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Addiction Treatment in Fayetteville, Georgia

Fayetteville, Georgia is a relatively small city located 22 miles from downtown Atlanta. This historic city is experiencing the struggles many cities are having with opioid abuse.

About Fayettevile, GA

Fayetteville is located in Fayette County, Georgia. It has a population of just over 17,000. The city has a higher median income than the state, at $63,931 vs. the state’s median income of $53,559. Fayetteville also has a lower poverty rate than the state, with 10.7% living below the poverty line, vs. 20% of the state’s residents. The city is 55% white, 33% African American, 6.6% Asian, and 4.8% Hispanic or Latino.

Drug and Alcohol Use in Fayette County

Fayette County has seen about 10 deaths per year from opioid overdoses, but that number has been on the rise in recent months, raising concerns. This is reflective of the numbers of Georgia as a whole, where 68% of drug overdose deaths were attributed to opioid use in 2015.

In order to combat opioid overdoses, Fayette County law enforcement has been trained to use Narcan to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also has a Tactical Narcotics Team. The team uses surveillance as well as other techniques to stop drug trafficking in the county. Since 1989, the team has seized over 38 million dollars in drug money.

Starting Treatment

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, it’s important to seek help. It can difficult to take that first step, but once you do, there are people who are there to support and guide you through the process of recovery.

There are multiple treatment options available, including inpatient and outpatient care. Regardless of the direction you go in for treatment, most programs have the same first steps. 

Pre-Intake and Intake

Once you’ve decided on a potential alcohol or drug treatment program, the first step you’ll take is getting in touch with them by phone, online, or in person. The person you speak to first is an admissions counselor. They will ask you basic information, including your name, age, and the reason for seeking treatment. This initial contact is referred to as pre-intake.

After your initial discussion with a treatment center, the next step is intake. Intake is the process of entering into treatment. You’ll fill out the forms required by the treatment center as well as make financial arrangements. Your treatment center will assist you in making financial arrangements that work for you and your loved ones.

You’ll also meet with different people who will be helping you during your treatment. You may have an initial counseling session, during which a counselor will do an assessment and get to know you. You may also meet with a doctor, nurse, or another health professional who will also assess you. This is done to help decide what the best course of treatment will be for you.

You will also find out the rules for your specific treatment program. If you’re entering a residential treatment program, there may be limitations on when people can visit and there may be items you’re not permitted to bring into the facility. There may also be random drug testing.

Intake is also a good time to ask questions about your treatment program. Feel free to voice your concerns. It’s important that you feel as comfortable as possible as you begin treatment and recovery.

Assesment

Assessment is a vital part of the intake process. During assessment, you meet with those who will be treating you as you recover from addiction. They assess you, which means they get to know you, your history, and your present condition. This gives them insight into what the best course of treatment will be for you.

One of the people you’ll be meeting with is a counselor. They may be a substance abuse counselor, psychologist, or social worker. During assessment, you’ll fill out standardized questionnaires. These are to help your counselor get to know you. They may include questions about your personal life, any traumatic experiences you’ve had, and your history with drug or alcohol abuse.

Once you’ve completed the questionnaire, the counselor will meet with you. They will ask follow-up questions to the answers you gave on the questionnaire, as well as additional questions to get to know you. Although it can seem intimidating or intrusive, it’s important to answer honestly so they can put together a plan that will help you.

As you go through intake, a medical professional will also assess you. This includes a physical and blood and urine testing. During treatment, it’s important that any underlying health issues you have are addressed, and assessment helps uncover those issues. Your medical professional will also ask questions about your health history, as well as any health issues you have currently.

 

Detox

Detox is the process of ridding yourself of any drugs or alcohol that are currently in your system. As you stop taking drugs or alcohol, you go through withdrawal. Withdrawal can be difficult and causes symptoms such as anxiety, depression, intense cravings, agitation, and even seizures. Due to the potential withdrawal symptoms, it’s important to detox under medical supervision. This is normally done in an inpatient setting such as a hospital or inpatient treatment center.

During detox, your treatment team may use prescription medications to ease your symptoms. If you’ve been using opioids to treat pain, for example, then the pain will resurface as you go through withdrawal. Your team will prescribe pain relievers to assist you through your withdrawal. Other common prescriptions used during detox include barbiturates, which are sedatives, methadone, which eases opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and acamprosate, which is used to treat those withdrawing from alcohol.

Inpatient Treatment

If your addiction is severe, or you simply want to focus on recovery without outside distractions, then inpatient treatment may be the best choice for you. In inpatient treatment, you live at the treatment center, and you can receive help and support around the clock.

Residential Treatment Centers

Residential treatment centers provide you with room and board while you go through treatment. Each day is scheduled, and you go through different therapeutic and educational activities. You’ll engage in individual and group therapy as well as classes that teach you skills for coping with your addiction and staying clean once you return to your daily life.

There are a wide variety of residential treatment centers. There are luxury treatment centers that offer amenities such as golf and spa services like massages and yoga classes. There are also simpler residential treatment centers, which offer shared rooms and fewer amenities.

Regardless of the residential treatment center you choose, the center will have rules. There may be restrictions on who can visit you and when they can visit. There may be items you’re prohibited from bringing into the treatment center. Following the rules gives you structure, which will help you know what to expect during your recovery.

Residential treatment centers give you a respite from your daily life. You can focus on getting better without any outside distractions. It’s a safe environment where you can learn the skills you need to stay clean and sober. 

Partial Hospitalization Programs

If you have children to take care of or other obligations you need to meet during treatment, then a partial hospitalization program may be a good choice for you. During a partial hospitalization program, you live at home while undergoing treatment.

This doesn’t mean your treatment isn’t rigorous, though. Partial hospitalization treatment programs meet three to five days per week or more for up to eight hours each day. Each day is scheduled and includes individual therapy, group therapy, and skills classes. It’s an intensive treatment program that can work well if you have a safe, sober place to stay while going through your treatment program. 

Outpatient Program Treatment Centers

Outpatient program treatment centers provide you with treatment but allow you to still retain much of your normal routine. You can attend work or meet your caregiving needs while still getting the help you need to stay clean.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

Intensive outpatient programs provide structured treatment that works around your life and schedule. You live at home while attending therapy sessions at the treatment center. Treatment is typically 10 hours per week or more and may be during the day or even in the evening. Treatment will include individual and group therapy as well as other educational programming to help give you the skills to stay clean and sober. 

Aftercare

As you complete your treatment, you’ll need a plan to support your recovery as you reenter and rebuild your life. Your post-treatment plan is called aftercare. Your aftercare plan should include living arrangements, employment or going to school, and ongoing support for you. As you rebuild your life, you’ll need to find activities that give you a sense of purpose. You may find purpose in work or school, in volunteering, or in supporting others in recovery. You will also need community. This may include trusted and supportive family or friends or support groups. 

Sober Living

 

If you don’t have a safe, supportive home environment to live in during or after your treatment, then you may want to look into sober living. Sober living homes are group homes. You’ll live with others who are recovering from addiction.

Sober living homes have rules and structure. You’ll be expected to stay clean and sober. You may also have a curfew, which is a set time to return home. Some homes require you to be employed, going to school, or be actively seeking employment. You may also be required to pay rent or utilities and contribute to the house through doing chores.

You may also be required to attend group house meetings. As you go through the challenges of returning to your daily life, you’ll have supportive housemates to help you through your recovery. You won’t have to worry about being tempted by illicit substances in the home. You’ll have safety and security as you regain your footing.

Support Groups

As you finish treatment, ongoing support is essential for your continued recovery. One of the best ways to find this support is through support groups. There are a variety of support groups available, and attending multiple groups can be helpful as you find your footing in your new life.

Twelve-step groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous provide support for many recovering addicts. They hold regular meetings, where you share your experiences as well as listen to the stories and experiences of others. You may also read and discuss excerpts from Alcoholics Anonymous literature. As part of a 12-step group, you’ll be expected to work through the steps. Many members have sponsors, who are more experienced members who help you work through the steps. As you gain experience and spend time in recovery, you may find it beneficial to serve as a sponsor to other members.

You may also find support through other community support groups. These may be led by a mental health professional, and they may have a specific focus. There may be groups specifically for women or for LGBTQ individuals, for example. To find a local group, you may be able to get a referral from your treatment center or through local non-profit organizations. 

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling after you finish treatment can help you continue your recovery. Working with a counselor one-on-one provides you with focused attention on your needs. A counselor can serve as a sounding board as you work through your daily challenges. They can help you develop and refine the skills you learned in recovery so you can stay clean and sober.

To find a counselor, you may be able to get a referral from your treatment center. You can also look for recommendations from local non-profits or fellow recovering addicts. You may want to meet with more than one counselor in order to find someone that’s a good fit. When you meet, you can ask about their approach to therapy and how they would support you in your recovery. If they seem like a good fit, then you would meet with them once per week, or more if needed. 

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