Those who do not seek treatment for bipolar disorder often struggle to function in a healthy manner. Couple the depressive and manic episodes that are cornerstone to this condition with a substance abuse problem and the day-to-day turmoil experienced by these individuals can be even more distressing and lead to compounded contention in every area of life. The presence of a substance abuse problem or addiction can ultimately worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder and cause sufferers to experience even more devastating emotional lows and highs. Allowing these two types of co-occurring conditions to remain constant in one’s life carries the potential to impact work performance, one’s ability to sustain employment, financial security, quality and quantity of interpersonal relationships, and the overall mental and physical health of a person. However, by seeking substance abuse treatment that includes treatment for dual diagnoses, individuals battling bipolar disorder and an addiction to substances can come to know lives that are healthy so that bright and productive futures can be realized.
At Bowling Green, we understand how difficult it can be to combat an addiction when a mental health condition, such as bipolar 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
Concerned friends or family members who bear witness to a loved one suffering from bipolar disorder and an addiction often feel at a loss for what they can do to help the person they care about. Even if there have been attempts to help a loved one seek treatment, there remains things that you, a concerned friend or family member, can do to help the person you care about turn his or her life around. Consider following through with the listed steps:
- Learn all that you can about bipolar disorder and addiction and come to understand how these two conditions off-set one another.
- If your loved one is battling a severe addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, it is a good idea to establish a safety plan of sorts in the event your loved one experiences life-threatening consequences as a result of his or her addiction. Additionally, it is a good idea to do the same for the symptoms of bipolar disorder, as self-injury, suicidal ideation, and attempts at suicide can occur if a person does not receive care for any existing symptoms present. Safety plans should include when to seek emergency medical care should your loved one be in need of such care.
- Talk with your loved one about seeking treatment and convey your concerns for him or her with empathy and compassion.
- Look into treatment providers that supply care for dual diagnoses. These types of providers will be able to effectively treat your loved one’s addiction and supply appropriate care to help your loved one manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
- Once your loved one is ready to enter treatment, it is a good idea to offer to accompany him or her to any assessments or tours that are scheduled.
Finally, it is imperative that you remain an ongoing source of support for your loved one once he or she is engaged in treatment. The road to recovery is oftentimes long and can include setbacks. However, by showing your loved one that you will be there for support and encouragement, the greater the chances will be that he or she will experience successful treatment outcomes.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that can render a number of harmful ramifications if treatment is not sought. The episodes of depression experienced by sufferers of this mental illness can cause a significant downward spiral that includes a variety of negative emotions that can ultimately lead to the onset of self-harm or ideations of suicide. The manic episodes that are known to occur when an individual is suffering from bipolar disorder can cause a person to engage in impulsive and/or risky behaviors that could lead to physical injury or other consequences that could cause problems, sometimes irreversible problems, in a person’s life. When an individual grapples with these episodes while abusing or addicted to substances, the result can be even more devastating. Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder are so distressing when they are not appropriately treated, a person’s ability to end the cycle of addiction can be quite cumbersome. Over time, symptoms of bipolar disorder can worsen and an addiction can become more severe and leave a person even more vulnerable to a deadly fate. Job loss, familial strife, financial difficulties, and interaction with law enforcement are also probable when a person contending with such concerns does not receive treatment. Luckily, there are providers who can offer the life-saving care needed to truly heal and recover.
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 bipolar disorder. 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 lay. Once complete, our staff will work in collaboration with new residents to determine which of the following treatment methods will be woven into each resident’s plan for treatment, of 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:
- Impulse Control
- Introduction to 12-Steps
- Recovery Stress
- Recovering Emotions
- Stink Think
- Positive Psychology
- Healthy Living
- Medical Compliance
- Communication Skills
- Handling Guilt
- Cycles of Behavior
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
- Sleep Strategies
- Daily Living
Medication management: Those battling a mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder, at the same time as an addiction to substances will 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 including 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, 12-Step groups, gender groups, psychoeducational 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:
- Focused Thinking
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Overcoming the Past
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
- Overcoming Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Clean Thinking
- Social Skills Development
- Relapse Prevention
Experiential therapy: Taking place during psychoeducational groups, experiential therapies occur weekly and can include the following:
- Music therapy
- Daily recreation time
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 have the option or may be 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 needed.
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, such as bipolar disorder.