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Substance Abuse Stats in the City of South Fulton, Georgia  

The opioid crisis has affected South Fulton, Georgia so severely that the city created a new position to help fight it back in June 2018. Lynette Allen has held the position of Opioid Coordinator since that time.

The Attorney General of Georgia says that Georgia comes in 11th of the 50 states for opioid use and overdose. Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 55 have an overdose rate above the national average. Fulton County is near the top.

Choosing Between an Outpatient and Inpatient Rehab 

Attending an outpatient program around your work schedule and other responsibilities is one option. For long-term addiction or abuse of stronger drugs, inpatient treatment can be a better option. If practical, the National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends checking into an inpatient drug or alcohol treatment program for at least 90 days. Moving immediately to a sober house at the end of treatment for at least six months helps you become more stable and get the support you need.

How Long Can Treatment at a Rehab Last?

The reason the National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends at least 90 days of inpatient treatment is that research has proven its effectiveness. However, any amount of time you can attend treatment either inpatient or outpatient is better than none. Some people find that even three months isn’t long enough to work through the complex issues that led them down the road of drug addiction. Just make sure you’re being realistic about your situation when choosing a drug treatment program.

What to Expect at Rehab

It’s important that the treatment center you choose treats you like an individual and offers an individualized recovery plan. It should offer a combination of medication and therapy at a minimum.

Some people require medication when they stop using their drug of choice to help control cravings. All participants can benefit from discussing their personal issues one-on-one with a skilled counselor. Group therapy with other people recovering from addiction is also useful. Members challenge and hold each other accountable.

When Would You Need to Go to Detox? 

Your body has become accustomed to certain drugs or alcohol over the years. Stopping it suddenly on your own can be dangerous. Detox can be right for you in this situation. This is especially true if you’re concerned about handling withdrawal symptoms on your own. Doctors trained in addiction will supervise you the entire time. You may also receive a prescription for medication that lessens symptoms and reduces cravings.

How Long is Detox? 

The answer to this question depends on you. How long did you use drugs? What is your general health like? Did you use strong drugs or less powerful ones? Most people remain in detox for a minimum of three days. However, it can take as long as 21 days for the substances to leave your body completely.