The abuse of alcohol is, sadly, something that plagues many individuals throughout the world today. While the consumption of alcohol in moderate amounts is a generally accepted practice for individuals over the age of 21 in the United States, there are some people who find that that they are incapable of limiting the amount of this substance that they drink. When this is the case, and an individual’s ability to function appropriately on a daily basis becomes hindered as a result of this excessive drinking, he or she is likely in need of assistance in order to overcome the addiction that has developed. At Bowling Green, we recognize how challenging it can be to fight the war against an addiction to alcohol and have therefore devised specialized programming options that are aimed at helping the outcomes of these battles be successful ones. Dedicated to being a leader in providing clinical excellence in the quality chemical dependency treatment we offer, the staff at Bowling Green remains steadfast in our commitment to teaching those entrusted into our care the skills needed to achieve fully recovered lives, free from the grips of an addiction to alcohol.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have discovered that a family member or loved one is stuck in the vicious cycle of alcohol abuse, you are likely feeling extremely concerned about what his or her future holds if he or she does not put an end to his or her use of this substance. You probably recognize that your loved one needs help, but you may feel unsure as to what role you should play in assisting him or her in finding and receiving that help. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Learn about the disease of addiction. Having this knowledge will help you better empathize with what your loved one is going through.
- Become educated on the effects of prolonged alcohol abuse. Doing so will aid you in more appropriately conveying your concerns in conversation with your loved one.
- Research treatment options that incorporate programming that is specially designed to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling with chemical dependency.
- Sit down and have an open conversation with your loved one regarding his or her alcohol use. Express your concerns in a non-judgmental manner, and provide your loved one with an opportunity to share his or her concerns and fears as well.
- Share with your loved one your findings on treatment centers that may be viable options for him or her. Demonstrate support by offering to go with your loved one to any appointments that are scheduled for assessments or tours of the various treatment centers that meet your loved one’s needs.
- Once your loved one has made the decision to take part in treatment, consult with his or her treatment provider about ways that you can be an active part of his or her treatment process, both while he or she is actually in treatment, as well as once treatment has ended and your loved one has returned home.
- Remain an ongoing source of support for your loved one. Recognize that there will likely be setbacks along the road to recovery, but do not give up on your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
An addiction to alcohol can bring about many obstacles in an individual’s life. Depending on the frequency and severity of a person’s alcohol use, his or her ability to perform adequately in occupational settings may become greatly hindered, or he or she may frequently be absent from work all together. Both of these situations have the potential to result in the individual losing his or her job and the onset of financial struggles. Relationships also commonly become disturbed when alcohol addiction is a factor in a person’s life. Familial strife is prominent, divorce may occur, and friendships often become significantly troubled. In some cases, this can result in an individual isolating him or herself, while also further perpetuating the devastating cycle of alcohol abuse. Additionally, an individual’s physical and mental health are both at risk as alcohol abuse continues to persist. By engaging in appropriate treatment, however, these ramifications can be successfully avoided and individuals can find hope in a future that does not revolve around alcohol.
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, including an addiction to alcohol, 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, including alcohol addiction, 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 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, of 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 psychoeducational groups, process groups, gender groups, 12-Step 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
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Stages of Change
- Anger and Substance Use
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Relapse Prevention
- Stress Tricks
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Guilt Traps
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Stink Think
Residents taking part in the dual diagnosis program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Clean Thinking
- Anger Management
- Focused Thinking
- Impulse Control
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Social Skills Development
- Overcoming Guilt
- Overcoming Depression
- Overcoming the Past
- Relapse Prevention
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to the treatment offered, Bowling Green gives residents 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 for individuals battling an addiction to alcohol, 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 post one’s discharge from programming. For men, they may discharge from residential and go directly 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 drugs and/or alcohol, 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.