Stimulants are a class of substances that increase the activity of a person’s central nervous system. In medicine, stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Outside of medicine, people abuse illicit stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine for the high that these substances provide. Regardless of whether a person is abusing prescription stimulants or illicit stimulants, the potential for life-altering disruption in his or her life as a result of stimulant abuse is severe.
Fortunately, Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with stimulant use disorders and other substance use disorders for over 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, our friendly, caring staff is committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from stimulant abuse and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As a family member watching a loved one wrestle with stimulant abuse, you have likely experienced a wide range of emotions: sadness, fear, betrayal, anxiety, or many others. However, one emotion you do not need to feel is helplessness because there are a number of ways you can help your loved one break his or her addiction to stimulants. Consider the following steps:
- A good first step is to learn about the particular stimulant that your loved one is abusing. Illicit stimulants such as cocaine and meth often have different effects on a person and come with a different pattern of behaviors than do prescription stimulants, so learning about your loved one’s stimulant of choice can give you insight into his or her experience and help you know how to best respond to his or her addiction.
- Once you have learned about your loved one’s stimulant of choice, you can then explore types of treatment that have worked for others. Consider searching reputable sources such as the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Also, make sure to search for treatment centers that provide comprehensive treatment, individual and group therapy, and a strong family program.
- After you have done your research, you now face perhaps the most difficult part: talking with your loved one about his or her stimulant abuse. Keep in mind during these conversations that your loved one is in crisis and needs your help, so it is important to remain as patient, open, and nonjudgmental as possible.
- When your loved one agrees to enter treatment, help with any logistical issues that may interfere with his or her entry into treatment. These may include things like transportation, arranging meetings with treatment center staff members, coordinating child care, or a range of other issues.
- Above all, make sure to take care of yourself. You are likely one of your loved one’s strongest allies, so keeping yourself physically and emotionally healthy is critical. Continue eating healthy, getting exercise, and sleeping enough, and make time for hobbies and other activities that rejuvenate you. In addition, make sure to lean on family and friends.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
When a person is struggling with stimulant abuse, there are a host of negative effects that he or she may experience if his or her addiction is not addressed with prompt, effective care. All stimulants, whether legal or illegal, can cause grave damage to virtually all areas of a person’s life if they are abused. Long-term stimulant abuse can impair a person’s ability to function effectively at work, causing demotion, job loss, or long-term unemployment. Stimulant abuse also affects a person’s relationships, potentially straining them to the breaking point and resulting in separation, divorce, and social isolation. The potential harm of stimulant abuse is not limited to a person’s external environment, either; these drugs, when abused, can cause organ damage, cognitive impairment, and even death from overdose. Fortunately, with proper treatment, these negative effects can be minimized or avoided altogether.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming offers the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from an addiction to stimulants, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as stimulants, can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to stimulants can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experiences had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to stimulants often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that stands as a united front in the war against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we make available to our patients:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of a stimulant addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of stimulants or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows them to participate in activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in physical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to stimulants has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to stimulants. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment that will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then into intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about leave an addiction to stimulants in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.