Opioid abuse and addiction are unfortunately common problems in modern society. From prescription medications, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, to illegal drugs, such as heroin, opioids are commonly abused for purposes of both self-medication and recreation. Regardless of the reasons why a person misuses an opioid, he or she runs the risk of experiencing a wide range of severely negative effects. Opioids are highly addictive substances that are used both to alleviate pain and to induce a relaxed euphoric state. Because opioid users can develop tolerance to these substances, they can quickly find themselves using increasingly larger or more potent doses of the drug, which puts them in greater jeopardy of experiencing health issues, cognitive damage, or even death from overdose.
At Bowling Green, we understand the unique struggles and challenges that accompany opioid abuse and addiction. Throughout more than three decades of helping men and women who are struggling with a substance use disorder, we have developed highly specialized programming that is specifically designed to address not only the symptoms of opioid abuse and addiction, but also the underlying or co-occurring disorders that may have led to or been exacerbated by this behavior. At Bowling Green, we have created a safe and secure environment where talented treatment professionals guide struggling individuals out of the depths of addiction and onto the path of hope, healing, and long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
The devastation of opioid addiction is not limited to the damage that is inflicted upon the addicted individual. Friends, family members, and others who care about or are dependent upon the addicted person are likely to be impacted by this problematic behavior. For these people, the disruption that addiction introduces into their lives is often accompanied by the pain of seeing their loved one in crisis and the mistaken belief that they are powerless to make a difference.
You can neither cure your loved one’s addiction nor force him or her to get help. But there are a number of actions that you can take that may make a life-changing difference in your loved one’s life:
- Learn about the disease of addiction and the specific ways that opioids affect the mind and body. The more you understand what your loved one is experiencing, the better able you will be to provide meaningful assistance.
- Research treatment options and identify programs that may be best suited to meeting your loved one’s needs.
- Express your concerns to your loved one. Approach this conversation with both an open mind and an open heart. Depending upon your relationship and the severity of your loved one’s problem, you may want to involve other friends or family members, or perhaps even a professional.
- When your loved one is ready to get help, volunteer to help make appointments, arrange program visits, provide transportation, and handle other logistics.
- Practice self-care. You have been impacted by your loved one’s addiction, and you cannot be a consistent source of support if you neglect your own needs.
Finally, remember that recovery is a long process that will involve both successes and setbacks. Be prepared to celebrate these successes and be a source of comfort during the darker times.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
Opioid abuse and addiction can exact a significant toll on a person’s health and wellbeing. The physical impact of prolonged opioid abuse includes muscle pain and spasms, nausea, dangerously low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and depressed respiration. Mentally and emotionally, individuals who abuse and become addicted to opioids may experience memory problems, significant cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, and delusions. With a weakened body and impaired mind, opioid abusers may find it difficult or impossible to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, meet work- or school-related responsibilities, or otherwise productively participate in daily life. Financial ruin, unemployment, legal problems, and homelessness are very real possibilities in the lives of people who are unable to overcome the compulsion to abuse opioids.
On a much more positive note, effective treatment programs, such as the services that are offered at Bowling Green, have proved to be very successful in helping individuals who are struggling with a substance use disorder involving opioids. With the right type and level of professional help, the despair of opioid addiction can be replaced by the hope of long-term recovery.
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 opioid addiction and dual diagnosis 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, ages 18 and above, via two distinct sets of focused programming that include general rehabilitation for residents who are dealing with substance problems such as opioid 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 both 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, and is an essential precursor to residential treatment for a substance use disorder. Individuals who are unable to detox from opioids 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 opioid abuse and 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 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 opioid 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.
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 opioid 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 a 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 therapy, sessions with a psychiatrist, 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 opioid 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.