The category of stimulants includes several legal and illegal substances, some of which have valuable medical uses and others which are nothing more than dangerous recreational drugs. Common effects of stimulants include increased energy, enhanced focus, and improved confidence and motivation. Stimulant abuse can take many forms, but regardless of if a person has become dependent upon a prescription medication such Adderall or Dexedrine or an illegal drug such as cocaine, being addicted to a stimulant can be an a devastating experience that often requires professional help.
At Twelve Oaks Recovery Center, we have extensive experience helping individuals who have developed problems with stimulants, and we have developed effective programming that provides comprehensive solutions for both substance abuse and any underlying issues and/or co-occurring disorders.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone in your life is struggling stimulant abuse or addiction, then you already know how devastating this experience can be, both for the afflicted individual and those who care about him or her. What you may not realize, though, is that you can play an important role in helping your loved one get the treatment that that he or she needs. Please consider the following:
- Research the disease of addiction in general and the specific challenges that are associated with stimulant abuse. The more that you understand what your loved one is experiencing, the better prepared you will be to be a source of meaningful support.
- Educate yourself about the types of treatment that helped others who were struggling with problems similar to those that your loved one is currently experiencing.
- Learn how to have a productive conversation with a loved one about his or her substance abuse. This is not an easy topic to talk about, and it is important that you approach the discussion not only with love and understanding, but also with insights into how best to deflect anger, get past denials, and ensure that the focus remains on getting your loved one into treatment.
- Volunteer to provide tangible assistance. Cook meals, make doctors’ appointments, provide transportation, arrange for childcare, and help out in whatever other ways will allow your loved one to focus on getting into treatment.
Plan to play an active role in your loved one’s continuing support network. Treatment is just the first step in the long journey of recovery, and he or she will need both moral and practical support in the immediate aftermath of treatment and for years to come.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
If not properly treated, stimulant abuse and addiction can have a devastating impact on a person’s physical, psychological, and socioeconomic wellbeing. Physically, stimulant abuse can lead to heart and lung damage, kidney failure, gastrointestinal problems, and sexual dysfunction. Psychologically, the effects of chronic stimulant abuse can include anxiety, paranoia, depression, as well as cognitive deficiencies such as problems with concentration, and abstract thinking. The effects of this physical and mental damage are likely to include decreased performance in school and at work and an inability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships. Ultimately, the results of untreated chronic stimulant abuse can include academic expulsion, job loss, irreparably damaged relationships, financial problems, legal jeopardy, and social isolation.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For more than 30 years, Twelve Oaks Recovery Center has been dedicated to providing world-class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to alcohol or other drugs, including stimulants. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their stimulant abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, treatment at our center incorporates the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with stimulants in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM-certified addictionologist, and patients are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when they are deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their problem with stimulants, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their dependence on stimulants. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to one or more stimulants, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Anger management
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from stimulant addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming stimulant dependence, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.