At Atlanta Behavioral Medicine, Inc. everyone matters. We communicate with the parents to help them understand what their young ones are going through and how to deal with it. Atlanta Behavioral Medicine inc. is an effective outpatient clinic focusing on treating the young in Atlanta, Georgia.
Our in clinic services can include the following:
Insight-oriented therapy, addresses the source that explains our behavior. Sometimes just realizing where we acquired an irrational fear, belief, or habit is enough. Other times it provides us the conviction or the understanding to work on changing an attitude or a reaction that we know is harmful. Insight often helps us be easier on ourselves; when we recognize there’s a reason we feel or behave as we do, even as we recognize that the reason may no longer be a good one. Many patients feel a sense of freedom when they figure/find a solution for the issue.
Medication can be a valuable part of treatment for some conditions. When areas of the brain are over-stimulated/under-stimulated, may respond poorly to therapy. The brain chemistry maybe out of balance, being on the proper medication can improve the results of therapy. Each person is unique, not every person requires medication.
Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, is an underutilized procedure, which is extremely effective for quickly reversing symptoms of certain mental health conditions. During the procedure, small electric currents are passed through the brain and cause changes in brain chemistry.
ECT is nothing like what is shown in movies or TV. The procedure is done under general anesthesia while the patient is asleep, and will take no longer than 10 minutes. The electric currents are administered under a controlled setting to balance the greatest possible benefit with fewer risks.
There are many conditions which can be treated with ECT:
ECT is a good treatment option when other medications or therapy are not working. Patients who may be more likely to consider ECT include:
At Atlanta Behavioral Medicine, we have been fully trained in Electroconvulsive Therapy and can provide this to patients in the hospital or in the clinic. If you think ECT could help you or your loved ones, request an appointment today.
For individuals suffering from opiate dependence, Atlanta Behavior Medicine offers a Suboxone maintenance program.
Some of the signs of dependence include:
For individuals suffering from addiction or dependence, we offer a suboxone maintenance program.
Suboxone (also known as Buprenorphine/Naloxone, Subutex, Bunavail, and Zubsolv) is a prescription medication that can be used to treat opiate dependence. Our Suboxone Program has been set up to promote the healthiest possible recovery.
Our treatments are individualized for maximum effect. While in the program, patients remain under the supervision of one of our board certified psychiatrists which increases chances of complete recovery. We work to maintain this recovery and address emotional, physical, and mental well-being to get optimal results.
The Suboxone Program occurs in four stages:
Stage I: Induction. At this stage, patients undergo psychological and physical assessment to determine if they are an appropriate candidate. They will receive their first doses of Suboxone in a hospital setting and monitored for adverse effects and withdrawal symptoms. This period can last from 3-6 days to avoid any complications during withdrawal and Suboxone induction.
Stage II: Stabilization. During this time patients may be experiencing withdrawal and cravings which can lead to relapse. We carefully monitor and tailor our Suboxone carefully during this time to alleviate any unwanted symptoms. The patient will also undergo counseling during this time. They will have to take urine tests to ensure they are compliant with the program. This stage can take anywhere from 2 days to a month.
Stage 3: Maintenance. At this stage, patients can continue treatment in the clinic. Patients at this stage will need to be highly motivated. They must sign a contract which states that patient may only take medications as prescribed, they cannot combine drugs or alcohol with their medications, they may not get medications from other offices, and are willing to continue urine drug tests. Patients must also keep their appointments and attend AA or NA meetings as needed. Patients will be continued on their optimal Suboxone dose during this time while attending daily or weekly group therapy. This stage is highly tailored to each individual and can last up to a year.
If you believe you or your loved ones may benefit from our Suboxone Program, please call our office for an appointment.
Some facts on Suboxone and opioid use:
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Association for Psychological Science
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
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Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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