Substance Abuse Programs 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.
Drug Courts Proving Effective in Reducing Crime, Substance Abuse - Addicted
Drug Courts Proving Effective in Reducing Crime, Substance Abuse
JoinTogether.orgMonday, October 26, 1998 Like many other judges across the nation, Judge John Schwartz was unhappy with the lack of success that his city, Rochester, NY and its criminal courts were having in rehabilitating drug offenders. "I saw that the work that we were doing through the usual means with the drug-addiction cases that were clogging our criminal courts was not working," he says.
The year was 1993, and Schwartz had heard about a new innovation called drug courts. Opting for treatment instead of purely punitive measures, the handful of drug courts then in operation had begun to report some rather impressive results reflected in recidivism rates that were much lower than those of traditional defendants and probationers who had been convicted for comparable crimes related to drug addiction.
These courts had adopted a new approach emphasizing treatment of drug-addicted defendants instead of purely punitive measures, and the outcomes were starting to attract attention. They certainly caught Schwartz's. That year, Schwartz attended an informal conference at the nation's first drug court, in Miami, "and I came back to Rochester convinced that it would work."
The Rochester Drug Court opened for business in January, 1995, and today Schwartz reports that his initial conviction was correct: It works. Now that the court has been operating for nearly four years, its success is measurable. According to Schwartz, the court has "graduated" 250 people from its two-year treatment program and only 5 percent have been re-arrested.
Because of the success of drug courts like the one in Rochester, the 1996 Federal Crime Bill recognized the importance of their more therapeutic approach and made start-up funds available. As a result, their numbers have mushroomed. Today, according to the Drug Court Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance Project (DCCTAP), which is operated by the Justice Department's drug-courts program office, there are more than 200 drug courts in the U.S. with many more set to open or in the planning stages.
The development of these courts is a reflection of an evolution in thinking about the relationships between drugs, addiction, crime, punishment, and treatment. A 1995 study by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice showed quite conclusively that the link between drug use and crime is even stronger than most people suspected. The study found that more than half of male defendants and more than 40 percent of female defendants in 23 cities were under the influence of at least one drug at the time of their arrest.
While the findings of the report revealed the extent of the troubling relationship between drugs and crime, it also cast into harsh light the wisdom of the criminal justice system's response in dealing with drug-dependent criminals. Typically, defendants convicted of drug offenses ar...