Centered Recovery Program is taking an alternative route to recovery from drug addiction.

The professionals at the outpatient facility define it as a ‘non-12 step’ program.

Centered Recovery is focused on “a ‘real-time recovery,’ where clients have the opportunity to apply what they are learning on a daily basis at home, at work, and with their loved ones, rather than being in the bubble of a residential setting where integration with the outside world is nearly impossible until their program is over and it’s too late to address issues that may arise,” according to the website.

Director of Clinical Services Reed Smith and Program Director Krista Smith relocated from Florida to Roswell to open and operate Centered Recovery Programs with Managing Director Lucas Catton.

At the official ribbon cutting event on Sept. 13, Catton emphasized the fact that a person suffering or recovering from an addiction could be anyone, there is no set definition or image.

“They are not them, they are us," he said.

Centered strives to not focus on the “concept of addiction being an incurable disease,” rather “what truly matters is that people have the ability to fully recover.”

Senator Brandon Beach described himself as slightly oblivious to the potential of drug addiction having a strong presence in North Fulton, until he experienced the loss of someone close to him.

It was at that point he decided to channel his resources as Senator to make a difference.

State Representative Chuck Martin also lost someone close to him from drug addiction

“One person's addiction and the troubles that comes with it, impacts more than just family,” said Martin, who expressed the importance of treatment options.

The facility offers individual and group therapy sessions, classes, massage therapy and yoga sessions for serenity and to aid in recovery.

Krista Smith described clients participating in “Brain Paint” sessions which provides biological and neurological feedback and can monitor when the mind deviates focus, potentially to old habits. According to Smith, who runs the sessions, it can also contribute to regulating sleep patterns.

Briana Giddens incorporates art into her therapy practices, noting that clients may be more comfortable opening up through artistic expression rather than discussion.

According to its website, Centered also staffs a number of licensed professionals who contribute his or her own program in holistic recovery.

Clinical Director Christy Plaice incorporates “profound healing work with sensory integration, resiliency, and supportive connectivity to the compassionate neuroscience model of the face, body, and brain, connecting to client’s arousal responses,” into her therapy style.

Program Facilitator Mayer Harris works as a life coach and spiritual guide.

Special Programs Facilitator Jon Kendrick “has a deep interest in teaching ways to utilize Mindfulness practices to improve coping and quality of life.”

Centered also staffs a Medical Director, Nursing Director and Lead Nurse, all of whom assist in facets of holistic recovery practices.

Centered Recovery Programs is at 1250 Upper Hembree Road, Suite E in Roswell.

Reed Smith describes it as a “beautiful, serene and private location.”

Those interested in learning more about Centered can go to where there is also the opportunity to schedule a tour of the facility and speak with a member of the care team.

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I attended a treatment program that was facilitated by Reed and his wife Krysta. It changed my life, gave me back my family, and my family got me back. i might be okay without having gone there, but I KNOW I'm okay having gone there, in fact, life now is beyond what I ever expected. That said, it's not always without friction, but they taught me how to be resilient, how to tap into my innate health, and a better way to live. Words can do justice to the gratitude I have for that man, and his wife, and their previous treatment center. I can only guess that this will be just as extraordinary. If you have any qualms about attending, take it from a stranger, they are sincere, they are earnest, and with the right attitude and the ability to change, they helped me open doors I didn't even know were there.

True story.

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