RiverMend Health Centers provides a comprehensive array of behavioral health services, including the evaluation and diagnosis of addiction, co-occurring conditions and other types of mental health disorders. Led by board-certified physicians and licensed clinicians, Rivermend offers treatment programs in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia.
RiverMend Health Centers is compromised to provide a experienced multi-disciplinary team that guides clients with substance addiction through support, compassionate care and treatment. RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia implements a unique treatment methodology combining a holistic, scientific, and clinical approach to care.


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Monthly Fee: $45,000.00
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Detox Services:

Medication-Assisted Treatment:

Wherever you are on your journey in healing from chronic pain or recovering from prescription pain medication addiction, RiverMend Health Centers’ pain remediation therapies can restore your quality of life and well-being. RiverMend Health Centers works to restore physical, mental and spiritual balance by treating the whole person and by identifying underlying causes of acute or chronic pain that past medical treatments may have missed. RiverMend Health Centers guides patients through alternative pain management therapies that promote the body’s self-healing process.

Psychotropic Medication:

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient's mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person's mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

Level of Care:

Partial Hospitalization Program:

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a short-term form of intensive rehab, usually for those with acute symptoms that are hard to manage but don’t require 24-hour care. PHPs have structured programming (i.e. individual and/or group therapy), and usually meet 3-5 days a week for around 6 hours (i.e. 9am-3m). Some PHPs are residential (patients sleep on site) and some are not, so patients sleep at home. PHPs can last from 1-6 months, and some offer transportation and meals.

Holistic Treatment:

The multidisciplinary team at RiverMend Health Centers strongly believe an important aspect of addiction recovery involves meditation, mindfulness, and connectedness. We offer several holistic methods such as therapeutic breath work and meditation to help patients become more aware of their instincts, purpose, and inner connections.

Medically Assisted Detox:

While undergoing this Inpatient Detoxification process at RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia, under the care of physicians at the Medical College of Georgia, patients will also be carefully evaluated and treated for the presence of co-occurring medical and psychiatric problems at levels impossible in an outpatient setting.

Intensive Outpatient:

Rivermend Health Centers of Georgia offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for individuals 18 and over who suffer from a substance use disorder and need more than weekly counseling, but don’t need residential care. This level of care is appropriate for those who are able and willing to commit to a structured program that requires regular attendance and active participation.


Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare

Intervention Services:

Intervention services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict's behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle. RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia specializes in developing highly personalized recovery plans for our clients based on the presence of dual disorders, psychological challenges, and personal goals.


12-step programs are addiction recovery models based on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). A number of substance abuse programs (including some drug and alcohol rehab centers) use the 12 steps as a basis for treatment. Beginning steps involve admitting powerlessness over the addiction and creating a spiritual basis for recovery. Middle steps including making direct amends to those who've been hurt by the addiction, and the final step is to assist others in addiction recovery in the same way. 12-Step offshoots including Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) and Gamblers Anonymous (GA).

Aftercare Support:

At RiverMend Health Centers, they believe relapse prevention techniques are critical to long-term recovery success, which is why their expert team constructs relapse prevention programs, highly tailored to meet the individual lifestyle needs of every patient after their time with us. To prevent relapse, addiction must be treated as a chronic life threatening condition such as hypertension and diabetes. Lifelong addiction management is key. It must receive continuous attention and monitoring for years to come. RiverMend Health Centers offers treatment for up to 5 years, in decreasing doses and based on documented recovery with appropriate drug test results. They continuously assess their treatment plans to ensure maximum success and to prevent relapse.

Sober Living Homes:

RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia offers supportive group home environments for those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction to help facilitate the transition from residential care to independent living. While residing in one of the appointed homes, residents gain employment/education guidance and increase their sense of personal accountability.

Treatment Focus:

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.


The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Dual Diagnosis:

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person's mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Therapy Programs:

Family Therapy:

Family members of loved ones using prescription drugs are profoundly affected by the addiction on a deeper level. At RiverMend Health Centers, they strongly encourage family member and friends to actively participate in their family program which allows loved ones to learn about prescription drug abuse, enabling triggers, and gain deeper insight into the disease. They also offer multi-family group sessions to foster connectedness with other families that have endured similar experiences. Through time, dedication, and understanding, trust and healing can be restored.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that takes a practical approach to changing maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse. A central element of CBT at RiverMend Health Centers is exploring the different consequences and risks associated with drug use as well as developing strategies for coping with temptations. CBT explores an individual’s cognitive processes including attitudes, images, beliefs and thoughts to understand how they affect behaviors as a way of managing emotional distress. CBT is proven very effective in treating other behavioral health issues and a range of other problems that may co-occur alongside addiction.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy:

Dialectical behavior therapy is a cognitive behavioral treatment effective in treating substance abuse and dual disorders. DBT was originally developed to treat patients with borderline personality disorder, but has proved effective in helping a wide range of other disorders such as substance abuse, depression, eating disorder and more. DBT focuses on sets of behavioral skills including distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and mindfulness.

Individual Therapy:

At RiverMend Health Centers, individual and group therapy are conducted together to complement each other during addiction treatment for those battling substance abuse. Individual therapy provides individuals with a safe one-on-one environment to work on emotional and psychological challenges that might be too sensitive to discuss in group therapy. It provides a safe setting to address motivational issues that stands between you and sobriety. It allows individuals to look closely at his or her own behavioral patterns and the role that drugs have played in life.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Group Therapy:

In conjunction with individual therapy, group therapy work is a very powerful and transformative means to understand addiction and control it. Individuals strongly benefit from group therapy work because it helps them to see that they are not alone in their battle with substance abuse and dual disorders. One of the biggest challenges patients face in addiction treatment is feeling that they are worthy of recovery. Group therapy gives individuals a greater perspective on the power of addiction, which is powerfully therapeutic and cathartic.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:

EMDR is a therapeutic modality originally developed to help process trauma. In an EMDR session, a patient is prompted to undergo eye movements that mimic those of REM sleep. This is accomplished by watching a therapist's finger move back and forth across, or following a bar of light. The goal is repetitive sets of eye movements that help the brain reprocess memory, which can significantly reduce the intensity of remembered traumatic incidents. Associated memories can heal simultaneously, leaving patients significantly calmer, more stable, and more emotionally relaxed.

Experiential Therapy:

At RiverMend Health Centers, they offer a variety of experiential therapies to help overcome substance abuse from all angles while also appeal to patient’s personal interests. Their experiential therapies include art therapy, expressive group, and yoga. Through experiential treatment techniques, patients can explore emotional, social, spiritual, and relational challenges through expressive means.

Life Skills:

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy:

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy:

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.


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Last Updated: 02/15/2018

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