While an addiction to any type of substance can rapidly wreak havoc on an individual’s life, an addiction to heroin has often been referred to as being one of the most painful and one of the most destructive addictions that a person can face. Working by depressing the central nervous system, the presence of heroin inhibits one’s ability to feel pain while simultaneously bringing about feelings of euphoria. As these pleasurable feelings wear off, however, the subsequent withdrawal period can be extremely distressing, leading individuals to seek out more of the substance in order to prevent those discomforts from occurring. Once this cyclical pattern of destructive behavior has started, it can be exceedingly difficult to overcome. At Bowling Green, we recognize how challenging it can be to fight the war against an addiction to a substance like heroin 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 full, recovered lives, free from the grips of an addiction to heroin.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Learning that a family member or loved one has developed an addiction to heroin can be devastating. You are likely feeling an extreme amount of concern about your loved one’s wellbeing, as well as what his or her future holds if he or she proceeds with this deadly habit. While you know that your loved one needs help, you might be questioning what role you should play in assisting him or her. Consider the following:
- Become educated on the disease of addiction. Coming to understand that your loved one is suffering from a disease can help increase feelings of empathy towards his or her situation and help you gain a sense of patience with him or her, despite the detriments that his or her decisions are eliciting.
- Learn about the effects of heroin use so that you can accurately convey them to your loved one when discussing your concerns with him or her.
- Do not get rid of any heroin that you may discover in your loved one’s possession. While this may seem like an easy answer to the problem, it is only going to ignite feelings of anger within your loved one and cause him or her to seek out more of the substance.
- Research treatment options that have proven effectiveness in helping people who are struggling with a heroin addiction.
- Sit down with your loved one and have an open and honest conversation with him or her. Express your concerns and your fears, discuss the things that you have researched, and then present him or her with your findings on various treatment centers.
- Encourage your loved one to get the professional help that he or she needs. Offer to assist your loved one in beginning the treatment process in any way that you can, possibly by offering to go with him or her to any appointments that are scheduled or by making the initial call to the treatment center yourself.
- Once your loved one has become engaged in treatment, speak with his or her treatment provider to discover ways that you can be an active part of your loved one’s therapeutic process.
- Continue to be an ongoing source of support and encouragement for your loved one.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
As can be true for an addiction to any substance, when an addiction to heroin develops, the cravings that individuals experience begin to overpower their thoughts and emotions, forcing everything else that was once important to them to fall to the wayside. Relationships become disturbed, causing the onset of familial strife, the demise of marriages, and conflicts within friendships. Additionally, the use of heroin prohibits individuals from performing at their best occupationally, which has the potential to result in job loss, possible ongoing unemployment, and the development of financial difficulties. Furthermore, people who abuse heroin are putting themselves at risk for suffering from a great deal of physical ailments. Heart attack, stroke, seizures, clogged blood vessels, and vital organ damage have all been known to result from the use of heroin. Irreversible cognitive impairments and the contraction of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis, are also common among users of heroin. While all of these detriments can be monumentally devastating to those who suffer from them, there are fortunately options for treatment that can help prevent these negative outcomes from occurring.
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 heroin, 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 heroin 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, 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 five 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
- Anger and Substance Use
- Stages of Change
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Relapse Prevention
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Guilt Traps
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Stress Tricks
- Stink Think
Residents taking part in the dual diagnosis program may engage in the following types of groups:
- Focused Thinking
- Clean Thinking
- Impulse Control
- Anger Management
- Social Skills Development
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Overcoming Depression
- Overcoming the Past
- Overcoming Guilt
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- 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. Meditation, music therapy, 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 a heroin addiction, 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 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.