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From the Beginning of Recovery Through Aftercare


Detox is an important step in the recovery journey. The process of detox rids the body of drugs and alcohol. When an individual is free from these substances, physical, mental and spiritual healing can truly begin.

Recovery Programs

Because AARC’s alcohol and drug rehab program is rooted in the Christian faith, we view detox as an opportunity to begin the journey of healing and restoration. Getting sober allows individuals to return to clear thinking, and offers the chance to experience God’s unending love and acceptance.

Many people equate detox with addiction treatment. But it's important to understand that removing alcohol and drugs from the body is only a first step in treatment. Detox is the process that prepares you for addiction treatment. Recovering from a drug or alcohol problem takes time. After detoxing, Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center patients enter in to the next phases of care – PHP/Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient Treatment. During this time, individuals work on restoring their health, making changes needed to create a life of peace and happiness, and experience the joy of reconnecting with God.

Overcoming fear about giving up drugs and alcohol

It's normal for individuals to feel a sense of fear or anxiety about giving up the substances they have become dependent on. Our Georgia Christian recovery program clinical team is experienced in helping individuals through those crucial early days of recovery, safely and comfortably. Our medical director, Dr. Stacy Seikel, is a board-certified physician and highly regarded expert on the appropriate use of medication to ease cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms so that individuals can focus on healing. AARC's multidisciplinary team of licensed and credentialed therapists, counselors and nurses provide patients with emotional and psychological support. AARC also offers holistic programs to ease anxiety and stress, and promote relaxation, during those early days of recovery.

Ambulatory/Outpatient Detox

The majority of patients can safely detox outside of a hospital or residential environment, known as ambulatory detox. Conducted on an outpatient basis, ambulatory detox allows patients to return to the comfort of their own home or the home of a supportive friend or family member in the evenings, while feeling secure in knowing that Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center staff is available to provide support 24/7.

Ambulatory detox is also less disruptive to families and more cost-effective than residential detox, with equally successful results. Suitability for ambulatory detox is determined after a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Seikel and our clinical team. If we have concerns about ambulatory detox due to a patient's co-occurring health conditions or the nature of the alcohol or drug use, we can arrange inpatient treatment. After detox is completed, patients continue on with our Atlanta Christian revoery programs for the remainder of treatment.

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PHP/Day Treatment

Partial Hospitalization (PHP)/Day Treatment is a structured, full-day treatment program for adults with alcohol and drug addiction. Many patients enter PHP immediately following detox. PHP allows individuals to focus on their recovery and on developing a recovery support system, while building the skills needed to live successfully in sobriety.

A Full Schedule of Recovery Programming

PHP/Day Treatment is the most comprehensive alcohol and drug rehab patients can receive outside of a residential setting. With at least 6 hours of addiction treatment and recovery programming offered Monday to Friday, PHP is a time for newly sober patients in the early stages of recovery to put their full attention on healing.

In PHP/Day Treatment, patients adjust to life without drugs and alcohol, begin to learn coping and communications skills that will help them to stay sober and resist temptation, and work to develop a sober peer network to sustain and strengthen their recovery when they eventually transition out of treatment.

During PHP, individuals work toward being honest with themselves about the extent of their addiction and the damage it has done to their lives and those they love, and in admitting their wrongs to God. Patients work toward honesty, integrity and accountability in all interactions with clinical staff, their peers in treatment and their family members.

12-Step and Celebrate Recovery

Attending and participating in 12-step meetings in the community and Celebrate Recovery meetings at a house of worship is a key aspect of developing that support system that's so necessary to building connections and friendships with other Christian faithful who have traveled a similar path from the struggles of addiction to recovery.

Along with individual counseling, group therapy in PHP focuses on the first three Celebrate Recovery principles and the first three 12-steps. The first three 12-steps include: admitting that life has become unmanageable due to a drug and alcohol problem, believing in the power of God, and making a decision to turn oneself over to God's care. The first three principals of Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-based program, deal with denial, powerlessness and hope.

During PHP, individuals work toward being honest with themselves about the extent of their addiction and the damage it has done to their lives and those they love, and in admitting their wrongs to God. Patients work toward honesty, integrity and accountability in all interactions with clinical staff, their peers in treatment and their family members.

PHP Day Treatment Includes

  • Individualized treatment planning.
  • Morning prayer, meditation or worship.
  • Daily group therapy to get past lingering denial, to learn new ways of interacting with others, to get more comfortable with expressing emotions and to build a network of like-minded peers to support recovery.
  • Weekly appointments with a physician.
  • Assistance with medication management.
  • Family therapy sessions to begin to repair damaged relationships and to provide the support that family members need to heal.
  • Multifamily group therapy, bringing together multiple families to share experiences, perspectives and fellowship.
  • Recreation therapy to learn new ways of enjoying free time that don't involve substance use.
  • Exercise for stress relief and to restore physical wellbeing
  • Random urine drug screens.
  • Nutrition counseling to correct nutritional deficiencies that may have occurred due to drug and alcohol use.

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of his glory in Christ Jesus."

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Intensive Outpatient Program

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is ideal for those who have successfully completed Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's Partial Hospitalization Program and who wish to have continued support in developing the skills needed for a lifetime of sobriety. The Intensive Outpatient Program may also be appropriate as a starting point for care.

With decades of research backing up the IOP model, our program provides encouragement, love and counsel for those making progress with their treatment goals and committed to recovery.

Patients typically participate in treatment 3 hours a day. Depending on an individual's treatment needs, patients are in IOP 5 days a week for 3 to 4 weeks, and then step down to 3 days a week. This smooth transition allows patients to practice their recovery skills while reintegrating into the structure of work, school or volunteer work during the time they're not in treatment.

Both day and evening hours are available, a flexibility that many of our patients with family, school and work responsibilities appreciate.

Personal and Spiritual Growth

During IOP, patients' recovery deepens and strengthens. Their brain and body is healing, leading to a stabilization of mood and a restoration of overall physical health.

In individual and group therapy, patients gain insight into their drug and alcohol use history. Families can see the progress being made, and interactions improve. Patients also check in daily with their sponsor, and begin to work toward getting back to a normal, balanced schedule – including getting adequate sleep and actively looking for a job, returning to work or doing volunteer work in the community.

Patients continue to work through difficult emotions, learn coping skills for dealing with grief, anger, trauma and anxiety, and continue to overcome the interpersonal, situational and psychological barriers to recovery. The focus is on truth, respect, accountability and forgiveness. Patients continue to work the 12-steps and build on RecoveryMind™ training, which alters how an individual understands their illness and provides a series of steps to teaches how to correct the damage produced by months, years, or decades of addictive thinking and behavior.


IOP is a time when many individuals also deepen their relationship with God through daily prayer, meditation and Bible study. AARC's IOP incorporates Celebrate Recovery's faith-based principles into treatment. Important themes during IOP include learning how to walk with God in recovery and how your relationship with God can be used as a tangible strength in sustaining recovery and emotional regularity. 

Through spiritual growth, patients set a better course for lives and gain the fortitude to sustain their commitment to sobriety long after treatment ends.

Atlanta Addiction Treatment Center's Intensive Outpatient Program includes:

  • Individualized treatment planning.
  • Morning prayer, meditation or worship.
  • Daily group therapy with a focus on truth, respect, accountability, forgiveness and persona/spiritual growth.
  • Weekly appointments with a physician.
  • Assistance with medication management.
  • Family therapy sessions to continue to help family members and relationships heal.
  • Multifamily group therapy, an opportunity for several families to get together to provide support, encouragement and understanding for one another.
  • Recreation therapy to learn new ways of enjoying free time while sober.
  • Exercise for stress relief and to restore physical wellbeing.
  • Random urine drug screens.

Outpatient Services

Outpatient Services as a Starting Point or Step Down

Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's Outpatient Services may be appropriate as a starting point for care for patients with less severe alcohol or drug dependency.

AARC's Outpatient Services are also specifically structured as a graduated step-down for patients who have completed higher level treatment such as PHP or IOP, and who are continuing to meet their treatment goals. A patient who is appropriate for Outpatient Services is motivated and committed to their recovery program, including following the recommendations of their care plan, attending 12-step or Celebrate Recovery meetings and working the steps with their sponsor.

While these individuals have demonstrated that they're ready for a less structured level of care, they benefit from ongoing support as they put new skills to the test in the world outside of treatment. By staying in regular contact with the clinical team, individuals in recovery can receive guidance, advice and immediate help should they feel at risk of relapse.

In group therapy and the Continuing Care/Aftercare Group, individuals also create friendships and build bonds with other individuals who are committed to sobriety and their faith. These healthy, sober friendships are an important source of support for years to come.

After completing a Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment Program or an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), individuals in recovery benefit from maintaining a close connection with a therapeutic environment.

Outpatient Services provides support, counseling and therapy to help patients overcome challenges and continue the healing process while transitioning out of a more structured program and back to regular life.

By participating in Outpatient Services, patients continue to make progress in their recovery, reaching new milestones of sobriety and ensuring daily routines support a lasting recovery. Patients work on developing healthy sleep, nutrition, exercise and recreation habits to enhance their health. They put the skills learned in earlier phases of treatment into use in the real world, gaining experience in successfully coping with the stress and pressure of work and family responsibilities as a sober individual. Through ongoing therapy and counseling, patients continue to learn new life, communication and relationship skills, while becoming more comfortable and accustomed to practicing them in their daily routines.

Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's expert clinical team also continues to provide help with managing co-occurring conditions, ensuring that patients feel physically and mentally healthy, which increases the likelihood of sustaining sobriety.

The transition out of more intensive programs and back into regular life is a time that must be handled with great care. During this time, we stress the importance of working on relationships with God, family and the self. Each is essential for true healing and freedom from drug and alcohol use.

Outpatient Services Include:

  • Weekly individual therapy, with a flexible schedule to allow individuals to work, go to school or volunteer in the community..
  • Family therapy, to help families continue to restore the bonds that may have been shattered because of their loved one's behavior when using drugs and alcohol. The healing process for individual family members, as well as the family unit as a whole, doesn't happen overnight.
  • Group Therapy, where patients can feel safe freely discussing issues, giving and receiving advice from others, and celebration each other's progress.
  • Continuing Care/Aftercare Group. The fellowship, love and encouragement of other Christians in recovery is vital as patients begin to spend more time outside of treatment. The Continuing Care/Aftercare Group is a time to talk about difficulties and solutions, and hold one another accountable.
  • Random urine drug screens.

EMDR Therapy Program

Overcoming the emotional pain of past trauma is essential to recovery. Addressing the underlying mental health issues that have contributed to addiction facilitates the healing process, helps prevents relapse and restores a connection with God. At AARC, we offer a groundbreaking therapy that has produced transformative results, sometimes in just a few sessions. Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy that uses a series of rapid eye movements and standardized protocols to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, panic disorder, depression and emotional trauma. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society also recommend EMDR for traumatic stress. Heavily researched and proven effective for the past thirty years, experts believe that EMDR therapy is a powerful tool that works to stimulate the brain to release negative emotions and alleviate emotional blockages that have somehow become “stuck”. EMDR, combined with other treatment methods, is offering hope and healing to patients so that they can move past their traumatic memories for good.

How an EMDR Therapy Session Works

Prior to beginning EMDR therapy, our specialists at AARC will perform a comprehensive assessment to ensure that a patient is a good candidate. The therapist will work with the patient to identify the past trauma or emotional triggers that have been most troubling for them in their life. After a thorough intake of the client’s history has been completed, an individualized treatment plan will be established.

During a session, an EMDR certified specialist will ask a patient to focus on a traumatic memory while prompting them to follow their finger (or a wand) with their eyes. The series of rapid eye movements works to stimulate and reprogram the brain, allowing the patient to feel less emotionally triggered by the painful memory with each subsequent session.


Over time, the process is repeated until the reaction caused by the traumatic event has been significantly diminished. In addition to EMDR therapy, there is a strong emphasis on developing healthy behavior and coping skills for dealing with trauma in the future. The results can be life changing—offering patients the missing link that allows them to focus on their health and sobriety rather than past emotional pain.

Relapse Prevention

Addiction is a chronic medical condition. Like other chronic diseases, addiction must be managed over the long-term to keep it in remission. This is especially critical in those first months and years after treatment has ended.

Relapse prevention strategies are woven throughout Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's addiction treatment programs – from the start of treatment through Continuing Care/Aftercare and beyond. In treatment, we not only help patients get sober, but develop the skills and healthy habits to sustain their recovery. After treatment, we provide ongoing support for as long as a patient needs.

Along the way, we put our faith in Christ, whose love and mercy offers hope, forgiveness and strength. Guided by Christian principles, we believe God has an abundance of love for each and every one of us. God wants to reveal this love and strengthen us to use tools learned in treatment to live an abundant life without drugs and alcohol.

Recovery is a Process, Not a Moment

Recovery from addiction isn't a moment in time. It's a process. Physically, it takes time for the brain chemistry of the addicted individual to return to normal, and time for the body to rebuild strength and vitality. Emotionally, patients have a lot of work to do in making amends, rebuilding the trust of those they care about and repairing relationships damaged by drug and alcohol use. Many feel deeply ashamed about their behavior while under the influence.

Through therapy and counseling, individuals in recovery learn to view themselves with more compassion, and eventually accept that the person they are in sobriety is not the same person they were when they were actively in their addiction.

Addiction also hurts an individual's relationship with God. Spiritually, addiction takes many people into a dark place, leading them to comprise their morals and values. They may feel they have forsaken God, or God has forsaken them. They may not feel worthy of his love. This is an incredibly painful place to be. Emerging from that dark place can feel like a rebirth. Getting reconnected to a personal relationship with God can provide strength throughout the recovery process.

AARC's Christian rehab program is dedicated to healing all aspects of an individual – the body, mind and soul. By tending to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, we not only help individuals develop the skills and tools to both maintain sobriety, but to live a healthy and spiritually fulfilling life with Christ at its center.

Enjoying the Fellowship of Others in Recovery

Along with instilling these principles, we provide ongoing support for as long as patients need, helping them meet each challenge or obstacle and build on their progress.

The fellowship and friendship of others who are in recovery and committed to living a Christian life is vital in preventing relapse. In addition to encouraging patients to attend to Alcoholic Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery Groups in the community, AARC also offers a Continuing Care/Aftercare Group.

Continuing Care/Aftercare helps bridge that transition from treatment to a return to the pressures of family responsibilities, jobs and everyday life. The support and encouragement of others in recovery help keep people motivated and determined to resist any urges to use drugs or alcohol. The friendships made in Continuing Care/Aftercare can be very meaningful relationships, offering both understanding and the opportunity to practice gratitude and service to others. Many people hold these friendships dear throughout their lives.

Family Program

Addiction doesn't just hurt individuals. It harms everyone it touches – loved ones most of all. Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's Family Program provides family members support, understanding, compassion and therapy to help mend relationships and tend to their own wounds.

The definition of family has changed over the years, from the standard parents and children to a family unit including friends and loved ones. We embrace whomever our clients define as family and welcome those individuals into our family program.

Family therapy sessions – We engage family members in the treatment process through regular family therapy sessions. For those who are unable to visit our treatment center, we provide phone conferencing.

Family education program – Our family education program provides valuable information to families about the treatment process, the disease of addiction and relapse prevention tools. Families receive professional support as well as opportunities to interact with other families experiencing similar issues.

Support groups – Families receive professional support and guidance as well as interact with other families experiencing similar issues. We also introduce loved ones to additional peer support and 12-step groups.

Family Orientation and Family Healing Group

After their loved one has been admitted into treatment at AARC, family members are invited to a Family Orientation. Families learn about the disease of addiction and practical advice on supporting recovery, such as making a home safe from triggers, setting boundaries that provide accountability and structure, identifying signs of relapse, and having an action plan in case of relapse.

The Family Healing Group brings together families and those struggling with addiction to share experiences, hear others’ perspectives and draw strength from each other. Families create a network with other families who understand what they’ve been through and can provide encouragement.

A sense of relief is often the most prevalent feeling family members experience when an addict or alcoholic commits to entering treatment and begin recovery. As treatment progresses, and if clinically appropriate, family is invited to participate in the program. Loved ones are strongly encouraged to engage in the Family Healing Group, attend Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-step support groups, and if necessary, continue or begin individual psychotherapy for ongoing support.

Family Healing Group Family Members:

  • Participate in honest dialogue about how the entire family has been impacted by the disease of addiction.
  • Learn about why addiction is called a "family disease," how addiction targets free will and why 12-step recovery programs are so important.
  • Connect with other families who have faced similar challenges, creating an important support network.
  • Learn ways to effectively support their loved one in recovery while also regaining their own sense of peace and well-being.
  • Understand how addiction has impacted family dynamics, and begin the healing process.
  • Explore the healing power of faith, worship and prayer.

How Addiction Hurts Families

During PHP, individuals work toward being honest with themselves about the extent of their addiction and the damage it has done to their lives and those they love, and in admitting their wrongs to God. Patients work toward honesty, integrity and accountability in all interactions with clinical staff, their peers in treatment and their family members.

Families, including spouses, partners, parents and children, bear the brunt of the destructive power of drug and alcohol addiction. Spouses, partners, parents and the children of addicts grieve the person they have lost to drugs and alcohol. They live with constant stress and fear, wondering about their loved one's whereabouts or if they will survive another day. They may feel compelled to cover or make excuses for the addicted individual, to prevent their loved one from losing their job, to protect their children or to shield themselves from embarrassment of having to admit that their loved one has seemingly chosen substance use their family.

There may be legal and financial repercussions of addiction. Family finances may suffer, because their loved one is spending money to buy drugs or because of frequent absences from work. There are legal costs if a loved one has been caught driving under the influence, or has been sent to jail for drug possession or other drug and alcohol-fueled behavior.

Family members may understand rationally that their loved one's unpredictable, defensive, illegal and selfish behavior is a product of the substance use – yet it doesn’t make the broken vows and the dishonesty hurt any less.

Family Program Supports Everyone Hurt by Addiction

Addiction treatment focuses on helping individuals achieve sobriety and maintain abstinence through physical, mental and spiritual healing. In treatment, individuals have the opportunity to make amends, to view themselves with more compassion and to building a positive self-identity that's necessary for maintaining sobriety.

But what about families? Past deception may leave them unsure whether to trust again, and reluctant to leave themselves vulnerable to be hurt again. They may have had to sacrifice their own well-being to keep the family together, or to protect their addicted loved one. They have wounds of their own.

In Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center's Family Programs, loved ones can start to move beyond these hurts, finding a new path forward for themselves and those they love.

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Our Weekly Ministry Group

Prayer, worship and embracing the teachings of Christ are essential to staying on the path of recovery. Leaning on our Christian faith decreases the chance of relapse, restores our spirit and allows us to foster a deep connection with ourselves, our loved ones and God. Held every Wednesday from 9:30-12:30, AARC’s Weekly Ministry Group brings together those in recovery to study scripture, reflect on 12-step devotions and connect with others in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Group members experience personal and spiritual growth that provides the foundation for a new life in health and sobriety. Incorporating Celebrate Recovery’s faith-based principles into the curriculum, the Weekly Ministry Group focuses on family intervention strategies, relapse prevention, self-help techniques, and life skills. Meetings begin with prayer, worship and devotion. Group members draw inspiration from selected scripture and devotions that encourage open and honest dialogue as they reflect on the teachings of Christ to guide their recovery. Those in recovery have the opportunity to expand their support network and share personal experiences in a safe space while learning the skills necessary to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

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