“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Services We Provide At Our Addiction Treatment Center In Georgia
The Summit Wellness Group utilizes a wide range of addiction treatment services to most effectively treat our clients and help them achieve and maintain long lasting recovery.
Holistic Addiction Rehab Therapy
Holistic therapy is an approach to healthcare intervention and treatment which focuses on the whole body (including the mind) for comprehensive healing. The Summit Wellness Group views our holistic treatments as opportunities for clients to learn how to most effectively address both their psychological and physical wellness, providing benefits that go beyond merely addressing their substance abuse problems. Our holistic rehab therapies include meditation, yoga, massage therapy, chiropractic care, art therapy and more.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Dual diagnosis (also known as co-occurring disorders) refers to the condition of suffering from both mental illness as well as comorbid substance abuse. Those having dual diagnosis disorders are faced with complex challenges and usually have increased rates of relapse, homelessness, hospitalization, HIV and hepatitis C infection compared to individuals having only one of the two afflictions.
Integrated treatment refers to an ideally seamless blending of interventions and treatments into a single coherent package formulated using a consistent approach and philosophy applied by all care providers. In this type of methodology, both disorders are given equal priority and focus. According to “Overarching Principles To Address the Needs of Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders” published by SAMHSA, “An integrated system of mental health and addiction services that emphasizes continuity and quality is in the best interest of consumers, providers, programs, funders, and systems.”
Court Ordered Rehab Services
The Summit Wellness Group has a number of court ordered rehab program services focused around supporting clients who are facing criminal charges or are mandated to go to treatment by a judge.
Therapies We Use To Treat Addiction
Psychological and behavioral therapies and methodologies continue to evolve with each passing year. The Summit Wellness Group’s team of expert clinicians utilize the following therapies to treat our clients:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A well-known form of psychotherapy focused on modifying dysfunctional and harmful emotions, thoughts and behaviors by closely evaluating and uprooting negative and/or irrational beliefs. During the process of working with one of The Summit Wellness Group’s therapists, CBT helps the client become aware of negative or otherwise inaccurate thinking so that he or she may address challenging situations more effectively.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). A type of CBT whose goal is to provide the client with mechanisms for remaining in the present moment, regulating emotions, coping with stress in a healthy manner, and improving interpersonal relationships. Originally intended for sufferers of borderline personality disorder (BPD), it has since been effectively adapted for clients with substance abuse.
- Group Therapy. A form of counseling involving regular sessions during which one or more of The Summit Wellness Group’s Master Level (or above) clinicians work with multiple substance abuse sufferers simultaneously. Advantages of this type of treatment include empowerment of group members through encouragement to provide mutual assistance and feedback, provision of peer motivation, support and accountability to enable individuals to reach and maintain recovery goals, and the ability of one or more therapists to treat multiple patients in one session, allowing for greater efficiency of resources and quicker access to therapy.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) A form of psychotherapy in which the patient is prompted to recall distressing images while the therapist attempts to use external stimuli in order to facilitate bilateral stimulation, such as side-to-side eye movements or the tapping of one’s hands. Practitioners of EMDR strive to reduce subjective distress within patients and strengthen their adaptive beliefs relative to traumatic events they have experienced. While there is not a tremendous amount of evidence that EDMR is effective in treating substance abuse, it has proven to be quite useful in treating anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from which individuals with substance abuse disorder often suffer.
- Experiential Therapy. A type of therapy involving physical, hands-on activities or experiences which provide interactive opportunities for patients to transcend communicative barriers and open up more effectively to therapists. This type of therapy is extremely valuable for patients who have difficulty discussing painful events or deep emotions.
- Biofeedback Therapy. A mind-body technique involving the use of visual or auditory feedback for the purpose of gaining control over certain involuntary bodily functions including, but not limited to, heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, muscle tension, blood flow, blood pressure and pain perception. Biofeedback can be useful in treating substance abuse patients because it enables them to get a better understanding of their own involuntary bodily functions, which can also assist therapists in more adequately customizing a treatment plan to best suit the patient’s needs.
- Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT). Any approach combining counseling and behavioral therapy with medications in the treatment of substance use disorders. The medications utilized in this type of treatment typically resemble the patient’s drug of choice in certain ways, but is much safer and easier to monitor and control. An example of a widely-applied MAT is the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) to suppress cravings for, and withdrawal symptoms of, opioids.
Similar to their 12-step counterparts, programs not utilizing the 12-step model typically embrace the concept of peer support and accountability; however, they do not require, or even encourage, their members to rely on a higher power. Such programs generally emphasize a different set of principles, including motivation (using negative consequences of substance abuse as a catalyst for attitude and behavior modification), personal responsibility (accepting that achieving and maintaining recovery is within the individual’s own power alone) and balance (continued recovery as the result of the stability and equilibrium created by the optimal formula of health/wellness activities as well as participation in peer support meetings and activities). Whereas 12-step programs focus on spirituality and collective participation, non 12-step programs place more value on self-reliance. In addition, while the 12-step approach has remained static since its introduction more than 80 years ago, non 12-step programs will often modify their recovery approach with the advent of new scientific findings.
The most well-attended non 12-step programs are Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery), Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), and LifeRing Secular Recovery, all of which encourage members to employ a rational, non-spiritual approach to recovery which may utilize scientific principles and evidence-based practices rooted in modern psychology. The majority of participants in non 12-step programs view addiction as the manifestation of voluntary behaviors instead of as a disease.
12-Step Based Rehab Support
12-step recovery groups are those in which a structured set of guidelines (“the steps”) and principles are rigorously adhered to in an attempt to recover from substance abuse. The 12-step model was originally introduced by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in 1938 and is currently followed by more than 200 fellowships and organizations devoted to assisting members in recovering from addictions to a wide assortment of substances, bad habits and destructive behaviors. Examples of other 12-step fellowships are Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA), and Alanon/Alateen, a program for adults and teens whose family members and other loved ones are alcoholics.
Adherents to the 12-step model view addiction as a disease. As a path to achieving and maintaining recovery, the 12 steps require the admission of powerlessness over one’s affliction; belief in, and devotion to, a higher power of one’s choosing; a thorough examination and sharing of one’s past transgressions and underlying defects of character; a listing of, and amends to, all individuals and institutions one has harmed as the result of his/her affliction; dedication to a new life lived in accordance with a new code of ethics and spiritual connection; and commitment to a lifetime of assisting others in the fellowship. In terms of core philosophies, 12-step programs emphasize the importance of surrender, collective participation, spirituality and selflessness.
Faith-Based Rehab Support
Faith-based programs are those in which a community of believers, whether religious or spiritual, use faith in, and the building of a relationship with, a specific higher power as the centerpiece for their recovery. Such fellowships differ from 12-step programs in that (a) they are generally comprised of people of a certain faith or collection of spiritual beliefs, (b) the building of a relationship with a higher power or “divine” is often the only activity and priority, and (c) many faith-based fellowships borrow little or nothing from the 12-step model. Beyond these similarities, most faith-based programs tend to be very unique from one another and are generally fashioned around the religious and/or spiritual tenets, doctrines and principles inherent in the faith its members adhere to. There are faith-based recovery programs affiliated with nearly every religion and with numerous individual denominations thereof.
Two of the better known faith-based programs are Christianity-based Celebrate Recovery (CR) and Buddhism-based Refuge Recovery and Recovery Dharma.