Who Benefits from Home Remedy?
Home Remedy is effective with many types of families.
The success of home remedy is due to the individualized treatment approach your family and your therapist develop together. This information is identified during the initial “assessment period” and remains a fluid collection of knowledge being added to throughout the treatment episode. We begin looking at behavioral based barriers to family goals and what is supporting these barriers. These barriers are then one by one systematically adjusted to achieve success!
This individualized approach ensures the family is being provided with treatment that works for their unique family circumstances and is not a cookie cutter intervention platform. In addition, Home Remedy utilizes a variety of evidence based, action oriented interventions as many of our clients have found that “talk therapy” hasn’t been enough to inspire change on its own.
Home Remedy focuses on specific barriers impeding progress. This allows for positive results with many mental health and family struggles that typically respond poorly to mental health treatment.
While the look of treatment may vary depending on the families need, Home Remedy is most effective, and most needed by, certain children and their families. The following are typical characteristics of a family in the Home Remedy program:
- When an adolescent or child’s behavior is beyond a parent’s control, and the parents feel like they are walking on egg shells in their own home.
- When parents feel they are being held hostage by their child’s symptoms.
- When a child has flipped over the power structure in the family.
- When parents or treatment professionals believe that weekly outpatient therapy isn’t by itself enough.
- When a family has a residential or wilderness program on their radar, but doesn’t feel the situation is “bad enough” to send their child away.
- When a family is considering or planning to bring their child home following a wilderness program, short/long term placement or hospitalization.
Mental Health struggles that respond well to Home Remedy
- Externalized disorders and behavior problems: Aggressive, impulsive, coercive, and non-compliant; ADD, bi-polar, oppositional defiant, depressed, computer or internet overuse/abuse, substance abuse/dependence; low self-esteem, low frustration tolerance and difficulty delaying gratification; life stage adjustment problems, identity problems, attachment and adoption issues, social problems, family conflict, grief and loss, sexual acting out, victims of abuse; NLD and Aspergers.
- Internalized disorders: Introverted, withdrawn, lonely, depressed and anxious.
- School-related issues: Learning difficulties, academic failure, school avoidant. Association with deviant peers such as: Substance and alcohol users, bullies, and those demonstrating promiscuity.
Andy Erkis, Home Remedy Co-Founder, estimates that fifty to seventy-five percent of parents who send their kids away could keep those children at home. However, parents need to be motivated and willing to work with Home Remedy to be successful.
“[Our son] is doing really well. We have made such huge strides and things have improved so much since we first started working with Home Remedy. Certainly every day brings us new challenges, but we at least have some good tools and ideas on how to approach his never-ending button-pushing. You would laugh as he constantly says, “why do I have to earn everything? Yada, yada, yada”!”
– Home Remedy parent, 2013.