Amphetamines, a group of drugs that can include both illicit and legal drugs, are substances that stimulate the central nervous system and increase alertness and focus when they are ingested. Medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) fall in this group of substances and are often abused by individuals who wish to increase their abilities to stay alert and focused for certain tasks. Additionally, cocaine and methamphetamine are also part of this group and are abused for the mind and mood-altering effects that these substances provide. Should an amphetamine abuse problem or addiction become a factor in a person’s life, the resulting effects carry the potential to be devastating. In many cases, treatment is needed to overcome this type of substance abuse problem, as failing to do so will lead to ongoing misuse of these drugs.
At Bowling Green, we understand the physical and psychological pain associated with an addiction to amphetamines. For this reason, we are proud to offer the life-saving treatment needed to overcome an addiction so that those grappling with substance abuse problems and addiction can come to understand their condition more and acquire the skills needed to achieve and sustain healing, recovery, and sobriety.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Close friends and family members who become aware that a loved one is abusing amphetamines may not always know what can be done to help the person they care about. The insidious cycle of an amphetamine addiction can take hold of a person in such a way that efforts to help an individual battling a substance abuse problem of this kind often prove futile. However, if someone you care about is struggling with an amphetamine addiction, the following steps can help assist you in helping your loved one get the treatment he or she needs:
- Talk with your loved one about his or her amphetamine abuse problem. Be sure to keep an open mind and try your best to understand where he or she is coming from.
- Communicate that you feel he or she needs treatment and offer to assist him or her in the treatment seeking process.
- Encourage your loved one to reach out to treatment providers to inquire about services and programs, as doing this can alleviate some apprehension that he or she may be feel about getting treatment.
- Offer to take your loved one to his or her initial assessment.
Once your loved one has chosen and engaged in treatment, there remains some things that you can do to help your loved one be successful while receiving care for his or her amphetamine addiction. First, it is important to remain in contact with your loved one and offer your unwavering support during this difficult time. Secondly, you can seek the assistance of your loved one’s treatment provider to understand what you can do to help your loved one, as the professionals at your loved one’s treatment center can offer a great deal of invaluable guidance. Lastly, it is crucial that you be part of your loved one’s care if there are family sessions or other family-oriented activities or programs available.
By following through on the aforementioned steps, you will be able to effectively help your loved one and yourself during this tumultuous time.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
When a person regularly abuses amphetamines, a whole host of health risks can arise as a result. Ulcers are known to develop, malnutrition can become an issue if the individual is no longer getting the proper amount of food and nutrients in his or her diet, liver damage can occur, and heart failure can be a consequence if treatment is not sought. Additionally, the toll that is taken on a person’s brain functioning can include permanent damage to the brain itself, hindered cognitive abilities, memory loss, and irreversible nerve damage. With regards to an individual’s mental health, those who abuse amphetamines are at risk for experiencing psychosis, extreme paranoia, exacerbated mental health condition symptoms, or the onset of symptoms synonymous with mental illness. Furthermore, it is common for abusers of these substances to experience ideations of suicide, engage in self-harming behaviors, or make attempts to end their lives as a means of escaping the turmoil that is apparent. With treatment, however, the devastating effects of amphetamines abuse can be avoided and finally be put to rest.
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, the staff at 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 the 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 certain drugs and/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, 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 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:
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Stages of Change
- Stress Tricks
- Stink Think
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Guilt Traps
- Relapse Prevention
- The Family and Substance Use
- Anger and Substance Use
Residents taking part in the dual diagnosis program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Relapse Prevention
- Impulse Control
- Anger Management
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Focused Thinking
- Social Skills Development
- Overcoming Guilt
- Overcoming the Past
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Clean Thinking
- Overcoming Depression
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 following one’s discharge from programming. For men, discharge from residential may be followed directly by entry 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 amphetamines, 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.