Gain Sobriety from Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, the capital of the state of Georgia is the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States and home to 5.5 million people. The city sprang from two intersecting rail-lines and blossomed out of the ashes of the American Civil War. It played an integral part in the Civil Rights Movement during which it earned a reputation as “too busy to hate.” It boasts a stunning skyline and houses the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T, UPS, and many broadcasting networks such as the Cable News Network (CNN) and Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) among many other businesses.

This bustling city has its fair share of problems. Addiction reaches every corner of the United States and leaves no one unaffected. In the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 7.27% of Georgian adults reported using an illicit drug within the past month in 2008. The state of Georgia has an unusually high percentage of citizens who use cocaine, as it ranks higher than marijuana for substances of primary use for which people seek substance abuse treatment. As in the rest of the United States, alcohol and prescription drug abuse continue to prove a national health crisis.

For Whom is Addiction Treatment?

Chemical dependence and addiction are two different things. There is a lot of controversy regarding the difference. Some believe that anyone physically dependent on an addictive substance should seek treatment, while others propose detox is all people need, if that. Addiction is a disease of the mind, a person may be able to convince themselves that while they have become physically dependent, they have yet to become mentally or emotionally addicted as well. This problem becomes increasingly complex and confusing as in the case of some substances, opioids for example, the body may actually create the symptom of pain to obtain the drug. All the while the individual who is experiencing pain continues to believe that opioid pain medication is necessary to treat a symptom of the drug itself.

Regardless of where you draw the line between physical and mental dependency, if you are in doubt, treatment is most likely a good option for you. The National Institute of Health (NIH) describes addiction as occurring in four stages, which are experimenting, ongoing use, dangerous use, and finally physical and psychological dependence. These “stages of change” can occur rapidly or over decades – everyone is different. The human brain is amazingly complex and we still do not fully understand how it is affected by addicted substances, though major advancements have been made. Regardless of where you are in these stages, treatment certainly would not hurt. Often, people do not seek treatment until enough strife and relationship damage has occurred to change. This is not, however, required and anyone can choose to seek treatment at any point.

Find the Help You Need to End Addiction

Everyone needs help overcoming addiction. The disease of addiction destroys and takes far too many lives – do not let yours become just another statistic. Treatment centers help people understand and address the underlying issues and co-occurring problems of addiction. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse, don’t risk death. Get started down the path of a happier, healthier life today. Give us a call at (678) 616-2926. We have expert professionals ready to answer all of your questions and walk you through the process of addiction treatment.