When children and teens exhibit behavioral problems, it is often way too much for parents to handle. A good starting point for parents is a weekly therapist or a visit to the family doctor or pediatrician, but some children and teens require a more intense intervention to combat bad behavior. For those suffering with oppositional defiant disorder, also known as ODD, therapy can be tough. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we offer wilderness therapy for oppositional defiant disorder – ODD to help teens get back on track.
The lesser of many anger disorders, ODD is characterized by repeated attempts to annoy others, rebellion, refusal to go along with a group conscience, and anger and resentment toward others. Teens and adults suffering with ODD typically are not violent toward people or animals, and do not destroy property. However, interpersonal relationships are tough for those with ODD, as patients often enjoy when others are annoyed or upset.
Here at Rites of Passage NW, we do use conventional therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help combat ODD, which is in part a learned behavior. Teens also participate in group and individual therapies on a daily basis.
Rites of Passage NW is also a working ranch, and while in therapy, teens will learn how to garden and farm, as well as cook their own food. There is no Internet here, and cell phones are not allowed, as it is a real back to basics environment. While in our long-term program, teens are also expected to either volunteer or find gainful employment, or attend online classes.
To learn more about wilderness therapy for oppositional defiant disorder – ODD, please call Rites of Passage NW at (800)794-0980 to speak with someone who cares that can help.