When individuals intentionally inflict some form of pain onto themselves, it is known as self-harm. The act of inflicting physical pain onto oneself is typically done so because it provides children and adolescents with a temporary reprieve from inner emotional turmoil that they do not know how else to manage. Whether it be painful memories, negative emotions, intense anger, excessive anxiety, or extreme frustration, the act of harming themselves provides these adolescents with a sense of control over something when they do not have control over the inner turmoil that they are plagued by. For adolescents who also struggle with participating in sexually maladaptive behaviors, the act of self-harm may work as a form of self-punishment because they know that they are partaking in unacceptable behaviors. Fortunately, there is treatment available that can help children and adolescents overcome their inner battles and put an end to these dangerous 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 emotional and behavioral impairments. 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
Due to the fact that self-injuring is most commonly done in private, it can be difficult to determine whether or not the behavior exists. If you suspect that your child is purposely harming himself, take note of the following warning signs:
- Spending excessive amounts of time alone
- No longer participating in activities that he used to enjoy
- Wearing clothes that are inappropriate for the current weather (e.g. wearing long-sleeved shirts or pants when it is hot outside)
- Occurrence of frequent “accidents”
- Consistent, unexplainable cuts, bruises, scrapes, or burn marks
- Excessive agitation and irritability
The presence of any of these behaviors may indicate that your child is purposely harming himself and warrants having an evaluation completed by a mental health professional. The sooner that treatment is sought, the more successful the outcome will likely be.
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
Although self-injury is most commonly not indicative of the desire to end one’s life, the longer that the behaviors occurs, the more likely it is to result in tragedy, even when that is not the adolescent’s intent. Depending on the method of self-harm in which one is engaging, he may accidentally take the behavior too far, causing permanent damage or leading to an untimely death. When self-harm is occurring in addition to the presence of sexually maladaptive behaviors, the consequences can be even more tragic as these adolescents may begin to direct the infliction of harm onto others in addition to that which they are inflicting upon themselves.
Residential treatment programs can be an optimal choice for adolescents to receive the thorough treatment they need in order to overcome their urges to self-harm and engage in sexually problematic behaviors. By entering in this type of programming, adolescents are entering into a safe and secure environment where they are consistently monitored, ensuring that they are safe from acting on their dangerous impulses. Additionally, by entering into a residential treatment program, adolescents are being afforded the opportunity to step away from the stresses of their everyday lives – stresses that likely act as triggers for wanting to engage in their destructive behaviors. With the support of mental health professionals, as well as the support of peers who are facing similar challenges, children and adolescents who participate in residential treatment programs can develop the skills needed to not only overcome their symptoms, but discover the inner strength they have to manage negative emotions in a healthy way.
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 highly qualified, expertly trained, and compassionately 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: Due to the fact that self-harm tends to be symptomatic of a mental health disorder, it is possible that medication may be implemented in order to help alleviate the turmoil that leads to self-injurious behaviors. 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 ancillary 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.