Addiction Counseling Atlanta GA

Most women (and increasingly men, too) turn to food in one way or another as a substitute for hard'to'stomach emotions. Others abandon themselves through exercise, alcohol, sex, or even compulsive shopping. All addictions dramatize the inner struggle of how we claim our identity and our right to exist.

Mr. Ken Cook
Kenneth B. Cook, ACSW, LCSW
(770) 436-1879
1260 Concord Rd. Suite 202
Smyrna, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Stephanie Barnhart
Atlanta DBT Center
(678) 517-7327
2150 Peachford Rd, Ste A
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions, Men's Issues, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Alzheimer's, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. Ross F Grumet
(404) 369-4636
1718 Peachtree Rd Suite 1080
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Attention Deficit (ADHD), Suboxone Psychopharmacology, Addiction, Dissociative Disorders
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ramona A Franklin
(404) 567-4697
REACH Counseling Services LLC191 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Addiction, Loss or Grief, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: Troy State University
Year of Graduation: 1987
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$60 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Dr. Vincent Grieco
(404) 373-8154
315 West Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Personality Disorders, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: Georgia State University
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$170 - $220
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Ms. Helise Ronen
Behavioral Health Treatment Solutions
(678) 234-6089
7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Bldg 6 - Suite 302
Atlanta, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Georgia
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Mr. John Dury
Mountain Park Counseling Center
(770) 921-2800
1180 Old Tucker Road
Stone Mountain, GA
Credentials
Credentials: LPC, MFT, MAC, SAP
Licensed in Georgia
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Sexual Disorders, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dave M Davis
(404) 941-0940
Piedmont Psychiatric Clinic1938 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: United

Dr. Kenneth Block
(404) 369-2688
PO BOX 49046
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Addiction
Qualification
School: University of Georgia
Year of Graduation: 1975
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Elizabeth Randi Stephens
(404) 369-8542
545 North Mc Donough Street
Decatur, GA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Sex Therapy, Sexual Addiction, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Appalachian State University
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

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Moving Through Addiction

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By Elizabeth Marglin

For Ana Forrest, yoga began as a form of poor man’s therapy. Sexually abused as a child, living in poverty, not having enough to eat, Forrest’s early life seemed a setup for addiction. In the beginning she turned to drugs, alcohol, and food—anything that could help her check out. At 18, her addiction was bulimia. She ate and ate and then purged. She got so skillful at controlling her body she could swallow backward—immediately vomiting her food back up.

Kicking drugs and alcohol was no easy feat, but once she put her mind to it, she quit cold turkey. However, overcoming her eating disorder was a different matter. She obviously couldn’t stop eating; food required that she face her addictive nature daily, instead of just the addiction itself. And face it she did, which demanded a whole different level of healing and maturing. “Bulimia, in a kind of perverse way, forced me to evolve—or die,” says Forrest.

How did she finally control her urge to purge? Her yoga. Sun Salutations, to be exact. This flowing sequence, done at the beginning of a yoga class to warm up the muscles, provided the kinetic focus she needed to take her mind off her food obsession. When the desire to binge threatened to control her, she’d do these poses until she felt calmer and the feeling of overwhelm subsided.

The Dictates of Abuse
Recovery programs often provide yoga classes for those who suffer eating disorders, in part because yoga calls for the ability to feel sensation—most anorexics, bulimics, and binge eaters are entrenched in some sort of gridlock of numbness and denial. At the heart of eating disorders beats a poignant contradiction, in which the need to feel and connect struggles with its shadow—the longing to disappear, protect, check out. “Eating disorders are so misnamed. They are only partially about eating,” says Kathryn Zerbe, MD, professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University and author of Beyond the Body Betrayed (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008). “People often use the binge-purge cycle to feel their bodies or put certain feelings to sleep.” When you can help the body learn to wake up and withstand the barrage of feelings, Zerbe says, the eating disorder often improves.

Most women (and increasingly men, too) turn to food in one way or another as a substitute for hard-to-stomach emotions. Others abandon themselves through exercise, alcohol, sex, or even compulsive shopping. All addictions dramatize the inner struggle of how we claim our identity and our right to exist. To live out loud, free of the muffler of debilitating obsession, we need to accept our current circumstances but also learn to recognize what’s at stake.

Forrest has since worked with thousands of people with eating disorders. Often, she says, a traumatic experience (such as sexual abuse) sets a person up for this behavior. “It’s not simply about wanting to be a small size,” says Forrest, “it is about self-esteem. Something happened to shatter th...

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

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