Methadone Clinics Alpharetta GA

Methadone has become the hot topic publicly due to it being finally accepted as a proper form of heroin and opiate addiction treatment. Universities and other medical institutions of learning have incorporated addiction into separate course studies, prior to the early part of this century, the only study on addiction in 4 years of medical school was approximately one hour in length, 3/4 of which was spent on alcohol addiction. Read on for more.

GPA Treatment Inc
4255 Chamblee Tucker Road,
Doraville, GA30340
(770) 493-1922
www.gpatreatment.com

Hotline Phone Numbers: (404) 579-1594

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment, Methadone Maintenance

Residency: Outpatient

Payment Accepted: Self payment

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders

Fact is, with each patient, we’re committed to creating a nurturing environment built on honesty, integrity and high ethical standards. At GPA, we believe respect and dignity are the foundation to a successful recovery. If you’re serious about getting help for addiction or you would like to refer someone for treatment, contact GPA for a private consultation.

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.
Mary Hall Freedom House Inc
100 Hannover Park, Suite 100,
Atlanta, GA30350
(770) 642-5500
www.maryhallfreedomhouse.org

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)

Languages: Spanish

Specializing in Persons with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Women, Residential beds for clients' children

Founded in 1996, Mary Hall Freedom House is a nonprofit organization and a national leader in gender-specific treatment, recovery, housing and support services to help women and women with children break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness.
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.
Alpha Recovery Centers Inc
18 Cedar Run, Suite C,
Atlanta, GA30350
(404) 329-9991
www.alpha-recovery.com

Services Offered: Substance abuse treatment

Residency: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)

Payment Accepted: Self payment

The founders of ARC believe that in order for the treatment of addiction to be effective it must be holistic. In addition to the treatment of the primary illness of chemical dependency or substance abuse it must also address the psychological and social behaviors, which precipitate substance abuse and are exacerbated by prolonged, chronic use. The overt manifestation of addiction, is characterized not only by compulsive use of mind altering and/or mood changing chemicals but is also associated with other self destructive interpersonal and interpersonal patterns of behavior. Long-term recovery is dependent upon changing these self-destructive behaviors.

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.
Mission Statement

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.

Methadone: Is it Really a Proper Treatment for Heroin Addicts?

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Methadone: Is it Really a Proper Treatment For Heroin Addicts?

Ericka Lear

Friday, September 14, 2007 Methadone has become the hot topic publicly due to it being finally accepted as a proper form of heroin and opiate addiction treatment. Universities and other medical institutions of learning have incorporated addiction into separate course studies, prior to the early part of this century, the only study on addiction in 4 years of medical school was approximately one hour in length, 3/4 of which was spent on alcohol addiction.

Public perception tends to fall behind on medical acceptance; until recently, the general consensus on depression and other mental health disorders was one of character defect, a flaw in willpower, or just plain laziness (i.e. "If they would just get up and start doing something, they'd be fine.") Many people still avidly believe today that addiction is only caused through choice and that society should not be responsible for the poor choices of another person. Interestingly, it should be noted that many medical disorders which plague our society are primarily based on a poor choice. Heart disease, differing types of cancers, diabetes (especially type II), and AIDS occur when the afflicted makes a choice in life which negatively affects health. Knowing this, it is interesting to see the differences in attitudes between the aforementioned diseases and addiction. How many people would turn out for a Relay for Life to fight addiction, or a telethon to raise money to improve addiction treatment?

That being said, methadone is currently considered by the medical community to be the gold standard for opiate addiction treatment. Why? It seems odd that physicians would treat heroin/opiate addiction with a synthetic opiate and those ignorant to the mechanics and progression of addiction believe that it is just trading one addiction for another.

The first problem we come across publicly is the tendency to combine dependence and addiction into one group. Dependence is when a patient ceases taking medication, when to do so causes a set of aggravating abnormal effects of withdrawal. It can be fatal in some medications when abruptly ceased. Addiction has a component of dependence within it, however there is an all-encompassing attribute of behavioral, physical, and emotional changes that occur specifically with it that does not occur when just dependent.

Next, the advent of the MRI proved the postulating theory of Dr Vincent Dole and Dr Marie Nyswander; that opiate addiction is a metabolic disorder which causes multiple changes in the brain and body which can be permanent. Opiates, when artificially administered with no source of physical pain, causes a decrease or cessation of endorphin function. Endorphins are chemicals that are released by the body that help to regulate a number of processes, most notably mood, sleep, motivation, stress, sexual drive, and hunger. When a disruption occurs in the system, then ra...

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