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Georgia Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Almost 40% of individuals struggling with substance abuse also struggle with co-occurring mental illness. To ensure the best possible recovery outcomes, both conditions should be simultaneously addressed by a dual diagnosis treatment facility.

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    Why Is Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Important?

    Dual-diagnosis treatment facilities, like The Summit Wellness Group, focus on individuals struggling with both a mental health condition and a substance abuse disorder. Addressing both conditions simultaneously is important for a more effective treatment plan that encourages long-term recovery. If only one condition is treated at a time, the risk for relapse increases as most substance use disorders worsen symptoms of mental illness and vice versa. People trying to self-medicate to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, or PTSD can actually cause a worsening of those disorders, deteriorating mental health, and lead to increased use of substances until the cycle becomes almost impossible to break without help.

    How Common Are Co-Occurring Disorders?

    Mental health issues commonly occur alongside substance use disorders, and a lack of treatment and care for these comorbid issues can result in negative long-term outcomes, including relapse and possible overdose. A report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that almost 8 million adults suffer from co-occurring mental illness and substance use, however more than half of these people never receive any type of treatment and only 9% will seek treatment through a dual-diagnosis center.

    Substance use disorders most commonly occur alongside anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Drug and alcohol use are also seen at higher levels in those suffering from depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and borderline or antisocial personality disorders. Because drugs and alcohol affect the same areas in the brain as many mental health conditions, the two can often interact and worsen the negative symptoms of one another.

    At The Summit Wellness Group, we understand just how important it can be to get the necessary support for these mental health challenges and how freeing it can be to find relief through effective treatment. Additionally, getting the appropriate care for both a substance use disorder and an underlying mental health condition has been shown to be much more beneficial for long-term treatment outcomes than if someone only received care for one of these issues on their own.

    Effective Treatments

    We understand that clients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health conditions require specialized treatment plans, and these individuals will not benefit from a predetermined schedule that does not meet all of their needs specifically. Our clients meet with their individual therapist to design a treatment plan that works for them. We have found that the best approach to dual diagnosis care is through some combination of evidence-based therapies and holistic modalities. This way, we can target multiple areas in each person’s life that need healing.

    Clients are going to get to choose from a variety of different therapies and treatment options, some of which may include:

    • Medication Management
    • Guided Meditation
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Brain Mapping
    • EMDR

    What Makes Our Dual-Diagnosis Program Special?

    Our program here at The Summit Wellness Group is incredibly special and different from most other rehabilitation facilities because we place our clients at the highest level of priority and do what we can to develop plans and treatments centered around their needs. We offer:

    • Highly individualized care that caters to the specific needs of each of our clients. Rather than trying to fit you into our programs, we fit our programs to you.
    • Small group sizes that give you the chance to receive actual feedback from group leaders and other clients. This allows you to take an active role in your recovery process. We believe that this helps to validate your individual voice and experience.
    • A favorable client-to-staff ratio of 2:1, which is far above other Georgia (and National) treatment providers. This allows our staff to devote more time to each of our clients, ensuring that the level of care we provide never falters.
    • A diverse group of facilitators and therapists, allowing us to match you with the best team of people who have the knowledge base, resources, experience, and dedication to help battle your mental health conditions and substance abuse together.
    • Licensed clinicians that run each of our groups and programs, ensuring the highest quality of care possible. We’re constantly updating resources and methods to make sure we keep our practices up to date.

    The Ideal Treatment Environment

    We currently have two locations, one in Roswell and one in Atlanta. Both were designed with you in mind down to the most minute details to foster a calming, relaxing environment supportive of dual-diagnosis treatments. From the moment you step foot through our front door, we want to make sure that you feel welcomed and cared for.

    Our Roswell location is more secluded, surrounded by trees and other natural features, which allows our clients to feel comfortable and private in their journey through recovery. We know that this can be a difficult and frustrating time for many of our clients which is why the homey touches of this location were put in place. Unless they are in session, our therapists’ doors are always open, and our clinicians will never pass by you without checking in to see how your day has been and how you’re doing.

    Our Atlanta rehab facility is located in the center of the city and takes on a more modern industrial vibe with huge windows, tall ceilings, outdoor spaces, private rooms for group and individual therapy, and beautiful artwork that captures the eclectic feel of the city.

    A Staff That Cares

    One of our main goals here at The Summit Wellness Group is to make sure that each of our clients feels important. You aren’t just another nameless patient that needs saving. You are a person who might be struggling with mental health or substance abuse, but that is just one piece of your story. When you come to one of our facilities, you will be treated with kindness, warmth, and respect by a staff that truly cares about your journey and your life. Some of our staff have experienced addiction, and some haven’t, and we believe that the diversity within our professionals is what allows us to show that compassion and respect. When we look at you, we see ourselves, and we hope that when you come to us, you feel like part of the family.

    Medication Management

    One of our first priorities is making sure we stabilize our clients and offer the most comfortable transition to sobriety that we can. Our team of psychiatrists and doctors works to ensure the best medication management plan based on your needs. We offer medications to help manage cravings, treat co-occurring mental health conditions, and minimize post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Proper medication usage can alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and make it easier to transition away from addiction, and we want to make sure that our team is able to help you do just that.

    Holistic Groups

    Our combination of therapeutic techniques includes a wide variety of holistic rehab treatments that we have seen improve clients’ chances of leaving our facilities sober and remaining sober long-term. These techniques teach our clients positive, healthy habits that can be used for continued growth after treatment. Our list of holistic practices includes:

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

    Our holistic treatments help reduce cravings, lessen the severity of those post-acute withdrawal symptoms, improve self-reflection, promote healthy hobbies, foster a stronger spiritual connection, and overall improved physical and mental health.

    Additional Resources

    Our expert therapists, clinicians, and medical professionals each have experience in treating individuals with substance abuse and the following co-occurring disorders:

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    We’d love the opportunity to help you during this overwhelming and difficult process. The Summit Wellness Group is located in Georgia and all of your calls will be directed to one of our local staff members. Our sincere passion is helping people recover so that they can live full, meaningful and healthy lives.

    Call us 24/7 at 770-299-1677. If we aren’t the right fit for you then we’ll utilize our expertise and connections within the treatment industry to assist you in finding the best provider for your specific needs. Alternatively you can fill out our contact form and a member of our staff will contact you shortly.