While emotional disturbances are cornerstone to the presence of most mental health conditions, there are many mental illnesses that also elicit severe behavioral disturbances as well. Oppositional defiant disorder, also known as ODD, is one such illness that includes both behavioral and emotional deficits, and often requires professional treatment in order to overcome. At MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle near Wilmington, we recognize how challenging the presence of ODD can be on not only the sufferer’s life, but on the lives of those around him or her as well. For this reason, we offer specialized options that are designed specifically to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with the conflict and discord that defines oppositional defiant disorder.
Settled on 11 private acres, MeadowWood’s mental health center is a premier provider of behavioral healthcare and chemical dependency services for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Offering specialized services that are 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 have a loved one who is struggling with the behavioral deficits that often define oppositional defiant disorder, and you feel like there is nowhere to turn, look no further than MeadowWood. We will do everything in our power to help your loved one get back on track to living the happy, healthy life that he or she deserves to be living.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a child or loved one who is plagued by the symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, you may feel as a loss as to what you can do to help him or her. Watching a loved one act out in the detrimental behaviors of ODD can be frustrating, angering, confusing, and sometimes even frightening. However, there are some things that you can do to be of assistance to your loved one. Consider the following:
- Educate yourself on oppositional defiant disorder. Not only will having such knowledge help you determine which ways you can best help your loved one, but it will also aid in providing you with an understanding of what he or she is going through.
- Seek guidance from a qualified mental health professional. Encourage your loved one to participate in an evaluation with this type of professional so that an accurate diagnosis can be determined, viable treatment options can be looked into, and tips for how you can help your loved one at home can be received.
- Be an active part of your loved one’s treatment process. Treatment has been proven to be much more effective when an individual’s family and loved ones are actively engaged.
- Remain patient. Even once an individual has begun treatment, things will not change overnight.
- Be a constant source of support and encouragement and ensure your loved one that you will be there for him or her every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at MeadowWood
When individuals suffer from oppositional defiant disorder, most, if not all, areas of their lives will inevitably be negatively affected. For children and adolescents, the behavioral disturbances that are characteristic of ODD can result in a decline in academic performance, as well as the implementation of disciplinary action from school administration, such as suspension or expulsion. These young people may also experience rejection from their peers as their behaviors cause disruption to others. Adults who are struggling with ongoing symptoms of ODD may have difficulty performing adequately in their occupations, as well as find it increasingly hard to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. Family strife and discord are oftentimes also present when someone in the home is struggling with ODD. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can help individuals of any age learn to manage their behaviors and overcome the symptoms of this troublesome mental health condition.
When the behavioral and emotions consequences of oppositional defiant disorder are severe enough and are causing significant disturbances in an individual’s life, inpatient treatment may be the most beneficial option for beginning treatment. A mental health treatment clinic offer individuals a safe environment where they are monitored 24/7, preventing them from acting out in the destructive nature that they have likely become accustomed to. Along with such monitoring, mental health professionals are on hand to help patients learn coping skills for managing stress, while also administering therapeutic interventions that can help them learn to correct their maladaptive behaviors and encourage more positive behaviors. The variety of therapeutic methods that are implemented during inpatient treatment programs can help individuals gain the knowledge and confidence they need to overcome the symptoms of ODD and help them start on the path towards the bright futures they deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At MeadowWood’s mental 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 Behavioral Health System in Delware, 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 in New Castle near Wilmington 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 some instances, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to help alleviate some of the distressing symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder or any co-occurring mental health conditions that may be present. 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 center 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 treatment clinic, 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 services 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:
- Recreational therapy
- Process groups
- Positive coping skills education
- Expressive therapy
- Pet therapy
- Substance abuse education and counseling
- Psycho-education on mental illness
- Medication education
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’s treatment clinic, 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 clinic.
Whatever your loved one’s needs may be, the caring and compassionate staff at MeadowWood Behavioral Health System in New Castle & Wilmington will devote ourselves to helping him or her find and maintain true, lasting recovery and healing.