Free Georgia Addiction Rehabs Guide

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 Atlanta, Georgia detox center guide to get information on medical stabilization prior to admission.

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Free Georgia Addiction Treatment Rehabs

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.

St. Jude’s Recovery Center Inc.

Services: Drug & Alcohol Detox (Sub-Acute) / Inpatient Rehab / Sober Living / Transitional Living
Area: Downtown Atlanta
Contact: 404-249-6272

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. 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 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.

Treatment Center Admissions

St. Jude’s accepts walk-ins to their free Atlanta drug and alcohol treatment center on a first-come, first-serve basis. 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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.


GRAN Recovery Center

Services: Short Term Inpatient Treatment
Area: Covington, Georgia
Contact: 678-209-2770

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).

Treatment Center Admissions

The first step to gain entry will be a telephone interview. 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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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 reacclimating to social environments.

Completion of Treatment

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.

Making A Way Housing

Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter
Area: West Atlanta
Contact: 404-792-8011

Making A Way Housing is a free Georgia rehab with shelter, housing, and recovery support center that helps both men and women and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter, which is the first tier, is located at 1905 Joseph E. Boone Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30314. There is a second and third tier which is called Making A Way Housing Inc. is located nearby at 377 Westchester Boulevard NW C.7, Atlanta, GA 30314 – this is where the transitional and sober living facilities are located.

The Tier 1 location on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard is where you will find the emergency shelter, which is equipped to offer basic shelter and simple support services to homeless people in the Atlanta area. This location is primarily for people who are in crisis and need a place to help get them on their feet by providing the basic amenities needed to live, and to begin searching for a job. Once a job has been attained, or you have enrolled in the shelters’ vocational or education program, you may be eligible to move into the Tier 2 transitional housing unit located on nearby Westchester Boulevard. The transitional housing is intended to be a midway point between the shelter and permanent housing. This facility and staff will help you to readjust to society and rejoin the community as an active member.

The 3rd Tier of this free Atlanta rehab is the permanent housing unit, again located on Westchester Boulevard. This is primarily a sober living unit for those in recovery which acts as a stepping stone helping you to become more self-sufficient, avoid relapse, and eventually reunite you with your family and friends as well as make many new friends along the way.

Treatment Center Admissions

The first step towards admission into this free Georgia addiction treatment program is an in person interview. If there isn’t an open spot the day you call, try back in a few days as the turnover rate here is quite high. You will need several documents in order to be considered for an interview. These consist of a kidney function test, RPR test (for syphilis), income verification, or a homelessness verification. You can get these tests performed at the nearby Fulton County Board of Health public clinic located at 10 Park Place South SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:00pm and the phone number is 404-621-1211. For an income verification, you will need to have your employer fill out an Income Verification Form or for a homelessness verification, you will need to have a friend, family member, or a support service (ex. soup kitchen) write a short letter describing your situation and the fact that you have no home. Once those are obtained, you will have an interview with the admission staff and then meet with your case worker for an initial evaluation to determine at which tier you should enter, and which programs you would be eligible for. A case worker will assist you throughout your time here and can connect you with a variety of support services, as is appropriate for your individual situation. Making A Way Housing is not accredited so there is no certificate of completion and as such, if you were court ordered to attend rehab, this may not be the right place for you.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

The Tier 1 (Shelter) program is designed to get you out of the elements and under a roof, have 3 square meals a day, and begin the process of societal rehabilitation starting with entry into one of the vocational or educational programs to prepare yourself to regain employment. You will also continue to meet with your case worker for weekly evaluations and they will be able to connect you with programs such as food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. As with all of the programs here, your situation will be tailored to your own specific circumstances so there is no timeline that applies to everyone. There are multiple job skill training programs and events that take place at the shelter at least 5 days a week so you can choose the one that best fits your current skill set, or learn something totally new. For those in recovery there are on-site NA meetings 4 days a week, and many meetings nearby in Atlanta.

The Tier 2 (Transitional Living) program is intended to ease your move into the Sober Living facility, and as such there is more responsibility placed on you in this setting. You will need a job to move into this tier and the housing is a 2 bedroom apartment so you will have a roommate. This can be beneficial as you will ease back into cohabitation and resocialization. The rent is $550 per month and can be paid weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly as best suits your situation. At this point your caseworker may recommend the H.I.P. (HIV Intervention and Prevention) program if this is applicable to you currently, or if you may be at risk. This would consist of support group meetings, informational and educational programs, as well as the SISTA (Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS) program if you were eligible. SISTA is an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program specifically for heterosexual females which provides solution oriented information as well as helping to develop effective and powerful communication skills. If you attended NA meetings in the shelter, or if you entered straight into the transitional housing, it is highly recommended to continue/begin attending NA meetings as the potential for relapse is very real for anyone who is battling addiction.

The Tier 3 (Sober Living) program is the final phase of the programs and is aimed at maintaining and strengthening all that you have accomplished up until this point, with the end goal of attaining self-sufficiency, building upon the foundation of sobriety you have begun, and reuniting you with your family and friends. Continued meetings with your case worker will assist in developing a unique plan of action from this point on, and give you some personal goals to work towards. The rent and living situation is the same as the transitional living (2 bedroom apartment, a roommate, and $550 rent per month), with a greater emphasis on developing your own network of sober friends and creating a meeting schedule that you can build your life around. It is recommended at this point to branch out from the on-site NA meetings and find more groups and meetings that can lead to you expanding your network.

Completion of Treatment

Once you have gotten back on your feet financially and have some quality time sober, you may feel the time is right to move from this free Atlanta treatment center. Again, there is no timeline for this program and everything is determined on a case by case basis, so frequent meetings with your case worker, as well as discussion with your sponsor and sober friends are encouraged to help you determine when the time is right to move on. Again, there is no certificate of completion for this program, rather it is just the first few steps towards a new life.

The Extension

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Sober Living / Transitional Living
Area: Marietta
Contact: 770-590-9075 (Men) / 770-528-4852 (Women)

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.

Treatment Center Admissions

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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center – Atlanta

Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter
Area: Midtown Atlanta
Contact: 404-522-9785

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. The 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.

Treatment Center Admissions

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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

Men’s Free Georgia Drug and Alcohol Rehabs

The following sliding scale and free Georgia drug and alcohol rehabs are for men only. This list includes several free Atlanta treatment programs for the homeless as well.

Atlanta Recovery Center

Services: Transitional Living
Area: Atlanta
Contact: 404-577-3352

The Atlanta Recovery Center is a non-profit which is designed to help homeless or near homeless men in Metro Atlanta. They are located at 169 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. Assistance with food and clothing is available for residents of the transitional living unit and classes are given for job training and searches. They can also assist in connecting you to free clinics and services in the Metro area. The main purpose of this center is temporary housing while you can get on your feet financially and otherwise. There are no drug or alcohol recovery programs located on-site.

Treatment Center Admissions

Admission is quite simple here, only requiring a state ID and a social security card. If these are not currently possessed, you will receive assistance in obtaining them. The only other requirement is reading and then signing the rules of the facility as well as a charge of 10 dollars per day for the services provided.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

While there are job training and search assistance classes, the majority of your time here is open. It is highly recommended to get a sponsor and to find and attend 12 Step meetings as there are many in the downtown and metro areas. The housing here is barracks style, double bunk beds with as many as 75 men per room. There is no limit to how long you can stay here, so long as you pay the 10 dollars per day fee.

Completion of Treatment

There is no “completion” phase of this program, as it is simply a place to regroup, sober up, and take the next steps needed to continue your recovery.

Covenant Community Inc.

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter
Area: Atlanta
Contact: 404-267-4305

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.

Treatment Center Admissions

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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

New Beginnings in Christ

Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living
Area: Garfield, GA (Southeast GA)
Contact: 478-763-2647

New Beginnings is a non-profit Christian-focused transitional living facility which helps men who are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction and is located at 119 Augusta Road, Garfield, GA 30425. This free Georgia drug and alcohol treatment program is intended for people who have previously undergone detox from drugs and/or alcohol and who do not require any medication, as any and all medication is prohibited on-site. This is an extremely Christ-oriented program and as such there will be a heavy emphasis on church attendance and Bible study, as well as on the 12 Steps of recovery. We would recommend to anyone applying to this program that they read the rules and regulations very carefully. It should also be mentioned that anyone convicted of a sex crime is barred from attending this program.

Treatment Center Admissions

The first thing to do is call and set up a face-to-face interview. You will meet with the director in person and go through a preliminary assessment. You must be a man at least 30 years old, have no kind of physical or mental disability, and as mentioned conviction of a sex crime will bar you from entry. You must also take a drug and alcohol urine test and pass to be eligible.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

Your days at this free Georgia treatment center will be highly structured with a regular schedule Monday through Friday and ~40 hours per week of assigned duties. Saturday is a free day with the exception of 8:00am house cleaning. Sundays are visitation days for approved family and friends to come see you at certain times. Throughout the week you will have morning church service every day from 8:00am until 9:00am, followed by your daily assigned duties from 9:00am until 12:00pm. Noon until 12:30pm is lunchtime, continuing into an open share meeting from 12:30pm until 1:00pm. Next you will have from 1:00pm until 5:00pm to complete your daily assigned duties with dinner served at 5:00pm. You will then have evening church service at 7:00pm followed by free time until lights out at 11:00pm.

Completion of Treatment

Unless you were court mandated for longer, the program concludes after 4 months. There was an instance that we encountered where someone was court ordered for 2 years, and will be serving out that order entirely at New Beginnings in Christ. After you have completed the program (again, typically 4 months) you will be free to leave. Many people however find it helpful to remain on as a graduate. You will need to have a job and you can continue to live on-site provided you pay $100 per week for living expenses and this includes your meals.

Trinity Community Ministries Inc.

Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living / Homeless Shelter
Area: Atlanta
Contact: 404-222-0553

The Trinity House-Big Bethel recovery program is a non-profit organization which is aimed at helping men (18 and older) struggling with homelessness and alcoholism or drug addiction to get back on their feet and to get and stay sober. The main office is located at 21 Bell Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 8:00pm. There is also a brother program called Trinity Living program which serves homeless men 30 years old and above. Their motto “A Tough Program for Tough Times” should give you an idea of the attitude of tough love which is prevalent in this program. The program is service oriented and faith based so a relationship with God is highly emphasized. Men who are admitted  to this free Atlanta drug and alcohol treatment program will be given food and housing, participate in individual and group counseling as well as be assigned a case management staff member to help guide them through the process of recovery. Once you are here, you can stay as long as 2 years, but the time to completion will vary from person to person. Trinity was unwilling to give any fine-grained detail as to the day-to-day life in the program since we were not undergoing treatment there, but we have compiled as many details as possible.

Treatment Center Admissions

The first step will be to call and make an appointment to be evaluated. Once an appointment is made, you will need to bring a referral letter, homeless verification (a letter from a family member or friend), and a current tuberculosis and RTR (syphilis) test. If not already possessed, these 2 tests can be performed at the Fulton County Public Health Clinic located nearby at 10 Park Place South, Atlanta, GA 30303. From here, your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and will depend on your drug of choice, living situation, and length of time using drugs or alcohol.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

There is an on-site book study including both 12 Step literature as well as Christian-oriented material that takes place Monday through Friday, an in-house list of jobs or chores which will need to be completed every day, and on-site AA and NA meetings 7 days a week. After you have been with the program for some time, you will also be required to attend off-site AA or NA meetings several times a week.

Completion of Treatment

Upon completion, you may choose to join the Alumni Association which is geared towards providing support to those who have completed the program, and encouraging them to act as sponsors and mentors to those who are newly entering the program. The Alumni Association meets every Sunday for Alumni Review and for events hosted by Trinity House-Big Bethel. It is unclear whether Trinity House holds any accreditations as a court-recognized recovery center, however the staff ensured us that contact with parole/probation officers is a regular occurrence to attendees of this program. It is still recommended to check with your judge or probation/parole officer to confirm if this program will satisfy the courts requirements before admission.

Women’s Free Georgia Addiction Rehabs

The following sliding scale and free Georgia drug and alcohol rehabs are for women only.

Mary Hall Freedom House

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Sober Living for Pregnant Women or Women with Children / Homeless Shelter / Transitional Housing
Area: Sandy Springs
Contact: 770-642-5500 or 678-786-7241 for Admissions Desk

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.

Treatment Center Admissions

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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

Mother’s Making A Change

Services: Inpatient Rehab / Outpatient Rehab / Transitional Living for Pregnant Women and Women with Children
Area: Marietta
Contact: 678-398-7666

Mothers Making A Change (also known as Women’s Treatment and Recovery Support Program) is a free women’s substance abuse treatment program 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. 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.

Treatment Center Admissions

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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

After intake to the residential 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. You will also 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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

My Father’s House – Hiram

Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living
Area: Hiram (Just North-West of Atlanta)
Contact: 678-435-5951

My Father’s House is a non-profit women’s residential recovery center provided by the Sisters In Recovery Ministries and is located at 203 Highland Drive, Hiram, GA 30141. 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.

Treatment Center Admissions

First, you will need to go to 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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

Right Side Up Recovery Center

Services: Sober Living / Transitional Living for Pregnant Women and Women with Children
Area: North-East Atlanta
Contact: 678-805-4113

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.

What to Expect at This Addiction Rehab

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.

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.

Completion of Treatment

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.

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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