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By NABH Staff

Medically Reviewed by Erika Dalton, LMSW

Last Updated on December 13, 2023


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Addiction cannot be treated by treating the symptoms alone. We use holistic and evidence-based methods to treat the entire individual.

North Atlanta Behavioral Health provides comprehensive drug addiction treatment in Georgia. Our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to those struggling with substance abuse issues. Our individualized approach and an array of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, medication-assisted therapy, and mindfulness practices, help patients gain greater insight into their behavior and recovery process.

We also provide support through 12-step programs, family counseling sessions, group meetings, case management services, and more. With a strong commitment to finding lasting solutions for addiction problems, North Atlanta Behavioral Health strives to create better lives for individuals in Georgia affected by substance use issues and disorders.

What is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite the adverse consequences or negative impact of the consequences. It is also known as substance use disorder (SUD).

People struggling with addiction to alcohol, opioids, prescription drugs, marijuana, or stimulants find it difficult to stop using even if they recognize that their dependence could have major health and life-disrupting implications in terms of finances, relationships, and legal problems. Relapse can often occur without proper treatment, which further contributes to an individual’s struggle with this disease.


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Types of Drug Addiction We Treat

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we offer free assessments to those seeking treatment for drug addiction. Our intake team can help evaluate the type of substance use disorder someone may be suffering from and provide comprehensive, evidence-based care tailored to each individual to help them take the first steps on the road to recovery. Some of the different types of drug addiction we treat include the following:

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Addiction

The signs and symptoms of drug addiction vary widely based on the type of substance being abused. However, some common ones to look for include:

  • Intense cravings for the drug.
  • Inability to control or reduce the use of the drug despite continued efforts to do so.
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, such as hobbies.
  • Withdrawal from family and friends.
  • Associating with other people who use drugs.
  • Increased tolerance to the drug’s effects, resulting in increasing the amount used.
  • Feeling irritable or restless if unable to use drugs at certain times throughout your day.
  • Engaging in drug-seeking behaviors, like attempting to obtain multiple prescription medications or looking for street drugs to buy.
  • Increase risk-taking that exacerbates unsafe behaviors, such as driving while impaired or unprotected sex.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when drugs wear off like headaches, nausea, shaking, sweating, and increased anxiety.
  • Relationship difficulties may also occur due to mental or physical health changes linked to drug abuse. 
  • Lack of personal hygiene.
  • Changes in one’s appearance.
  • Noticeable unusual weight gain or weight loss.
  • Accidental overdose

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How Drug Addiction Treatment in Georgia Works

At North Atlanta Behavioral Health, we believe in providing personalized care for each patient, depending on their individual needs and preferences. We offer various treatments, including medically supervised detox, medication-assisted therapy (MAT), partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), daytime intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), and evening IOPs. We also provide services to treat co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. 

The initial assessment begins with us learning about the individual and their history of substance use, followed by an in-depth look into any underlying mental health issues or trauma that may have been driving the behavior. This information allows us to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs. 

This typically includes integrated therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication-assisted therapies such as Suboxone/Vivitrol, family counseling and support sessions, relapse prevention strategies, mindfulness practices, and 12-Step meetings. We also provide regular aftercare support and alumni programs through our case management services to ensure lasting results from treatment. 

By participating in our drug addiction treatment in Georgia you: 

  • Gain insight into your behavior and triggers behind your substance use.
  • Learn tools and strategies to prevent relapse.
  • Recognize the risk factors before relapsing.
  • Discover healthier hobbies and lifestyle practices.
  • Make new friends that support one another in recovery.
  • Increase your resilience and begin living a new life. 

Long-Term Effects of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can take a toll on one’s physical and mental health in both short-term and long-term ways. Prolonged drug abuse without treatment can cause permanent damage to brain cells leading to changes in behavior, such as difficulty concentrating, memory issues, impaired decision-making skills, or an inability to control one’s emotions effectively.

Additionally, constant drug use can lead to cardiovascular problems associated with heart failure and stroke, along with organ damage due to continuous exposure to toxic chemicals. Certain illicit substances used over a longer period can cause difficulty breathing.

Some people will experience problems sleeping and restlessness, as well as uncontrolled itching. Furthermore, as substance tolerance builds, the person increases their risk of accidental overdose, coma, and death.

Find Drug Addiction Treatment in Georgia

North Atlanta Behavioral Health has helped countless individuals break free from the chains of addiction in Atlanta and move on to healthier lives. Our caring, compassionate, and supportive drug addiction treatment programs provide flexible options for people to regain control over their lives by customizing a treatment plan that can help them maintain sobriety and achieve long-term recovery. Contact us today to start drug rehab near Atlanta.

Treatment Philosophy

North Atlanta Behavioral Health is dedicated to the health and happiness of our clients. We offer personalized treatment plans that put each individual's needs first. 

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Our multidisciplinary team wants nothing more than for our clients to achieve a lifetime of recovery and sobriety. Let us help you get the most out of treatment.