Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that is characterized by marked, unstable patterns of negative interpersonal relationships, extreme impulsivity, and low self-image and self-worth. Additionally, individuals with borderline personality disorder have excessive difficulty in regulating their thoughts and emotions. While BPD can be a difficult illness to treat, and often requires lifelong maintenance and management, those who are suffering from the illness can find relief from their symptoms when proper treatment is implemented.
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 emotional and behavioral impairments, including borderline personality disorder. 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 afford adolescents the most comprehensive care available so that they can begin walking on the path to the brighter future that they deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your adolescent is suffering from borderline personality disorder, in addition to acting out in problematic sexual behaviors, you may be feeling extremely concerned as to what the future holds for your child if he does not get the help that he needs. The best thing that you can do for your child is to make sure that treatment is sought and received, but the first step is to gain an understanding of what borderline personality disorder is. In addition to educating yourself about this illness, here are some other things that you can do as you support your child:
- Accept that your child has an illness; he is not choosing to feel and act in the way that he does
- Remain positive and optimistic
- Encourage safe behaviors and activities
- Monitor your child’s moods and behaviors
- Remain calm in times of upheaval; although it can be difficult, your calmness will help alleviate the severity of your child’s episode
- Research appropriate treatment options available that can best address your child’s specific needs and concerns
- Remain patient; even once treatment has begun, it can long and bumpy road
- Consistently remind your child that you love him and that you are there to support him unconditionally
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
The long-term effects of untreated borderline personality disorder can be devastating. When the presence of sexually maladaptive behaviors are also present, an adolescent’s future can be bleak. The low self-image that those with BPD have can elicit suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The reckless and impulsive behaviors that are characteristic of this illness can lead to negative interactions with law enforcement and possible incarceration. The instability of moods and behaviors can result in a lack of healthy, positive interpersonal relationships, further damaging an individual’s self-worth. Fortunately, with proper treatment, the symptoms of this disorder can be managed.
Due to the severity of the symptoms of borderline personality disorder, as well as the destructive nature of sexually maladaptive behaviors, residential treatment programs can be the best option for receiving the thorough and intensive treatment that an individual needs. By entering into such a program, adolescents are able to not only step away from the stresses of their everyday lives that can act as triggers for negative thoughts and behaviors, but they are also being placed into a safe environment where they are monitored by caring mental health professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With the support of these professionals, as well as with the support of peers who are facing similar challenges, added to the implementation of a variety of therapeutic interventions, adolescents who are facing life plagued by BPD can overcome their symptoms, rebuild their sense of self-worth, develop healthy coping skills, and learn the tools needed to develop and maintain strong, positive interpersonal relationships. Treatment can change your child’s life.
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 one’s stay at Resolute:
Medication management: Medication may be recommended as part of treatment planning, depending on the specific symptoms that the adolescent is presenting with and whether or not it is determined that medication would be beneficial in alleviating any negative symptoms. 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:
- Psychological testing
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- 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 so that he can move forwards toward a happy, healthy, and productive future.