Rivermend Health Centers opened its doors in 2014 to provide cutting-edge outpatient substance abuse treatment in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia. Programs include a Partial-Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Additionally, clients who are not local can board in Rivermend’s structured living homes while they attend treatment. For clients in need of more intensive treatment, Revermend is affiliated with nearby Bluff Plantation, which provides detox and residential treatment.
Rivermend’s Medical Director is Dr. Stacy Seikel, a nationally-recognized addiction specialist. The treatment team also has an alliance with the Medical College of Augusta at Georgia University, which gives it access to evidence-based treatment studies and clinical trials. Rivermend is also known for its LGBTQ treatment track, which offers dedicated groups on recovery and identity to LGBTQ clients.
Treatment and Staff
Clients receive a bio-psycho-social assessment upon admission and are placed in either the PHP or the IOP tracks. PHP clients attend group therapy from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. IOP clients attend treatment from 9 am to 12 pm three to five days each week or from 6 to 9 pm three days each week. Clients also have individual therapy at least once a week. The average outpatient treatment plan is 12 weeks in duration, and clients often step down from PHP to IOP as they progress.
Rivermend has developed its own treatment curriculum—RecoveryMind Training—which seeks to change clients’ addictive thought patterns through recreating their “inner narrative.” Treatment uses a variety of evidence-based modalities such as CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to help clients develop coping skills and create boundaries. Clients who’ve experienced trauma can attend a processing trauma group and may receive EMDR treatment.
Rivermend’s multidisciplinary treatment team includes Master’s-level therapists such as LMFTs, LPCs and LCSWs as well as psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners who can provide dual diagnosis support. The treatment team encourages clients to attend at least three 12-step meetings each week for peer support; however, if clients are resistant to the 12-step framework, counselors help to locate other meetings such as SMART Recovery.
The LGBTQ treatment track at Rivermend’s Atlanta facility is one of the few in the country to provide extensive processing groups dedicated to LGBTQ clients. This track is optional for PHP and IOP clients and includes a daily group, five times a week, for five weeks. The group explores topics such as the cultural significance of sexual orientation and building a family of choice.
Rivermend hosts a family education and support group each Friday. For aftercare, there’s a Wednesday relapse prevention group and the counselors work with clients to identify additional peers support, processing or education groups to attend in their communities once they’ve graduated from outpatient treatment.
Clients who board in Rivermend’s structured living homes also have access to vocational and educational counseling as well as life skills classes, such as budgeting skills.
Georgia’s Rivermend Health Centers are dedicated to offering modern outpatient addiction treatment that allows clients to create new relationships with themselves, their families and their communities. With its dedicated LGBTQ track and commitment to working with the Medical College of Augusta on developing evidence-based treatment practices, Rivermend appears to be making a significant investment in providing Georgians with the next generation of substance abuse treatment.
Rivermend Health Centers
1640 Powers Ferry Rd.
Building 28, Ste 100
Marietta, GA 30067
2812B Hillcreek Dr
Augusta, GA 30909
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