Stimulants include popular substances such as cocaine and methamphetamine, yet there are many different stimulants available that can increase motivation, improve upon energy, enhance mental acuity, and promote productivity. Many stimulants are legal, such as those medications used in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (e.g. Ritalin and Adderall). However, there are others that are illicit, such as cocaine. The effects of stimulants as a whole can be highly attractive to individuals, even if they do not have a psychological or physical reason to use them. However, if an addiction to stimulants develops, an individual can suffer extreme consequences throughout all areas of his or her life.
At Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, we understand that having an addiction to one or more stimulants can be an incredibly challenging obstacle to defeat. To help those who are afflicted with stimulant addiction, we offer specialized treatment programming that is capable of providing individuals will the skills needed to obtain long-term recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If your friend, family member, or loved one is plagued by an addiction to stimulants, you might be experiencing a number of different emotions regarding his or her wellbeing. You might even be feeling as though there is very little future left in store for him or her. While your concerns are understandable, there are things that you can be doing to help him or her at this time, including the following:
- Come to understand that addiction is a disease. The effects of this disease can feel very personal, and it can be challenging to not be resentful of or angry at your loved one. However, it is critical to realize that once addiction has developed, your loved one becomes powerless over his or her behaviors. Learning about this disease in this manner can help to instill some empathy on your end, making it easier to approach this difficult topic.
- Spend time educating yourself about stimulants, including the signs, symptoms, and effects of them when they are being abused. Knowledge is power, and the more you know, the more effective you can be in helping your loved one get into recovery.
- Communicate your concerns with your loved one. Let him or her know why you are worried, and let him or her know that his or her behaviors have not only impacted him or her, but you as well. Ensure that you are able to truly listen to your loved one at this time, and approach a conversation such as this with a sense of calm and understanding.
- When your loved one decides to get treatment to put a stop to his or her stimulant addiction, it is imperative that you work to help him or her transition smoothly at this time. You can do this by helping him or her on the home front with every day things such as child care, paying bills, grocery shopping, and more, so that he or she can remain focused on recovery and not become preoccupied with things outside of that.
- Actively engage yourself in the therapeutic process. Speak with your loved one’s treatment provider to not only learn more about what your loved one is experiencing, but to also find out ways to assist him or her at this time and after he or she leaves treatment.
- Keep in mind that the path towards recovery does not typically go smoothly. Rather, it can be riddled with setbacks. However, it is important to remain confident in your loved one, and always show your support during both the setbacks and the successes.
Why Consider Treatment at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
When treatment for a stimulant addiction is not obtained, it can lead to an exceptional amount of turmoil within one’s life. Like most addictions, an addiction to stimulants can be entirely consuming, causing an individual to place his or her abuse of the substance at the top of his or her list of priorities. Therefore, almost all other aspects of his or her life can begin to take a back seat to his or her use. This can lead to a deterioration of relationships and the onset of family conflict. Individuals can stop performing at work, leading to unemployment and financial strife. Also, continual stimulant abuse can cause individuals to become more likely to suffer from a number of physical consequences. While it depends on the type of stimulant being abused, a number of effects can develop, including malnutrition, damage of the nasal cavity, cognitive impairment, respiratory problems, and lung infections. Even though these effects can be highly destructive, they can be prevented if treatment is obtained.
Types of Treatment Offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center
Located in Henryville, Pennsylvania, Pocono Mountain Recovery Center is a world-class provider of treatment for men and women aged 18 and older who have been struggling with substance abuse, addiction, chemical dependency, and co-occurring mental illness. Surrounded by majestic mountains, our picturesque healing environment is the perfect place to being the journey to a healthier tomorrow.
Each member of our clinical staff is committed to helping all patients thrive while they are in our care, and is dedicated to putting forth every effort to ensure that our patients’ treatment goals are not just met, but exceeded. While benefitting from ongoing staff support, patients gain a great deal from time-tested interventions that are proven effective in helping people to break free from substance abuse and related concerns. With a foundation rooted in the 12-Step philosophy for treating addiction, the programming at our residential treatment center has been able to positively transform the lives of countless individuals.
Once a patient completes our admission process, he or she will play an active role in his or her treatment planning. Based on the needs and feedback of the individual who is receiving care, the following treatment methods may or may not be included within his or her fully customized treatment plan:
Detoxification: Because harmful substances of abuse, such as stimulants, can cause an individual to become chemically dependent, detoxification, or detox, may be necessary at the start of an individual’s treatment. At Pocono Mountain Recovery, the need for detox is assessed during the admissions process, and can be incorporated into a patient’s treatment plan as the first phase of the individual’s recovery. Medical personnel supervise this process and tirelessly work to safeguard each patient’s safety and comfort during detoxification.
Medication management: Available for patients who require pharmaceutical intervention when grappling with an addiction to stimulants and a co-occurring mental health concern, medication management services allow individuals to benefit from weekly meetings with a psychiatrist if needed. Should a patient at Pocono Mountain Recovery participate in this treatment option, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will be on-hand to support, supervise, and monitor the effectiveness of any medication regimens put in place.
Individual therapy: Offered when needed by the patient, individual therapy sessions enable the men and women who heal at Pocono Mountain Recovery to receive one-on-one support from their assigned primary counselor. These sessions can serve as an excellent time in which patients can discuss their experiences while battling an addiction to stimulants, their successes while in treatment, and their goals for the present and future.
Group therapy: Provided at least five times each treatment day, group therapy sessions are cornerstones of the care that is offered at Pocono Mountain Recovery. Led by our clinical director, family coordinator, and other clinical staff members, groups provide a safe environment in which patients can discuss the progress they are making while recovering from an addiction to stimulants, and learn about the following addiction and recovery-related topics:
- Disease education
- Coping skills development
- Relapse trigger identification
- Relapse prevention
- Life skills
Experiential therapy: For five to seven hours each week, patients at Pocono Mountain Recovery are able to partake in a variety of experiential therapy sessions. These sessions, which help men and women heal and recover both mentally and physically, can enhance an individual’s experience at this center so that there is a greater likelihood for a stimulants-free tomorrow. The following are among the experiential therapies that can become part of a patient’s care:
- Recreational therapy
- Music therapy
- Role playing
- Art therapy
Family therapy: In order to help those closest to the individuals who seek care at Pocono Mountain Recovery, family therapy sessions are available on an as-needed basis. When requested or deemed clinically necessary, a patient’s primary counselor and Pocono Mountain Recovery’s family coordinator can schedule a family session so that patients and those they care about can come together as a united front against stimulants addiction.
Family Program: In addition to family therapy sessions, Pocono Mountain Recovery is proud to offer a Saturday family program for the friends and family members of the individuals who seek care at this center. Psychoeducational groups are held in the morning and in the afternoon following lunch. While partaking in these groups, patients’ loved ones can come to understand what the person they care about has been going through, and receive the education and resources needed to effectively help their loved one defeat an addiction to stimulants.
The inclusion or exclusion of any of the above treatment methods within a patient’s treatment plan will be based solely on the individual’s needs and treatment requirements. If, during the course of treatment, the patient’s needs change, Pocono Mountain Recovery staff can revised the plan so that the individual is able to reap every advantage of receiving treatment at this center.
As a means of truly helping people break free from the grips of an addiction to stimulants, we ensure that each person who receives care at our center leaves us with a detailed discharge plan to support his or her efforts at maintaining recovery success. In some cases, a discharge plan may include a recommendation to this center’s partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), or other less intensive treatment option. In other cases, patients’ discharge plans will identify other resources that will help them to make continued strides toward their recovery goals.
If you feel that you or your loved one would benefit from the all-encompassing care that is available at Pocono Mountain Recovery Center, feel free to contact us at your convenience. Out staff welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about our treatment, and can begin the admissions process over the phone.