents often feel powerless when trying to help their child manage emotions and behaviors. However, there are some things parents and caregivers can do when their child is battling this mental health condition:
- Learn all that you can about bipolar disorder
- Consider and research treatment options that address the unique needs of youth
- Seek additional resources that can be beneficial to your child and family
- Be involved in your child’s treatment
- Be an unwavering source of support
When consulting with a mental health professional, it is advantageous to report the presence of any and all symptoms that you observe. This can be helpful such that the mental health professionals involved in your child’s treatment can care for the most disruptive and stress-inducing symptoms first. Especially if your child is presenting with problematic sexual behaviors, reporting such symptoms can ensure effective and appropriate treatment planning.
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute Treatment Center
Children and adolescents who have bipolar disorder and act out in sexually explicit ways are vulnerable to a number of life-altering consequences if treatment is not sought and implemented. Failing to address the symptoms of this disorder and disregarding these types of behaviors can also impact the lives of family members who are responsible for caring for these individuals. Engaging in treatment can greatly improve the lives of youth and significantly decrease the likelihood for harmful effects and disruption to caregivers’ lives. Care for this condition and behaviors can also improve a child’s functioning in several settings, of which can lead to a bright and happy future for children grappling with bipolar disorder and sexually maladaptive behaviors.
Residential treatment is one of the most effective treatment options available for children and adolescents who are presenting with sexually inappropriate behaviors and symptoms of mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder. Away from the stress of everyday life, youth engaged in this type of programming are monitored and supported by qualified mental health professionals who can offer valuable guidance and assistance in the event a youth acts out or is struggling with symptoms of a mental illness. Additionally, residential care affords children and adolescents the opportunity to engage in programming that can teach them new methods for coping, provide insight into the potential consequences of problematic behaviors, and provide tools for managing symptoms of mental health conditions. Lastly, family members of youth engaged in residential care are afforded their own support and education on what their child is going through.
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 is integral in the treatment of bipolar disorder, therefore it is often recommended that individuals battling this condition begin a regimen of medication(s) to treat this illness. All patients 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:
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- Psychological testing
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- 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.