Teens experiencing problems of any kind can be devastating to parents. From substance abuse to mood disorders and other mental health issues, parents may not know where to turn when their teen is experiencing problems. For parents that have taken their child to a medical professional and have been handed an ADD or ADHD diagnosis, the next steps can be tricky. Medication carries a stigma, but in part because of very valid reasons. Medications for ADHD and ADD can be extremely addictive, especially for teens with a predisposition for substance abuse. These medications can also decrease appetite, and in the end, for many, are ineffective. However, for some teens, medication does manage the problem. Others may still need a deeper intervention. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we offer wilderness therapy for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD, that can really help teens manage their lives with or without the use of medication.
Rites of Passage NW is a working ranch, where teens get involved in the daily running of the farm and ranch. Far away from the Internet and cell phones, there are no distractions here. Teens learn a regimented schedule, accountability and responsibility, and cause and effect while here.
Therapy is also a large part of our program. While we do partake in conventional therapies such as group and individual therapy, we also allow our teens to experience nature at its finest, with equine therapy, rites of passage therapy, and wilderness therapy. The combination of these special therapies provide a unique experience for our teens, allowing them to manage many of their symptoms without the use of medication.
For more information about wilderness therapy for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD, or to learn more about Rites of Passage, please call (800)794-0980 to speak with a member of our professional staff.