Expert Delivered Behavioral Health & Addiction Treatment Closer to Home
Addiction is a chronic, but treatable disease of the brain. Researchers have studied addiction, its development, effects on the brain and treatment options for many years. And what they have learned is that addiction is not a result of willpower but of deficits in the function of the prefrontal cortex of the brain— the part responsible for executive functioning, the skills involving mental control and self-regulation.
The central dopamine system has a significant role in executive functioning. Repeated substance abuse alters the body’s chemistry and results in low levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. As such, people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol cannot control their need, even when facing declining health, loss of unemployment, broken relationships or legal consequences.
At RiverMend Health Centers, our highly experienced practitioners work to repair the brain’s reward system by using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach that raises low dopamine levels and restores the body to a balanced and healthy state. Our scientifically-driven, comprehensive behavioral health and substance abuse programs utilize evidence-based protocols and clinical pathways to provide you with the tools necessary to live a meaningful life in recovery.
Substance abuse treatment, whether treatment for depressants like alcohol or drugs such as opioids, begins with recognizing the seriousness of the problem and having the courage to ask for help. Regardless of how long you have been suffering with drug addiction, what drugs you are addicted to, or what other conditions may be co-occurring, our substance abuse treatment center can help you turn your life around.
Our Substance Abuse Experts Include:
Board Certified Addiction Medicine Doctors
Licensed Medical Practitioners and Nurses
Individual, Group and Family Therapists
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, a type of psychotherapy that helps change how patients react to traumatic memories)
About Our Substance Abuse Treatment Programs at RiverMend Health Centers
RiverMend Health Centers of Atlanta and Augusta provides personalized substance abuse treatment options for individuals, whether it’s alcohol dependency, drug abuse or opioid addiction. After a thorough evaluation is performed, substance abuse treatment is developed by a team of addiction experts who focus recovery on unique physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the individual. Based on the 12-steps, a guiding principle that fosters recovery and abstinence, our substance abuse programs are designed to address the multi-faceted components of addiction with the goal of establishing long-term sobriety.
If medically-supervised detox is necessary, our unique affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University provides the extra support and supervision necessary for safe withdrawal.
When patients are stable, they begin to take part in individual counseling, group counseling, educational programs, family sessions, relapse prevention therapy and trauma therapy. For those who have a co-occurring mental health disorder, integrated care is also provided to ensure optimal rehabilitation.
Our team of Atlanta experts work together to change lives by facilitating the simultaneous physical, emotional, and spiritual transformations necessary to conquer your addiction.
We offer a Substance Abuse Treatment Plan Based on Individual Needs
Everyone is made differently. We have different genetic, biological, social, spiritual, physical and psychological differences. Substance abuse may develop in one person more significantly than in another. Or someone may be able to just quit cold turkey without problems, while others struggle and relapse repeatedly.
At RiverMend Health Centers, our substance abuse programs are designed to fit your needs. After your evaluation and assessments are complete, which includes medical and psychological history, we’ll design the appropriate plan of care for you. We factor in the type of substance you are dependent on, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, etc, and whether there is a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety or PTSD.
Our team meets regularly to review your progress and adjusts care accordingly. You’ll find that our addiction treatment programs are comprehensive and our compassionate attention is unparalleled. We’ll do everything we can during your substance abuse treatment to get you back on your feet.
Finding Strength through Substance Abuse Treatment Together
At RiverMend Health Centers, we understand you can’t fight this illness alone. Most of our patients have tried that without lasting success. Recovering from an addiction can be difficult and challenging, especially in the very beginning. It requires a lot of strength, commitment and a thorough understanding of yourself to be able to find strength to pull through. Our substance abuse treatment modalities include ways to handle the hard times so you don’t give up.
The first step in substance abuse recovery is to ask for help and finding the right substance abuse treatment options. This might be the hardest step to make, but the biggest achievement in the process. When you ask for help, you allow others to step in and support you, guide you and motivate you. Our goal is to be there for you every step of the way. We know the road to recovery seems very long and there could be roadblocks here and there, but together we’ll find the strength you need to persevere.
The next step is to build a support network which can include family members, friends, recovery coaches and others who will make sure you have what you need during your recovery. They will help you maintain a positive outlook and encourage you to stay committed to sobriety. Your support network is also there to remind you to be kind to yourself. There might be ups and downs during recovery and you might get angry at yourself if you veer off. Like any other mistake in life, you’ll learn to forgive yourself, learn from the experience and get back on track.
RiverMend Health Centers provide a comprehensive array of behavioral health services, including the evaluation and diagnosis of addiction, co-occurring conditions and other types of mental health disorders. Led by board-certified physicians and licensed clinicians, we offer treatment programs in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia.
Our services include intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, family treatment and individual counseling, relapse prevention, recovery planning, coaching and spiritual care. Through our unique affiliations with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Bluff Plantation, our experts can successfully evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of behavioral health, addiction and mental health conditions.
RiverMend Health Centers is a Trade Name of Georgia Detox and Recovery LLC, a State of Georgia Department of Community Health Licensed Addiction and Recovery Center.
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