Alcoholism Counseling Alpharetta GA
Hotline Phone Numbers: (404) 579-1594
Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance
Payment Accepted: Self payment
Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders
Year after year, GPA has provided comprehensive rehabilitation services to Atlanta residents who are dependent on opioid or narcotics substances. Our services include medical evaluations and referrals, individual, group and specialized counseling, case management, crisis intervention and the provision of comprehensive coordination of care among other providers. We serve persons of all races, cultural orientations, gender, sexual preference, spiritual beliefs, physical situations and ages 18 and older. The admission criterion is a verifiable addiction to narcotics and/or opiates for a period of one year if the person is over the age of 21 (A period of two years if under age 21). Preferential admission will be given to pregnant women, recently released incarcerated persons and persons who have been previously treated by GPA.
This facility only accepts individuals appropriate for out-patient methadone treatment in accordance with federal and state guidelines. If you or someone you love meets these guidelines please call GPA at 770-493-1922. And let us help you heal.
Intake Phone Numbers:
(770) 642-5578, (770) 642-5468
Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house
Residency: Residential short-term treatment (30 days or less), Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days), Outpatient, Partial hospitalization/day treatment
Payment Accepted: Self payment
Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors)
Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Women, Residential beds for clients' children
Founder and CEO Lucy Hall-Gainer is a recognized community health leader who has experienced addiction and conquered it firsthand. Mary Hall Freedom House, named after Hall-Gainer’s mother who succumbed to alcoholism, helps women become successful, productive and self-sufficient.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)-accredited and State of Georgia-licensed, Mary Hall Freedom House provides services to help women and children:
Fight and recover from addiction and mental health problems through outpatient, day and residential treatment, including veteran-specific services;
Find support and a safe place to call home through transitional and permanent housing for addiction recovery and homelessness with basic necessities provided;
Succeed and be self-sufficient through confidence-building employment readiness programs, including GED classes, vocational training and transportation assistance as well as life skills guidance, such as shopping, banking and housekeeping;
Reunify and restore families through counseling, parenting classes, childcare and after school programs; and
Heal and learn with medical treatment, such as examinations, screenings, immunizations, dental and vision care and medical, nutrition and fitness education from certified doctors, nurses and counselors.
Thousands of stories of women and children have been rewritten at Mary Hall Freedom House by empowering them to create substance abuse-free generations to come.
Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment
Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Payment Accepted: Self payment
Addiction is progressive. Left untreated, and addict’s physical and psychological dependence upon their drug of choice continues to escalate. The negative impact upon an individual’s physical and mental health increases as substance abuse escalates. The potential outcome of untreated addiction is incarceration, impairment of physical and/or mental health and in extreme cases, death.
Addiction is chronic in nature. The best outcome a client may hope for is remission. Attempts to return to a "controlled” or “recreational” use of any mind altering and/or mood changing substances will reactivate the compulsion to use and bring about a return to behavior patterns that existed prior to treatment. The onset of symptoms returns more rapidly than when the behavior was first acquired. The belief in total abstinence from any mind altering or mood changing substance is the foundation of the ARC philosophy.
ARC holds the belief that addiction is treatable providing the addict is willing to work a daily recovery program. It is further believed that treatment of an addict’s family and significant others enhances the probability of long-term recovery and reintegration into the family structure and community.
Left untreated, addiction is believed to be a terminal illness. Death may occur from primary physiological symptoms of alcohol or drug use (e.g., cirrhosis of the liver) or the secondary effects (e.g., cardiovascular disease) Death may also be the result of alcohol and drug related accidents or suicides. Additionally, there are affective implications in long term, untreated addiction. Feelings of guilt, shame, and unworthiness lead to social isolation and failure of interpersonal relationships.
Addiction impairs the ability of the client to delay the need for gratification and to interact appropriately with others. Decisions are made based on the need for immediate gratification. These decisions are usually self-serving and self-centered, indicating a lack of or an arrested spiritual development.
It is the vision of the founders of Alpha Recovery Centers, Inc. (ARC) to provide quality, effective, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, at an affordable cost to the client, while maintaining integrity with other treatment professionals and the criminal justice system.
Alcoholism: You Cannot Get Rid of It
You Cannot Get Rid of It
Tamber HepnerFriday, September 14, 2007 First of all, alcoholism is a disease and you CANNOT you cannot "get rid" of it. It is a physical addiction brought on by a physiological allergy. Once the physiological triggers are set in place, the alcoholics body will always to some extent crave alcohol. Biologically, it actually takes two years for the body to begin expelling alcohol at the cellular level, and another eight to ten years for the body to be completely rid of any traces of alcohol in the system. Don't be fooled, just because it is undetected in a blood sample after a day or so doesn't mean it's still not there.
To complicate the situation, when alcohol is reintroduced to an alcoholic body, the same physiological reactions reoccur. This means that when an alcoholic drinks again, it is only a matter of time before old behaviors, patterns, and dependencies emerge. Because of this, there is no way for an alcoholic to successfully limit or control his drinking.
What makes this disease difficult to understand, and often misinterpreted, is that alcoholism is a disease which effects the brain and body simultaneously - unlike cancer, which effects particular parts of the body and can then lead to brain malfunction, or schizophrenia, which begins in the brain and can take on somatic (bodily) characteristics. It may be comparable to behavioral diseases such as anorexia, kleptomania, or self-mutilation. One might ask "Why doesn't that person just eat?" or "Why can't that person just not steal things?" but it's far more complicated than that. For alcoholism, it is a physical addiction paired with a mental obsession for alcohol. Even after the physical addiction subsides, the alcoholic must always keep tabs on the mental obsession. Alcoholism is often thought to be a disease cured by willpower, simply because the catalyst for the disease must be consumed, but this is simply not true.
Alcoholism is NOT a disease cured by right thinking, nor is the act of drinking by an alcoholic done so solely to relieve tensions or worries. Imagine an alcoholic who is aware that his life is in shambles because of his drinking, who has sworn off drinking forever, who knows exactly the shape of his health and the jeopardy drinking has brought his health into, and still cannot stop. It is miserable, painful, and uncontrollable by the alcoholic - and very very common. There is no fleeting moments of pleasure any longer for someone who has full blown alcoholism. It is more of a necessity, a dependency. The brain is often so inundated with negative behavior patterns, chemical dependency, and delusion that life is no longer lived within reality, but an altered idea of reality centered around the next drink.
What we need to understand about this disease is that even though it's not curable, it IS treatable. Treatment must consist of a daily regimen, carried out in a lifelong fashion, to continue to abstain fro...