Oxbow Academy specializes in treatment for teen boys ages 12-17.5 dealing with sexual addictions, pornography, compulsive behaviors and/or other concerns.
When it comes to treatment for sexual addiction, abuse, porn, or other behavioral concerns, What should I know?
First, you are not alone. Thousands of families are struggling with these same concerns. While curiosity and experimentation are normal stages of adolescent development, the rapid expansion of technology and media has exposed teens to sexual content at an earlier and earlier age. This early exposure to sexuality, as portrayed in the media, is impacting the fluid nature of young brain development.
Addressing a child’s sexual concerns is difficult for most parents. But it’s a problem many families face. With the increase of sexual content on the Internet and other forms of media, experts say they have seen a 30% rise in sexually related behavioral issues among teen boys.
Do you as a parent always seem to be in a game of “Cops & Robbers” with your teen? Has your teen been caught viewing porn, even though you put blocks on the computer? Has your teen used his gaming system or other hand held devices to view porn? Has he been caught at a neighbor’s house or grandparent’s house viewing pornography? Does he have access to technology in his room? Does he get angry or threaten others when you put restrictions on his technology use?
If you answered yes to any of these, the issue isn’t the porn use as much as it is the level of risk and the compulsive thought process driving the need for more porn. When risk is mentioned, it is the risk of alienating parents and family relationships in order to view porn. The latest research has demonstrated that the viewing of pornography affects the brain in much the same way as heroin and other substances. Can you imagine if your son was exposed to heroin at 10, 11 and 12 years of age?
If your child is struggling with issues related to sexual abuse, porn addiction or other compulsive behaviors, specialized treatment is available. Just as with substance abuse, sexual concerns are secretive, shameful and progressive. This is why specialized care, with professionals who are experienced in working with these issues, is necessary.
Where Can I Turn?
Oxbow Academy is a specialized Residential Treatment Center specifically designed to help teens and their families cope with these sensitive issues. Oxbow is one of only a handful of programs in the country specifically designed to offer treatment for sexual addiction, sexual abuse, pornography abuse and other compulsive behavior issues. With a CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) clinical director and therapists at Oxbow, you can expect the best when it comes to knowledge and addiction treatment. Oxbow is also the only treatment facility that specifically treats students that suffer with co-morbid concerns of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Sex-specific treatment – one where students can address their issues without fear or shame is the goal. Our safe environment is the first step in acknowledging and abandoning inappropriate sexual thoughts and behaviors.
How Do I Know?
As a parent…you know. You may not want to know it’s more serious…but you know. You sense it, you feel it. Oxbow Academy is not here to convince you your son needs sex specific treatment. We are here, however, to assist you and your family in getting to the truth of the situation and begin the healing process. There has most likely been years of lies, family discord and stressful interactions. You may have discussed this situation with friends or even professionals. They have said it’s probably just a phase. You want to believe it is a phase. They mentioned that it’s just a normal part of adolescence…but, you know deep down it isn’t.
With more than ten years experience, Oxbow therapists understand sexual behavioral concerns and the impact it has on the family. Our team of experienced professionals will guide parents through the steps of assessment, treatment, and aftercare.
We have worked with hundreds of parents and their sons, helping them develop healthy coping and living skills.
What Should I Do?
This website will provide you with honest answers and reliable guidance.
If you would prefer to discuss your situation with a counselor, we invite you to call Dan Jensen, our admissions counselor, at (435) 469-0683.
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