Prescription medications offer many life-improving and even life-saving benefits when taken as directed and when monitored by a qualified healthcare provider. However, many prescription medications pose a high risk of abuse and addiction. In some cases, individuals who have been prescribed a medication begin taking larger or more frequent doses than directed by the prescribing physician. In other cases, these drugs are intentionally misused for recreational purposes. Regardless of one’s motivation for using a prescription medication in an unapproved manner, the result can be devastating.
At Bowling Green, we know how quickly the legitimate use of prescription medication can cross the line into abuse. We also understand how the insidious nature of prescription medication addiction can make it extremely difficult for individuals to overcome on their own, and we have worked to develop an effective treatment program that has helped many men and women overcome their dependence upon these substances and regain control of their lives. By providing a highly personalized program of therapeutic services that incorporates medical, pharmacological, clinical, behavioral, and 12-Step principles and methodologies, Bowling Green has established itself as a premier source of help and hope for adults who are struggling with an addiction to prescription medications.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a close friend or family member has developed an addiction to prescription medication can prompt emotions that range from fear and worry to frustration and hopelessness. No one wants to see a loved one in crisis, but the complex devastation of addiction can be compounded by the misguided belief that friends and family members are helpless to intervene. If you care about someone who has been abusing or become addicted to prescription medication, there are several productive steps you can take to make a positive difference in his or her life:
- As is often the case when presented with a complex challenge, education is essential. Learn about the disease of addiction, as well as the signs, symptoms, and effects of prescription drug use. Research the specific medication or medications that your loved one has been abusing. Develop an understanding of what treatment options are available, and what the recovery process looks like.
- As you become familiar with the fundamental issues of your loved one’s problem, identify treatment programs that provide the type and level of care that he or she needs. There is no such thing as a perfect treatment program; instead, what is most important is finding the place that is the best fit for the person in crisis.
- Be a consistent supportive presence in your loved one’s life. Addiction can be an isolating disease, and sufferers often find themselves withdrawing or being pushed away from those who care most about them. Let your loved one know that he or she can count on you.
- Plan to participate in your loved one’s treatment process and continuing care plan. The impact of addiction does not stop with the sufferer. Family members and close friends can be negatively affected by this disease, and they can play essential roles in helping their loved one get back on his or her feet. If the treatment program has a family component, participate in it. As your loved one identifies and builds the support network that will help him or her achieve long-term sobriety, be actively involved.
Addiction recovery is a long process that requires the committed participation of several people, including the afflicted individual, the professionals who provide treatment, and the friends and family members who are fundamental sources of lifelong support. By remaining dedicated to your loved one’s health, and by following steps such as the ones listed on this page, you can make a real and lasting difference in the life of a person who is important to you.
Why Consider Treatment at Bowling Green
It is not an overstatement to note that prescription medication abuse and addiction can be devastating experiences. The continued misuse of such powerful and addictive substances can put a person’s continued physical, mental, and emotional health at risk. Prescription medication abuse can also wreak significant havoc on a person’s relationships, academic progress, career status, finances, and legal standing.
Depending on the specific nature and severity of a person’s abuse of prescription medication, physical damage can range from temporary impairment to permanent incapacitation and death. Organ damage, cardiovascular distress, and cognitive debilitation are very real risks. Prescription drug abuse can contribute to the development of a mental health disorder and can exacerbate the symptoms of an existing mental illness. As a person is pulled deeper into the downward spiral of addiction, such drastic disruptions to physical health will make it difficult, if not impossible, to achieve success at work, which can, in turn, undermine his or her personal development and financial stability. Depending upon how a person obtains and abuses prescription medication, he or she many also face legal prosecution and possible incarceration. Finally, the combined stresses, pressures, and setbacks that are associated with prescription medication abuse can exact a heavy toll on one’s ability to maintain healthy relationships with parents, siblings, children, intimate partners, friends, and colleagues.
The good news is that this damage is neither necessary nor unavoidable. With effective professional treatment, the pain of substance abuse can be transformed into the promise of lifelong recovery.
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Types of Treatment Offered at Bowling Green
Bowling Green has been a premier provider of highly effective residential treatment services for adults who are struggling with prescription drug addiction and dual diagnosis for more than three decades. Our treatment philosophy is based upon the belief that chemical dependency is a highly treatable condition that can be arrested through a comprehensive approach that incorporates medical, pharmacological, clinical, behavioral, and 12-Step interventions.
From the day we accepted our first resident in 1982, Bowling Green has been committed to being a center of healing and hope, where evidence-based, research-supported treatment is provided in an atmosphere of the utmost dignity and respect.
The treatment methods utilized at Bowling Green feature comprehensive services for men and women, ages 18 and above, via two distinct sets of focused programming that include general rehabilitation for residents who are dealing with substance problems, such as the abuse of or addiction to prescription medication, as well as dual diagnosis treatment for those whose substance use disorder is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition. Both treatment tracks feature cognitive behavioral therapy and a person-centered therapeutic approach, and both provide individualized care while emphasizing active positive collaboration between residents and treatment professionals.
In both the rehab and dual diagnosis programs, treatment is provided by bachelor’s and master’s level counselors, case managers, psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurses, and clinical technicians.
The following are among the many elements that may be included in the personalized treatment plans of residents who are enrolled in Bowling Green’s general rehabilitation and dual diagnosis programs:
Medically monitored detoxification: Detox is the process of ridding one’s body of alcohol and other drugs and is an essential precursor to residential treatment for a substance use disorder. Individuals who are unable to detox from prescription medication prior to their arrival on our campus may complete this process at our center in a medically supervised environment that minimizes risk and discomfort. In addition to enhanced safety and comfort, other benefits of completing medically monitored detoxification at Bowling Green include being able to participate in individual and group therapy sessions, recreational activities, and relaxation training sessions. For residents in our dual diagnosis program who need detoxification services, the initial psychiatric consultation and any necessary follow-up appointments are able to take place while they are in the detox unit.
Medication management: Depending upon the specific needs of each resident, treatment at Bowling Green may include medication. The dual diagnosis program features weekly one-on-one meetings between each resident and a psychiatrist, during which time medication-related issues can be evaluated and addressed as needed. Residents who have questions or concerns about their medication management are able to meet with medical doctors, nurse practitioners, and other experienced and qualified members of our nursing staff. These professionals are also available to monitor the progress of residents who are receiving medication management services and can make adjustments to their medication regimens when necessary.
Individual therapy: Conducted at a minimum of one time each week, individual therapy sessions are one of the cornerstones of the Bowling Green treatment experience for residents who are in the rehabilitation program for prescription medication addiction, as well as for residents in the dual diagnosis program. These one-on-one meetings between residents and counselors provide a confidential and supportive setting for residents to discuss their progress in treatment, address any concerns, emotions, or issues that have arisen since their last session, and receive appropriate therapeutic guidance.
Family therapy: Treatment at Bowling Green does not feature regularly scheduled family therapy sessions, but residents who are in the rehabilitation program or dual diagnosis program for prescription medication abuse or addiction may have family sessions scheduled on an as-needed basis when such sessions have been identified as being clinically appropriate. Bowling Green does invite and encourage loved ones of our residents to participate in our family program, which is held every Sunday. Each family program session features an hour-long presentation followed by another hour spent meeting with the resident, his or her family members, and one of our staff counselors. Representatives from Al-Anon, a peer support group for friends and family members of individuals who struggle with addiction, regularly attend our family program.
Group therapy: Group therapy provides residents with a valuable opportunity to learn from and share experiences and insights with peers and staff professionals. This form of therapy is an important daily element of treatment at Bowling Green. Residents in both the main rehab program for prescription medication abuse and the dual diagnosis program will participate in a variety of groups during their time with us. Common groups at Bowling Green include psychoeducational groups, 12-Step groups, community meetings, gender-specific groups, process groups, and daily wrap-up meetings. Each of these groups is led by a skilled and experienced counselor or clinical technician.
Residents in the main rehab program may take part in the following groups:
- Breaking from Past Lifestyles
- Making the 12-Steps Work
- Guilt Traps
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
- Recovering Emotions
- Preventing Relapse
- The Family and Substance Use
- Stages of Change
- Anger and Substance Use
- Treating Your Own Addiction
- Stress Tricks
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Stink Think
When taking part in the dual diagnosis program, residents may engage in the following groups:
- Overcoming the Past
- Anger Management
- Overcoming Depression
- Focused Thinking
- Overcoming Guilt
- Impulse Control
- Clean Thinking
- Social Skills Development
- Relapse Prevention
- Recovery Ain’t Easy
- Recovering Emotions
- Cycles of Behavior and Self-Responsibility
Experiential therapy: As the name implies, experiential therapy offers more opportunities for movement, activity, and action than the more traditional forms of talk therapy. Experiential therapy enhances the holistic nature of treatment at Bowling Green by providing innovative and dynamic therapeutic opportunities for residents of both the main rehabilitation and dual diagnosis programs on a weekly basis. Experiential therapy offerings at Bowling Green include Reiki, music therapy, and meditation. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities every day, with extra recreation sessions scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays.
Continuing Care and Discharge Planning
When male residents complete either our main rehab program or dual diagnosis treatment, those who need a structured intermediary experience before returning home may enroll in our partial hospitalization program, which is also referred to as PHP.
The men who participate in PHP reside in off-campus housing. Each morning, they are transported to our campus, where they participate in a morning process group and variety of psychoeducational groups and other forms of group therapy. Individual therapy sessions are conducted twice each week. Men who enroll in PHP after completing our dual diagnosis program meet with a psychiatrist on a weekly basis as part of their medication management monitoring.
In the evening, residents take part in 12-Step meetings off-campus in order to provide them with an opportunity to begin working on utilizing their skills in a real world setting. The PHP residents and their loved ones are also welcome to take part in Bowling Green’s family program each Sunday.
Whether or not they enroll in PHP, all residents who complete either the main rehabilitation program or the dual diagnosis program at Bowling Green will return home with a comprehensive continuing care plan. The day a resident arrives on our campus, planning begins to ensure that his or her transition home is as seamless and productive as possible. Throughout their time in treatment, our residents work closely with their counselors to prepare for the post-residential phase of their recovery.
Continuing care planning includes identifying which services and resources will be most effective in meeting the resident’s needs and making the necessary arrangements to confirm that these services will be available and accessible. Depending upon each resident’s specific situation, continuing care planning may involve making appointments for counseling, sessions with a psychiatrist, connecting with community-based support groups, making transportation arrangements, and securing additional services as needed.
At Bowling Green, we understand the complex challenges posed by prescription medication addiction and dual diagnoses. Perhaps more importantly, we know how to help men and women escape the downward spiral of these disorders and regain a secure foothold on the path of long-term recovery. When you or your loved one chooses to heal at Bowling Green, you can make that decision secure in the knowledge that the day you enter treatment you will join in active collaboration with a team of talented and experienced professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their commitment to improving the lives of our residents.