The abuse of drugs and alcohol continues to be an ever-growing problem throughout the world today. Regardless of what type of substance an individual has become addicted to, the ongoing use of that substance is going to turn his or her world upside down. The presence of an addiction to substances frequently renders individuals incapable of adhering to daily responsibilities and often leaves them finding that all aspects of their lives have become negatively impacted in some way. And once a drug or alcohol addiction has developed, it can be exceedingly difficult for individuals to overcome without the help of qualified professionals. At Bowling Green, we recognize how challenging it can be to fight the war against addiction and have therefore devised specialized programming options that are aimed at helping the outcomes of these battles be successful ones. Dedicated to being a leader in providing clinical excellence in the quality chemical dependency treatment we offer, the staff at Bowling Green remains steadfast in our commitment to teaching those entrusted into our care the skills needed to achieve full, recovered lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a family member or loved one who is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can be extremely troubling. As a concerned loved one, you likely recognize that the person you care about is in need of some kind of intervention in order to overcome the devastating pattern of his or her substance use, but you may feel unsure as to what role you can play in assisting him or her in getting the help he or she needs. Consider the following:
- Learn about chemical dependency. Understanding the nature of the disease of addiction can help you develop a sense of understanding and empathy for your loved one and what he or she is going through.
- If you find substances in your loved one’s possession, refrain from getting rid of them. While this may seem like an easy solution to the problem, it will only cause your loved one to become angry and he or she will likely seek out more of his or her drug of choice.
- Depending on the particular substance that your loved one is abusing, research the effects of that specific substance. Gaining knowledge about the risks that are being posed to your loved one’s health by the use of the substance can be beneficial when expressing your concerns to your loved one.
- Research various types of treatment centers that cater to the needs of individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction.
- Sit down and have an open and honest conversation with your loved one, expressing your concerns in an empathic manner and then presenting him or her with the findings you have uncovered regarding various treatment options available to him or her.
- Offer to assist your loved one in scheduling appointments for assessments at or tours of various treatment centers. When those appointments are scheduled, you can also show support by offering to accompany your loved one when he or she attends them.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in treatment, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process. This kind of active involvement can come in many different forms, but your loved one’s treatment provider should be able to provide you with ample suggestions for how you can best be of help and support during this time.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
The presence of an addiction to alcohol or drugs can leave a tremendously negative impact on all areas of a person’s existence. The ability to perform occupationally can become hindered by the chronic use of substances, potentially leading to job loss and the onset of subsequent financial distress. Many individuals who struggle with addiction also find it difficult to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. Friendships begin to suffer, families become estranged, and, in some cases, the demise of marriages occurs. Mentally, individuals who struggle with a prolonged compulsion to use drugs and/or alcohol often suffer from the onset of symptoms of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and suicidal ideation. Physically, the risk posed to one’s health is monumental, becoming more devastating the longer that the abuse of the substance is allowed to persist. The specific physical effects that affect a person will depend on the particular drug that he or she is abusing, but things like heart damage, liver failure, lung damage, and kidney failure are all potential occurrences. Furthermore, the longer that substance use is allowed to persist, the greater an individual’s risk for overdose becomes. Thankfully, by engaging in appropriate therapeutic interventions, these detriments can be minimized or successfully avoided all together.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bowling Green
With an approach to treatment that centers on the philosophy of working with honesty, compassion, and diligence in providing clinical excellence and quality care to everyone with whom we work, Bowling Green has been a leading provider of chemical dependency and dual diagnosis treatment for over 30 years. Throughout the years, we have remained diligent in providing exceptional care by consistently evolving our programs in order to reflect evidence-based best practices. Standing firm in the belief that chemical dependency is a highly treatable condition, we have found that by using clinical, behavioral, 12-Step, and pharmacological interventions, the detrimental effects of addiction and mental illness can be arrested.
At Bowling Green, we are pleased to offer comprehensive residential programming that provides treatment for men and women, aged 18 and older, who are suffering from substance use disorders or dual diagnosis concerns. In order to provide care that is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual who comes to Bowling Green, we offer separate programming for those who are in need of general rehabilitation services in order to address chemical dependency, as well as dual diagnosis programming for those who are suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Using a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach, in conjunction with person-centered and psychoeducational approaches, the following options for care are available to residents receiving treatment at Bowling Green:
Medically monitored detoxification: When residents arrive at Bowling Green with drugs or alcohol in their systems, they may benefit from going through the process of medically supervised detoxification prior to engaging in our residential rehabilitation programming. This detoxification process allows individuals to have any and all substances cleared from their bodies while remaining in a safe, medically monitored environment. During this detox process, residents are afforded the opportunity to take part in individual therapy at a minimum of once per week. Additionally, residents take part in group therapy each day, of which may include discussions on a variety of topics, such as healthy living, communication skills, handling guilt, cycles of behavior, anger management, impulse control, recovery stress, and an introduction to the 12-Steps. Residents in the detox program are also provided with time for recreation on a daily basis, as well as time for relaxation training 5 days a week. If symptoms of a psychiatric condition are present, residents will have an initial consult with the psychiatrist and will then follow-up on an as-needed basis when stepped down to the rehabilitation level of care.
Medication management: Residents who are engaged in the dual diagnosis program will meet with a psychiatrist once a week. Medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and other qualified members of the nursing staff are also on hand to meet with residents in order to monitor the effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Residents engaged in both the rehabilitation and dual diagnosis programs are able to take part in individual therapy sessions at a minimum of once per week. Led by qualified counselors, these sessions are designed to be a time for residents to meet on a one-to-one basis with a professional who can help them process through their time in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and celebrate successes and accomplishments as they happen.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are available to residents and their loved ones on an as-needed basis and may be scheduled at any time if it is deemed appropriate for helping a resident in his or her recovery. All family members of residents, however, are encouraged to attend Bowling Green’s weekly family program. This program occurs every Sunday and includes a one-hour psychoeducational presentation, followed by an hour-long meeting with the resident, his or her family members, and an available counselor. Additionally, Al Anon representatives come to these meetings in order to provide information, assistance, and support to the family members of residents.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are a major component of the care provided at Bowling Green. Led by both counselors and clinical technicians, the groups that take place in both the rehabilitation program and the dual diagnosis program include process groups, psychoeducational groups, 12-Step groups, gender groups, community meetings, and daily wrap-up meetings.
Residents taking part in the rehabilitation program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Relapse Prevention
- The Family and Substance Use
- Anger and Substance Use
- Stages of Change
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Guilt Traps
- Stress Tricks
- Stink Think
Residents taking part in the dual diagnosis program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Focused Thinking
- Clean Thinking
- Overcoming Depression
- Social Skills Development
- Overcoming Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Anger Management
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Overcoming the Past
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Relapse Prevention
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to the treatment offered, Bowling Green offers opportunities for experiential therapies in addition to the more traditional therapeutic approaches. Experiential groups are included as part of the psychoeducational component to treatment and typically occur on a weekly basis. Music therapy, meditation, and Reiki are examples of the experiential therapies offered. In addition, there is time set aside every day, twice on Fridays and Saturdays, for residents to participate in recreational activities.
Continuing Care and Discharge Planning
In addition to our residential programming options, Bowling Green also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for males, aged 18 and older. Men who take part in Bowling Green’s PHP are provided with overnight housing off-campus where they will receive 3 meals a day and transportation to and from Bowling Green’s campus. Once on campus, residents partake in approximately 6 hours of onsite programming. Men who take part in PHP meet with their primary counselors for their morning process groups and then attend psychoeducational groups for the rest of the day. In the evenings, residents participate in a 12-Step meeting off-campus where they can begin working on utilizing their skills in a real world setting.
Additionally, residents engaged in Bowling Green’s partial hospitalization program are provided with individual therapy sessions twice each week and various group therapy sessions each day. When residents are suffering from a dual diagnosis, they will have the opportunity to meet with a psychiatrist once each week for medication management services. Residents and their family members are also encouraged to participate in Bowling Green’s weekly family program.
When residents’ time at Bowling Green comes to an end, regardless of which program they have taken part in, our dedicated staff works with them to ensure that the transition back into their everyday lives is a smooth and comfortable one. In collaboration with each resident, the counselors at Bowling Green make appropriate arrangements so that the most appropriate level of care is recommended post one’s discharge from programming. For men, they may discharge from residential and go directly into our PHP, whereas others may be ready to return home and receive follow-up services at a less intensive rate. For women, once their time in residential programming is completed, appropriate measures will be taken in order to make sure that they are set up with aftercare options that will most optimally meet their continuing care needs. Our case managers facilitate the process of setting up appointments, arranging transportation, and making sure that there is a streamlined transition to any specialized appointments that may be beneficial.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, look no further than Bowling Green. Here you will find a smart, highly-trained staff of skilled and compassionate professionals who will go the extra mile to ensure that you or your loved one receives the comprehensive care needed in order to start on the path to a better future.