The category of stimulants includes a wide range of legal and illegal substances whose effects include increased energy, improved focus, and elevated mood. Some stimulants have legitimate medical uses, such as Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (a combination of dextroamphetamine and levoamphetamine), which are commonly prescribed to treat symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Other stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, are illegal drugs that are abused primarily for recreational purposes.
Whether legal or illegal, prescribed or illicitly acquired, stimulants are often abused and carry a strong risk of addiction. The abuse of prescription stimulants has skyrocketed in recent years, while the abuse of illegal stimulants remains unfortunately prevalent as well. Regardless of a person’s reasons for engaging in stimulant abuse, this behavior and the addiction that often results can inflict significant damage and can be difficult to overcome without effective professional intervention.
At Wellness Resource Center, we understand the harsh reality of stimulant dependence, and we have developed effective programming to help men and women overcome their reliance on these dangerous substances and resume their pursuit of healthy, drug-free futures.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Nothing in life prepares you for discovering that a person you care about has developed a stimulant addiction. Whether your loved one has been self-medicating with a prescription stimulant or has been engaging in the recreational abuse of cocaine, methamphetamine, or a similar drug, your reaction is likely to involve confusion, frustration, and pain. However you are feeling, please know this: Your loved one’s situation is not hopeless, and you are not helpless. Please consider the following:
- You have much to learn. From the general disease of addiction to the specific ways that your loved one’s stimulant of choice impacts the mind and body, the more you understand the problem, the better prepared you will be to provide meaningful assistance.
- You are not on TV or in a movie. Your loved one does not have to hit rock bottom before he or she can start to heal, you do not have to stage a dramatic accusation-filled intervention, and the problem will not go away the minute your loved one admits that he or she needs help. The most valuable lessons you can learn will come from addiction experts, not from scriptwriters or producers.
- You must manage your expectations, for your own good and for the benefit of your loved one. Addiction is a complex disease that resists simple solutions. Understand what you are up against, prepare for a long-term recovery process, and plan to be at your loved one’s side every step of the way.
- Your tangible support can make a world of difference. Positive thoughts and words of encouragement are essential, but so are actions, such as researching treatment programs, making appointments, arranging transportation, and providing childcare. Do whatever you can to allow your loved one to focus on getting better.
Also, do not lose sight of the fact that you have been impacted by your loved one’s substance abuse. The devastation of addiction is rarely limited to the afflicted individual. In order to be a valuable source of support for your loved one, you must ensure that you are attending to your own physical, mental, and emotional health needs.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
Stimulant abuse and addiction can take a significant toll on a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. Depending upon the type of stimulant that a person is abusing, physical damage associated with untreated simulant abuse can include fatigue, vision problems, irregular heartbeat, convulsions, and sudden death. On the cognitive and psychological levels, stimulant abuse can lead to impaired judgment, depression, hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis. With their bodies and minds weakened by stimulant abuse, people who fail to get proper treatment for their problems are at an increased risk for myriad negative outcomes, including job loss and unemployment, ruined relationships, separation and divorce, social isolation, legal problems, incarceration, and homelessness.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
At Wellness Resource Center, we are committed to ensuring that each person who chooses to heal with us receives the type and level of care that will best prepare him or her to achieve long-term recovery from stimulant dependency and any co-occurring conditions. Our client-focused integrative approach to treatment places a premium on providing comprehensive care that is customized to meet the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of each client.
Understanding that intensive, daylong treatment is just one step on the path of lifelong recovery, we work closely with each client to set short-term and long-term recovery goals, and then develop detailed plans that will help them to achieve these objectives.
Treatment at Wellness Resource Center is a personalized, holistic experience that features a range of treatment activities and therapeutic interventions, each of which is provided by experienced and compassionate treatment professionals whose skills are surpassed only by their dedication to treating each client with dignity and respect.
During Phase I treatment, which is also referred to as the partial hospitalization program (PHP), clients participate in treatment-related activities Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and benefit from round-the-clock supervision seven days a week. During this time, clients will reside in the housing provided on our campus, which is staff-supported 24/7. Depending upon each client’s goals, strengths, and needs, his or her treatment at Wellness Resource Center may include many of the following elements:
Medication management: Clients whose stimulant abuse or addiction is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition or conditions may benefit from the inclusion of psychotropic medications within their treatment plans. The incorporation of medication into a client’s treatment regimen will be determined by a psychiatrist based upon a personal review of his or her case. Clients whose treatment includes medication management will meet with a psychiatrist at least once each week throughout his or her time in treatment. Also, the program nurse, the client’s primary therapist, and attending behavioral health technicians will all be available to assist with medication monitoring.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy and effective therapist-client relationships are essential components of care at Wellness Resource Center. All clients participate in individual therapy sessions with their primary therapist a minimum of one time each week, with additional sessions scheduled when clinically appropriate. These one-on-one sessions are ideal opportunities for clients to discuss their progress, process successes or setbacks, and address any concerns that they may have about any aspect of their treatment experience.
Group therapy: Group therapy is the fundamental element of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, with clients participating in multiple groups each day, Mondays through Fridays. Among the more common groups offered at Wellness Resource Center are psychoeducational groups, gender-specific groups, process groups, age-specific groups, and experiential groups. Some of the many topics that will be addressed during these sessions may include the following:
- Body image
- Relapse prevention
- Coping skills
Family therapy: At Wellness Resource Center, clients and their family members may schedule family therapy sessions with either the client’s primary therapist or with our clinical director on an as-needed basis. In addition to in-person family therapy sessions, additional options for keeping families connected during treatment and for helping family members access the support they need include phone calls, conference calls, and written communication.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapies are included into programming and are designed to provide clients with the opportunity to overcome challenges, express themselves artistically, interact with others, and otherwise engage in tangible experiences that emphasize holistic healing. The type and amount of experiential therapy that clients participate in at Wellness Resource Center varies depending upon their personalized treatment plans, and may include the following:
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
- Social activities
- Teamwork activities
Family Program: Because the devastation of stimulant abuse and addiction is rarely limited to the afflicted individual, we are proud to offer a Family Program once every other month. This program features psychoeducation and process groups that are designed to help family members address their own needs as they prepare to support their loved one during the post-treatment phase of his or her recovery.
Clients who can benefit from step-down support after they have completed Phase I treatment for stimulant addiction at Wellness Resource Center may choose to enroll in Phase II care, which is an intensive outpatient program, or IOP. Phase II participants can attend part-time treatment and receive case management services while continuing to live in our client housing. After completing Phase II, clients who desire a transitional living environment with a semi-structured support system may choose to enroll in Phase III.
Among the many benefits of healing at Wellness Resource Center is that we provide a seamlessly integrated spectrum of extended care services, all of which are provided by the same highly qualified members of our treatment teams. With no maximum limit on length of stay, Wellness Resource Center makes it possible for each client to receive a consistent continuum of care that is designed and delivered with the sole purpose of preparing him or her to successfully pursue lifelong recovery.