Dual Addiction Program FAQs

Generally men and women (26 years & older) struggling with alcohol or chemical addiction/abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. However, final decisions on program assignment will be based on individual patient’s age and treatment requirements.

Patients are admitted to our Campus Phase for 8 weeks as an introduction to the basic skills of recovery. Frequently we recommend our traditional Mirror Image Phase of treatment for an additional 4 ½ weeks. This is usually recommended for individuals who have co-occurring psychiatric conditions, personality related issues, grief, trauma, partner relationship issues, family of origin concerns, sexual or other behavioral processes, licensing and professional concerns, or legal issues.

The cost of treatment will vary with each patient’s length of stay (LOS) and individual treatment requirements. Please call the Talbott Recovery Intake Department (678-251-3189) and speak with one of our specialists who will help you to determine the estimated costs for your patient.
Please call the Talbott Recovery Intake Department at 678-251-3189 and speak with one of our specialists who will assist you to get the best utilization of any available insurance benefits.

Detoxification & Stabilization, Partial Hospitalization (Campus Phase: PHP – Primary Treatment with residential component), Mirror Image Phase with recovery residences, Outpatient and structured living (non-Talbott Recovery /outside facility) as indicated.

Yes. All patients are assessed and undergo a thorough evaluation. The evaluation will assess the patient’s physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and family needs to determine the most appropriate level of care.

Talbott Recovery accepts patients with a multiple disease states, such as addiction with a co-occurring depression, unresolved grief, personality problems, etc. All of our patients have a chemical abuse problem, but we address the whole patient in their disease. We screen the health status of all potential patients to make sure we are the proper facility for care. This usually involves a review of any medical history and records by a member of our medical staff at Talbott Recovery.

Patients with a primary psychiatric diagnosis only, who are suicidal, with medical conditions that require inpatient care or patients with behavioral problems such as violence or flight risk.

  • Separate program designed to specifically meet the treatment requirements and discharge issues and challenges of professionals
  • Low patient to staff ratio
  • Five full time physicians on staff (all addiction medication specialists including 3 psychiatrists)
  • Family Program & Workshop
  • Extended Therapeutic Leaves
  • Post discharge monitoring and support groups
  • Return Visit Program

“We at Talbott Recovery pride ourselves in offering state-of-the-art treatment of addictive disorders using the medical model. We individualize the treatment to the unique needs of every patient. We treat the whole person as a “human being” and not an addictive diagnosis.” Navjyot Singh Bedi, M.D. – Talbott Recovery Medical Director

Talbott Recovery houses patients in a residential apartment, surrogate family setting. This setting heals the isolation, loneliness and behavioral problems that every addict or alcoholic develops over the course of their disease. Group therapy is the cornerstone of change in all of our programs, including the Adult Program; we believe recovery cannot occur alone.

Until patients have earned staff approval to have a car on campus and for patients who do not have cars, Talbott Recovery provides for patients’ transportation needs.

Each patient is assigned an attending physician upon admission to Talbott Recovery. The physicians at Talbott Recovery are Psychiatrists, Internal Medicine Specialists, or Addictionologists. All are certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). The other members of a patient’s treatment team are:

  • Psychiatrist/Internist
  • Case Manager
  • Family Counselor
  • Continuing Care Coordinator
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Clinical Associate
  • Physician – 1 time/week (minimum)
  • Case Manager – Daily
  • Family Counselor – 1 time/week
Patients and their families participate in psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups designed to help them explore addiction and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, as well as the impact this disease can have on the family.

Treatment Modalities include:

  • Group therapy
  • Medication management of mood disorders
  • Individual therapy
  • Procedural learning on how to use the 12-Steps
  • Psychoeducation group
  • Groups for professional and work related issues
  • Groups for grief resolution and coping with loss
  • Anger management groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life skills
  • Family therapy
  • Family Program
  • Spirituality group
  • Relapse prevention
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Sexual issues groups (men’s & women’s)
  • Gender issues group
  • 12-Step recovery meetings on and off campus
  • EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for trauma issues
  • Meditation and mindfulness training

Evenings are times when patients:

  • Attend 12 Step Meetings (on and off campus)
  • Participate in Community Meetings (at the residences)
  • Attend alumni groups (on campus)
  • Work on program assignments
  • Continue to work on socialization skills
  • Read, relax, watch television or listen to music

On weekends, patients will attend a group at Talbott Recovery. They will also be required to attend a 12-Step meeting. Talbott Recovery staff will provide recreational activities and patients will have time to take care of personal needs: grocery, pharmacy, free time, treatment assignments, etc.

Talbott Recovery’s founder, Dr. Douglas Talbott’s treatment philosophy was that patients must learn to be responsible for their own lives and for their sobriety. As soon as patients are stable, they are moved to the patient residences where they cook their own meals (along with their roommates) in each apartment. All apartments are equipped with required cooking equipment, dishwashers and washer/dryers.

Yes, with staff supervision only

Once patients have completed detox, stabilization and have earned staff approval, they are encouraged to have a car on campus if possible. Patients are only allowed to utilize their automobile in the company of two other staff qualified patients.

No. The Adult Program does not allow cellphones during treatment.

Patients can write letters or email friends based on the recommendations of their treatment team. One goal of treatment is keep the patient focused on their treatment and new recovery. Too much outside contact can defocus the patient.

Family is a very important part of the patient’s recovery. During treatment, each patient/family will be assigned a family counselor who will do a detailed assessment with the patient and also with the family members to determine each family’s unique needs. Then, throughout treatment, the family counselor will have weekly family counseling sessions, which can be done on the phone or in person, if the family lives locally. We also have a family support group each Tuesday evening from 6:15-7:30 p.m. for any family members who would like to attend. The patient’s physician will be in contact with the family as needed to discuss course of treatment, progress and aftercare recommendations. Click here for the Family Program Schedule.

Medications are distributed at Talbott Recovery for the patient’s first week of treatment. After the first week, the patient is responsible for picking up and paying for medications at the pharmacy themselves. Patients are given medications in weekly or monthly doses as determined to be safe by the physician.

The Talbott Recovery staff will help each patient develop an appropriate aftercare plan. This may include outpatient therapy, family counseling and structured living (non-Talbott/outside facility). Random drug screens may be recommended. All elements are determined by the clinical team in the patient’s best interest for recovery.

For patients residing in the Atlanta area – Physician monitoring, Tuesday night peer support group, individual therapy.

The treatment team will work with the patients and their families to determine what will be the most effective plan for each patient.

Yes, to set up aftercare, if returning to a home not in the local Atlanta area.

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