I. Getting Help

What to Consider When Choosing a Rehab Center

There are many different types of rehab programs and treatment options to consider. Here are a few of the decisions you need to make:

The main factors that determine which rehab options will be best for you are the severity of your addiction and your unique personal and financial situation.

For more information on how to make all of these decisions, read our guide to Choosing the Right Rehab

The Highest Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Georgia

If the cost of rehab is a barrier for you – as it is for many – and you don’t have insurance, there are still ways for you to receive help. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), there are 286 substance abuse treatment centers in the state of Georgia. Of those 286 centers, WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell received the highest overall score based on our five core metrics.

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For more information about the five core metrics, head to the full breakdown of our filtering process and ranking methodology

1. WellStar Cobb Hospital

With an overall score of 9.1 points out of 10 possible points, WellStar Cobb Hospital is the highest-ranking rehabilitation center in our rankings. The facility is located in Austell, approximately 20 miles west of Atlanta. Scoring a minimum of 8.75 points out of 10 points in every category, WellStar offers extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services – including detoxification – to adults, adolescents, and members of the military. One of its biggest strengths lies in its flexible outpatient rehabilitation services, which range from weekly counseling to daily behavioral health services for individuals who are suffering from acute symptoms of substance abuse or mental illness but don’t require 24-hour supervision. The center scored especially high for its wealth of special programs that serve a wide variety of unique populations, including patients suffering from physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or trauma; members of the LGBT community, seniors, clients referred from the court system, and many more. With one of the highest scores in our rankings in the category of Cost, the center accepts a wide variety of payment options, including Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, IHS/Tribal/Urban funds, private health insurance, and self-payment.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 8.75
  • Treatment Approaches: 9
  • Cost: 8.75
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 10
  • Ancillary Services: 9.45

2. Anchor Hospital

Located in Atlanta, Anchor Hospital provides inpatient and intensive outpatient rehabilitation services for adults, adolescents, and members of the military. The center ranked high in every category except Cost, earning an overall score of 8.4 points out of 10 points. Anchor received the full 10 points for its extensive rehabilitation services, which include medication-assisted treatment employing drugs such as buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone. A wealth of treatment approaches range from 12-step facilitation and brief intervention to the Matrix Model approach and relapse prevention, among several more. Furthermore, ancillary services are plentiful and include health education, tobacco cessation counseling, social skills development, individual/group/family counseling, and aftercare, to name just a few. While the center does not accept federal funding for substance abuse programs, it does permit clients to use Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, TRICARE, private health insurance, and self-payment.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 10
  • Treatment Approaches: 9
  • Cost: 5
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 9.23
  • Ancillary Services: 8.1

3. Center for Addiction & Family Counseling, Inc.

The Center for Addiction and Family Counseling, Inc., which offers outpatient services to residents of the Atlanta area, earned third place in our rankings with 6.9 out of 10 points. Although CAFAC only had a moderate score for its available rehabilitation services, it does offer detoxification and accepts clients on opioid medication. One of the center’s top features is the number of special programs designed for unique populations, such as individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders, patients who have experienced trauma or abuse, adolescents, pregnant/postpartum women, and many more. Additionally, treatment approaches are extensive and range from a variety of behavioral therapies to anger management to motivational interviewing/incentives to community reinforcement plus vouchers, and several more. With payment options limited to Medicare, Medicaid and other state-financed health insurance, private health insurance, and self-payment, the center received a low score in the category of Cost.

  • Rehabilitation Services Provided: 5
  • Treatment Approaches: 10
  • Cost: 2.5
  • Special Programs for Unique Demographics: 10
  • Ancillary Services: 9
Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Treatment Centers in Georgia
RankRehabTotal ScoreContact Information
#1WellStar Cobb Hospital9.13950 Austell Road Austell, GA 30106 Main Tel: 470-732-3789 Intake Tel: 470-732-6580
#2Anchor Hospital8.45454 Yorktowne Drive Atlanta, GA 30349 Main Tel: 678-212-1562 Intake Tel: 678-251-3226
#3Center for Addiction & Family Counseling, Inc.6.96298 Oakwood Circle Norcross, GA 30093 Main Tel: 404-915-2644
#4Cobb County Community Services Board Cobb Outpatient Services6.41650 County Services Parkway Marietta, GA 30008 Main Tel: 770-422-0202
#5Aspire Behavioral Health Crisis Center6.3601 West 11th Avenue Albany, GA 31701 Main Tel: 229-430-1842 Intake Tel: 229-430-6005
#6ViewPoint Health Lawrenceville Center5.9175 Gwinnett Drive Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Main Tel: 678-209-2411
#7Pineland Behavioral Health / Developmental Disabilities Impact Clubhouse5.9134 North Main Street Statesboro, GA 30459 Main Tel: 912-764-6906 Intake Tel: 800-746-3526
#8Highland Rivers Health Floyd Crisis Stabilization Unit5.91 Woodbine Avenue Rome, GA 30165 Main Tel: 706-314-0019
#9DeKalb Addiction Clinic5.8455 Winn Way Decatur, GA 30030 Main Tel: 404-294-3836 Intake Tel: 404-892-4646
#10Middle Flint Behavioral Healthcare5.5415 North Jackson Street Americus, GA 31709 Main Tel: 229-931-6988

Finding a Substance Abuse Treatment Center in Georgia

Start by contacting your referral center

In Georgia, the first step is to contact your regional field office serviced by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). The DBHDD operates six regional field offices throughout the state. To find the contact information for the regional field office in your area, visit the DBHDD website.

The purpose of the regional field office is to determine what type of help each individual needs, as well as the resources available for each individual. The regional field office is also the first point of contact for anyone who may need assistance paying for treatment. To learn if you qualify for low-income Medicaid services, and to determine eligibility, visit the Georgia Department of Community Health Medicaid information page

Use our database to find a treatment center near you

The tool below lists all of the treatment centers in the state of Georgia recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Input your zip code and select the filter icon to find relevant treatment centers near you.

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    What to Expect in Rehab

    Many different methods are available for treating addiction, and the science of studying addiction is constantly improving and changing. However, the core pieces of rehabilitation are generally very similar.

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    For more on what to expect in rehab, read our guide on the addiction rehabilitation process.

    II. Substance Abuse and Rehab for At-Risk Groups

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Veterans

    Substance use disorder and PTSD go hand-in-hand for many veterans

    Veterans face unique challenges that can place them at higher risk for a substance use disorder (SUD) than the general population. The primary factor leading to this increased risk is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while other situations, such as unemployment, homelessness and chronic pain, can also be contributing factors. Furthermore, individuals – including veterans – with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop PTSD, so the problem is cyclical in nature.

    1 in 3

    veterans seeking treatment for a SUD also has PTSD

    1 in 4

    veterans with PTSD also has a SUD

    According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD, as of early 2019, nearly one of every three veterans who seeks treatment for a substance use disorder also has a PTSD diagnosis. Similarly, over one in four veterans who has received a diagnosis of PTSD is also struggling with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, one in 10 of those individuals who visits a VA health care facility has a substance use disorder.

    However, there is hope for veterans suffering from a substance use disorder, as they have access to additional resources for treatment for a SUD or co-occurring SUD and PTSD, and VA benefits often cover the cost of this treatment. To find help with substance abuse treatment from the VA healthcare system, follow these steps:

    Enroll: If you aren’t already enrolled, you can check if you are eligible for VA health benefits and then complete the application. You can also research the Department of Veterans Affairs Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program. This program is available in VA medical centers and outpatient clinics around the United States and provides a variety of treatment options, such as rehabilitation, detoxification, and psychiatric services, for veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol. Keep in mind that you must already be enrolled in the VA healthcare system to be considered for the program.

    Discover: Find out whether your local VA medical center provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by calling or visiting the center. If you don’t know where the closest VA medical center is located, call the VA hotline at 800-827-1000 to find out or click here for a comprehensive search of VA locations around the United States.

    Find Treatment: Veterans in Georgia can reach out to their local VA medical center to search for information on substance abuse treatment, including the possibility of a VA-based substance use disorder (SUD) program, in their state. Veterans can also find information regarding substance abuse treatment services at the Mental Health America of Georgia website.

    Treatment is available for veterans in Georgia who are suffering from a substance use disorder. As of 2017, 77 substance abuse treatment facilities in Georgia – representing 26.4% of all treatment facilities – catered specifically to veterans.

    For more information, read our guide on Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans.

    Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents

    Adolescents in Georgia use marijuana and alcohol at rates lower than the national average

    6.4%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 used marijuana, 2014-2017

    7.7%

    of adolescents aged 12-17 drank alcohol, 2014-2017

    Between 2014 and 2017, 6.4% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Georgia reported engaging in marijuana use in the past month, slightly below the national average of 6.8%. In terms of alcohol use, 7.7% of adolescents aged 12-17 in Georgia had taken part in the behavior in the past month, which is significantly less than the national average of 10.1%. To overcome the challenges that youth face in overcoming substance addiction, some treatment centers provide adolescent-specific treatment programs.

    Additional Resources for Parents and Teachers

    The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) funds two Adolescent Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) programs that provide 24-hour supervised substance abuse treatment for adolescents in a structured residential setting. Additionally, the DBHDD operates three Recovery Support Clubhouse programs that focus on life skills, education, career development, and social outings intended to encourage adolescents to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To find an IRT or Recovery Support Clubhouse program near you, contact your regional DBHDD office.

    Co-Occurring Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment

    Substance abuse and mental health issues tend to go hand-in-hand – the technical term is “co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that, in 2017, 45.6% of adults with a substance use disorder also had a mental health disorder, and 18.3% of adults with a mental health disorder also had a substance use disorder. For adolescents in 2017, 35.9% of those with a substance use disorder also had a major depressive episode, while 10.7% of adolescents with a major depressive episode also had a substance use disorder.

    Mental Health Resources & Treatment

    If you or someone you love is suffering from mental health issues, such as depression, PTSD, eating disorders, or severe anxiety, there are many resources from which to receive help.

    Below are a few ways to receive immediate assistance, as advised by MentalHealth.gov:

    Emergency Services: If your life (or someone else’s life) is in danger, always start by dialing 911 to gain immediate access to emergency services.

    Suicide Prevention: The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 800-273-8255. You can also initiate a private live online chat.

    Veterans Crisis Line: Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 and press “1” to talk to someone immediately. You can also access help with a private online chat or text 838255.

    Here are two ways to find a provider of mental health treatment in Georgia:

    Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities: The GDBHDD website has a section dedicated to helping the general public with mental health concerns and a guidebook that includes links to mental health programs for veterans.

    Georgia Collaborative ASO: The Georgia Collaborative ASO partners with the GDBHDD to link residents with holistic and culturally-sensitive mental health services around the state and offers a searchable database of behavioral health providers.

    Individuals who have both substance use and mental health disorders may benefit from dual-diagnosis rehab facilities. Use the appropriate filter in our tool above to find rehabilitation centers with treatment programs designed to meet the unique challenge posed by co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

    III. Finding Aftercare in Georgia

    Substance abuse aftercare treatment is often overlooked, but it’s one of the most crucial steps in the rehabilitation process. The chances of relapsing after rehab dramatically rise for individuals who try to resume their lives without pursuing further treatment in an aftercare setting. Several different types of aftercare are available for recovering addicts, including follow-up visits for continued therapy, group therapy, and sober living homes. Research shows that long-term participation in aftercare activities dramatically improves the outcome of rehabilitation efforts.

    12-Step Addiction Meetings in Georgia

    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) designed the 12-step process for individuals recovering from alcohol addiction, and today there are many other 12-step programs for other addictions and issues – Narcotics Anonymous (NA) being just one example.

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    Contact the appropriate local organization to find an AA or NA meeting near you

    The tool below lists the contact information for local organizations that will connect you to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings near you. Since meeting times and locations change periodically, contact the local groups that coordinate the meetings to ensure that the information is up to date.

    NameCityProgramTelephoneSpanish Hotline
    12th District Central OfficeAugustaAA(706) 860-8331N/A
    Area 16 District 8 HotlineMaconAA(478) 232-6280N/A
    Athens Area Answering ServiceAthensAA(706) 543-0436N/A
    Central OfficeAtlantaAA(404) 525-3178;(404) 523-5650N/A
    Central Savannah River Area NACentral Savannah River Area (Augusta)NA(706) 855-2419N/A
    Chattahoochee Flint Rivers Area NAChattahoochee Flint Rivers Area (Columbus, La Grange, Woodbury, Warm Springs)NA(706) 576-9606N/A
    Coastal Area NACoastal Area (Kingsland, Hinesville, Baxley, Statesboro, Darien)NA(800) 334-3322N/A
    Dist 02A-B Tifton-ValdostaTiftonAA(800) 878-1829N/A
    Dist 07A 24 Hr Answering ServiceMaconAA(833) 643-4222N/A
    East End Area NAEast End Area (Conyers, Monroe, Lawrenceville)NA(678) 405-0840N/A
    Extreme Northern Area NAExtreme Northern AreaNA(888) 666-3609;(706) 279-9974N/A
    Georgia Service AssemblyMaconAA(478) 745-2588N/A
    Marietta Area NAMarietta Area (Smyrna)NA(770) 421-8881N/A
    Midtown Atlanta Area NAMidtown Atlanta AreaNA(404) 795-0355N/A
    North Atlanta Area NANorth Atlanta AreaNA(678) 405-0825N/A
    North Carolina Mountain Area NANorth Carolina Mountain Area (Clayton)NA(888) 764-0365N/A
    Northeast Area NANortheast Area (Athens, Gainesville)NA(800) 837-4239N/A
    Oficina Intergrupal HispanaDoravilleAAN/A(678) 356-7685
    Piedmont Area NAPiedmont Area (Macon, Warner Robins)NA(888) 677-8810N/A
    Savannah Intergroup Association Inc.SavannahAA(912) 356-3688N/A
    Savannah Low Country Area NASavannah Low Country AreaNA(478) 892-0085N/A
    South Atlanta Area NASouth Atlanta AreaNA(404) 447-8445N/A
    South Georgia Area NASouth Georgia AreaNA(888) 490-0648N/A
    Southeast Georgia IntergroupBrunswickAA(912) 265-0892N/A
    West End Area NAWest End Area (6am-6pm) Metro AtlantaNA(770) 875-9271N/A
    West End Area NAWest End Area (6pm-6am) Metro AtlantaNA(770) 875-9272N/A

    Sober Living Homes

    Sober living homes (also referred to as recovery residences) are group homes that help recovering addicts transition from treatment facilities to living independently while maintaining their sobriety. These homes can be especially beneficial for individuals who don’t have a supportive and positive environment in which to live after leaving a rehabilitation facility.

    Residents of sober living homes can stay from a few months to several years, as long as they follow house rules and avoid relapse, as these homes typically have a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policy. Additionally, residents are expected to complete chores, attend mutual support groups, and pay an equal share of the cost of renting the home.

    Some sober living homes are listed in our database, and you can find them by using the appropriate filter in our tool above. You can also check out our guide on sober living homes to learn more about them and to find a certified recovery residence near you.

    IV. Substance Abuse in Georgia

    Overview

    The following table illustrates the annual estimates of substance abuse among residents of Georgia between 2016 and 2017, in addition to the percentage of the Georgia population and the U.S. population that those estimates represent.

    Annual Estimates for Substance Abuse in Georgia, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17Ages: 18+Total Ages% of Georgia Population% of National Population
    Alcohol11,000366,000377,0003.58%0.12%
    Cocaine3,000145,000148,0001.41%0.05%
    Heroin016,00016,0000.15%<0.01%
    Marijuana90,000903,000993,0009.44%0.30%
    Methamphetamine1,00045,00046,0000.44%0.01%
    Prescription Opioid4,00049,00053,0000.5%0.02%

    Source: 2016-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health State-Specific Tables, Table 81

    * ‘Alcohol’ refers to an Alcohol Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use alcohol, but rather those who have an AUD, defined as meeting the criteria for alcohol dependence.

    * ‘Prescription opioid’ refers to a Pain Reliever Use Disorder. The numbers reflected in the table above are not the number of individuals who use or even occasionally misuse a prescription opioid, but rather those who have a PRUD, defined as meeting the criteria for illicit drug dependence.

    10.31%

    of Georgia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    12.71%

    of U.S. deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    The following table shows the number of deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Georgia between 2008 and 2017. The corresponding graph illustrates the percentage of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Georgia compared to the national average.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Georgia, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths14173,91874,060
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths1112,07012,081
    Total Deaths15,152820,179835,359
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.00%10.48%10.31%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    The following table details the number of admissions to state-funded treatment programs in Georgia in 2015, based on the primary substance for which the individual was seeking treatment.

    Admissions to State-Funded Treatment Programs in Georgia by Primary Substance, 2015
    Total Treatment Admissions% of All Treatment Admissions in Georgia% of All Treatment Admissions in the U.S.
    All Substances43,228100%2.55%
    Alcohol (Including Alcohol Usage with Secondary Drug)16,54138.2%0.98%
    Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamines)5,18012.0%0.31%
    Cocaine (Including smoked and other usage)4,1519.6%0.25%
    Hallucinogens310.1%<0.01%
    Heroin1,4083.3%0.08%
    Inhalants200.0%<0.01%
    Marijuana8,37919.4%0.5%
    Other Opiates (Including Prescription Opioids)2,8826.7%0.17%
    Other Stimulants1040.2%0.01%
    Other/Unknown Substances3,6748.5%0.22%
    PCP30.0%<0.01%
    Sedatives1440.3%0.01%
    Tranquilizers7111.6%0.04%

    Key Indicators of Substance Abuse Issues

    When trying to understand substance abuse issues in a specific area, researchers and policymakers examine “key indicators.” Combined with usage statistics, key indicators can provide a deep level of insight into which substances present the most serious concerns and which demographics can be most impacted by substance abuse. Key indicators of substance abuse issues within the state of Georgia, along with recent, credible statistics, are examined below.

    Over 1.2 million Georgia residents suffer from mental illness every year

    As discussed earlier in this guide, there is a strong link between substance use disorders and mental health disorders. When an individual is afflicted with both of these issues at the same time, health professionals refer to it as co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders or a “dual diagnosis.” Consequently, the prevalence of mental health issues in a given state can also help us to understand the level of substance abuse.

     

    4.3%

    of Georgia adults had a serious mental illness

    9.4%

    of Georgia adolescents had a major depressive episode

    Between 2013 and 2017, 4.3% of Georgia adults were afflicted with a serious mental illness, compared to 4.2% nationally. Among Georgia adolescents, 9.4% of individuals aged 12-17 suffered a major depressive episode in the past year, compared to a national average of 12.1%.

    The table below sheds some light on the prevalence of mental health issues in Georgia.

    Mental Health Issues in Georgia by Age and Percentage of Population, 2016-2017
    Ages: 12-17% of Georgia PopulationAges: 18+% of Georgia Population
    Major Depressive Episode99,000.94%529,0005.03%
    Any Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data1,385,00013.17%
    Serious Mental IllnessNo DataNo Data333,0003.17%
    Serious Thoughts of SuicideNo DataNo Data336,0003.19%

    Suicide rates in Georgia are similar to the national average

    The Centers for Disease Control reports that suicide is the leading cause of death in the United States. The suicide rate has risen in nearly every state from 1999 to 2016, with that rate increasing by more than 30% in half of all 50 states since 1999. Suicide is an act that is often linked to substance abuse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, substance abuse is a primary risk factor for both adults and adolescents who attempt and/or complete suicide, and this is particularly true for at-risk populations.

    Furthermore, the relationship between substance abuse and suicide is multi-faceted and complex. Persons who have substance abuse issues typically also carry other risk factors for suicide, including depression, impulsive behavior, and other struggles with relationships, finances, illness, or unemployment that make them more likely to engage in self-harm. Between 1999 and 2016, Georgia witnessed a 16.2% increase in the number of suicides. In 2017, Georgia ranked 39th in the country for the number of suicides per 100,000 residents.

    Suicides and Suicide Rates in Georgia and the United States, 2017
    Suicides in GeorgiaSuicide Rate Per 100,000Suicides in the U.S.Suicide Rate Per 100,000
    Ages 10-14192.55172.5
    Ages 15-2419413.56,25214.5
    Ages 25-4448717.315,28317.8
    Ages 45-6450618.916,54319.6
    Ages 65-7414316.44,62015.6
    Ages 75+10118.83,94818.6
    All Ages1,45113.947,16314.5

    Georgia has a much higher opioid prescribing rate than the overall U.S. rate

    Prescription drug abuse – particularly in the form of opioids – has become an epidemic in the United States. While it is difficult to estimate how many individuals use these drugs as prescribed and how many abuse them, the Centers for Disease Control has researched the variation in opioid prescriptions between states, establishing a direct connection between an increased level of opioid prescriptions with a greater potential for dependence and abuse. Across the United States in 2017, 191 million prescriptions for opioids were written by physicians, ultimately leading one in four patients who begins long-term opioid therapy to an addiction.

    70.9

    opioid prescriptions per 100 Georgia residents, 2017

    58.7

    opioid prescriptions per 100 U.S. residents, 2017

    After peaking in 2012, the U.S. opioid prescribing rate has been on a steady decline for the last several years due to the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the recognition of the role that excessive opioid prescriptions have played in this epidemic. Between 2013 and 2017, the opioid prescribing rate in the United States dropped from 78.1 prescriptions per 100 residents to 58.7 prescriptions per 100 residents, a decrease of 24.84%. The opioid prescribing rate in Georgia was consistently higher than the U.S. prescribing rate during that time period, from 86.6 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2013 to 70.9 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2017 and revealed a much smaller decrease of 18.13%.

    Georgia and U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rates, 2013-2017

    The rate of homelessness in Georgia is slightly over half the national average

    A high rate of homelessness in an area indicates a greater potential for substance abuse issues. Homelessness has been shown to be linked to substance abuse as both a cause and a result; some individuals become homeless due to a substance use disorder, while other individuals who are already homeless frequently turn to substance use to dull the pain and desperation of their situation.

    The 2018 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Point-in-Time Count reported approximately 552,830 homeless individuals in the United States, the equivalent of 17 of every 10,000 U.S. residents. This number represents a decrease of 4.1% since 2014 when the number of homeless persons in the U.S. was around 576,450. Furthermore, homelessness across the United States has decreased by 15% since 2007, the year that HUD began collecting data on the homeless population.

    9

    of every 10,000 Georgia residents were homeless, 2018

    17

    of every 10,000 U.S. residents were homeless, 2018

    By comparison, Georgia had approximately 9,499 homeless persons in 2018, equating to 9 of every 10,000 Georgia residents and just slightly over half the national average. This number reveals a 42.5% decrease since 2014 when 16,521 homeless persons lived in Georgia.

    V. Regional Substance Abuse Statistics & Rehabs

    The following sections provide a deeper look at the substance abuse problem in Georgia by examining the drug- and alcohol-related death rates in three of the most populous cities. Additionally, the three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in each city are listed.

    Atlanta

    The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Atlanta are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Atlanta
    Anchor Hospital

    Westcare GeorgiaSouthside Behavioral Lifestyle Enrichment Center 
    Rehabilitation Services Provided102.56.25
    Treatment Approaches975
    Cost5101.25
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics9.234.262.13
    Ancillary Services8.14.54.05
    Total Score8.45.64.1

    Drug- and alcohol-induced deaths are slightly lower in Atlanta than across Georgia

    9.9%

    of Atlanta deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    10.31%

    of Georgia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Between 2008 and 2017, there were 6,934 deaths induced by drugs and alcohol in Fulton County, in which Atlanta is located. This number represented 9.9% of the total number of deaths among all ages during the same time period in the county and was just slightly lower than the state average of 10.31%. Among the four most populous cities in Georgia, Atlanta’s death rate ranked third.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Fulton County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths105,3345,345
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths11,5881,589
    Total Deaths1,41968,58870,014
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.78%10.09%9.9%

    Augusta

    The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Augusta and the neighboring cities of Sylvania and Waynesboro are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Augusta Area
    Creating Hope And Needed Care for EveryoneOgeechee Behavioral Health Services (Waynesboro)Ogeechee Behavioral Health Services (Sylvania)
    Rehabilitation Services Provided055
    Treatment Approaches722
    Cost555
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics4.9700
    Ancillary Services3.63.152.25
    Total Score3.93.33.2

    Augusta’s rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths is slightly higher than the state average

    10.89%

    of Augusta deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    10.31%

    of Georgia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Augusta is located in Richmond County, which had a drug- and alcohol-induced death rate of 10.89% between 2008 and 2017. This percentage is slightly higher than the state average of 10.31% during the same time period. Of the top four cities in Georgia, Augusta’s death rate was the second-highest.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Richmond County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths71,9841,991
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0382382
    Total Deaths52321,26221,786
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths1.34%11.13%10.89%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Macon

    The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Macon and the neighboring cities of Warner Robins, Milledgeville, and Fort Valley are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance on our core metrics.

    The Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in Macon
    Middle Flint BHC (Warner Robins)Oconee CenterMiddle Flint BHC (Fort Valley)
    Rehabilitation Services Provided7.502.5
    Treatment Approaches5105
    Cost56.257.5
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics00.710
    Ancillary Services4.055.855.85
    Total Score4.94.44.1

    The rate of drug- and alcohol-induced deaths in Macon is significantly less than the state average

    5.07%

    of Macon deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    10.31%

    of Georgia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Bibb County, where Macon is the largest city, had a drug- and alcohol-induced death percentage of 5.07%, approximately half of the state average of 10.31%. Of the top four cities in Georgia, Macon’s death rate ranked the lowest.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Bibb County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths3761764
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0139139
    Total Deaths39717,39217,790
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.75%5.17%5.07%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    Savannah

    The three highest-rated rehabilitation centers in Savannah and the neighboring city of Hinesville are listed in the table below, along with each institution’s performance based on our core metrics.

    TThe Highest-Rated, Low-Cost Rehabs in the Savannah Area
    Malinda Graham & Associates, Inc.Fraser Counseling CenterDarsey Black & Associates, LLC
    Rehabilitation Services Provided1.252.50
    Treatment Approaches866
    Cost6.253.753.75
    Special Programs for Unique Demographics7.8100
    Ancillary Services2.251.350.9
    Total Score5.03.12.3

    Deaths due to drugs and alcohol in Savannah are significantly higher than the average rate across Georgia

    12.55%

    of Savannah deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    10.31%

    of Georgia deaths are caused by drugs and alcohol

    Chatham County, in which Savannah is located, experienced 3,322 deaths due to drugs and alcohol between 2008 and 2017, representing 12.55% of the total number of deaths in the county during that time period and coming in at over two percentage points higher than the average of 10.31% across all of Georgia. Among the four most populous cities in the state, Savannah had the highest death rate.

    Drug- and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in Chatham County, 2008-2017
    0-1718+All Ages
    Drug-Induced Deaths12,7552,756
    Alcohol-Induced Deaths0566566
    Total Deaths46825,99926,467
    Percentage of Drug & Alcohol-Induced Deaths0.21%12.77%12.55%

    Source: CDC Wonder

    VI. Take Action

    Substance abuse treatment is available in Georgia for anyone who needs help beating an addiction – you don’t have to struggle alone. To receive assistance, start by determining your insurance coverage and by contacting your referral center. You can also use our tool earlier in this guide to locate a treatment center near you. Remember, many low-cost rehabilitation centers can help if you don’t have insurance coverage or feel like you are unable to afford treatment.