Receiving a diagnosis when a child or teen has been experiencing trouble can be both a burden and a blessing. When a teen is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, there are many varying opinions on what the next step should be, as far as treatment is concerned. Some schools of thought require medication, while others require therapy. Yet others use both methods as a course of treatment. Some cases of ADHD can be tougher to treat than others, and medication is not always a good answer for many teenagers suffering with it. Most ADHD stimulants can be extremely addictive, and may cause other side effects that can hamper a child’s progress. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we offer wilderness therapy for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD in the NW, so that teens can recover without the use of medicine and become productive, happy members of society.
While we are not completely opposed to medication in all cases, we do believe that there are other ways. Rites of Passage NW is a functional ranch, and our teens learn how to garden, cultivate, and farm crops, in addition to cooking their own meals. A highly regulated, regimented schedule routine we have found is especially helpful for those teens suffering with ADHD. Far away from the main drag, there is no Internet, and there are no cell phones allowed here. Getting back to basics is extremely helpful for most teens.
We also combine traditional therapies with unique experiences, such as equine therapy, rites of passage therapy, and wilderness therapy. Our teens trek and hike in the nearby Olympic Mountains, and this back to nature attitude can really aid in the treatment of ADHD.
For more information about wilderness therapy for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD in the NW, call Rites of Passage NW at (800)794-0980 to speak with an experienced professional.