The ongoing 11 Alive News investigation into the rapid rise of heroin addiction and heroin related deaths in an area of Atlanta’s northern suburbs known as “The Triangle” has sparked intense public debate about why this problem has been largely ignored, how it has reached epidemic proportions, and what can be done to prevent more lives from being lost to this horrible disease. Earlier this week, RiverMend Health Centers Medical Director, Dr. Stacy Seikel, was invited to participate in the 11 Alive Heroin Summit in connection with tonight’s Dateline Atlanta: Inside The Triangle Primetime Special. We were honored to be a part of this Town Hall event where addiction treatment experts, law enforcement agents, political leaders, grieving family members, and heroin survivors on the road to recovery were brought together to share their experiences and discuss solutions.
RiverMend Health Centers’ team of board certified physicians and clinicians live and work in The Triangle, with treatment centers in Atlanta and Augusta—serving many families in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Marietta areas. We have been fighting on the front lines of the heroin epidemic in Georgia and understand how it destroys lives and tears families apart. “We understand the pain, guilt, and feelings of helplessness families are experiencing. It’s terrifying for a parent to find out a child is using a drug like heroin that can kill them. Many families don’t understand that addiction is a chronic disease. There is no quick fix or cure for addiction and families often don’t want to hear this. They are in denial. We help families confront the addiction together. We treat the whole family,” said Dr. Seikel.
If you’re concerned about a family member suffering from addiction and unsure where to turn for answers, please call us at 877-797-9493 for a confidential evaluation. Our compassionate counselors will take the time to learn more about your situation, determine the best treatment program, and create a comprehensive plan to get your loved one the help they need right away. Overcoming addiction, getting your life back on track, and creating a path to lasting recovery isn’t easy. It’s hard. It may be the biggest challenge your family will ever face, but it’s a challenge you don’t have to face alone. We’ll be with you every step of the way.