When parents receive a mental health diagnosis regarding their child, they may not know what to do. Depending on the source, they may want to get a second opinion. They may be satisfied with the diagnosis and start therapy and/or medication immediately. They may realize that their son or daughter requires a deeper intervention. When parents receive an ADD or ADHD diagnosis, they may really balk at the medication idea. For some teens, medication is effective. For others, it can cause addiction problems, weight problems, and anxiety problems. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we offer wilderness therapy for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD in Seattle, and for many parents and teens it is a step they take after other options have failed them.
Wilderness therapy can help ADHD for many reasons. While we are not anti-medication, we do like to try other therapies to see if they work effectively, before medicating a child. Rites of Passage NW is a working ranch, far from civilization. Our teens here learn how to make their own meals, cultivate and harvest the farm, and take care of the many animals here. Accountability and responsibility are taught, as well as how to work on a team. Far away from the Internet and cellphones, our teens really learn how to get back to nature.
Therapy is also a large part of our program. In addition to regular, conventional therapy such as individual and group counseling, we also offer unique experiences, such as equine therapy, rites of passage therapy, and wilderness therapy. By getting back to basics, our teens learn how to better manage their lives.
To learn more about wilderness therapy for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD in Seattle, please call Rites of Passage NW at (800)794-0980 to speak with a trained professional.