When the symptoms of a mental health condition are affecting an individual, the turmoil that can arise in his or her life can be monumental. The presence of an anxiety disorder is no different. And when the symptoms of an anxiety disorder are coupled with the presence of a substance abuse problem, the trials that an individual will face on a daily basis can be devastating. At Bowling Green, we understand how difficult it can be to combat an addiction when a mental health condition, such as an anxiety disorder, is present at the same time. Our staff of knowledgeable and compassionate professionals is trained and experienced in caring for people with such afflictions and is dedicated to improving the lives of all who chose to heal with us. It is our mission to provide the most exceptional care possible and we have been able to help countless men and women transform their lives by offering effective treatment within each of our programs. If you or someone you love is in need of a treatment provider that can help begin the journey towards a healed and recovered existence, look no further than Bowling Green. We are here to help you or your loved one begin the recovery journey.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is plagued by the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, as well as an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you are likely experiencing a great deal of worry about his or her wellbeing. While you know that your loved one needs help, you may feel unsure as to what you, specifically, can do to assist him or her in getting that help. Consider the following:
- Gain as much knowledge as you can about anxiety disorders. Often times, people who are struggling with anxiety disorders find it difficult to express to others how they are feeling. By obtaining knowledge about the condition itself, you are not only showing support for your loved one, but also helping him or her by developing a sense of empathy towards what he or she is going through.
- Learn about the disease of addiction. Again, by having this knowledge, you will be able to develop a sense of empathy and understanding towards what your loved one experiences on a daily basis, which can, in turn, help you develop a sense of patience and compassion towards him or her.
- Research options for treatment that cater to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling with dual diagnoses.
- Have a candid conversation with your loved one, expressing your concerns in a caring and non-judgmental manner. Provide him or her with an opportunity to share his or her own concerns and fears relating to his or her struggles and the prospect of getting treatment.
- Show your loved one the different treatment options that you discovered during your search. Demonstrate your support by offering to go with him or her to any appointments that may be scheduled.
- If your loved one makes the decision to engage in treatment, speak with his or her treatment provider and ask for suggestions on ways that you can be an active part of his or her therapeutic process.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
When an individual is suffering from an anxiety disorder and does not receive treatment, he or she is susceptible to experiencing a number of adverse consequences. For example, individuals suffering from anxiety disorders often struggle with an ever-decreasing self-esteem, which can result in social isolation, the onset of self-harming behaviors, and the development of suicidal ideation. Additionally, those who battle an untreated anxiety disorder are also vulnerable to experiencing the onset of symptoms of other mental health conditions, such as depression. When the presence of an addiction occurs alongside an anxiety disorder, and treatment is not received, the detriments that can arise can be even more distressing. These individuals are at risk for experiencing a number of health defects, depending on the particular type of substance that they have become addicted to. The specific effects that arise will depend on the particular substance, but such effects may include things like kidney damage, liver disease, heart problems, a weakened immune system, and, in some cases, even brain damage. Fortunately, by engaging in treatment that addresses the compounded issue of an anxiety disorder existing alongside a substance use disorder, these types of detriments can be prevented or overcome.
Types of Treatment Offered at Bowling Green
For over 30 years, Bowling Green has been a provider of superior chemical dependency treatment for men and women, aged 18 and older. Set in the scenic and historic countryside of the Brandywine River Valley in Pennsylvania, our center offers a truly unique atmosphere that is tranquil and extremely conducive to the healing and recovery processes. The peaceful environment in which we supply care pairs well with the evidence-based practices we use, as our center has helped countless adults successfully combat addictions to substances and a myriad of dual diagnoses, such as anxiety disorders. Our commitment to providing exemplary care has not changed since we first opened our doors, and our staff of qualified professionals all share the same vision of assisting residents in reaching each one of their treatment goals to the fullest. At Bowling Green, we believe that chemical dependency is very treatable and that, through the use of treatment methods and modalities that have proven effectiveness, any and all who come to us for care will leave our center will newfound optimism for the future.
A large part of what makes treatment at Bowling Green so transformative for residents is that our staff puts forth the effort to make the treatment process one that is highly individualized to meet the needs, both large and small, of those who chose to heal and recover with us. Comprised of physician assistants, psychiatrists, nurses, counselors, case managers, and clinical technicians, Bowling Green’s staff is able to offer comprehensive treatment that embodies what it means to provide clinical excellence through every phase of treatment. When a man or woman elects to come to Bowling Green, he or she will complete a thorough assessment so as to determine where treatment needs lie. Once complete, our staff will work in collaboration with new residents to determine which of the following treatment methods will be woven into their plan for treatment, which are based on person-centered, CBT, and psychoeducational approaches to care:
Medically monitored detoxification: When prospective residents come to us for treatment dependent upon substances, detox services may be incorporated into their treatment plans if it is deemed appropriate. Under the supervision of medical professionals, residents will be given the care they need in order to go through the withdrawal process safely and with minimal discomfort. Detox occurs prior to engaging in our other programming options and is not a stand-alone service. While receiving detox services, residents will be able to partake in medication management services with our psychiatrist, individual therapy sessions, as-needed family therapy sessions, and experiential therapy sessions. Lastly, group therapy opportunities are available while residents go through detox and may include the following groups:
- Introduction to 12-Steps
- Recovery Stress
- Cycles of Behavior
- Recovering Emotions
- Positive Psychology
- Healthy Living
- Handling Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Anger Management
- Medical Compliance
- Communication Skills
- Overcoming Depression
- Sleep Strategies
- Daily Living
- Stink Think
Medication management: Those battling a mental health condition, such as an anxiety disorder, at the same time as an addiction to substances will likely require certain psychotropic medications in order to alleviate the distressing symptoms they are experiencing. When this is the case, residents are afforded the opportunity to meet with our esteemed psychiatrists once per week to have their medication needs addressed. Any medications prescribed are monitored by our staff and adjustments can be made during the course of treatment if it appears to be necessary to the resident’s overall treatment and wellbeing.
Individual therapy: Led by qualified counselors, individual therapy sessions take place once per week and allow residents to process their progress, setbacks, emotions, and other concerns with one-on-one attention. Additional sessions can be added to a resident’s treatment plan if it is needed and are excellent forums for residents to establish a therapeutic relationship that can aid in the healing process.
Weekly family program: Occurring each Sunday, Bowling Green’s weekly family program is available to loved ones and family members of our residents in order to offer them support and education while the person they care about receives treatment with us. This program includes a one-hour psychoeducational presentation that is then followed by a family session led by one of our counselors. Additionally, Al Anon comes onsite during family sessions so as to provide loved ones and family members with additional support, information, and resources.
Additional family therapy: In addition to the family therapy sessions offered within the weekly family program, residents can request or a recommendation can be made for the inclusion of additional family therapy sessions in a resident’s treatment plan. These sessions are available on an as-needed basis and will provide our residents and their primary support systems with the attention they need to heal as a unit.
Group therapy: Held throughout the day, 7 days per week, group therapy is an important element of the treatment offered at Bowling Green. Types of groups offered include process groups, gender groups, psychoeducational groups, 12-Step groups, community meetings, and daily wrap-up meetings. Some groups offered in the dual diagnosis program are held outside when the weather permits and may include the following:
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Focused Thinking
- Clean Thinking
- Impulse Control
- Overcoming the Past
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
- Recovering Emotions
- Overcoming Guilt
- Social Skills Development
- Relapse Prevention
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
Experiential therapy: Taking place during psychoeducational groups, experiential therapies occur weekly and can include the following:
- Daily recreation time
- Music therapy
Depending on the needs of the resident, some of these treatment methods will occur more or less frequently during the course of treatment. Furthermore, additional treatment options may be added if it is apparent that they will be beneficial to the resident’s care.
Continuing Care and Discharge Planning
Once our male residents complete our dual diagnosis residential programming, they may be given the option or referred to our partial hospitalization program. This innovative programming option is for men, aged 18 and older, and houses residents in Bowling Green’s offsite housing. The partial hospitalization program is to help residents continue the positive progress they have made and allows them to solidify the skills learned while in residential care.
For residents who have completed programming with us and are ready to return to their respective homes, we, at Bowling Green, work tirelessly to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Our knowledgeable and helpful case managers work with residents to determine what services and resources will be needed upon leaving our center. These same staff members are also able to arrange transportation and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments.
If you or someone you love is in need of high quality care that can set the stage for a bright and hopeful future, your search is over. At Bowling Green, we want to help you or your loved one achieve the healing and recovery needed to achieve sobriety and manage the symptoms of mental health conditions, including those associated with anxiety disorders.