It can be very tough for parents to deal with teenagers that exhibit anger problems. Ignoring the problem rarely works, and dragging teens to the family doctor or to weekly therapy may be a good fit for some, but not for all teens. Parents may feel embarrassed and helpless, and may not know where to turn. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we offer wilderness therapy for oppositional defiance disorder – ODD in the NW, to help get troubled kids back on track and leading normal lives.
Less severe than some of the other common anger disorders, ODD is characterized by an inability to follow rules, especially in a group setting. Those who suffer from ODD may be vindictive and resentful, and may purposefully try to annoy others, or make them feel bad. Those with ODD typically are not violent, and do not exhibit harm toward animals and property. However, a person suffering with ODD struggles greatly in all types of relationships – from parents, to teachers, to significant others.
Here at Rites of Passage NW, teens will experience conventional therapy, such as individual and group therapy, using CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), and also unique types of therapies to help relieve stress. These include equine therapy, rites of passage therapy, and wilderness therapy, among others. By getting back to nature, we believe that teens can rediscover themselves.
Rites of Passage NW is also a working ranch, so teens are expected to pitch in daily with chores, planting, farming, taking care of the animals, and the day to day chores on the ranch. Our teens are expected to learn about accountability and responsibility, and will also volunteer in our local community.
To learn more about wilderness therapy for oppositional defiance disorder – ODD in the NW, please call Rites of Passage NW at (800)794-0980 to learn more about how our programs can help.