The dangers associated with an addiction to substances are not limited to the abuse of illicit drugs. Many people abuse prescription medications and can become trapped in the vicious cycle of addiction just as easily as those who abuse illegal narcotics. Benzodiazepines, more specifically, describe a group of medications that are prescribed to treat such ailments as anxiety disorder symptoms and seizures. When taken as directed by one’s physician, these medications provide invaluable relief to sufferers of such conditions so that their lives can be healthy and productive. However, when a person consumes these types of medications, which can include Xanax and Ativan, for recreational purposes, the functioning of that individual can be greatly hindered as a substance abuse problem has likely formed. Also commonly referred to as benzo abuse, benzodiazepine abuse can render a number of harmful effects for a person and result in widespread devastation across several areas of an individual’s life. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can offer the help needed to overcome a benzo abuse problem.
At Bowling Green, we understand the emotional pain associated with an addiction to benzodiazepines. For this reason, we are proud to offer the life-saving treatment needed to overcome an addiction so that those grappling with a substance abuse problem 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
When it becomes apparent that a loved one is abusing benzodiazepines, close friends and family members are frequently wrought with a wide range of feelings and emotions. An often go-to reaction for coping with this type of discovery is to figure out what can be done to help someone with a substance abuse problem of this kind. Consider doing the following if you have a loved one who is abusing benzos:
- Learn about the warning signs of benzodiazepine abuse, as this will give you a better understanding of how severe your loved one’s substance abuse problem is.
- Talk with your loved one about his or her abuse of these medications.
- Assist your loved one in researching treatment providers.
- Encourage your loved one to reach out to his or her provider of choice to ask questions or to schedule his or her initial assessment for admissions.
Once your loved one has agreed to go to treatment and goes to his or her provider of choice, it will be advantageous to take the following steps:
- Encourage your loved one to follow through on treatment recommendations made.
- Talk with your loved one regularly and listen to what he or she has to say about his or her treatment experiences.
- Remain positive.
- If the treatment provider offers family sessions, attend them when they are scheduled.
- If there are additional services available for family members, it is advisable to partake in them so that you can benefit from the expertise of your loved one’s treatment providers.
- Seek your own support while your loved one is in treatment.
By following through on these steps, your loved one will likely have a successful treatment experience and you will have a better grasp of your love one’s problem, as well as a support system of your own, during this difficult time.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
Prolonged abuse of benzodiazepines can result in devastating effects that could be irreversible. As with other substance abuse problems, it is likely that someone who abuses benzos will experience a decline in his or her occupational performance, which could lead to job loss and compounding financial difficulties. Additionally, the mental health of a person who regularly abuses these medications will, unfortunately, display deteriorating cognitive functioning, memory impairment, and drastic shifts in mood. With regards to an individual’s physical health, it is probable that that person will experience numerous health concerns, as the abuse of such medications can cause damage to vital organs. Lastly, if treatment is not sought for a benzodiazepine addiction, there is an increased risk for that individual to have interaction with the legal system if the means by which he or she acquires these medications does not abide by the law. For these reasons and more, seeking and receiving treatment is imperative for a person to combat a benzo abuse problem and live a happy life without such concerns or risks.
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 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 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 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:
- The Family and Substance Use
- Anger and Substance Use
- Stages of Change
- Stress Tricks
- Stink Think
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Guilt Traps
- Relapse Prevention
Residents taking part in the dual diagnosis program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Impulse Control
- Anger Management
- Recovering Emotions
- Relapse Prevention
- Focused Thinking
- Clean Thinking
- Overcoming Depression
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Social Skills Development
- Overcoming Guilt
- Overcoming the Past
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to the treatment offered here, 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 directly followed by admission 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 benzodiazepines, 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.