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Alcohol Treatment in Atlanta

RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia Addiction Counseling and Therapy

Our society places great emphasis on alcohol consumption in all segments of the American culture. It is often customary to drink at almost any event whether to celebrate, cope, close a business deal, attend a sports game, or to simply unwind after a stressful day. Although these activities are normal, there often is a fine line between social drinking and developing a propensity towards alcohol dependency. If alcohol consumption becomes too vast and frequent, an addiction is at risk to develop.


Alcohol addiction is a mental illness of the brain, characterized by physical and behavioral dependence on consuming alcohol. When alcohol addiction develops, alcohol becomes an individual’s primary life focus, which can cause problems in personal relationships, school, work, health, finances and more. Making the decision to seek alcohol abuse treatment can be tough, but ultimately it can be the most rewarding decision an individual can make to take back control of his or her life.

Why Consider Georgia Alcohol Treatment

An alcohol use disorder is a mental illness that can control all aspects of your life. It can ruin relationships with family and friends, cause dangerous health complications, or even cause you to face problems with the law. Alcoholism is a very isolating sickness that adversely affects self-worth, happiness and overall quality of life. Everyone is deserving of a full life, free of addiction.


Seeking professional help for alcohol addiction at an established alcohol treatment center is the most effective way to overcome addiction long-term. It is important to evaluate your alcohol rehab options. Treatment facilities for alcoholism have access to the best medical resources, expert doctors and addiction specialists to help patients recover from alcohol addiction physically, mentally and emotionally.


Generally, alcoholics who attempt to end their addiction through self-detox methods are largely unsuccessful and have a high rate of relapse. When individuals are subject to prolonged exposure of excessive drinking, the body and mind develop a physical and mental dependence on the substance that is dangerous to stop abruptly and without medical oversight. The willpower needed to persevere through the dangerous alcohol withdrawal symptoms is difficult to bear, often causing addicts to abandon their self-detox methods altogether.


In many severe cases of alcohol dependency, patients will require professional detox conducted under acute medical supervision to safely monitor the transition off the drug. It’s important to speak with an addiction specialist to know if medical detox is right for you.

Recognizing Alcohol Use Disorder

You may have started wondering how much is too much. You’ve seen your loved one drinking wine or a spirit every night to relax, but lately it’s become a bit more excessive. Is it time to worry? Alcohol abuse can be defined as the physical or psychological compulsion to drink alcohol despite negative consequences.


Even though your loved one may not fit the ‘stereotype’, there are signs that you should look for to identify alcohol dependency. These signs include:

  • Drinking alone or in secrecy
  • Showing an inability or lack of control to stop drinking
  • Becoming more irritable or preoccupied with drinking than engaging in other activities
  • Developing health issues, financial problems, or employment trouble that may be exacerbated by drinking
  • Causing dangerous situations or making poor decisions due to impaired judgment

If you’ve seen these changes in your loved one, we highly recommend you seek professional help for alcohol rehab. Alcohol is a serious disease that can have deadly consequences. Without help, alcohol abuse can lead to death.


How Does Alcohol Impact Health?

Alcohol use disorder can cause devastating health consequences, and affects all parts of the body:

  • Neurological—alcohol affects the way the brain works, impacts neurological function, impairs judgment, increases your chance of stroke and your risk of developing a mental illness
  • Cardiovascular—drinking too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure, cause irregular heartbeat and increases your chance of cardiac failure
  • Liver—alcohol can cause cirrhosis of the liver and alcoholic hepatitis
  • Cancer—alcohol abuse can lead to many types of cancers in the body, specifically, liver, mouth, throat, esophageal, stomach, pancreas, colon and breast cancer


How Much Alcohol is Too Much?

Moderate alcohol use means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and for men older than age 65. No more than two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.

Examples of one drink include:

  • Beer: 12 fluid ounces (355 milliliters)
  • Wine: 5 fluid ounces (148 milliliters)
  • Distilled spirits (80 proof): 1.5 fluid ounces (44 milliliters)

Those who should not drink alcohol include:

  • Anyone who is pregnant
  • Anyone with liver or pancreatic disease
  • Anyone with heart failure or has a weakened heart
  • Anyone taking a prescription or over-the-counter medications that are contraindicated with alcohol
  • Anyone who has had a hemorrhagic stroke
  • Anyone with a history of addiction

RiverMend Health Centers' Treatment Philosophy

RiverMend Health Centers is the trusted provider of alcohol treatment in Georgia with a focus on customized treatment. Every individual’s journey to our alcohol rehab center doors is unique and their addiction recovery program should be no different. At our outpatient alcohol treatment center, every patient will receive specialized care and unconditional support from an expert multidisciplinary team, including a psychiatrist, physician, therapist, nurse staff and a master level addiction specialist.


Our experienced team of doctors and professionals in Georgia are deeply vested in every individual’s recovery success and are compassionately dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care using evidence-based alcohol addiction treatments. We will do everything we can to help you recover from alcohol addiction and regain control of your life, because you deserve nothing less.

How We Treat Alcohol Addiction

At RiverMend Health Centers, we deeply empathize with our patients knowing that their alcohol addiction is not due to a moral defect, but rather a mental illness that allows no voice for willpower. Alcoholism is a powerful and pervasive disease that adversely affects psychological, physical, and emotional components of the self. Because alcohol addiction is so complex, RiverMend Health Centers offers treatment modules that consist of a comprehensive assessment, evidence-based therapies, family programs, holistic therapies, and relapse prevention to treat all aspects of the self – mind, body, and spirit.

Comprehensive Assessment

The comprehensive evaluation at RiverMend Health Center’s alcohol rehab center is an essential component in creating customized alcohol addiction treatment recovery programs. This evaluation is designed to help build a recovery path that meets your distinctive challenges and needs for treatment. The initial assessment includes stabilization, a review of your medical history, a physical exam, and an interview with a therapist.

We want to get to know you to understand if alcohol addiction presents itself with co-occurring orders such as depression, anxiety, other addictions, bipolar disorder, or other behavioral health conditions. The presence of dual disorders is critical to consider in the recovery plan, because it should be treated in conjunction with addiction and lead the type of treatment administered.

Therapy & Counseling

Therapies and counseling are very effective in treating alcohol addiction. RiverMend Health Centers offers a range of therapies such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), individual therapy, group therapy, and gender group therapy.

Experiential Therapies

Although traditional therapies are effective in healing recovery alcoholics, it is not always a one-size-fits-all approach. For this reason, RiverMend Health Centers integrates experiential techniques to treat addiction from different angles. We offer experiential therapy programs such as art therapy, expressive group, meditation and mindfulness, yoga, and other holistic techniques.

Family Group

Alcoholics are not the only ones needing treatment – family members need to heal as well. Alcohol addiction profoundly affects family members and loved ones of the user on a deep level. At RiverMend Health Centers, we strongly encourage friends and family to participate in our family program that seeks to educate about addiction, enabling triggers, and gain a deeper understanding. We also offer multi-family groups to foster connectedness with other families and friends who are going through similar challenges.

Continuing Support After Treatment

Towards the end of each patient’s addiction recovery journey at RiverMend Health Centers, the multidisciplinary team will work to create a relapse prevention program to fit every patient’s needs after your time with us. Whether it’s a partial hospitalization program for continued support, outpatient support programs, self-help groups or community resources, our team will equip you with the skills and resources needed to maintain lasting sobriety.

Recovery Program Options

At RiverMend Health Centers, we know that every person has a unique lifestyle with important responsibilities and life commitments. These obligations can sometimes make rehab difficult to consider. For this reason, we offer flexible program options that allow patients to receive effective recovery through highly structured plans. The recovery programs we offer include:

  • Ambulatory Detox, and Inpatient Detox (through our partnership with Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Trauma and Addiction Program
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Sober Living

Begin Your Recovery Today

If you believe that alcohol addiction has affected you or someone you love, don’t wait another day. RiverMend Health Centers can help. Our renowned team of addiction specialists and doctors are eager to tailor a treatment plan that suits you to return you to a full life, free of addiction.

Call now for a Georgia alcohol treatment cetner free consultation and assessment at 844-889-8222. We look forward to speaking with you.


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