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Drug Treatment at our Georgia Drug Rehab

RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia Addiction Counseling and TherapyDrug addiction affects millions of people every day. Being a chronic disease of the brain, this multifaceted illness is deeply rooted in physical and psychological challenges, requiring much more than personal willpower to overcome. Drug addiction is considered a brain illness, because prolonged use leads to a chemical restructure of the brain, altering its function and hierarchy of needs and desires. These changes in the brain make it nearly impossible for people to stop abusing drugs on their own.

Fortunately, drug addiction is a very treatable disease through medically-supervised detox, professional rehabilitation, relapse prevention and dedication. It can be overcome and help is available at our drug rehab in Georgia. Although making the decision to seek treatment for drug addiction can be tough, it will ultimately be the best and most rewarding decision of your life.

Drug Addiction Symptoms and Signs

How do you know if you or a loved one has a drug addiction? It’s important to know that drug abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, sex, wealth and education and that you should evaluate your treatment options for drug addiction. Vulnerability to addiction differs from person to person. Genes, mental health, family and social environment play a role and are risk factors that increase your vulnerability.

Although drug addiction symptoms and signs vary among the different types of drugs including prescription medications, common signs of drug abuse include:


  • Neglecting responsibilities—drug addiction can cause someone to behave differently such as missing work, school, important events or meetings, or neglecting house chores and children.
  • Strained relationships—drug addiction can cause problems with marriages, family, children, employers, friends, and neighbors.
  • Financial troubles—abusing drugs can cause financial issues due to the cost of acquiring drugs and because of missed payments on bills or even liquidation of a savings account.
  • Personality change—repeated use of drugs can cause irritability, aggression, lack of motivation, anxiousness or paranoia.
  • Physical change—depending on the drug abused, the person may experience weight gain/loss, vomiting, diarrhea, unkempt hair, glassy eyes, or dry mouth. If heroin is abused, needle marks on the arms, hands, feet, groin or legs may be noticeable.

Prescription Drug Abuse Symptoms

Many prescription drugs like benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium) or opioids (Oxycontin, Vicodin) produce similar signs and symptoms of abuse as recreational drugs.

Signs and Symptoms of Benzodiazepine Abuse
There are several kinds of benzodiazepines that are prescribed for generalized anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, social anxiety and depression. Some are short acting, meaning they work quickly and leave the body faster, others are more long-acting, meaning they take a little longer to work but remain in the bloodstream longer. These medications affect the central nervous system, which is responsible for regulating heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and body temperature. Benzodiazepines slow these functions down to produce a calming and relaxing effect.

Signs of dependency include:

Seeking multiple refills from different providers
Stealing or asking others for pills
Consuming medication differently than prescribed
Physical changes:


  • Dry Mouth
  • Sleepiness, drowsiness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Slurred Speech

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse
Opioid addiction has rocked the nation and has a gripping effect on young and old alike. What may have started as overprescribing for pain relief has turned into an epidemic of catastrophic proportions. Opioid addiction causes a rush of artificial endorphins and dopamine, two brain chemicals that are responsible for providing reward and pleasure. Individuals addicted to an opioid high are searching for the next episode of extreme euphoria and relaxation.

Signs of dependency include:


  • Seeking multiple refills from different providers
  • Stealing or asking others for pills
  • Consuming medication differently than prescribed
  • Moments of sedation or tiredness becoming more frequent
  • Nodding off at random times or brief loss of consciousness
  • Pupils are constricted
  • Confusion

Why Consider Drug Treatment

A drug addiction is a mental disease that can control all aspects of life. It can deteriorate important relationships with loved ones, cause severe health complications, drain finances, or even cause you to face run-ins with the law. Drug addiction is a very isolating illness that negatively affects self-worth, happiness, and overall quality of life. Everyone is deserving of a full life, free of addiction and our drug rehab treatment and services in Georgia can help.

Seeking professional treatment for drug addiction at an established drug rehab facility is the most effective way to overcome addiction long-term. RiverMend Health Centers in Georgia is a drug treatment center that offers the best medical resources, physicians, and specialists to help you recover. We also provide relapse prevention programs and resources for continued care to foster sobriety for life. These are the qualities you should look for in a drug treatment program when seeking help.

RiverMend Health Centers' Treatment Philosophy

RiverMend Health Centers is Georgia’s premier provider of drug addiction treatment for men and women using evidence-based methods with an emphasis on customized treatment programs. Every individual’s journey is different and their addiction recovery program should be just as unique. At RiverMend Health Centers, we recognize that drug addiction is a complex mental disorder that affects the chemical makeup of the brain, severely distorting moods, desires, and self-will, often presenting itself alongside co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, or self-harm. Our individual drug rehab programs are designed to target the root of drug addiction and dual disorders – not just manage the symptoms.

At our Georgia drug centers, you will receive individualized support and unconditional care from a multidisciplinary team, including a psychiatrist, physician, therapist, full nurse staff and addiction specialist. Our experienced team of doctors and professionals are deeply invested in every patient’s addiction recovery success and are compassionately dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care and service.

Through our validated treatments and comprehensive programs, we ensure that every aspect of our drug rehab gives each patient the best chance at sustaining abstinence from drug abuse. We will do everything we can to help you recover from drug addiction and regain control of your life, because you deserve nothing less.

Drug Addictions We Treat

RiverMend Health Centers is a recognized leader in Georgia for the treatment of all drug addictions, including:

Cocaine
Heroin
Marijuana
Methamphetamines
Psychedelics
Prescription Drugs

Drug Treatment Approach

Drug addiction is a powerful and pervasive mental illness that deeply affects psychological, physical and emotional components of the self. Because drug addiction is so multi-faceted, RiverMend Health Centers uses comprehensive, evidence-based treatment methods that consist of an initial evaluation, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, holistic therapies and relapse prevention techniques to treat addiction from all angles.

Comprehensive Evaluation

The comprehensive evaluation at RiverMend Health Centers’ Georgia drug rehab is a critical component in our individualized program creations. This assessment is designed to help us create a recovery path together, to meet your unique challenges and treatment needs. The initial evaluation includes stabilization, a review of your medical history, a physical exam, and an interview with a therapist and addiction specialist to understand any co-occurring disorders that may be present with addiction, including depression, anxiety, trauma, or other mental health conditions. It’s important that dual disorders are treated side by side addiction for the strongest chance of long-term recovery.

Therapy & Counseling

Prescription drug abuse is successfully treated through a wide range of therapies such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), individual therapy, group therapy, and gender group therapy. Our Georgia drug rehab therapy techniques are empirically validated.

Experiential Therapies

Drug addiction recovery is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Although traditional therapy and counseling are very effective in treating addiction, RiverMend Health Centers integrates experiential techniques to treat addiction from all angles. We offer experiential therapies that include art therapy, expressive group, meditation and mindfulness, yoga, and other holistic techniques.

Family Group

Addiction does not solely affect the user – it profoundly affects all loved ones involved. At RiverMend Health Centers, we strongly encourage loved ones to participate in the family program that allows loved ones to learn about addiction, enabling triggers, and gain insight. We also offer multi-family group to encourage connectedness and to bring families together that have suffered similar experiences and need drug addiction help. Trust can be rebuilt through time, dedication, and understanding.

Continued Care After Treatment

Like other chronic diseases such as asthma, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes, drug addiction should be managed effectively after rehab for the best chance of sustaining abstinence. At RiverMend Health Center’s outpatient drug treatment center, we believe relapse prevention techniques are critical to long-term recovery success, which is why our multidisciplinary team creates highly customized relapse prevention programs for every patient after their 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’ drug rehab in Georgia, we understand that every patient carries unique responsibilities and other life obligations that need to be upheld, which can make rehab difficult to consider. For this reason, we offer flexible program options that allow individuals to receive treatment recovery through highly structured care. Please refer to these resources for more information on our program options:


  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Change Your Life Through Recovery

If you or someone you love is battling drug addiction, help is available for effective, life-changing recovery. Don’t wait another day to speak with a knowledgeable addiction specialist at RiverMend Health Centers. Our renowned team of experts is eager to speak with you about your situation, history, program options and more. Don’t wait another day.

Call now for a free consultation and assessment at 844-497-2368. We look forward to speaking with you.

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