Conduct Disorder Treatment Center & Rehab in New Mexico

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our treatment center provides a continuum of behavioral health services ranging from sub-acute residential treatment to community-based programs for children and adolescents suffering with conduct disorder.

Conduct Disorder Treatment

Learn more about conduct disorder treatment at Desert Hills of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

During childhood and adolescence, youth will inevitably act out negatively in a number of ways. Many times this is due to the fact that they are simply testing their limits; trying to find some semblance of independence. Other times, however, they may be acting out as the direct result of a mental health condition over which they seem to have no control. In situations such as these, the staff at our center has designed specific treatment options that are tailored to meet the needs of youth who have found themselves in a downward spiral of destructive behaviors. When children and adolescents act out in a manner in which they are repeatedly getting into fights with peers, are blatantly disobeying rules and defying authority figures, and are damaging property, it is possible that they are suffering from conduct disorder. While the consequences that can arise as a result of the behaviors that are characteristic of this mental health condition can cause great disruption in lives of those afflicted by it, there are treatment options available that can help put an end to this devastation cycle of maladaptive behaviors.

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Desert Hills is a leading conduct disorder treatment center that provides a full continuum of behavioral healthcare services that range from sub-acute residential treatment to community-based programs for children, adolescents, and their families. Since its opening in 1990, treatment center has grown from a small residential center to the largest and most respected provider of behavioral health services in the state of New Mexico, offering three different locations where individuals can access services. In order to ensure that we are offering the highest quality of care possible while meeting all of our patients unique needs, we provide ongoing training for and supervision of all our staff members, making sure they are up-to-date on the latest evidence-based treatment modalities. Because we are able to offer each child and adolescent customized and personal care, we can address the specific problems that the presence of conduct disorder has imposed on your child’s life and help him or her develop the skills needed to return to living the healthy, happy life that or she deserves to be living. At our treatment center, we are dedicated to not only improving the lives we touch, but to helping to change the lives of those we serve, one child at a time.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for conduct disorder at Desert Hills of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

While the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can range greatly in severity, all children and adolescents who are afflicted by this condition will inevitably be negatively affected in some way. When left untreated, the symptoms that children experience are likely to worsen, leading to further detriments on their futures. These children may struggle with their academic performance, potentially resulting in academic failure which can hinder their ability to obtain and maintain steady employment in the future. Their persistent levels of inattention and impulsivity can prevent them from developing significant interpersonal relationships, leaving them feeling isolated and alone, further eliciting feelings of low self-worth. Fortunately, with proper therapeutic interventions, such negative outcomes can be successfully avoided.

In some cases, residential treatment can be a positive means of treating children and adolescents who are afflicted by the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. While in this setting, these children are surrounded by clinicians and mental health support staff who have knowledge regarding their condition and are therefore able to provide appropriate interventions whenever necessary. Additionally, these mental health professionals can expand on their interventions by teaching children techniques on how they can control their impulses and successfully gain control of their symptoms. Furthermore, when children and adolescents take part in residential treatment, their families are afforded an opportunity to gain support, assistance, and education as to how they can best handle their children in a home setting, providing their children with lasting success long after leaving treatment.

Our Philosophy

Desert Hills of New Mexico philosophy and benefits

At our treatment center, our philosophy is based on the approach that treatment should be centered on patients and their families. We train in order to provide our patients and their families with inner wealth and opportunities to grow. We are dedicated to using evidence-based treatment modalities on every unit to ensure that patients and their families have the highest likelihood of obtaining long-term, successful outcomes. It is our mission to provide high-quality, comprehensive behavioral and mental healthcare services to children, adolescents, and their families by offering a fully array of therapeutic interventions across a vast spectrum of care. All of our services are individualized, culturally sensitive, and fully centered on our patients and their families. The clinical emphasis at our treatment center is placed on assessment, treatment planning, discharge, and aftercare planning, with the all-encompassing goal of preparing patients to have a successful future at home, at school, and within the community.

Types of Treatment

Types of conduct disorder treatment offered at Desert Hills of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM

Here at Desert Hills, a leading ADHD treatment center in New Mexico, we have 10 distinct units, each of which features treatment that is designed specifically to address the needs of a wide variety of populations. Each unit follows a chief modality throughout its treatment, which coincides with the needs of the patients on that particular unit. Our center strives to use evidence-based treatment modalities on every unit in order to ensure that patients have the highest likelihood of obtaining long-term, successful outcomes. Described in more detail below are some of the services that treatment center offers our patients:

Medication management: Medication management is provided for all patients throughout each one of our treatment options. This is done so as to make sure that each patient is fully supported in getting all of his or her medication needs taken care of, while simultaneously being properly monitored to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed. Many children and adolescents find great relief from the symptoms of ADHD through the implementation of certain psychotropic medications, but such considerations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Individual therapy: On each unit, patients are provided with at least one individual session per week. These sessions are meant to be a time where patients can meet with a therapist in a safe and confidential setting in order to process through specific concerns they are facing, keep track of personal treatment goals, and work on individual skills-building in order to more effectively cope with stresses and triggers.

Group therapy: Here at our treatment center, all of our patients attend group therapy at a minimum of three times per week. These group sessions offer children and adolescents the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Some of the topics that are covered in these groups, depending on the specific treatment that a patient is taking part in, include interpersonal effectiveness, conflict resolution, anger management, stress management, and correcting and replacing thinking errors. For those patients who are also struggling with substance abuse concerns, psychoeducational groups are held regarding the effect of substance abuse on the body, brain, and overall functioning.

Family therapy: Since family involvement is important to the overall success of recovery, we hold at least one family therapy session per week for each patient. Family therapy focuses on guiding and facilitating an open dialogue, as well as educating parents, caregivers, and other family members on the intervention skills that are being used in treatment. The process of doing so will help ensure the patient’s success long after discharge.

Educational services: Continuing one’s education while at our center is a very important part of our treatment. Schooling at our treatment center provides our patients with a positive, safe, and individualized place to learn and grow. All teachers communicate weekly with the treatment team, assuring consistency in the individual goals set for each student.

Additional services that are available depending upon each patient’s specific needs include:

  • Services for deaf and hard of hearing patients (administered by deaf therapists and other mental health technicians that are trained in American Sign Language)
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Canine therapy
  • Recreation
  • High and low ropes courses
  • Peer council
  • Red Rocks Group (a Native American peer group)
  • Bilingual mobile assessments
  • NA / AA meetings for patients who are struggling with substance abuse concerns

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for conduct disorder

All patients from our residential treatment center have the opportunity to step down to one of our many outpatient care options, of which include the following:

Clinical day treatment program: This option allows patients to live at home, while also addressing any behavioral or academic issues they may have. These services are provided on a year-round basis for children and adolescents who are middle school through high school aged. There are both regular and special education services available, allowing students to earn summer credits and catch up if they have fallen behind academically. Additional services include group therapy and various experiential therapies.

Treatment foster care:  This option is licensed and certified by the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department to license, train, and support treatment foster parents and treat children between the ages of 4 and 18 who are placed in their homes. TCF provides around-the-clock clinical supervisions, on-call therapy, and case management services.

Whatever your child’s continuing needs may be, our treatment center provides a wide range of services that will be able to address any and all of those specific needs. We will do everything in our power to help your child overcome his or her concerns so that, upon leaving treatment, he or she can face the world with the strength and confidence needed to be productive and remain successful.

Recovery Really Is Possible

I was really struggling emotionally, but now I have a new outlook on life.

– Amber S.