Georgia has a pretty wide range of addiction treatment options for people seeking help for drug or alcohol problems. These include many types of treatment approaches, such as traditional 12 step, medical models, medication-assisted treatment, non-12 step, faith-based programs, dual diagnosis programs and more. There are also various settings, such hospital inpatient, non-hospital residential, therapeutic communities, and various levels of outpatient treatment.
One of the keys to success in treatment is to find the most appropriate type of program and level(s) of care for each individual. Research has shown that personal interest level and belief in the chosen program can greatly affect outcomes.
Types of Treatment Available in Georgia
Faith-Based – These programs are usually Christian-centered and have a strong emphasis on the Bible and life and spiritual lessons that can be found within it. Pastors and spiritual counselors as well as others in recovery typically make up the core staff, though some faith-based programs also employ licensed therapists, and medical personnel as well. These centers are often longer-term and can last 12 months or more.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) – This fairly self-explanatory as well. It relies heavily on using medications to treat addiction as the primary focus. This applies most often to opioid addictions, where the patients are put on a long-term maintenance drug such as methadone or buprenorphine. It may also apply to alcoholism where they are given naltrexone and Antabuse or similar drugs. An ideal goal would be to eventually taper off the maintenance drugs through the application of ongoing group and individual therapy as well, however some people wind up staying on the medications indefinitely. Sometimes MAT is also incorporated as an adjunct therapy to other programs to help get though some crucial stages of early recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Centers – Often called co-occurring disorders, a dual diagnosis means that a patient has one or more behavioral health disorders in addition to substance abuse. This may include common diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD or bipolar disorder, and there are many varying levels within each issue or symptom. Dual diagnosis centers have a psychiatrist who may prescribe medications to treat the different problems in addition to counseling and therapy to address them along with their drug or alcohol addiction.
Non-12 Step Programs – The majority of treatment centers and recovery support groups are based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. However, there is an increasing number people who are either turned off by AA/NA groups for various reasons, or are possibly just ready to try something different if they have previously been unsuccessful in their treatment attempts. Non-12 step treatment programs come in a very wide variety themselves, such as those based on more physically-oriented treatments, holistic programs, SMART Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and more. Centered Recovery Programs is an emerging model that is setting the trend for mindfulness-based treatment.
Treatment Settings in Georgia
Detoxification – Detox centers are inpatient environments that are medically-supervised to help people safely step down and withdraw from the substances they were previously using. The length of time can vary from 3 to 10 days usually, depending on the type of substances, the physical make up of the person, and the length of time they were using.
Inpatient Treatment – There are actually several categories of inpatient treatment, such as a short-term stabilization, which may be provided in a hospital can often includes detoxification services. It often lasts only about two weeks. There are also longer-term inpatient treatment programs, though these are typically referred to as residential rehabilitation centers as well, and can range from 30 days to several months.
Therapeutic Communities – These are usually at least 90 days in length and rely heavily on peer-driven support. There are also clinical elements from licensed therapists and certified counselors, but the majority of the program is based on the connection to the group and helping each other through recovery in a safe and monitored environment. Sometimes therapeutic communities (TCs) start out with more clinical treatment early on and then transition to a supportive housing component where participants find jobs and work to repair their lives and become stable and self-sufficient again.
Outpatient Treatment – The majority of people who seek help for substance abuse problems attend outpatient programs. There are multiple levels of outpatient care as part of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), including Partial Hospitalization/ full-time day treatment (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP)/ part-time day treatment, and regular outpatient, which is usually about once per week.
Finding the Right Treatment Program for You
At Centered Recovery, we work with people every day to help them find the best program to fit their needs. Sometimes they choose to enroll our program, but most of the time we assist them in finding other options. If you are seeking a program for yourself or a loved one, contact us today and we’ll do our best to help.