The category of stimulants includes several legal and illicit substances, some of which have a variety of valuable medical uses and others that are dangerous recreational drugs. Common effects among the various types of stimulants include boosting energy, enhancing focus, and providing euphoric sensations. Unfortunately, other shared features of stimulants are that they are often abused and pose a high risk for addiction.
Whether a person has become dependent upon a prescribed amphetamine-based medication or an illegal drug such as cocaine, being addicted to a stimulant can be an overwhelming experience that often cannot be escaped without qualified professional assistance.
At Bowling Green, we have had significant experience helping men and women who have become addicted to stimulants. Through our years of service, we have developed a number of specialized comprehensive treatment programs that have proved to be highly effective in the fight against stimulant addiction. With personalized treatment provided in a compassionate manner by talented and dedicated professionals, Bowling Green ensures that all residents receive the type and level of care that will identify, address, and help them to overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from living the healthy drug-free lives that they both desire and deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a loved one has developed a stimulant abuse problem can be a surprising, frustrating, and painful realization. In many cases, caring about a loved one’s continued health and happiness competes with confusion about the disease of addiction and fear that the afflicted individual cannot be helped by friends or family members.
Yes, addiction is a medical condition that often requires professional treatment, but that doesn’t mean that loved ones do not have an essential role to play in the recovery process. The following are among the many steps that a friend or family member can take to help a loved one who has become addicted to stimulants:
- Educate yourself about the disease of addiction in general and the specific symptoms, effects, and other concerns that are directly related to stimulant addiction.
- Research the various types and levels of treatment that may be available to your loved one. Identify the forms of treatment that appear to be most closely aligned with your loved one’s needs, and find programs that can provide this care.
- Learn about the most productive techniques for speaking to a loved one about his or her addiction. What you say to your loved one, how you say it, and even when and where you have this conversation can have a strong influence on whether or not the conversation will have a positive outcome.
- Be an active positive presence in your loved one’s life. Offer to drive him or her to appointments, make the initial contact with possible treatment programs, or provide any other services and support that will help your loved one get the treatment that he or she needs.
- Remain committed and supportive both during and after treatment. If appropriate, attend family workshops, therapy sessions, and other such opportunities that are offered within your loved one’s treatment program. Discover what types of support you can provide as part of your loved one’s post-treatment continuing care plan.
Ultimately, the best way to support a loved one before, during, and after addiction treatment is to be an informed, present, active, and non-judgmental presence in his or her life. Recovery is a long and winding path. Commit to being there for the successes as well as the setbacks, and continue to learn how best to be a valuable member of your loved one’s support network.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
Untreated stimulant addiction can result in a wide range of adverse effects and negative consequences. Individuals who fail to get effective professional treatment for their dependence on stimulants put themselves at risk for experiencing grievous physical, mental, and emotional harm.
Prolonged stimulant abuse has been associated with potentially irreversible damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. The impact of stimulant abuse on a person’s cognitive abilities can include impaired problem-solving skills, diminished capacity for abstract thinking, and reduced ability to make and access memories. On a social level, stimulant abuse and addiction can exert significant strain on interpersonal relationships, prompting addicted individuals to withdraw from and/or be ostracized by friends and family members. Of course, stimulant abuse and its resultant effects can also have significant negative ramifications on the addicted individual’s employment status.
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 stimulant 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, 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 stimulant abuse and addiction and 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, and is an essential precursor to residential treatment for a substance use disorder. Individuals who are unable to detox from stimulants 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 can 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 stimulant 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 a problem with stimulants 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 stimulant 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 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 therapy, counseling, or 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 stimulant 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.