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 body and the brain, and to address the psychological issues that often arise, 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 a psychological perspective, 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 constructive 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 and accelerate 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 to the Greater Atlanta recovery communities 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 partner network of Georgia alcohol detox centers which are experienced at helping people through the worst and most dangerous first stages of alcohol withdrawal. This time is the most important in recovery, as many people who attempt this on their own will end up drinking to ease the discomfort that alcohol withdrawal can produce. Medications, nutrition, and medical supervision at a Summit Wellness Group partner detox facility will help to make the goal of recovery attainable and as safe as possible.
Aside from the safety concerns, the pain and discomfort of alcohol withdrawal can be quite 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 achieving long-term 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: This medication is FDA approved for treating alcohol dependence and can reduce cravings for alcohol.
- Nalmefene: Somewhat similar to Naltrexone, it is used to reduce cravings for alcohol and can reduce the rewarding effects produced by drinking alcohol.
- Baclofen: This medication works on one of the major neurotransmitters that is disrupted through alcohol addiction, and may reduce discomfort and cravings once detox has been completed.
- Carbamazepine: This is an anticonvulsant that is also used off-label to treat alcohol withdrawal syndrome. It may help reduce discomfort.
- Acamprosate: This is another medication that is FDA approved for the treatment of alcohol dependence. Specifically, it is used to prevent relapse into alcohol use by reducing cravings for alcohol.
- Disulfiram: This medication is also FDA approved for treating alcohol use disorder, and increases the body’s sensitivity to alcohol. In particular, it causes a very unpleasant reaction when combined with alcohol, acting as a relapse deterrent.
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 instinct to drink. It is possible to reduce or even remove the craving to drink, but it takes time and effort. In early recovery, the focus is typically on building new habits to deal with life in the absence of alcohol. Maximizing the time our clients can spend focused on treatment and building a solid foundation for their recovery is a high priority at The Summit Wellness Group, and these medications may help in this regard.
Addiction is a very complex issue, and because of this The Summit Wellness Group uses an array 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 opening up about their issues, and a much better chance of achieving long-term 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 support 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, someone is able to 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 therapeutic approach can be beneficial toward helping someone realize that they are not alone in this journey.
CBT and DBT are therapeutic techniques for identifying, examining, and changing the way thoughts and feelings manifest in behavior. 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 help lay the foundation for drastic improvements in a persons quality of life. Many people who struggle with alcohol addiction 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. Trauma very frequently co-occurs alongside addiction, and alcohol addiction in particular. The lowering of inhibitions that alcohol is known for has can often be a major contributor toward someone putting themselves in vulnerable positions which they probably would have avoided had they been sober. Since trauma of any kind, be it sexual, physical, or emotional is so common when dealing with addiction, the Summit Wellness Group takes a very compassionate and sensitive approach to trauma while our clients undergo treatment. We try to nurture an atmosphere of safety, care, and empathy which will help people suffering from past trauma to feel free to build trust again.
Alcoholism is intimately linked to a variety of mental disorders and is a known contributor to several such as anxiety disorders and depression. Many of those who have struggled with alcoholism will experience some form of psychological issue which would require psychiatric care at some point during their active using days, or during treatment. Our Georgia alcohol rehab helps clients develop a personalized psychiatric strategy by meeting with our psychiatrists and maintaining communication throughout treatment to address their needs as they change over time. There are some fairly common issues related to alcohol addiction which can be greatly improved by psychiatric medication. Some of these include:
- Generalized or Social Anxiety Disorders
- Specific Anxiety Disorders (such as panic attacks and PTSD)
Some of the more common issues are caused by the particular effects that alcohol has on the brain. Alcohol-induced anxiety disorders are commonly caused by an imbalance with the two neurotransmitters GABA and glutamate. While GABA has a calming effect on the mind, glutamate has an exciting effect. People 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 higher than normal which keeps the mind in a more excited state. When these imbalances occur together, it can manifest 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 psychological issues which may accompany alcohol addiction. Once the disruption and discomfort produced by these issues is addressed, the real work of recovery can begin. Some medications which have been found especially useful in this manner include:
- Non-Benzodiazepine Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Mood Stabilizers
- β-Blockers (for secondary anti-anxiety effects)
Our holistic approach to alcohol rehab in Georgia takes the perspective of treating the person as a whole, and not just treating the symptoms of their problems. Using a combination of health and wellness practices, physical and mental exercises, and social or community-centric therapies, a more comprehensive and well-rounded treatment program can help give someone as many tools as possible to help their recovery. Some of the techniques we use to achieve this include:
- Art Therapy
- Guided Meditation
- Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Nutritional Classes
- Therapeutic Fitness
- 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 integrative 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 reduce stress and can help increase calm and relaxed mental and physical states. These will naturally cause an increase in certain neurotransmitters, such as GABA, and working the brains neurotransmitter systems through natural means can help speed its recovery to normal function. Additionally, these therapies can be 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 for those recovering from alcohol addiction. Heavy alcohol use is known to both reduce the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, as well as depleting several crucial vitamins used in the brain. A majority of people who drank alcohol for long periods 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 restore neurotransmitter function to normal 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 endorphins 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 their treatment program. 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 helping someone to find 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 and support in making recovery a way of life.