Atlanta, Georgia Inpatient Addiction Rehabs

Finding the right Atlanta, Georgia drug and alcohol rehab for your particular needs is no easy matter, but it could very well be the difference between living and dying. Undoubtedly the first step is to check into an Atlanta detox facility. Once you’ve been medically cleared by the detox center, it’s time to go straight into the healing process by committing to an addiction treatment rehab center.

There are a whopping 76 inpatient drug rehab centers in Georgia. Of these, 34 provide short-term residential treatment and 62 provide long-term residential treatment (with some centers providing both). Which are the best? Which is the right fit for you or your loved one? We’ve outlined some of the top Atlanta rehabs below.

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St. Jude’s Recovery Center

Services: Drug & Alcohol Detox (Sub-Acute) / Inpatient Rehab / Transitional Living
Area: Downtown Atlanta

St. Jude’s Recovery Center is a free Georgia rehab center located in downtown Atlanta that is aimed at assisting both men and women (including dependent children) who are homeless or have a low income and are struggling with addiction and/or mental illness. St. Jude’s is located at 139 Renaissance Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 and they are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm.

St. Jude’s is both CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) as well as THOR certified (Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry) in case you need documentation for attendance to bring before a court or your probation/parole officer.

Walk-in patients will be evaluated from 8:00am until 10:00am as well. You will need to be assessed to get an idea of your needs, and meet with your counselor/case worker to decide where your point of entry will be in their program. It should be noted that those who undergo detox at St. Jude’s are prioritized over walk-ins who do not require detox. After evaluation and/or detox, you will enter into their residential or transitional outpatient program which can last anywhere from 6 months, up to 2 years depending on your individual situation.

St. Jude’s accepts walk-ins to their free Atlanta drug and alcohol treatment center on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additionally they can be reached at 404-249-6272. You will be assessed the same day as your walk-in, however this does not guarantee entry, as there is a limited amount of space. It is recommended to arrive as early in the morning as possible to gain the best chance possible of same day entry.

There are some required documents needed to be considered for assessment which include a medication list, medication and/or mental diagnosis, homelessness verification (a letter written by a family member or friend), and a government ID such as a drivers license, social security card, or birth certificate. Also, if you are currently on medication you will need a 30 day supply to be eligible for entry.

Once assessed, it will be determined if you need detox and if so, if St. Jude’s is equipped to handle your level of detox needs; they are prepared to handle sub-acute detox which does not require 24 hour monitoring. It is also recommended to bring 3 to 4 days worth of clothes.

The detox program is anywhere from 7 to 20 days and is part of the residential program. You will live on-site and go through sub-acute (outpatient) detox during this time. Medications will be provided as necessary depending on the detox or withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing as well as the medication assisted treatment program for opiate/opioid addiction which can last longer than the detox/withdrawal process itself.

Once detox has been completed, or you were not in need of detox, then you can begin the residential rehab. You will live on-site and the first 2 1/2 to 3 months will consist of classes 7 days a week which include addiction education, mental health awareness, and job skills. There is a resume coach included in the job skills classes to help create, update, or refine your resume. Also provided are daily group and individual counseling sessions. You will be required to attend at least 6 AA or NA meetings per week as well as meet with your counselor once per week. There are 4 meetings a week on-site (2 AA meetings and 2 NA meetings) but you will also need to branch out and find more meetings in the area to reach the required quota. This shouldn’t be an issue, as there are many 12 Step meetings in the area surrounding St. Jude’s. It is also required for you to get a sponsor in the 12 Step program of your choice, and begin searching for a job.

Once a job has been secured, you can move onto the next phase which is the transitional living program. This is intended to help you gain a little more independence and responsibility, and also to grow your self esteem, as you are becoming self supporting again. The length of time you spend here is different for every person, and you will need to continue meeting with your counselor to determine when the time is right to move on to sober living or move out on your own. The time spent here could be as little as 3 months, or as long as 21 months, depending on your needs.

Once you are ready to move on, you can gain your certificate of completion for any court-mandated requirements (CARF and THOR certificates). You can remain at the sober living section for some time (again, 2 years total) but it is recommended to get out on your own as soon as you feel able. St. Jude’s offers assistance on a first-come, first-serve basis and the sooner you move back into the world, the sooner they can begin to help someone else.

Twin Lakes Recovery Center

Services: Drug Detox, Alcohol Detox, Inpatient Treatment
Address: 398 State Highway 11, Monroe, GA 30655
Google Rating: 4.1 / 34 Reviews

Twin Lakes is a Georgia based inpatient rehab facility which is just east of Atlanta in Monroe. They offer inpatient treatment and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The primary focus of care is on addiction, however they are able to treat co-occurring mental disorders as well. Twin Lakes is a private facility which accepts self pay clients as well as those with major insurance providers. Being a private facility, they do not offer any scholarships or financing, nor do they accept any state funded healthcare plans such as Medicare or Medicaid. The program length for inpatient is 30 days, with additional outpatient services provided offsite either in Athens or Gainesville.

The inpatient program is termed “Fully Integrated” which means that treatment will incorporate multiple types of care including therapy and counseling for trauma, co-occurring mental issues, and addiction.

The detox program is medically supervised meaning that you will be under 24 hour care by a team of nurses and doctors to ensure that you undergo detox in the safest way possible. The exact length of time will vary depending on what you are detoxing from as well as the severity of withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing. One item of note is that they do not use Suboxone or Subutex for opiate detox. You will be free to join group counseling sessions during your time in detox if you like, but this is not required.

The inpatient treatment schedule at Twin Lakes is very structured. You will wake up between 6-7am every day and go to have your vitals taken and go to breakfast. Around 8 you will have morning meditation followed by gender separated studies, either therapy or Big Book study groups. From 10:30am until 12:00pm is small group therapy. You will also see a therapist at least 1 time per week for individual therapy, but this may be more than once per week as your needs require. Noon is lunch time followed by group therapy from 12:50pm to 1:50pm, except on Monday and Thursday this will be life skills classes. Likewise on Tuesday this time will be an outside 12 Step meeting brought onsite by volunteers. From 2:00pm to 3:00pm is a recovery and aftercare planning group where you will discuss and plan for treatment after inpatient. This may involve intensive outpatient or sober living depending on your needs. Wellness time will be from 3:00pm to 4:00pm and will involve a variety of physical activities including running, basketball, or yoga. From 4:00pm to 6:00pm is another round of gender separated groups followed by dinner at 6:00pm. Finally, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm is either an Alcoholics Anonymous or a Narcotics Anonymous meeting (they alternate days).

After your fist week, you will be eligible for phone calls, followed by visitation shortly after. You will not be allowed to bring your phone or any electronics into the program with you. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you will meet with a psychiatric nurse practitioner for medication management and adjustment. Something unique to Twin Lakes is that they have 2 miniature cows on site that act as therapy aids.

The cost for treatment will vary depending on your own insurance coverage or lack thereof. If you are self pay, you can expect inpatient treatment including detox to cost about $16,500. If you have already undergone detox, then the cost will be about $15,000. The copay if you have insurance will vary based on the plan that you have.

Twin Lakes (Monroe) is specifically for detox and inpatient treatment over the course of 30 days. Depending on your legal circumstances, they are able to provide a letter of acceptance and a treatment plan to the court if necessary. Twin Lakes currently holds a Gold Certification for Behavioral Healthcare from the Joint Commission.

The Extension

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Sober Living / Transitional Living
Area: Marietta

The Extension is a free Georgia drug and alcohol treatment facility that helps both men and women and is located at 1507 Church Street Ext NE, Marietta, GA 30060. The Extension is a non-profit organization with the main purpose of helping those who are struggling with addiction and homelessness or near homelessness. As a non-profit, there is no charge for entry and many basic essentials for living will be provided. The program is meant to act as an adjunct to medical stabilization, and you will need to have already gone through the detox process in a medically supervised setting before you may enter The Extension.

After a phone interview and an in-person assessment, you will be able to enter the program (provided there are spaces available). The There are 3 Phases to the program at The Extension, the first of which will last for your first 3 months, followed by Phase 2 from your 3rd to 9th month, and finally Phase 3 (which is optional) from your 9th to 12th month.

The first step will be to call and have a short (5-10 minute) phone interview. Following this, you will need to come in for a face-to-face interview with at least 2 counselors to gauge your current situation and the best course of action for your treatment. The face-to-face interviews are done Monday through Friday from 10:00am until 4:00pm and there is no appointment required; you just show up. If you are on any medications currently, or need medications, this will be the time to speak with your counselors about your concerns and ask any questions you may have.

Medication restrictions are determined on a case-by-case basis by the counselors who are certified substance abuse counselors, but which also double as your case worker throughout the program. There is also a doctor on site throughout the week to perform an initial health screen, as well as follow-up screens throughout your time here. The doctor can also act as a liaison to health services in the local area.

Contact: 770-590-9075 (Men) / 770-528-4852 (Women)

Upon entry into Phase 1, you will undergo a 30 day wind-down period where you will not be able to work and you will be required to relinquish your car and cell phone (there is an on-site landline for your limited use). This will help to remove any distractions and assist in focusing all of your energy on becoming immersed in the recovery lifestyle. This will consist of multiple weekly on-site 12 Step meetings including AA, NA, HA, CMA, and Smart Recovery. You’ll also undergo one-on-one counseling as well as group therapy sessions. Also included at this free Georgia addiction rehab are several courses ranging from life skills to an experiential recovery class. The life skills courses will include coping skills, financial literacy, and relationship building. The Extension will provide you with all of your essentials including food and clothing, and your medication needs (if any) will be assessed by weekly consultations with a doctor and your counselors. There is also a chiropractor which visits the facility 3 times a week. After the first 30 days, you may begin searching for a job, or return to your old job if you had previously made arrangements to do so. The Extension, due to 30 years of operation in the Marietta area, has connections with many local businesses and will leverage these relationships to assist in your job search however possible.

Phase 2 will involve injecting some added independence back into your life. This Phase will last from your 3rd month until your 9th month, and the goal is to get you on your feet physically, emotionally, and financially. Hopefully by this time, you will be engaging on a daily basis with the recovery program that is provided at The Extension. You will also be able to have access to your cellphone and your car. At this point, you will be expected to have a job and begin branching out from the on-site 12 Step meetings, being allowed 2 days a week to visit meetings off-site. There is also a weekend pass which you may gain up to 2 times a month (at your counselors discretion). Continued meetings with your counselors and sponsor will help you to determine which steps may be most appropriate for you to take next.

Phase 3 of this free Georgia addiction rehab is technically an optional program, but many people find it extremely useful to stay until they are as ready as possible to return to complete independence in the world. This is a Sober Living style program that will last from your 9th month up until your 12th month, where you will be encouraged to continue advancing on the path to recovery that you have begun in Phases 1 and 2. You can still go to on-site meetings, but you should also branch out even more into the greater 12 Step community by finding new meetings and growing your network of sober friends. You will also need to be meeting and talking with your counselors, family, sober friends and sponsor to figure out a permanent living situation after your 12 months have concluded.

The Extension has no Certificate of Completion, however the length of time they have actively been helping people (~30 years) will carry some weight. This is only applicable if you have been court ordered to complete a treatment program, in which case you should check with your lawyer, probation/parole officer, or any court officials to see if The Extension is recognized as such in their eyes. Upon completion however, many people end up mentoring new arrivals who are currently entering the program as part of their continued service work and as a way to give back for what they have gained.

Mother’s Making A Change

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Outpatient Rehab / Transitional Living for Pregnant Women and Women with Children
Area: Marietta

Mothers Making A Change (also known as Women’s Treatment and Recovery Support Program) is a women’s only treatment center specifically designed for pregnant women or women with children (up to 13 years old) as a place to recover from addiction. The main facility is located at 331 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060 and this service is provided by the Cobb Community Services Board.

The services offered include individual and group therapy, parenting and life skills classes, and health and childcare service coordination. There is also a sub-program called Families Making A Change which is for pregnant or postpartum women with children up to 12 months old as there are a unique set of needs for women in this position which includes 24 hour supervision, parenting courses, and childcare services for children up to 13 years old.

The treatment program itself is 6 months long as well as a 6 month aftercare program and both programs are CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certified. 

Most of the women that come to the residential program are referred from other organizations such as the court, DFCS, probation, or other treatment providers. Self-referral is an option and the best way to proceed in this course is to either call 678-398-7666 or to go online and fill out the Residential Application. Simpy fill out the treatment application and you will be contacted if you are eligible and given further instructions.

The following items will be required for application: a photo ID, social security card, and proof of income (such as pay stubs, or a wage verification form from the Georgia Department of Labor). During the in-person appointment, you will also be given a tuberculosis skin test and RPR (syphilis) test.

If you are only interested in the outpatient program, you may still fill out the residential application as well as call 770-819-9229 ext. 1547 to get more information.

After intake to their Atlanta, GA residential treatment program, you will begin daily therapy groups on Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 3:30pm. This includes psycho-education groups, addiction recovery groups, counseling groups, trauma groups, parenting and family groups, as well as vocational and life skills groups.

You will be responsible for all of you own food and medication costs, but there are many assistance programs which your case worker can help you to access. Additionally, you will take part in weekly one-on-one counseling sessions, case management meetings with your individual case worker, and a family education group. On weekdays in the evening and on weekends you will be taken to local AA or NA meetings, optional religious services, and sober recreation activities.

You will also be provided transportation locally to important appointments such as medical services, court, and probation/parole meetings. You will be responsible for cleaning and upkeep of your own apartment and you can expect to submit to random urine drug tests. You will be able to have visitors such as family and friends on the weekends and there is a possibility of obtaining a Therapeutic Leave pass. After 6 months in the program, you will be eligible to move on the the aftercare outpatient program.

For women that have brought children to the residential program with them, there is a therapeutic child care program which acts as an adjunct to the adults program. There are 2 different parts to this program; one for children birth through 5 years old, and another from 5 to 13 years old. The birth through 5 year old program provides a calm atmosphere and a serene environment for children to deal with stress and possibly traumatic issues that they may have experienced.

The program for 5 through 13 years old involves an after school program which teaches life skills as well as a drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention program. If you have not brought a child with you, there is a visitation space used for regular family visits in a supervised and an unsupervised setting.

Payment for this program is determined on a sliding scale and is dependent on your income, so every individuals cost will be different. If you are on social security or disability, it may end up being a percentage of your monthly check.

Once you have either completed your first 6 months at this free drug rehab (or if you have elected for outpatient treatment only) you will essentially be coming to an almost identical class schedule containing all of the same modules that you would go through if you were in inpatient.

The only difference is the location and the time: the WTRS Austell location, Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 2:00pm. As mentioned, this program is accredited by CARF and is licensed by the Healthcare Facilities Regulation so this program will satisfy a court order to attend a drug and alcohol treatment program.

Mount Sinai Wellness Center

Services: Drug Detox, Alcohol Detox, Inpatient Treatment
Address: 330 Mount Sinai Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Google Rating: 4.6 / 59 Reviews

Mount Sinai is a Georgia inpatient rehab with detox capabilities that is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just north of Atlanta. They deal with addiction as well as co-occurring mental health issues and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Your days at Mount Sinai will be highly structured to assist recovery and rehabilitation. This will begin with a 6:00am wake up and brief medical and medication session. Next is breakfast at 7:00am followed by group therapy sessions from 9:00am till 11:30am. Lunch is at noon with an hour of mild exercise at 1:00pm. This includes tai chi, yoga, and animal assisted therapy depending on the day of the week. 2:00pm is behavioral therapy with a spirituality class next at 3:00pm. You will then have an hour of downtime until dinner at 5:00pm followed by another hour of downtime afterwords.

At 7:00pm there is a 12 Step meeting on site which rotates throughout the week (Alcoholics Anonymous, Heroin Anonymous, etc). The last group therapy session takes place at 8:00pm followed by a wind down and meditation hour at 9:00pm.

Depending on your situation and the possibility of a co-occurring mental issue, there are additional classes or sessions you may take part in to address these issues. Likewise, you will see a medical professional sporadically throughout your time here for medication management. You will also have sessions with a case worker to build an aftercare plan for your continuing recovery after your time here is done.

Mount Sinai accepts major insurance as well as self pay clients. The price for self pay is $5,000 for drug or alcohol detox but they may be able to work with you a little bit on the price. This is for medication and medical supervision only, and any additional blood work or labs would cost extra.

Mount Sinai offers on site inpatient for 30 days which would cost anywhere from $14,000 to $16,000 for self pay clients.

After completion of this Atlanta rehab facility’s inpatient program, you will be able to take part in the alumni aftercare program if you wish. They have events such as barbecue’s and group outings and a solid community of graduates who stay in touch and help each other in their recovery. Mount Sinai Wellness Center holds a Gold Certification for Behavioral Healthcare from the Joint Commission.

GRAN Recovery Center

Services: Short Term Inpatient Treatment
Area: Covington, Georgia

GRAN Recovery Center is a short-term (28 day) residential inpatient rehab located at 215 Kirkland Road, Covington, GA 30016. They accept both men and women and offer support for previously dual-diagnosed patients; that is, patients with a diagnosed mental illness as well as suffering from substance abuse.

This facility is specifically designed to house men and women who have already gone through the medical stabilization and detox process, as they do not have medical supervision on-site appropriate for such situations. The housing is group-oriented and as such there will be 2-3 people housed in each room.

Once you have begun the process you will not be permitted to leave the premises (there is no work-release program), so you will need to make a 28 day commitment to the program to gain your certificate of completion. There are on-site meetings from dawn to dusk; these are a mixture of group and individual sessions. GRAN Recovery Center is CARF Accredited (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

The first step to gain entry will be a telephone interview ( 678-209-2770). These are done Monday through Friday between 1:15pm and 2:45pm. We would recommend asking about their financial aid program during this interview.

They have applications for financial assistance, as this facility is designed with those who are uninsured or underinsured in mind. After this step, your payments will be determined on a sliding scale based on your current income, so payment plans will vary between individuals but in some cases can turn out to be free or nearly free.

As mentioned, this sliding scale Georgia addiction treatment facility is equipped to treat patients who have previously been dual-diagnosed with a mental illness as well as substance abuse disorders. There are counselors on-site that you will meet with at least once a day in an individual setting for counseling according to your particular diagnosis. This is in addition to counselor supervised group meetings multiple times a day.

As this is an “intensive inpatient program” you will not be permitted to leave once you have begun the program. The housing is group-oriented and you will share a room with one or two other patients. This will help with the process of re-acclimating to social environments.

After 28 days, you will have completed the program and receive your CARF Accredited Certificate of Completion. If you have been court ordered to go to a treatment facility, or entered treatment preemptive to any court intervention, then this is what you will need to bring before the court to move the judicial process forward from here.

Mary Hall Freedom House

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Transitional Housing
Area: Sandy Springs

Mary Hall Freedom House is a free Atlanta addiction rehab program which is intended primarily for homeless women and/or single women, or women with children (up to 2 children, 12 years of age or younger) who are battling substance abuse disorders with the stated goal of ending the cycle of generational addiction. They are located at 8995 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.

There is also a 24/7 emergency housing unit specifically for homeless women (single or with children) which is intended for crisis situations as well as a veterans housing unit called Elizabeth Place, which is solely for veteran women and their children to recover from homelessness. This program is 6 months long and the first 3 months will be focused solely on your recovery. The second 3 months will involve vocational coaching and searching for a job with the goal that by the end of your 6 months, you will be self-sufficient and able to rejoin the community under your own power.

You will first need show up on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 9:00am and 12:00pm to fill out an application. You will be scheduled for a face-to-face interview and if there are beds available, it is possible be placed on the same day. At this time you will meet your case worker, who will follow your progress and be your care coordinator.

To be admitted, there are some requirements which include being 18 years or older, undergoing a medical screening, you must have a substance abuse problem, if you have a co-occuring mental disorder and are prescribed medication you must bring a 30-day supply of said medication, have a current (last 6 months) tuberculosis and RPR (syphilis) test, and if you have an open DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) case, you must obtain a referral from your case manager. There is no charge for service, unless you are already on social security or disability, in which case 30% of your income will be your price for admission. There are a variety of programs you may enter into, depending on what you and your case worker have decided , which include day treatment, intensive outpatient, or residential treatment.

Contact: 770-642-5500 or 678-786-7241 for the Admissions Desk.

As mentioned, your first 3 months will revolve around getting and staying sober. For residential drug and alcohol inpatient treatment, there is 24/7 support from the staff and you will be provided transportation to and from 12 Step meetings in the local area and be required to attend at least 1 meeting per day. There is also an on-site AA meeting on Friday nights. You will also take part in group and individual counseling multiple times a week. Your individual counseling and therapy needs will determine the exact schedule that you will follow at this time. There are groups for specific topics as well, including domestic violence, sexual trauma, and relationship issues.

The second 3 months in this free Georgia treatment center will be more geared towards helping you to get back on your feet financially and moving back into society as a productive member. This will include a vocational coach to help with your resume and to figure out which jobs best suit your current skill set as well as a GED program located on-site. You will be given the support you need to begin a job search in earnest and begin the process of re-socialization.

The program’s goal is that after 6 months you will be ready to move out and move on. All of the programs at Mary Hall are CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited as well as recognized by Georgia’s DBHBB (Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities), so if you were court ordered to attend a drug rehab facility, your completion of any of these programs will satisfy the court or your probation/parole officer.

It is also encouraged (but not required) for women who have completed the program to give back through volunteer work and acting as a sponsor to women entering Mary Hall. This can be a great help to those currently in need, as well as help you through performing service work for your recovery.

Black Bear Lodge

Services: Drug Detox, Alcohol Detox, Inpatient Treatment
Address: 310 Black Bear Ridge, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
Google Rating: 3.3 / 46 Reviews

Black Bear Lodge, one of Georgia’s largest drug and alcohol rehab facilities, is located in the Appalachian Mountains northeast of Atlanta, Georgia.  They do accept dual diagnosed patients who are struggling with a mental illness as well as addiction and have doctors and psychiatrists onsite to prescribe medication if appropriate.

The length of the stay at this Georgia drug rehab is determined on a case by case basis due to the type of withdrawal and the severity of symptoms. Once nearing the end of acute detox, you will begin easing into the inpatient by introduction into small group therapy sessions. You will then begin individual therapy sessions and see a psychiatrist for any medication you may or may not need.

The schedule at Black Bear is quite busy. Your day is planned out from 6:30am until 9:00pm every day, but this does include downtime and rest periods. After waking at 6:30am you will do chores and morning meditation until breakfast at 8:00am. After breakfast you have small groups for an hour, followed by a long group session from 10:00am until 12:00pm. Lunch is at noon and then 2 more hour long groups at 1:00pm and 2:00pm. 3:00pm is an hour for physical activity and exercise, followed by an hour of personal downtime. Dinner is at 5:00pm and then study and discussion groups are at 6:00pm followed by another hour of personal downtime at 7:00pm. At 8:00pm there is a daily review session before lights out.

The weekends are a little different in that there are outings and activities between lunch and dinner and on Saturday there is a movie after dinner. Every day of the week has a different topic such as sobriety, health, life skills, etc. that the group sessions focus on. Throughout all of this you will meet with a therapist for individual sessions, see your psychiatrist, and work to develop an aftercare program with the help of counselors. Some of the activities you can do to fill your free time include swimming, using the gym, hiking, yoga and riding zip lines.

They accept major insurance as well as self pay clients. The cost for self pay is $27,600 for 30 days combined detox and inpatient, although they may be able to offer a partial scholarship and work with you to lower the price.

After your 30 day inpatient program is done, you will have developed a 90 day aftercare program with your counselors here. Black Bear Lodge holds a Gold Certification for Behavioral Healthcare from the Joint Commission.

Covenant Community Inc.

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter
Area: Atlanta

Covenant Community is a free Georgia residential drug and alcohol treatment program and homeless shelter that serves men and is located at 623 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. The program here is anywhere from 6 to 12 months and is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), GARR (Georgia Association of Recovery Residences), and GDCH (Georgia Department of Community Health). They provide a homeless shelter and transitional living facility and have support services such as life skills classes, vocational counseling, job search assistance, and transitional planning.

To be admitted to this free Atlanta addiction rehab, you must have already completed drug or alcohol detox or are currently undergoing detox to be eligible for this program. The requirements for admission include a homeless certification, mental health evaluation, a current tuberculosis test, a current RPR (syphilis) test, and a current physical exam report. If you do not posses these, the staff will walk you through the process of obtaining these from free clinics and community health services. If you qualify, and provided there is space available, you will be invited to an in-person interview with a counselor/case worker.

Contact: 404-267-4305

Covenant can house up to 14 men at a time, so you will be in a community of like-minded individuals who’s goals are to get and stay sober, become emotionally and financially stable, and begin to rejoin society as healthy members. You will be expected to take random drug tests during your time here. There are four 12 Step meetings on-site throughout the week that you will be required to attend; both AA and NA meetings. In addition, there is a group therapy session every day from Sunday through Friday as well as individual counseling sessions several times a week.

Frequent meetings with your counselor will help to determine the length of time you will remain at Covenant, and help to tailor a treatment plan specific to you. Some support programs that are provided include financial management skills, medical and psychiatric referrals, and connection to legal services.

Upon completion of the 6-12 month program, you will receive a certificate of completion which is accredited by CARF, GARR, and GDCH and can be presented before a court or probation/parole officer if you were court ordered to attend a drug rehab program. You also might be eligible (and choose to) transition to the Martha Sterne House, which is a sober living facility that can house up to 10 men at a time. This would help you to further strengthen the sober foundation you have spent the last 6-12 months building.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

Services: Rehab / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter
Area: Midtown Atlanta

The Salvation Army ARC (Adult Rehabilitation Center) has been providing free assistance and social services to men and women for over 100 years in the US, and their Atlanta Adult Rehab Center is located at 740 Marietta Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The goal of this center is to help people struggling with homelessness, addiction, and minor mental illness to recover from crisis and begin the path back to self sufficiency and stability. This is a faith-based program, so a heavy emphasis is put on building or regaining a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, including daily church activities.

This free Georgia treatment program requires a commitment of at least 6 months and the typical maximum time is 1 year, although we know of people who have been there for as long as 17 months so it really depends on your individual situation. This is fundamentally a work therapy program so your days will be filled by working for your stay. These jobs include (but are not limited to) working in the kitchen, call center, or working at one of the Salvation Army stores in the area.

The assessments are done on a first-come, first-serve basis and they will accept walk-ins from 8:00am until 1:00pm. The space is limited so it is recommended to get there as early as possible. Some documents that you will need to bring include a photo ID and social security card as well as a current tuberculosis test. If you are on any medications, you will also need to bring a 30 day supply. If you have been convicted of any sex crime or of any serious felony, then you will not be eligible for entry. Also, if you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, you will not be eligible for entry.

Contact: 404-522-9785

Once accepted to the program, you will begin Phase 1. This is an orientation period which lasts for your first 30 days and is aimed at familiarizing you with the facility, your responsibilities, and the way of life that Salvation Army encourages. Every month is referred to as a “phase” so you will hear phases 1 through 6 mentioned frequently when speaking to residents. Depending on the phase you are in, you will have certain perks such as a curfew of 10:00pm for phases 1 through 3, 11:00pm for phases 4 and 5, and 12:00am for phase 6.

After your first 30 days, you will also be eligible for an overnight pass and the ability to leave after dinner and until curfew is in effect. It should be mentioned that any time you leave the facility, you will be subject to a breathalyzer test and/or a drug test upon your return. This is in addition to random drug tests done periodically.

The schedule from Monday through Friday is highly regimented and you will not have much free time. Every morning, you will be awoken at 6:00am followed by breakfast from 6:15am until 6:45am. Next is morning devotions in the chapel which is from 7:00am until 8:00am. You will then begin your workday from 8:00am until 12:00pm when lunch will be served. After lunch, you will go back to work from 1:00pm until 5:00pm followed by church (Sunday and Wednesday), chapel (Monday), or classes (Tuesday) from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. This block of time will be free time and open to use as you see fit on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. At 7:00pm dinner will be served until 8:00pm, and after that is free time until lights out.

The length of time people spend at this free Atlanta drug rehab center seems to vary from situation to situation, but it will be no shorter than 6 months if you wish to complete the program. While the Salvation Army is not an accredited drug rehabilitation, the fact of their 100+ years of operation should carry some weight.

If you were court ordered to attend a rehab, it is up to the individual judge or probation/parole officer to accept the ARC program or not, and it is strongly advised that you check with them as to their personal or professional opinion on the issue before seeking admission to said program.

Right Side Up Recovery Center

Services: Rehab / Sober Living / Transitional Living for Pregnant Women and Women with Children
Area: North-East Atlanta

Right Side Up is a long term residential treatment and recovery center for homeless women who are pregnant or with young children (up to 2 children, ages 13 and younger) and is located at 2815 Clearview Place Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30340. Their office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm. This program will also accept homeless women without children, provided there is space available at the time. The goal of this free Georgia rehab is to help give women a safe place which is conducive to recovery from addiction while providing a nurturing environment for their dependent children.

They are also contracted by the Georgia DBHDD (Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities) as a “Ready for Work” program for the stated purpose of returning homeless or near homeless women with children and addiction issues to the workforce with the ability to provide for themselves and their children. Right Side Up is divided into 3 phases of variable length and the total program length is 6 months. It should also be mentioned that the therapeutic childcare program involves a separate and uniquely tailored treatment plan for the child(ren) themselves, in addition to the mothers treatment plan.

This free Georgia treatment program requires a commitment of at least 6 months and the typical maximum time is 1 year, although we know of people who have been there for as long as 17 months so it really depends on your individual situation. This is fundamentally a work therapy program so your days will be filled by working for your stay. These jobs include (but are not limited to) working in the kitchen, call center, or working at one of the Salvation Army stores in the area.

It should first be mentioned that this program will prioritize women who are pregnant and women who are active IV drug users for entry over women who fit neither category. Your first step will be a phone screen. Call the above number and ask to speak to an Intake Coordinator. After the phone screen, if you have been accepted, you will have an assessment. There are some things you will need to bring including a photo ID, social security card, birth certificate, and a recent (last 6 months) tuberculosis test which reads negative. For your child you will need to bring your child’s equivalent of all of the above (except the photo ID), as well as a current immunization record, and school records.

Contact: 678-805-4113

Phase 1 will last for roughly 10 weeks and consists of individual and group therapy as well as health education groups which consist of sexual trauma therapy, domestic violence counseling, anger management, generational addiction counseling, and parenting classes. You will also be required to attend 12 Step meetings multiple times a week. You will be provided transportation to vital services such as doctors appointments and parole/probation meetings.

Phase 2 will last for 4 to 6 weeks and you will be encouraged to increase your 12 Step meeting attendance as well as get a job working at least 30 hours per week. At this point you will begin individual counseling with your personal counselor and your case worker. Engagement with evening groups and weekend activities is also encouraged during this time.

Phase 3 will last for about 4 weeks and during this time you will work with your counselor to explore and weigh your potential housing options. The goal during this phase is to have you as ready as possible for independence once you are discharged from the program. You will also need to work out a discharge plan and have a road map that is developed between you and your counselor as a path to follow once you are on your own again.

To be considered for discharge, you must be currently employed and have progressed from Phase 1 through Phase 3. Once discharged, it is common for many women to remain involved with the RSU Alumni Group, which helps provide support for women who are newly entering the program. You can act as a sponsor for the newer women and help support the program in a number of ways in an effort to give back and to perform service work.

My Father’s House – Hiram

203 Highland Drive
Hiram, GA 30141

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Sober Living / Transitional Living

My Father’s House is a non-profit women’s residential recovery center provided by the Sisters In Recovery Ministries . This program is 12 months long and is a 12 Step and Christian-centric recovery program, embracing both Celebrate Recovery meetings as well as regular church services and bible study.

It is intended for women aged 25 through 65 that have already been through detox (if necessary), are medically stable, and have at least 30 days sober. It should be mentioned that you will be ineligible for this. drug and alcohol treatment program if you have any outstanding warrants. My Father’s House is THOR (Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry) certified for women being released from prison and is a tobacco free facility.

First, you will need to go to myfathershousehiram.com/contact-us and click the “Download Application” button and then fill out said application. Next, you can call the aforementioned number and find out where to email the application to have an interview scheduled. You will then undergo an assessment to see if you could be a good fit for this Georgia treatment program.

You must be between the ages of 25 and 65 to be eligible as well as have at least 30 days sober. The admission process can be fairly quick, but this depends on the availability of beds at the time as space is limited. You will be required to pay for your own lodging, court fees, medical bills, and any personal expenses while you are here.

For your first 30 to 60 days, you will be on what is called “Level 1”, which prohibits you from any outside contact. Depending on your individual situation, the length of time will vary slightly. You will also need to begin a job search within 48 hours from the time of admission. Once a job has been secured, you will be required to pay your rent which is $175 per week, plus any expenses. Any money over this amount (plus $20 personal spending money) will be turned over to the program director to be held until your completion of the program.

This time in Level 1 will be spent acclimating yourself to your new environment and housemates. There will be no allowance, during Level 1 or after, for secular reading materials, music, or television and you will be encouraged to read your bible or other Christian related material. There will be a strong focus on creating or reestablishing your relationship with Jesus Christ and to assist in this, you will be able to attend church multiple times a week, as well as attend 2 Celebrate Recovery meetings per week. There is also a bible study course which will take place in part at church, as well as at home.

To help you to re-acclimate to independence, there are classes included here which include career planning, vocational skills training, and an interview/resume coach. There is also a GED class and potentially volunteer GED tutoring. You will be provided transportation to and from work, your classes, critical appointment (doctor, parole/probation, etc.), and any off-site GED classes.

There will be weekly counseling sessions including individual wellness counseling, group therapy, money management, and anger management. As for recreation, there is a program for arts and crafts as well as weekly outings for the entire house, however we were unable to get specific details in this regard.

Upon completion, you will be ready to move back into a life of independence and continued sobriety. All of your pay that was turned over to the program director will be dispensed back to you at this time.

It is recommended to act as a sponsor to women who are just entering the program as part of your continued service work, and as a way to pass on what you have received. As mentioned above, this program is THOR accredited, so completing this program should satisfy your probation/parole officer or any court order stipulating that you stay in treatment after release from prison.

Free Georgia Drug & Alcohol Rehabs

Active addiction destroys many aspects of your life, and financial security is no exception. We hope you’ll consider The Summit Wellness Group as your first choice for addiction treatment. However we understand that because of the nature of addiction some people in need of help are left with no financial resources or insurance when they hit a bottom sufficient to seek help at a drug and alcohol rehab. That’s why we compiled this extensive guide of free Georgia rehabs.

While many of these options are free, bear in mind that some of these Georgia addiction treatment programs do have sliding scale charges or are only free for a portion of the program. Information for this guide was obtained directly from the treatment centers via phone interviews, as well as through third party government and non profit groups. Each one of the addiction treatment programs we profiled below includes detailed admission requirements, information on day-to-day life in treatment and more. Also be sure to check out our comprehensive list of Atlanta, Georgia detox centers to get information on medical stabilization prior to admission.

Bear in mind that when you admit yourself to a free Georgia drug and alcohol rehab, the conditions will not be luxurious. If you have been to paid addiction treatment in the past, you may experience a bit of culture shock. The experience that you have at low cost and free Georgia rehabs may be raw and gritty, but you will be in the company of fellow addicts that are genuinely fighting for their lives while you have the structure and support you need to assist you in early sobriety.

Choosing an Atlanta, GA Rehab Center

Inpatient treatment is fully customizable and no single approach will work for all clients; therefore it is paramount that flexibility be a key virtue of any Georgia addiction rehab. Other considerations are as follows:

What kind of addictions does the inpatient rehab specialize in?

It is crucial that the client is part of a Atlanta rehab which has extensive experience treating his or her specific addiction and, if applicable, any co-occurring disorders. It is extremely important that the rehab in question has personnel with experience in addressing issues that may be unique to clients with the same drug of choice.

What types of therapies are offered by the treatment center?

Does the rehab offer family therapy? Yoga? Extensive time in one-on-one sessions, or more time in group? Research performed ahead of time is invaluable.

What kinds of aftercare plans / options do they offer?

Many inpatient rehabs also feature transitioning into outpatient treatment and sober living homes. If these services are not available within the same program, most reputable inpatient programs have affiliate services through which such care may be obtained, or at least referral networks to such services.

What licensing / credentials should you look for in an inpatient Georgia drug rehab center?

Any legitimate Atlanta drug rehab center should have a license from the Georgia Department of Community Health. If they do not have one, stay clear. Other signs of trust include:

Having skilled, licensed and experienced professionals can make all the difference regarding whether a client remains sober upon release from inpatient rehab. The most important question to ask is whether the therapists possess a Masters Level Degree or above? If not, they aren’t technically therapists.

What kind of peer support is offered?

Group therapy among residents in inpatient therapy is essential to a client’s recovery post-treatment, as lifelong bonds are often formed with fellow residents within the program. Regarding meetings beyond the inpatient facility, it may be important to consider whether the program has involvement with 12-step or other recovery groups.

What payment options are offered?

If the client is insured, locating inpatient rehab programs in Georgia that accept that insurance should be a top priority. If the client is uninsured, it may be a good idea to ask if a potential treatment center offers scholarships or in-house financing. Or to look for a free or sliding scale Georgia treatment center option.

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Michael Smeth
Michael Smeth
Michael Smeth is the Director of Online Marketing at The Summit Wellness Group. He has been involved in the addiction recovery community for over 18 years. In addition to actively attending at least five 12-Step meetings a week and sponsoring others, he's a huge advocate of the healing power of therapy. He has over a decade of experience in content strategy and online marketing, which he uses to spread the message of hope that recovery has brought him and countless others.
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