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In Georgia and across the United States, an estimated 12.8 million Americans, about 6 percent of the household population aged twelve and older use illegal street drugs on a regular basis (within the past thirty days). You may be surprised to read that this number of "past-month" drug users has declined by almost 50% from the 1979 high of 25 million illegal street drug users. This decrease represents an extraordinary change in behavior.

Despite the dramatic drop, more than a third of all Americans twelve and older have tried illegal street drugs. Ninety percent of those who have used illegal drugs used marijuana or hashish. Approximately a third used cocaine or took a prescription type drug for nonmedical reasons. About a fifth used LSD. Fortunately, nearly sixty million Americans who used illicit street drugs during their youth stop using drugs once they enter into adulthood.

Many people in Georgia believe that illegal street drugs and the various troubles they cause are not their problem. They have misconceptions that drug users belong to a segment of society different from their own or that drug abuse is remote from their environment. They are wrong. Almost three quarters of drug users are employed and approximately forty-five percent of Americans know someone with a substance abuse problem.

While illegal street drugs and their consequences threaten Georgia families of every socio-economic background, geographic region, educational level, and ethnic and racial identity, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionally. For example, many less fortunate neighborhoods are plagued by crime and violence because of the illegal street drugs sold in their black markets. People living in Georgia who lack comprehensive health plans and have smaller incomes may be less able to afford Drug Rehabs to overcome drug dependence. What everyone living in Georgia must understand is that nobody is immune to the consequences of drug use. Every family is vulnerable.

Across Georgia, illegal street drugs are a serious problem. Included in this problem are stimulants, depressants and prescription drugs that are taken and sold illegally. The specific effects vary depending on the drug. Most drugs have an addictive effect after only a few uses. Even marijuana can become emotionally addicting. For many taking illegal street drugs, it can interfere with their relationships, health, academics, career, etc.

It is often hard to tell if someone you care about is taking part in illegal street drug abuse. Each drug has its own signs of use and abuse. Drugs can numb the user's memory, impair their judgment, and make it impossible for the user to feel good or function without them. Even drugs like marijuana and cocaine which are not physically addictive (meaning that the user's body needs the drug in order to function), can make the user emotionally dependent. Once a person become used to the "feelings" they get from marijuana, cocaine or other illegal street drugs, they will find it harder and harder to cope with normal everyday ups and downs.

Today, there are a variety of Drug Rehab Facilities for illegal street drugs available in Georgia. The differences between the Drug Treatment Facilities can sometimes be great, though they are all attempting to achieve the same outcome. The goal of any Drug Rehab Center is to help the individual achieve a drug free life and return them to being a productive member of society.

How does one know which Drug Rehabilitation Facility option is right for them? This is one of the questions that lays hard on the heart of a person searching for the right Georgia Drug Rehab for illegal street drugs. The ultimate objective of drug addiction treatment is to enable an individual to achieve lasting abstinence, but the immediate objectives are to reduce illegal street drug abuse, improve the recovering addict's ability to function, and minimize the medical and social complications of drug abuse and addiction.

While learning how to live life without illegal street drugs is an important step in the recovery process, it is only the beginning. Once sober, the brain needs time to recover and rebuild connections that have changed while addicted. During this period, depression and cravings to use can be intense and are often very hard to fight. Without support, relapse is very likely. Attending a quality Drug Rehabilitation Center in Georgia will help the recovering person develop new coping skills to deal with stressful situations and other common triggers for relapse. Without these skills, stressful situations frequently result in relapse.

Most people attempt to do their best and make the most of the experience when they are in a Drug Rehab. Relapse commonly occurs when a person leaves a Drug Treatment Facility without aspects of their life or other problems being fully handled. It is critical to find a Drug Rehab Center that addresses all aspects of addiction from detox to learning life skills.

When considering a Drug Rehabilitation Program in Georgia, remember that everyone's needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the illegal street drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment one may need. Regardless of a program's length in weeks or months, follow-through and long-term follow-up care are crucial to recovery. A quality Drug Rehabilitation Facility should address the fact that substance abuse often masks emotional pain and it needs to be addressed as treatment progresses.

An overview of the different types of Drug Rehab Facilities for illegal street drugs in Georgia:

  • Georgia Counseling (Individual, Group, Couple, or Family Therapy) for Illegal Street Drugs: This form of recovery works best in conjunction with other types of Drug Rehab Centers or as follow up support. Looking at one's issues from a different perspective can help to identify the root cause of their drug usage and can be beneficial in helping them learn how to make more constructive choices in their life.
  • Georgia Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Illegal Street Drugs: While in this form of drug addiction recovery, addicts usually meet 3 days a week and 2-4 hours per day. These relapse prevention Drug Rehabilitation Programs are often scheduled around work or school.
  • Georgia Medical Detoxification for Illegal Street Drugs: Often, this is the first step of the recovery process before being admitted into a Drug Treatment Center for illegal street drugs in Georgia. Admission to this level of treatment requires an assessment. Sometimes medical detox is started from a trip to the emergency room due to overdose or drug related issues.
  • Georgia Narcotics Anonymous for Illegal Street Drugs: Narcotics Anonymous meetings, often referred to as NA, are informal meetings held in your local area. NA has branches all over the country and in almost every city nationwide. These meeting are based on the twelve steps of recovery and many addicts and alcoholics have found free and effective help at these meetings. However, NA programs are not "treatment." The meetings are not supported and held by medical professionals.
  • Georgia Partial hospitalization for Illegal Street Drugs: This type of treatment is considered relapse prevention and usually consists of meetings 3-5 days a week, 4-6 hours per day. This type of treatment is for people who require medical monitoring on an outpatient basis.
  • Georgia Residential Rehab for Illegal Street Drugs: Residential treatment is when the recovering addict lives at the Drug Rehab while undergoing intensive treatment during the day. Residential treatment normally varies from 30-90 days.
  • Georgia Sober Living for Illegal Street Drugs: Sober living homes are comprised of recovering addicts who support each other and provide an alcohol and drug free environment. This type of illegal street drug rehab is normally used after more intensive rehabilitation such as residential treatment. Sober living facilities are useful if returning home too soon is a strong trigger for relapse or the recovering addict has no home.
The following 20 listings can be found in Georgia:
  • Charlie Norwood VAMC
    Charlie Norwood VAMC is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 9249 Highway 29 South Athens, GA. 30601.
    Charlie Norwood VAMC can be contacted by calling 706-733-0188 x7101.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Grace Harbour Inc
    Grace Harbour Inc is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 23 Eastbrook Bend Peachtree City, GA. 30269.
    Grace Harbour Inc can be contacted by calling 770-486-1140.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Counseling Group
    Counseling Group is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 3026 Deans Bridge Road Augusta, GA. 30906.
    Counseling Group can be contacted by calling 706-772-7500.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services
  • Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta
    Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 3100 Perimeter Parkway Augusta, GA. 30909.
    Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta can be contacted by calling 706-651-0005.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Spanish Speaking, Foreign Languages other than Spanish
  • Steppingstones to Recovery LLC
    Steppingstones to Recovery LLC is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 2610 Commons Boulevard Augusta, GA. 30909.
    Steppingstones to Recovery LLC can be contacted by calling 706-733-1935.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients
  • Avita Community Partners
    Avita Community Partners is a Drug Treatment Center that is located at 915 Interstate Ridge Drive Gainesville, GA. 30501.
    Avita Community Partners can be contacted by calling 678-207-2950.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Spanish Speaking
  • Malinda Graham and Associates Inc
    Malinda Graham and Associates Inc is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1518 Airport Road Hinesville, GA. 31313.
    Malinda Graham and Associates Inc can be contacted by calling 912-559-5536.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish Speaking
  • Riverwoods Behavioral Health
    Riverwoods Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 223 Medical Center Drive Riverdale, GA. 30274.
    Riverwoods Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 770-991-8500.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Inpatient Hospital Services, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Odyssey Family Counseling Center
    Odyssey Family Counseling Center is a Drug Rehab that is located at 1919 John Wesley Avenue Atlanta, GA. 30337.
    Odyssey Family Counseling Center can be contacted by calling 404-762-9190.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Court Appointed Services
  • Bradford Health Services
    Bradford Health Services is a Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is located at 850 Brookstone Center Parkway Columbus, GA. 31904.
    Bradford Health Services can be contacted by calling 706-649-3075.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Fulton County Alcohol and Drug
    Fulton County Alcohol and Drug is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 265 Boulevard NE Atlanta, GA. 30312.
    Fulton County Alcohol and Drug can be contacted by calling 404-613-1650.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Pregnant or expecting mothers, Females, Males, DUI Clients, Court Appointed Services, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Gateway Behavioral Health Services
    Gateway Behavioral Health Services is a Drug Rehab Center that is located at 701A Charles Gilman Jr Avenue Kingsland, GA. 31548.
    Gateway Behavioral Health Services can be contacted by calling 912-576-4357.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients, AIDS/HIV Patients, Lesbian and Gay Drug Rehabs, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Assisted Recovery Center of GA Inc
    Assisted Recovery Center of GA Inc is a Drug Rehab that is located at 308 Commerical Drive Savannah, GA. 31406.
    Assisted Recovery Center of GA Inc can be contacted by calling 912-352-2425.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Residential Short-Term Treatment for Drug Addiction, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, Court Appointed Services
  • Tanner Behavioral Health
    Tanner Behavioral Health is a Drug Rehabilitation Program that is located at 523 Dixie Street Carrollton, GA. 30117.
    Tanner Behavioral Health can be contacted by calling 770-836-9551.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Dual Diagnosis Patients, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • HUGS Recovery Center
    HUGS Recovery Center is a Drug Treatment Facility that is located at 777 Cleveland Avenue SW Atlanta, GA. 30315.
    HUGS Recovery Center can be contacted by calling 404-228-2222.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Females, Males
  • Trinity Treatment Center Inc
    Trinity Treatment Center Inc is a Drug Rehab Facility that is located at 1221 Newberg Avenue Macon, GA. 31206.
    Trinity Treatment Center Inc can be contacted by calling 478-788-5600.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient Drug Treatment
  • Phoenix Center Behavioral Health Servs
    Phoenix Center Behavioral Health Servs is a Drug Treatment Program that is located at 940-A Highway 96 Warner Robins, GA. 31088.
    Phoenix Center Behavioral Health Servs can be contacted by calling 478-988-1222.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Ridgeview Institute
    Ridgeview Institute is a Drug Rehabilitation Center that is located at 3995 South Cobb Drive Smyrna, GA. 30080.
    Ridgeview Institute can be contacted by calling 770-434-4567 x3200.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Drug Detox, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Inpatient Hospital Services, Services for Teens and Adolescents, Drug Rehab for Seniors, Drug rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
  • Person to Person Consulting
    Person to Person Consulting is a Drug Rehab that is located at 35 Atlanta Street McDonough, GA. 30253.
    Person to Person Consulting can be contacted by calling 770-898-1155.
    Treatment Services: Drug Rehab Programs, Outpatient Drug Treatment, DUI Clients
  • Vashti Center Inc
    Vashti Center Inc is a Drug Rehab that is located at 1815 East Clay Street Thomasville, GA. 31792.
    Vashti Center Inc can be contacted by calling 229-226-4634.
    Treatment Services: Mental Wellness Services, Outpatient Drug Treatment, Dual Diagnosis Patients