Our Alcohol Rehab in Atlanta, Georgia

Michael Smeth

Michael Smeth

The Summit Wellness Group’s Alcohol Rehab Program in Georgia utilizes the latest and most effective therapeutic techniques, medications, and technologies to help our clients return to a full life after alcohol addiction. Chronic alcohol use can wreak havoc on the mind and body of an alcoholic, and utilize a multifaceted approach to address any issue our clients may be facing.

Alcohol can do immense damage to the brain and to address this, psychiatric care will be crucial. This ensures that the current state of mind is as stable as possible, and that clients can begin healing as soon as they are ready. From the aspect of the mind, we utilize a variety of integrative talk therapies and counseling which will help a client begin to deal with their problems in a healthy and productive way. Alcohol is likewise very destructive to the body, and in this aspect we advocate holistic therapy and positive nutrition habits. This will give the body the resources it needs to assist in the recovery process.

Addiction of any kind can, and does, destroy lives. Alcohol is especially dangerous in this regard since it is so widely acceptable to drink. Someone working towards recovery from alcohol addiction will want to develop new coping skills and habits in order to deal with being around alcohol since it is unavoidable in this day and age. Our connections in the Greater Atlanta recovery fellowships will be utilized to the full benefit of our clients, to give them a network of sober friends and mentors with which to grow. Our Atlanta, Georgia based alcohol rehab program is intended as a foundation on which to build a life free from active alcohol addiction.

At The Summit Wellness Group, we work with our clients to craft a personally tailored treatment plan which suits their individual needs and concerns. Some of the variables which play a role include:

  • How long, and how much someone drank
  • The intensity of alcohol withdrawal
  • Drug use habits other than alcohol
  • Possible co-occurring mental health issues; either predating alcohol use, or alcohol induced
  • Possible health complications
  • Level of commitment to recovery
  • Specifics of current living situation
  • Insurance or self-pay
  • Suitability for either inpatient or outpatient treatment


The Summit Wellness Group has a network of partner Georgia alcohol detox centers which are experienced at helping people through the worst of alcohol withdrawal. This time is the most important in recovery, as many alcoholics who attempt this on their own will end up drinking to ease the discomfort. Medications, nutrition, and medical supervision at a Summit Wellness Group partner detox facility will help to make the goal of recovery attainable.

Aside from the safety concerns, the pain and discomfort of alcohol withdrawal is severe. Making it through this difficult time in the most comfortable way possible will help to give our clients the best possible chances at beginning the process of healing and finding lasting recovery.

During our Georgia alcohol rehab program, cravings are certainly a common issue that most alcoholics will have to deal with. Thankfully there are a variety of medications used to help reduce the frequency and intensity of cravings. At The Summit Wellness Group, we believe that anything that helps our clients focus more on their recovery is beneficial. Some medications commonly used to reduce alcohol cravings include:

  • Naltrexone: An opioid antagonist, it is also commonly used to reduce cravings for alcohol.
  • Nalmefene: An opioid antagonist and similar to Naltrexone, it is used to reduce cravings for alcohol.
  • Baclofen: A GABA promoter, it acts as a muscle relaxer and can reduce alcohol cravings.
  • Carbamazepine: An anti-convulsant drug also sometimes used during alcohol withdrawal, it can help to reduce alcohol cravings as well.
  • Acamprosate: Acting on both GABA and glutamate systems, this medication can lessen the alcohol induced imbalance in these systems and help reduce cravings.
  • Topiramate: An anti-convulsant medication, it acts as a GABA promoter and glutamate inhibitor, helping reverse the neurological effects of alcohol addiction and reduces alcohol cravings.
  • Disulfiram: This medication changes the way the body metabolizes alcohol and produces nausea and vomiting when alcohol is used.

Cravings are to be expected in early recovery. When somebody has come to rely on alcohol every day, it takes time to change that habit or reflex to drink. It is possible to reduce or even remove the craving to drink, but it takes time and work. In early recovery, the focus is typically on building new habits to deal with life sober. Maximizing the time our clients can spend focusing on treatment is a high priority at The Summit Wellness Group, and these medications may help in this regard.

Addiction is a very complex issue to treat, and because of this The Summit Wellness Group uses a series of integrative talk therapies which are all individually proven effective at treating alcohol addiction. When combined, these therapies give our clients the best possible chances of successful recovery. Some of the main therapies we utilize in our Georgia alcohol rehab program include:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Group Therapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
  • Trauma Informed Care

Motivational interviewing and group therapy work together to form an articulate expression of the desire to recover, and express this in a group setting where others can relate, benefit, and help each other through the experience. Motivational interviewing is used to draw out the desire to change patterns of behavior. This desire is often buried under years of isolation, avoidance behavior, and a victim mentality. Once drawn up to the surface through interviewing, an alcoholic can fully embrace this desire and take steps towards making it a reality. Group therapy is used in addition so that others who have gone through this previously can share their experience with the process, and attest to the fact that there is real hope for change. Alcohol addiction is often characterized by isolation, and this can be hugely beneficial to help an alcoholic realize that they are not alone in this journey.

CBT and DBT are therapeutic techniques for examining and working to change the way thoughts and feeling manifest as actions. CBT is more of an introspective technique for detailing and understanding the interplay of behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Once this process is better understood by an individual, the more progress they can make to change potentially negative patterns. DBT is a further tool to interrupt these negative patterns by developing exercises or habits to change the course of their expression. When used together, these methods are very powerful and can be very eye opening. Many alcoholics have reached the view that the only way to change the way they feel is through drinking. Showing someone a new set of options can be very encouraging and liberating.

Trauma informed care is a overarching theme with everything we do here at The Summit Wellness Group during our alcohol rehab programming. Trauma is very commonly co-occuring with addiction, and alcoholism in particular. The lowering of inhibitions that alcohol is known for has been a major contributing factor in many an alcoholic putting themselves in vulnerable positions which they would otherwise avoid. Since trauma of any kind, be it sexual, physical, or emotional is so common with addictions, the Summit Wellness Group takes a very compassionate approach to trauma while our clients undergo treatment. We try to nurture an atmosphere of safety, care, and empathy which will help addicts suffering from past trauma to feel free and be able to build trust again.


Alcoholism is intimately linked to a variety of mental disorders and is known to cause or worsen several such as anxiety disorders and depression. Many addicts will experience some form of neurological issue which would require psychiatric care. Our Georgia alcohol rehab helps clients develop a personalized psychiatric strategy by meeting with our psychiatrists and maintaining communication throughout treatment to address someones needs as they change over time. There are some fairly common issues related to alcohol addiction which can be greatly assisted by psychiatric medication. Some of these include:

  • Generalized or Social Anxiety Disorders
  • Specific Anxiety Disorders (such as panic attacks and PTSD)
  • Depression
  • A Variety of Personality Disorders

Some of the more common issues are caused by the particular effect alcohol has on the brain. Alcohol induced anxiety disorders are commonly caused by an imbalance with the 2 neurotransmitters GABA and glutamate. While GABA has a calming effect on the mind, glutamate has an exciting effect. Alcoholics who recently quit drinking will have greatly decreased levels of GABA, which means their brain has a hard time slowing down. Likewise, levels of glutamate are greatly higher than normal which keeps the mind in a much more excitable state. Coupled together these imbalances can be expressed as any number of anxiety or mood disorders. The brain is capable of repairing this imbalance, but this takes time and abstinence from alcohol.

The psychiatrists at our alcohol rehab in Georgia will use proven and effective medications to address the symptoms of any and all mental issues which may accompany alcohol addiction. Once these challenges are mitigated, the real work of addiction recovery can begin. Some medications which have been found especially useful in this manner include:

  • Anti-Depressants
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications
  • Mood Stabilizers
  • Opiate Antagonists (to reduce cravings)
  • β-Blockers (for secondary anti-anxiety effects)

Our holistic approach to alcohol rehab in Georgia is intended to shorten the time it takes the brain to return to balance. Using a combination of health and wellness therapy and physical and mental exercises, the normal cycles of brain function can be stimulated and supported as they were intended in the absence of alcohol. Some of the techniques we use to achieve this include:

  • Art Therapy
  • Guided Meditation
  • Massage Therapy
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Nutritional Classes
  • Therapeutic Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Adventure Therapy

Much of the mental stresses of early recovery from alcohol addiction are expressed as anxiety, depression, and disorganized thinking. Through a practice of different expressive and mindfulness therapies, these symptoms can be lessened and a more peaceful and organized mental state can be achieved. Art therapy and guided meditation can both help to quite the mind, and increase the willingness and ability to express ones self to others. When joined with the talk therapies this can be a powerful addition to treatment, and help our clients get the most out of the other aspects of treatment.

Massage therapy and chiropractic care are both used to increase calm and relaxed states. These will naturally cause an increase in GABA levels, and exercising the brains GABA system can help speed its recovery to normal function. Additionally, these are another instance of using something other than alcohol to change the way someone feels. Anyone who has ever been to a chiropractor or had a massage can tell you that it feels great! Having as many experiential examples as possible for our clients to look at will help promote the attitude that life after addiction can be good.

While quality nutrition is important for everyone, this is especially the case in recovering alcoholics. Heavy alcohol use is known to both reduce the bodies ability to absorb nutrients, as well as depleting several very crucial vitamins used in brain function. A majority of alcoholics suffer from severe vitamin deficiencies, particularly thiamine deficiency. Thiamine, among many other vitamins, is used in neurotransmitter synthesis and to help the heart and circulatory system function properly. Developing healthy eating habits can make someone feel better in the short term, as well as help the brain return to normal balance regarding GABA and glutamate levels more quickly.

The more physical aspects are used to increase overall mood, health, and wellness during your time in our Georgia alcohol rehab. Therapeutic fitness and adventure therapy are low impact approaches to exercise, and can help mood and health by stimulating the natural opioid system in the brain. This system is used both during exercise, as well as to help soothe sore muscles after exercise. This has a direct and strong effect on mood and overall wellness, and can have a ripple effect throughout the rest of treatment. Yoga is geared towards fitness, stress reduction, and relaxation and likewise can have a profound and far reaching effect on the other aspects of treatment.

The commitment we make to the clients of our Georgia alcohol rehab program does not end with the completion of treatment. Recovery is a lifelong journey, and intensive treatment is one of the first steps. Clients will be invited to continue work with their therapist or counselor in one on one sessions, as well as join our aftercare Alumni program which has frequent meetings and events. The Summit also has many ties in the Atlanta area recovery communities and will leverage these connections to assist in finding sober living if necessary, client-local meetings, and aid in finding a competent sponsor.

There are many 12 Step fellowships in the Atlanta area such as Alcoholics Anonymous and other non-12 Step recovery programs such as Celebrate Recovery and SMART Recovery. We will use our knowledge of the recovery landscape to connect our clients with whichever fellowship they feel would be best for them. Continued sobriety is the goal, and at the Summit Wellness Group we will do everything we can to offer help in making recovery a way of life.

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