Young people who struggle with behavioral concerns and emotional disturbances often require mental health care in order to cease problematic behaviors and alleviate inner emotional turmoil that could be causing such behaviors. Especially for youth who are battling conduct disorder, a condition that elicits exceedingly hostile actions towards others without regard for consequences, treatment under the guidance and supervision of mental health professionals can ultimately set the stage for a healthy future. MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, Deleware, is a premier treatment provider that includes care for many mental health conditions, including conduct disorder. When a young person fails to receive care for this mental illness, he or she is likely to have increased interaction with the legal system, be unable to form healthy relationships with others, and struggle with self-esteem issues that can negatively affect a young person’s future. At MeadowWood’s treatment clinic, we want to help youth understand how behavior and poor choices can lead to disruption, while offering care that will alleviate the distressing and meddling symptoms of conduct disorder.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood’s behavioral health center is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering a specialized treatment clinic that is tailored to meet the unique needs of each population that we serve, we are proud of the compassionate care that we are able to afford to everyone who enters our doors. Our staff is passionate about what we do and is genuine in the care and concern that we offer. We strive to develop plans of success for the patients we treat and we take great pride in the fact that we do what we say we are going to do. We believe that communication is key and we aim to be an open book. Our staff works together like a family; everyone helps everyone. And from the moment you come to us for care, you become part of our family. If you or a loved one is plagued by the debilitating symptoms of conduct disorder and feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help you get back on track to living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to be living.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Parents and caregivers of a young person who is battling conduct disorder may not be aware that this condition is contributing to the youth’s disruptive and seemingly unmanageable behavior and emotional outbursts. The following signs are examples of conduct disorder symptoms that can be observed by those in a youth’s life:
- Overt verbal or physical aggression
- Lack of remorse after acting out
- Destroying property
- Constant rule-breaking
- Instigative behaviors towards others so that the outcome involves conflict
- Frequent irritability
If your child is displaying these signs and symptoms of conduct disorder, it is necessary that mental health treatment is sought and implemented for the betterment of your child’s life. When seeking services for your child, it is a good idea to consider a treatment provider that specializes in the care for youth with psychiatric conditions, such as conduct disorder. Once a provider is selected, you can contact their admissions staff to discuss treatment options and the process of admissions.
Lastly, as a parent or caregiver, it is imperative that you are part of your child’s treatment. Research has concluded that those who have an adequate support system while receiving psychiatric care ultimately experience more favorable treatment outcomes and lasting healing. By engaging your child in treatment, you are affording him or her the opportunity to learn the skills needed to live a life free from the troublesome symptoms of conduct disorder.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
When symptoms of conduct disorder lead to harmful consequences that have the potential to impact a young person’s future in a negative way, it is time to seek out mental health services. Examples of consequences that could be experienced include disciplinary action at school, interaction with law enforcement, and peer rejection. Youth who battle this condition often present with volatile behaviors and verbal aggression that warrant such effects; effects that could be avoided if treatment is implemented to alleviate and lessen the presence of symptoms. Parents and caregivers who suspect their child is struggling with conduct disorder can advocate for their child by considering treatment that is catered to the specific needs of young people who are grappling with such mental health conditions.
Inpatient treatment, for example, is one of the best options for care that can be of great service to youth who meet diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder. This type of treatment allows youth to receive mental health services in a safe and secure setting that affords them the opportunity to garner new skills for managing behaviors and overwhelming emotions. Additionally, psychiatrists are available in inpatient treatment to administer and monitor medication that can alleviate the symptoms of conduct disorder and any other mental health condition that could be present. Young people who engage in inpatient services also learn how their present behavior impacts their lives in the present and in the future. Therapists and social workers are also on hand to offer ongoing support and guidance as the therapeutic process is navigated.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood behavioral health clinic, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to everyone who is entrusted into our care. Our commitment extends to the family as a whole, and all of our endeavors are aimed at delivering the highest quality of treatment possible in the safest, most comfortable environment available. Our greatest strength is our compassion and our dedication to helping people in their time of need. We do not simply treat the symptoms that our patients present with, we treat the whole person. We focus on all of the little things, because we recognize that all of the little things together are what brings about a true picture of healing. In keeping open communication between clinical team members, our patients, and our patients’ families, we are able to provide exceptional customer service in an empathic manner, ensuring that the main focus always remains solely on our patients and helping them find true recovery that leads to lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at MeadowWood
At MeadowWood treatment clinic, we believe that each patient is unique, which is why we focus on treating the person, not just his or her illness. Our treatment teams work closely with patients and their families in order to gain a full understanding of the issues they are facing. By doing so, we are being afforded the ability to create fully individualized treatment plans for each and every patient that specifically addresses all of the concerns that he or she may have. These individualized treatment plans draw upon the vast skills set of a physician-led, multidisciplinary team of clinical professionals that include psychiatrists, Master’s level therapists, care managers, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation therapists, substance abuse counselors, medical consultants, and qualified mental health technicians.
The inpatient services offered here at MeadowWood include an adolescent behavioral program, an adult psychiatric program, a senior behavioral health program, a co-occurring diagnosis program, and medical detoxification programs. Free, confidential mental health assessments are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week whereupon highly trained and qualified clinicians obtain pertinent information which is then reviewed with one of our physicians. Upon that consultation, a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care will be offered based on the presenting needs and concerns of the patient.
Based on the identified needs of the patients, the most appropriate treatment option will be determined. For those patients who are admitted, the following treatment modalities may be included into their plans for care, of which will be determined based on their specific needs and abilities:
Medical detoxification: For those patients who come to us dependent on substances, medical detoxification may be the first step of the recovery process if drugs or alcohol are present in their bodies. This process is carefully monitored by our physicians and nursing staff. Once detox is complete, patients will begin engaging in a variety of therapeutic interventions.
Medication management: In most instances, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to help alleviate the distressing symptoms that come with the presence of conduct disorder or another mental health condition. However, all medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis. All patients in all of our units meet with a psychiatrist daily for medication management in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Group therapy: Our approach to treatment at MeadowWood’s treatment clinic is heavily group-focused as we have learned that this type of intervention greatly helps out patients understand that they are not alone in the challenges that they face. This knowledge in and of itself assists patients in heightening their sense of self-worth as they come to understand that they do not need to feel isolated in their struggles. Engaging in groups also encourages patients to find healing in the act of expressing themselves, enhancing self-reliance that works to build their self-esteem. These group therapy sessions cover a vast array of topics, tailored to address issues that are specific to the patients participating in each group.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are offered to all patients on an as-needed basis. These sessions occur on a one-to-one basis with a patient’s therapist and are designed to be a time to address any concerns the patient may have, to discuss issues that he or she wishes to keep confidential, and to track one’s progress towards reaching his or her treatment goals.
Family therapy: At MeadowWood’s behavioral health center, we believe that family involvement in one’s treatment is instrumental in eliciting successful treatment outcomes. For this reason, all patients are able to engage in family therapy sessions in order to help family members understand their loved one’s illness, to educate them on how they can best support their loved one, and to help maintain open communication in order to create a healthy family dynamic.
Education: Keeping in mind the importance of a child’s education, our adolescent treatment option incorporates schooling into each patient’s treatment plan so that he or she does not fall behind academically while engaging in treatment for behavioral or emotional concerns. We employ certified teachers who, along with the other members of the adolescent’s treatment team, collaborate with the child’s home school, both in verbal and written form, pending releases of information provided by the child’s parent or guardian.
In addition to the previously mentioned interventions, other types of therapies that are incorporated into our patients’ treatment plans typically include:
- Positive coping skills education
- Reminiscent therapy (for our senior adult patients)
- Medication education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Substance abuse counseling
- Substance abuse education
- Process groups
- Psycho-education on mental illness
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The main goal that we have for our patients when they come to MeadowWood is to help them stabilize so that they can move on to a lower, less intensive level of care. For this reason, all aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. As soon as patients are admitted, their treatment team begins the process of preparing a plan for success in order to promote positive continuation of care once they are discharged from their inpatient stay.
At MeadowWood, we offer partial hospitalization for adults and senior adults that is designed to assist them in maintaining stabilization without requiring them to engage in the intensity of full inpatient hospitalization. This program provides structured programming between 8:30am and 2:30pm, allowing patients to return home at night. An intensive, interdisciplinary approach is used in this program, which helps to supplement the recovery process when traditional outpatient treatment is not enough or is not available. In addition, this program works at providing a transition for recent inpatient clients as they begin to integrate back into their everyday lives.
For our adolescent patients, as well as for our adult patients do not require or who have already completed partial hospitalization, our staff will utilize the positive relationships that we have with care providers throughout the community, with whom coordination of services can optimally be managed once patients leave our treatment center.
Whatever your or your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle will devote ourselves to helping you find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.