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Navigating the Levels of Care in Addiction Treatment: What You Need to Know

“Great treatment exists…good treatment exists…and horrible treatment exists”, says Daniel Lettenberger-Klein, MS, LMFT and Executive Director of RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta and Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center. In his interview with Prodigal Child Ministries, Daniel explains the differing levels of care within addiction treatment and candidly discusses how to navigate pitfalls when dealing with insurance companies and choosing appropriate treatment options.

Starting with crisis intervention all the way through outpatient care, Daniel sheds light on exactly which experts to turn to, what questions to ask and what resources to utilize when a loved one is struggling with addiction.

How to Recognize Relapse in Your Loved One

How to Recognize Relapse in Your Loved One

1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

If your loved one has finally entered a treatment program for their addiction, you may feel a tremendous weight lifted from your shoulders. For the first time in a while you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And although you and your family are on the right path to healing, you […]

Addiction is a Family Disease

Addiction is a Family Disease

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and tenderhearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.

Addiction doesn’t just harm the individual, but has damaging, long-lasting effects on family members and friends as well. The daily stress, shame, fear and burden spurred by the disease can leave loved ones feeling devastated and powerless. But there are ways out of the nightmare, to heal, repair relationships and break the cycle of abuse […]

EMDR Therapy at Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center

Letting Go of Trauma with EMDR Therapy

Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

For those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, coping with past trauma is vitally important to the recovery process. When underlying emotional issues aren’t addressed or resolved, the chance of relapsing becomes much higher. To date, standard talk therapy has been the mainstream method of treatment to help patients move past painful, traumatic memories. Although […]

Addiction Recovery for Men and Women in Christ

Gender Specific Addiction Therapy: How Men and Women Benefit

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Addiction can affect anyone—regardless of gender, age, race, and background. However, men and women face unique circumstances when battling addiction and may benefit from having treatment geared towards their gender. For example, having separate therapy groups gives men and women the freedom to address the issues that are specific to them in a safe space. […]

Atlanta Addiction Recovery Centers Ministry Group

AARC’s Weekly Ministry Group Brings Hope and Healing to Those In Addiction Recovery

Acts 2:42

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

When struggling with addiction, deepening your relationship with God and leaning on your Christian faith can have a lasting impact on recovery. Prayer, worship and following Christ’s teachings are key to staying on the path to healing. At AARC, the weekly ministry group led by Randy Eberhard brings together those in recovery to study scripture, […]

Addiction Recovery in Christ

Experience Peace in Addiction Recovery by Surrendering Worries to God

Philippians 4:8-10

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

A core tenet of RecoveryMind™ training is that changes occur in the brain as a result of addiction (AddictBrain). Healthy rewiring of the brain also takes place through the practice of specific, learned skills (RecoveryMind™). What does God have to say about the brain? We do not typically have neuroscience in mind when we pray […]

Be Forgiving with Yourself and Others as Christ Forgives

Luke 6:37

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

The Bible assures us time and time again of God’s forgiveness, and that the act of forgiving is synonymous with love. For those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction, this seemingly simple act can be one of the most difficult things to do.

Forgiveness is an essential part of the addiction recovery process. Finding the courage to forgive can be life changing—not just through the act of forgiving others, but forgiving ourselves as well. In doing so you let go of all the negative emotions that have helped support your addiction in the past. Finding freedom and liberation from anger, guilt, resentment and blame allows you to repair broken relationships and ultimately heal yourself.

Author: Ashley Buffington
Lead Therapist

Light of Recovery

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

…in a field with no one watching, the smallest wildflower reaches its tiny root into a dark it doesn’t know and at the same time opens itself to a light it feels but can’t yet see. And while the flower has no choice but to commit to this natural process, we as humans have a choice. Unless rooting and opening, unless listening to what is near but beyond us, we will forgo the souls’ birth right to blossom.

-Mark Nepo

Entering treatment can be a frightening experience. There are rules to follow, requirements to meet and assignments to complete. There are also overwhelming fears and doubts that arise that must be experienced without using substances. One of those fears is, “What if treatment does not work for me?” Or the doubt that says, “I cannot recover like others have.”

You may even doubt why God would lead you to treatment because it feels so intimidating. There are multiple decisions to be made regarding what the mind tells an addict during this vulnerable time period. There is the choice to trust God and experiment with the tools that your therapist and peers give to you, despite not knowing the potential outcome. Another pertinent decision to make is to do what you believe works, despite it only causing you continued harm.

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