Methamphetamine, which is also referred to as meth, is a highly addictive and extremely dangerous illegal substance. Methamphetamine use triggers a flood of dopamine in the user’s brain, which results in an intense rush of euphoria and a sense of detachment from one’s surroundings. The pleasant sensations felt while under the influence of meth is usually followed by a depressing emotional crash, which often leads to a strong urge to abuse the drug again in order to achieve that enticing high once more.
The hold that meth can exert on a user is so powerful that an addiction can occur the first time a person abuses this dangerous drug, making meth addiction a particularly devastating experience that is difficult to overcome alone. The downward spiral experienced by someone addicted to meth can quickly rob a person of his or her physical health, mental stability, and emotional wellbeing. As the addicted individual becomes increasingly more obsessed with acquiring and using meth, he or she will sacrifice personal relationships, job responsibilities, and other elements that give life value and meaning.
But it does not have to be this way. With effective professional intervention, meth addiction can be beaten.
At Bowling Green, we understand the degree to which meth addiction can impact virtually every aspect of a person’s life. We also know how to help people extricate themselves from the chains of this particularly insidious addiction and regain control over their lives. For more than three decades, Bowling Green has been a place of help and hope, where dedicated and experienced treatment professionals have helped thousands of men and women find the path back to a healthy and productive life, free from the scourge of meth addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The impact of meth addiction is rarely limited to the person who has become dependent upon this horrific substance. If you care about someone who has become dependent upon meth, then you are well aware that watching a friend or family member struggle with this disease is an exercise in fear, frustration, and hopelessness. What you may not know, though, is that you are not powerless in the face of your loved one’s addiction. To make a positive difference in your addicted loved one’s life, consider the following:
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction and the specific ways that methamphetamine abuse can impact a person’s life. As you increase your understanding of the science of addiction and the psychology of recovery, you will enable yourself to be a source of valuable and actionable information for your loved one.
- Investigate treatment options that that are available for someone in your loved one’s situation. Online research, phone calls, and even in-person visits will help you identify the program or programs that will provide the type and level of care that your loved one needs.
- Prepare yourself to have a productive conversation with your loved one. Depending upon the nature and extent of your loved one’s situation, talking about treatment may best be accomplished via a casual conversation or a more formal intervention. Learn what to say and what not to say and determine if other loved ones or a professional interventionist should be involved.
- Remain compassionate, understanding, and open-minded. Meth addiction can impair a person’s cognitive abilities and transform his or her personality. Talking about treatment is not the time for expressing anger or disappointment; instead, it is an opportunity to express your dedication to developing the solution that will help your loved one.
- Participate in treatment and aftercare when appropriate. If your loved one’s treatment program has a family component, participate to the fullest extent. When your loved one is developing his or her continuing care plan, volunteer to help with transportation or other arrangements.
Ultimately, it is important to realize that recovery is neither a short nor a straightforward process. Treatment is the first step on a long path. There will be times when your loved one will make great strides and other periods when he or she will experience profound setbacks. Commit to being a consistent positive presence through it all.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
It is difficult to overstate the degree to which untreated methamphetamine addiction can damage a person’s life.
Physically, individuals who are addicted to meth are at a greater risk for suffering heart, lung, liver, and kidney damage, as well as sores, abscesses, malnutrition, and severe dental problems. A weakened immune system and an impaired ability to make healthy decisions puts meth abusers in danger of developing viral infections, contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and suffering injuries related to falls and other accidents.
The impact of meth abuse on a user’s mental and emotional health can be similarly devastating. Hallucinations, delusions, disorientation, and psychosis are common experiences, as are anxiety and paranoia. The combined effect of this damage to users’ minds and bodies will have a decidedly negative impact on their ability to maintain healthy personal relationships and/or meet employment-related responsibilities. Separation, divorce, joblessness, and homelessness are far from uncommon among people who have been ensnared by long-term meth addiction.
Clearly, meth addiction is a complex challenge that can manifest a multitude of ill effects. Yet, with effective professional treatment, individuals addicted to this dangerous substance can be treated, future harm can be avoided, and successful long-term recovery can be achieved.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bowling Green
Bowling Green has been a premier provider of highly effective residential treatment services for adults who are struggling with addictions to substances, such as meth, and dual diagnoses for more than three decades. Our treatment philosophy is based upon the belief that chemical dependency is a highly treatable condition that can be arrested through a comprehensive approach that incorporates medical, pharmacological, clinical, behavioral, and 12-Step interventions.
From the day we accepted our first resident in 1982, Bowling Green has been committed to being a center of healing and hope, where evidence-based, research-supported treatment is provided in an atmosphere of the utmost dignity and respect.
The treatment methods utilized at Bowling Green feature comprehensive services for men and women, aged 18 and above, via two distinct sets of focused programming that include general rehabilitation for residents who are dealing with substance problems, such as meth abuse and addiction, as well as dual diagnosis treatment for those whose substance use disorder is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition. Both treatment tracks feature cognitive behavioral therapy and a person-centered therapeutic approach and provide individualized care while emphasizing active positive collaboration between residents and treatment professionals.
In both the rehab and dual diagnosis programs, treatment is provided by bachelor’s and master’s level counselors, case managers, psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurses, and clinical technicians.
The following are among the many elements that may be included in the personalized treatment plans of residents who are enrolled in Bowling Green’s general rehabilitation and dual diagnosis programs:
Medically monitored detoxification: Detox is the process of ridding one’s body of alcohol and other drugs, such as meth, and is an essential precursor to residential treatment for a substance use disorder. Individuals who are unable to detox from methamphetamine prior to their arrival on our campus may complete this process at our center in a medically supervised environment that minimizes risk and discomfort. In addition to enhanced safety and comfort, other benefits of completing medically monitored detoxification at Bowling Green include being able to participate in individual and group therapy sessions, recreational activities, and relaxation training sessions. For residents in our dual diagnosis program who need detoxification services, the initial psychiatric consultation and any necessary follow-up appointments are able to take place while they are in the detox unit.
Medication management: Depending upon the specific needs of each resident, treatment at Bowling Green may include medication. The dual diagnosis program features weekly one-on-one meetings between each resident and a psychiatrist, during which time medication-related issues can be evaluated and addressed as needed. Residents who have questions or concerns about their medication management are able to meet with medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and other experienced and qualified members of our nursing staff. These professionals are also available to monitor the progress of residents who are receiving medication management services and can make adjustments to their medication regimens when necessary.
Individual therapy: Conducted at a minimum of one time each week, individual therapy sessions are one of the cornerstones of the Bowling Green treatment experience for residents who are in the rehabilitation program for methamphetamine addiction, as well as for residents in the dual diagnosis program. These one-on-one meetings between residents and counselors provide a confidential and supportive setting for residents to discuss their progress in treatment, address any concerns, emotions, or issues that have arisen since their last session and is also a forum to receive appropriate therapeutic guidance.
Family therapy: Treatment at Bowling Green does not feature regularly scheduled family therapy sessions, but residents who are in the rehabilitation program for meth addiction or who are in our dual diagnosis program may have family sessions scheduled on an as-needed basis when such sessions have been identified as being clinically appropriate. Bowling Green does invite and encourage loved ones of our residents to participate in our family program, which is held every Sunday. Each family program session features an hour-long presentation followed by another hour spent meeting with the resident, his or her family members, and one of our staff counselors. Representatives from Al-Anon, a peer support group for friends and family members of individuals who struggle with addiction, regularly attend our family program as an additional resource.
Group therapy: Group therapy provides residents with a valuable opportunity to learn from and share experiences and insights with peers and staff professionals. This form of therapy is an important daily element of treatment at Bowling Green. Residents in both the main rehab program for meth abuse and addiction and the dual diagnosis program will participate in a variety of groups during their time with us. Common groups at Bowling Green include psychoeducational groups, 12-Step groups, community meetings, gender-specific groups, process groups, and daily wrap-up meetings. Each of these groups is led by a skilled and experienced counselor or clinical technician.
Residents in the main rehab program may take part in the following groups:
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Guilt Traps
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Preventing Relapse
- The Family and Substance Use
- Stages of Change
- Anger and Substance Use
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Stress Tricks
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Stink Think
When taking part in the dual diagnosis program, residents may engage in the following groups:
- Overcoming the Past
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
- Focused Thinking
- Overcoming Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Clean Thinking
- Social Skills Development
- Relapse Prevention
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
Experiential therapy: As the name implies, experiential therapy offers more opportunities for movement, activity, and action than do the more traditional forms of talk therapy. Experiential therapy enhances the holistic nature of treatment at Bowling Green by providing innovative and dynamic therapeutic opportunities for residents of both the main rehabilitation and dual diagnosis programs on a weekly basis. Experiential therapy offerings at Bowling Green include Reiki, music therapy, and meditation. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities every day, with extra recreation sessions scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays.
Continuing Care and Discharge Planning
When male residents complete either our main rehab program or dual diagnosis treatment, those who need a structured intermediary experience before returning home may enroll in our partial hospitalization program, which is also referred to as PHP.
The men who participate in PHP reside in off-campus housing. Each morning, they are transported to our campus, where they participate in a morning process group and variety of psychoeducational groups and other forms of group therapy. Individual therapy sessions are conducted twice each week. Men who enroll in PHP after completing our dual diagnosis program meet with a psychiatrist on a weekly basis as part of their medication management monitoring.
In the evening, residents take part in 12-Step meetings off-campus in order to provide them with an opportunity to begin working on utilizing their skills in a real world setting. The PHP residents and their loved ones are also welcome to take part in Bowling Green’s family program each Sunday.
Whether or not they enroll in PHP, all residents who complete either the main rehabilitation program or the dual diagnosis program at Bowling Green will return home with a comprehensive continuing care plan. The day a resident arrives on our campus, planning begins to ensure that his or her transition home is as seamless and productive as possible. Throughout their time in treatment, our residents work closely with their counselors to prepare for the post-residential phase of their recovery.
Continuing care planning includes identifying which services and resources will be most effective in meeting the resident’s needs and making the necessary arrangements to confirm that these services will be available and accessible. Depending upon each resident’s specific situation, continuing care planning may involve making appointments for counseling, psychiatric sessions, connecting with community-based support groups, making transportation arrangements, and securing additional services as needed.
At Bowling Green, we understand the complex challenges posed by meth addiction and dual diagnoses. Perhaps more importantly, we know how to help men and women escape the downward spiral of these disorders and regain a secure foothold on the path of long-term recovery. When you or your loved one chooses to heal at Bowling Green, you can make that decision secure in the knowledge that the day you enter treatment you will join in active collaboration with a team of talented and experienced professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their commitment to improving the lives of our residents.