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    • 10 JAN 17
    RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta Manager Helps Patients Find Support and Community in Structured Living

    RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta Manager Helps Patients Find Support and Community in Structured Living

    Matthew Newcome had loving parents, a solid middle class upbringing and the financial means to go away to college. But none of that was enough to protect him from becoming addicted to opioid painkillers. A Percocet prescription after a car accident rapidly spiraled out of control. When his doctor refused to continuing refilling his prescription,

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    • 19 DEC 16

    EMDR Takes the Edge Off Traumatic Memories

    A therapy called EMDR is helping patients at RiverMend Health Center in Atlanta move past traumatic memories and focus on their recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. EMDR, which stands for eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a type of psychotherapy that helps change how patients react to traumatic memories. The goal is to diminish

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    • 16 NOV 16

    RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta Earns Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

    Atlanta addiction treatment program provides excellence in care for alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders Atlanta, Ga. – November 3, 2016 – RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta, which offers comprehensive, individualized treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, has been awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Behavioral Health

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    • 11 NOV 16

    Atlanta Addiction Treatment Program for Families Provides Hope

    When a loved one is suffering from a disease, caring for them and seeing their pain takes a toll on the entire family. The same is true for the disease of addiction. Drug and alcohol addiction hurts the entire family – spouses, partners, parents and children. Family members are often exhausted after many months or

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    • 27 OCT 16

    Ty Miller, Recovery Coach, Shares His Recovery Journey

    Ty Miller, Recovery Coach Ty Miller started taking pain pills in high school as a way to alleviate social anxiety. “It allowed me to feel comfortable, to feel OK in my skin…” Ty says. “Unfortunately, what we know about addiction is it is a progressive illness and once that progression sets in, there is no

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    • 15 SEP 16

    Dr. Stacy Seikel From RiverMend Health Centers Discusses Atlanta Addiction Epidemic On 11 Alive

    Did you know that in the United States, one person dies every 20 minutes from a drug overdose? In the past six years, the number of heroin related deaths has gone up more than 3000% in Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. These statistics are shocking, but what can be done? We were honored to

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    • 14 SEP 16
    Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

    Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

    We have learned two things about medication-assisted treatment: Medication can be an effective part of treatment when used in combination with psychosocial support in a comprehensive program, and medicine alone does not work. A limited number of agents effectively treat addiction. Physicians may use naltrexone, disulfiram and acamprosate to treat alcohol addiction. For opioid addiction,

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    • 15 APR 16
    When Dependence Crosses into Addiction—and When It Doesn’t

    When Dependence Crosses into Addiction—and When It Doesn’t

    Opioids can be addictive, but not everyone who takes them becomes addicted. Not even everyone who becomes physically dependent on them develops an addiction. What’s the difference between physical dependence and addiction? Why does it matter? Pain medication can be prescribed legitimately, used appropriately and still lead to physical dependence that requires a medically managed

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    • 12 APR 16
    RiverMend Health Centers Medical Director Discusses Georgia’s Heroin Epidemic On WGAU Radio

    RiverMend Health Centers Medical Director Discusses Georgia’s Heroin Epidemic On WGAU Radio

    We were honored to have RiverMend Health Centers Medical Director, Dr. Stacy Seikel, welcomed as a guest on WGAU Radio’s Georgia’s Morning News show with Tim Bryant and Jennifer Pointer to discuss the rising Heroin and Opioid Epidemic that continues to destroy lives and tear families apart throughout the state of Georgia.  In this insightful interview,

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    • 30 MAR 16
    How To Get Off Suboxone

    How To Get Off Suboxone

    Just over a decade ago the landscape of addiction medicine changed dramatically when Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) entered the picture. Touted as a wonder drug for those combating addiction to painkillers and heroin, Suboxone was scientifically shown to be highly effective in eliminating an addict’s cravings, allowing them to regain a sense of wellness and creating the

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