As a type of substance that is known for increasing energy levels, promoting hyperfocus, enhancing motivation, and eliciting mild feelings of euphoria, the appeal that stimulants have on many individuals is great. Stimulants include various types of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, and other amphetamine-type substances. Unfortunately, however, the highly addictive property of stimulants can rapidly overpower a person’s ability to stop using the drug, resulting in the onset of the problematic pattern of stimulant abuse. At Life Center of Galax, we recognize the obstacles that are faced by those who are trying to battle an addiction to stimulants and have therefore developed specialized programming that strives to help the individuals, of Virginia, regain control of their lives. Our highly-skilled and compassionate staff desires to help people realize their capacity to make positive, life-altering changes and come to understand that a life free from an addiction to these dangerous substances can be realized.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be difficult for many people to understand why anyone would willingly put their physical and mental wellbeing at risk by abusing substances like stimulants. If you have discovered that your family member or loved one has begun abusing stimulants, you are likely experiencing a number of different emotions as you struggle to understand why he or she continues to engage in such dangerous behavior. While you know that your loved one would benefit from professional help from a reputable addiction rehab center, you may be feeling hesitant in regards to what you, personally, can do to help him or her. Consider the following:
- Learn about the signs, symptoms, and effects of stimulant abuse so that you can identify warning signs in your loved one and know how to adequately express your concerns to him or her.
- Research rehab options that would best meet your loved one’s needs and review your findings with him or her.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any appointments for evaluations or tours of rehab centers that are scheduled.
- Once your loved has begun participating in a program at an addiction rehab center, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process. This will work to improve your loved one’s likelihood of having successful treatment outcomes.
- Offer your unconditional, nonjudgmental support and encouragement throughout your loved one’s rehab process.
- Seek guidance from your loved one’s treatment providers so that you can discover ways in which you can be of most assistance and support once he or she has completed the treatment process.
Why Consider Treatment at Life Center of Galax, in Virginia
When individuals are addicted to stimulant substances and do not receive rehab to assist in putting an end to their troubling habit, there can be any number of adverse consequences that arise. Physically, stimulant abuse can elicit cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal issues, kidney failure, respiratory damage, chronic muscle pain and tenderness, and sexual dysfunction. Additionally, the prolonged use of stimulants can cause cognitive deficits to develop, including difficulties with concentration, problem-solving, and abstract thinking. When people have fallen into the pattern of stimulant abuse, they often brush aside things that were once important to them and instead make their drug of choice their top priority. The result of this can be occupational failure, deterioration of interpersonal relationships, financial distress, familial discord, and social isolation. By receiving treatment, at a reputable addiction rehab center, the detriments that can occur from the ongoing abuse of stimulants can be successfully prevented.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Center of Galax
For over 40 years, the compassionate team of professionals at Life Center of Galax has provided treatment for chemical dependency issues, including the abuse of stimulants, and mental health concerns for men and women across Virginia. Known nationwide as a substance abuse addiction treatment center, Life Center of Galax strives to provide an environment of respect, support, and warm-hearted hospitality that is fully conducive to true and lasting healing. Our specialized programming has been developed to meet the unique, individualized needs of our patients and their families, and we take great pride in the comprehensive rehab that we are able to offer to everyone who is entrusted into our care.
Knowing that no two people are exactly alike, the knowledgeable staff at our addiction rehab center has created a strong tradition of delivering personalized care that attends to the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. When people come to us struggling with an addiction to stimulants, our highly-trained and qualified staff members will embrace the philosophy of client-directed, outcome-informed clinical work, which is founded on the belief that patients’ successes are based more on the relationships that they form with their treatment teams than on the type of therapeutic approaches that are used during the course of rehab itself. This is one of the theoretical foundations for the way that patients are treated at our addiction treatment center, and all employees are trained in this philosophy in order to ensure that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcomed, important, and truly cared about.
The adult addiction rehab residential program at Life Center of Galax is designed to help males over the age of 24 and females aged 18 and older who are battling substance abuse concerns as well as possible co-occurring mental health conditions. The following are among the various treatment methods included in this comprehensive program:
Medical detoxification: Life Center of Galax offers sub-acute medical detoxification services for patients who are in need of a safe and effective way to withdraw from stimulants or any other substances that may be present in their bodies. This medical detox occurs under the supervision of an ASAM-certified medical director and registered nurses are on staff and available for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Medication management: Patients who are referred by our medical director or therapist for psychiatric assessment and treatment may also receive medication management services when deemed clinically appropriate. Medication is managed by nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants, under the direction and supervision of our psychiatrist. Those receiving medication management services will also likely receive additional support through our counselor-led dual diagnosis groups each week.
Individual therapy: All Life Center patients participate in individual therapy sessions on a regular basis. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting and give patients the opportunity to discuss their progress in treatment, reflect on setbacks that may have arisen, address any concerns they have about the therapeutic process, and address any issues or emotions that have come about during the course of their time spent in treatment for an addiction to stimulants.
Group therapy: Group therapy is cornerstone to the therapeutic process at our addiction rehab center. The adult addiction residential treatment program features a variety of group therapy opportunities, which provide structured and supervised environments in which patients can interact with, learn from, and share personal experiences with others who are dealing with similar struggles. The types of groups offered may include the following:
- Daily Reflections
- Dual Group
- Community Group
- Home Group
- Relapse Group
- Start Up Group
- Thunder Alley
- Men’s and Women’s Recovery Groups
- Men’s and Women’s Flex Groups
- Lectures (didactic presentations on various aspects of addiction)
Recreation therapy: Under the direction of a certified recreational therapist, the Ridge & Valley Recreational Program provides Life Center patients with the opportunity to hike on Virginia’s New River and Appalachian trails, as well as participate in activities such as painting, therapeutic horseback riding, cooking classes on a regional farm, and ropes courses.
Experiential therapy: Life Center incorporates various experiential therapies that are designed to increase each patient’s awareness of his or her true self, as well as form a connection between the mind and body. The following experiential therapies are featured within this exceptional program:
- Wall exercise
- Self-esteem exercises
- Therapeutic recreation
- Personal mask sculptures
- God boxes
These therapies are day-long tracks that are offered once per week and feature topics such as relapse, King Baby, family and triggers, cravings, and anger.
Family workshops: Family members can be integral parts of successful long-term recovery from a stimulant addiction. To support family members as they both work through their own issues and prepare to support their loved one, Life Center holds family workshops every weekend. These workshops include a variety of educational and therapeutic opportunities related to the impact of substance abuse on the entire family, including educational lectures, group sessions, and individual counseling.
Additionally, addiction rehab center offers the following innovative services that can be incorporated into a patient’s programming during the time he or she spends in treatment for an addiction to stimulants. Each individual’s participation in these services is based on his or her unique, individualized needs and are designed to be a beneficial component to the holistic care we offer. These services include the following:
Comprehensive opiate recovery: Individuals who are dealing with opioid abuse, addiction, and dependence, in addition to their stimulant abuse problem, may benefit from participating in our opiate addiction recovery service, which can take them from detox to abstinence and then into a medication-managed recovery program using methadone, buprenorphine, or Vivitrol.
Spirituality-based treatment: To meet the needs of patients who desire a strong spiritual component in their recovery from an addiction to stimulants, our addiction rehab center offers both the Prodigal Program and the Mind-Body-Spirit Group. The Prodigal Program is a Christian-focused experience that incorporates Biblical principles into treatment. The Mind-Body-Spirit group is a nondenominational experience that focuses on spiritual elements within the 12-step recovery model.
Dual diagnosis service: This service was created to provide specialized assistance to individuals who are simultaneously battling substance abuse concerns, such as an addiction to stimulants, and co-existing psychiatric problems. When a patient’s mental health has been identified as negatively interfering with his or her ability to be successful in recovery, this service will provide him or her with additional counseling, specialized group sessions, educational opportunities, and workbook activities that are designed to enhance his or her ability to cope with the presence of a dual diagnosis.
DUI/DWI service: Individuals, in Virginia, who are facing legal charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol or another drug may benefit from our DUI/DWI service, which features comprehensive medical and psychological assessments; education on the disease of addiction, counseling (both individual and group), and an introduction to the 12-step recovery model. Also, with the patient’s permission, we can provide documentation of program completion to counselors, attorneys, and the court system, as deemed appropriate or if requested.
Chronic relapse prevention service: When a patient has engaged in one or more prior treatment experience, he or she may be referred to this intensive programming option, which incorporates educational lectures, journaling exercises, additional group sessions, and workbook activities. These interventions are designed to help prevent future relapse.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Life Center of Galax, we know that residential rehab is just the first step on the path of lifelong recovery from stimulant abuse and addiction. In order to ensure that all patients are prepared to build upon their progress when they complete treatment at our center, we place a strong emphasis on continuing care.
Discharge planning begins with the meeting that a patient has with his or her primary counselor and is then finalized at least three days prior to his or her discharge.
For patients who have completed residential programming and are ready to return home, yet would benefit from the intensive structure of a day-long therapeutic program, Life Center of Galax offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP). The services and groups that patients engage in during PHP are determined on an as-needed basis and are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Patients taking part in PHP have the option of returning home at night or of residing in the onsite housing provided by Life Center.
From the moment a patient walks through our doors in need of help to overcome an addiction to stimulants, the goal of our addiction rehab center is to be a source of lasting and positive change and to provide the comprehensive care and compassionate support that will allow struggling individuals to overcome the obstacles that have prevented them from achieving long-term recovery and living happier and healthier lives.