For the Body, Mind and Soul
Our program helps individuals undergo an inner transformation. We rely on recovery principals drawn from Jesus's message in the Eight Beatitudes shared in the Sermon on the Mount, including mercy, humility, charity and love.
Each day begins with prayer and meditation, a sacred and serene time for reflection, for listening to God's guidance, and for sharing hopes, dreams, struggles and intentions.
Once a week, time is set aside for worship – to connect with God, surrender our lives to his will, and celebrate what he has done for each of us. A mix of both contemporary and traditional music accompanies worship.
In recovery, it's important to accept help. Having a group of trusted, welcoming peers is an important source of this support. As sobriety becomes more established, true healing comes from giving back – offering friendship, service and support to others.
Each of the 12-steps has a corresponding principal from Scripture. By merging the 12-steps with Biblical teachings, patients learn the ways in which Biblical principals underlie their recovery.
Bible study allows us to know God better, to hear God's word, and helps us in facing life's challenges and learning how to help others through difficult circumstances.
Dual diagnoses, also called co-occurring disorders, are mental health conditions that occur alongside drug and alcohol addiction. Dual diagnoses are very common. People experiencing a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety may turn to substance use as a way to cope.
The AARC team is very experienced in identifying and treating co-occurring disorders. Helping patients manage and overcome mental health conditions creates a strong foundation for lasting sobriety.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the careful and strategic use of medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, curb cravings that can lead to relapse, and allow patients to achieve a state of balance so they can focus on their recovery.
Medical Director Stacy Seikel, MD, is a widely recognized expert on medication-assisted treatment. Dr. Seikel works individually with each patient to determine if medications are appropriate for them. MAT is integrated into a multifaceted treatment program, with the eventual goal of tapering patients off medication.
Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center (AARC) physicians, licensed therapists and counselors provide expert medical, clinical and psychiatric treatment, in addition to spiritual rehabilitation – a unique combination for Atlanta Christian addiction treatment. AARC patients receive one-on-one care in individual counseling, while benefitting from the support and fellowship of like- minded peers in group sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are forms of psychotherapy in which individuals explore their values, discover what's most important to them and recognize their strengths. Both are proven strategies for dealing with damaging thought processes and changing self-destructive behavior.
Psychological and emotional trauma, whether from childhood or adult life, is a major contributor to addiction for many people. Our team includes experts with specialized training in helping patients cope with past trauma, and ultimately move beyond it. By taking away the power of traumatic experiences to cause mental distress, patients feel better, and find that their need to self-medicate with alcohol or drugs is also diminished.
Facilitated by a physician, nurse practitioner or nurse, medical education sessions help patients better understand the disease of addiction, as well as teach practical skills for maintaining a sobriety-supportive lifestyle. Smoking cessation, medication management and nutrition are among the topics covered.
Addiction does not discriminate. It affects everyone—men and women of any age, race and socioeconomic background. Although the disease affects both genders equally, men and women do not benefit from the same treatment approach. Men and women experience addiction differently, both biologically and psychologically. Understanding these differences is critical to the recovery process. At AARC, our gender-specific treatment program addresses the multifaceted needs of both men and women, using a Christ-centered approach in a safe and nurturing environment. In their respective therapy groups, men and women have the freedom to share personal experiences that they may have kept to themselves in a gender mixed group. They have the opportunity to bond with their peers, address their unique challenges and develop the necessary support system to foster ongoing healing in their recovery.
An all-male therapy group provides an environment where men can relax and allow themselves to be vulnerable without gender-based distractions. It fosters bonding with other men and builds a culture of fellowship with complete transparency. Men feel comfortable to let down their guard and address many issues that are specific to them in a safe space. Experiential treatment such as role-play is also incorporated into therapy.
During each session, the group studies devotions from leading Christian pastors that deal directly with the temptations that men face and the challenges that have led to their addiction. Men move forward with healthier coping skills and learn to handle their emotions more effectively with the strength they gain from their spirituality.
The men’s therapy group covers a variety of topics, including:
Women face many unique challenges in their recovery process. The program at AARC is dedicated to helping women bring to light the myths, images and stereotypes that have played a role in shaping negative beliefs that may have contributed to their addiction. Exploring the origin and perceptions of womanhood is a recurring theme as issues surrounding self-esteem, personal boundaries and trusting your judgment are addressed. Experiential treatments such as role-play and art therapy is also incorporated into the curriculum. Women gain the opportunity to share stories with one another and find a connection with their womanhood and spirituality.
Feeling safe and secure is key to fostering an environment of healing and openness. Women have the opportunity to talk about topics they may not be comfortable discussing around men, including:
Holistic therapies complement more traditional treatments such as counseling and meditation to heal the whole person. Holistic therapies provide new avenues for stress relief, relaxation and self-expression. These tools are important in helping patients successfully complete an addiction treatment program, and develop healthy and enjoyable lifestyle practices needed to maintain sobriety post-treatment.
Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center (AARC) incorporates holistic therapies such as gentle meditation and art therapy into care plans. Through meditation, patients learn mindfulness and compassion for oneself, while art therapy provides a way to express feelings and thoughts without the use of words.