Disruptive behavior disorders (DBD) are a group of behavioral problems defined as disruptive because those who are affected by it will cause disruptions with the people and activities around them. These disruptive behavior disorders are characterized by patterns of ongoing uncooperative, defiant, and hostile behaviors toward authority figures that negatively impact daily functioning. The most common types of disruptive behavior disorders are oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder. The main difference between these two disorders is the severity of the symptoms; conduct disorder is considered the more serious of the two.
While you may be at a loss for how to better control your behaviors and learn more adaptive coping strategies, an effective treatment program like the one offered at Highland Ridge can help you get your life under control. The compassionate staff at Highland Ridge Hospital can help you learn more positive behaviors and how to appropriately react to life situations.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching someone you love struggling to get through the day with a disruptive behavior disorder can be hard. On one hand you may feel badly because deep down you know they aren’t purposely trying to be difficult and disruptive, but on the other hand you may have become fed up and completely frustrated. While you may have come to the conclusion that your loved one needs help, you may be at loss for what you can do to help them. You may be afraid of saying the wrong thing and making the situation worse, but you know you have to reach out and do something to let them know that you care about them. Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to help a loved one seek inpatient treatment:
Educate yourself: Take the time to learn about disruptive behavior disorders so that you gain a better understanding of what your loved one is going through. Additionally, look at the different types of treatment techniques used for this type of this disorder as well as specific treatment centers so that you have the information needed to provide to your loved one. This will allow you to have an open, frank discussion with your loved one about treatment.
Talk it out: Approach your loved one about getting treatment for their disruptive behavior disorder using “I” statements. Give them the space to talk about their feelings and listen in a nonjudgmental way. Gently guide them into an inpatient treatment program you’ve researched. If they’re not ready to consider the option, let them know that it is always available to them.
Be supportive: One of the most important things you can do for a loved one is to let them know that you will be there for them throughout the entire process. Offer to go with them to their appointments and accompany them to the treatment program during the intake process. Continue to be there for them once they are in the program and once they have been discharged. This type of support can make a world of difference.
Why Consider Treatment at Highland Ridge
When left untreated, behavioral disruptive disorders will only cause the development of more serious problems later on in life. Without properly controlling these aggressive, cruel behaviors, individuals may only get more aggressive and may begin to engage in more serious crimes. People can become more socially isolated, fail out of school, lose their job, and develop substance abuse problems. The sooner this disruptive behavior is addressed the better the outcomes.
Inpatient treatment that combines various therapeutic techniques with medication management is proven to be an effective way of helping people overcome their disruptive behavior disorder. An inpatient treatment center will allow you to escape the normal stressors of everyday life so you can focus on getting better. Most inpatient programs will provide you with individual therapy, group sessions, and family therapy, all designed to address specific problems that DBD has caused in your life. Through a variety of different therapeutic techniques, you will learn better social skills, anger management techniques, and more appropriate ways of interacting with those around you.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we dedicate our time to treating children, teens, adults, and older adults who are struggling with a number of different mental and behavioral health disorders. No two people are alike, and therefore, no two treatment plans will be identical. Instead, treatment plans should be designed based on each person’s personal needs. The staff at Highland Ridge Hospital treats each of our patients as family, ensuring that you will always have a shoulder to lean on when you need us most. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will work closely with you to make sure that you’re meeting your treatment goals as you progress through the recovery process.
Types of Treatment Offered at Highland Ridge
When you first arrive at Highland Ridge you will need to complete a series of evaluations so our treatment team will be able to more thoroughly understand the problems you are dealing with. This comprehensive evaluation will help us determine if you have any medical concerns, the severity of your disruptive behavioral disorder, and if you have any co-occurring disorders. Once the results of these evaluations have been combined, they will be used to help us create a plan of care for your stay.
Medication may be a part of your treatment plan depending on the severity of your symptoms and the presence of any co-occurring disorders. After an individual has learned better coping skills and better ways of managing their behavior, they may be slowly weaned off medication. All medication use will be monitored on a daily basis and altered if necessary.
Individual therapy is provided on a weekly basis to allow patients the chance to work privately with one of our therapists. In individual therapy, you will use a variety of therapeutic techniques to help you understand the negative consequences that result from your inappropriate behavior and better ways of coping with emotions surrounding those behaviors.
Group therapy is very important part of the treatment process as it allows you time to practice your newly-learned social skills and work with other individuals who are struggling with similar issues. Together you can help each other by offering support and sharing personal experiences. Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer both process-based and psychoeducational groups to help you learn more about your disruptive behavior disorder and process the feelings you’re experiencing.
Family therapy is a large component of recovery from disruptive behavior disorder because it allows patients the opportunity to integrate family and loved ones into their recovery process. Family sessions will explore the ways in which your disorder has impacted your loved ones and allow them to express their feelings. It is also a time to help family learn more about your disorder and the treatment process that you are going through.
Highland Ridge Hospital is a holistic treatment center that offers a variety of experiential methods to help promote healing. These may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
Highland Ridge Hospital is proud to offer services across the lifespan. We treat children, teenagers, adults, and older adults for a variety of mental health and behavioral health disorders. We offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP) for people who want to receive services while remaining in their community.
When your time with us draws to an end, you’ll meet with a discharge planner and your treatment team to develop an aftercare plan that will ensure continuity of care. Some of our patients still feel that they need a structured environment and decide to join a residential program for their next phase of treatment. Others feel like they are ready to slowly begin integrating back into their community and choose to join our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP); each program allows you to return home in the evenings. Still others may feel they’ve made so much progress in our program that they’re ready to return home with referrals to traditional outpatient therapy and community resources.