One of the most frequently abused illegal substances in existence today is cocaine. A drug that is known to cause users to feel invincible and engage in behaviors that could be risky or life-threatening, cocaine induces an enticing high that leads people to abuse it regularly. And even though the high caused by cocaine is short-lived, those who abuse it often continue to do so with the hopes of sustaining the feelings and sensations that accompany the high. Over time, a person develops a tolerance for this substance and ultimately requires more of it in order to experience the high that is desired. The resulting effects that occur when an individual abuses cocaine regularly can be far-reaching and begin to affect friends and family members as well.
However, once a person makes the brave decision to end his or her abuse of cocaine, there are treatment centers that he or she can turn to for help. By engaging in treatment, the vicious cycle of cocaine abuse can be halted and the risks associated with long-term cocaine abuse can be significantly diminished.
At Bowling Green, we understand the physical and psychological pain associated with a cocaine addiction. For this reason, we are proud to offer the life-saving treatment needed to overcome an addiction so that those grappling with an addiction 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
If you have a friend or family member battling an addiction to cocaine, then you are probably aware of the damage that it has caused. As a concerned loved one, you may often feel as though nothing can be done to help the person you care about, as you have likely witnessed your friend or family member’s life become consumed by the ongoing abuse of this powerful drug. What is important for you, a concerned friend or family member, to know is that there is help available and that there are steps that you can take to help your loved one get the life-changing care that he or she so desperately needs:
- Learn about cocaine addiction.
- Research treatment options.
- Talk with your loved one about your concerns.
- Agree to help your loved one chose a treatment provider.
- Offer to accompany him or her to any assessments scheduled for admissions.
- Convey your intentions to be supportive before, during, and after your loved one seeks and receives treatment.
Once your loved one is engaged in a treatment program, you can take the next set of steps to ensure that your loved one will be successful during the therapeutic process:
- Remain in contact with your loved one.
- Attend any family sessions or family-focused activities available at your loved one’s treatment center.
- Consult with your loved one’s treatment provider to learn what you can do to help your loved one be successful and follow through with his or her suggestions.
- When in contact with your loved one, be open to hearing about his or her experiences, good and bad.
- Remain encouraging and remind your loved one that setbacks can be overcome.
- Advise your loved one to adhere to treatment recommendations during and after treatment is complete.
It is also beneficial to prepare yourself for when your loved one returns home. Learn what has helped your loved one remain on the road to recovery and ask how you can help him or her continue the progress he or she has made.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
Failing to seek treatment for a cocaine addiction can often mean a grim future for a person. When an individual first uses cocaine, he or she is likely not doing so hoping to become addicted to it. The intoxicating high that ensues when a person uses this drug can trigger a person to abuse it over and over again. When this occurs, job performance will likely suffer, personal responsibilities will no longer be of importance, relationships will fall apart, and the use of this substance will be the center of the individual’s universe. Even more detrimental are the mental and physical health risks associated with cocaine abuse. If a person is battling a mental illness at the same time, those symptoms can become worse and lead to an overall deterioration of one’s mental health. In terms of a person’s physical health, the risks associated with cocaine abuse can include malnutrition, vital organ damage, heart attack, and destruction of one’s nasal tissue. Finally, the ongoing risk of overdose is a risk that could prove fatal if treatment is not sought to end a substance abuse problem of this kind. Thankfully, abusers of cocaine can seek and receive the treatment needed to become sober once more.
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, such as a cocaine use disorder, 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 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:
- Recovering Emotions
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Guilt Traps
- Stress Tricks
- Stink Think
- Relapse Prevention
- The Family and Substance Use
- Anger and Substance Use
- Stages of Change
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
Residents taking part in the dual diagnosis program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Focused Thinking
- Clean Thinking
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Overcoming the Past
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Relapse Prevention
- Overcoming Depression
- Social Skills Development
- Overcoming Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Anger Management
- Recovering Emotions
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to the treatment offered, 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 post discharge from programming. For male clients, discharge from residential may be followed directly by entry 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 cocaine, 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.