Established in 1972, Advantage Behavioral Health Systems was originally called the Northeast Georgia Center. Located in Athens, this facility offers residential and outpatient treatment for both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The program uses gender-specific treatment, providing a safe space for men and women to recover. Through the combination of traditional talk therapy and the 12 steps, clients are able to gain clarity and sobriety.
Accommodations and Food
Men and women are separated at this facility to avoid distractions from the opposite sex. Clients are housed in dorms and bedrooms featuring twin beds and dresser are shared between two clients. A dining hall, a common room with a TV, therapy rooms and offices are down the hall from the bedrooms. For exercise, clients have access to a small weight room and supervised walks outside can be taken. Smoking is permitted during break times.
Three meals a day are prepared on-site and served in the dining hall. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Coffee and snacks are provided in the morning and afternoon.
Treatment and Staff
Advantage Behavioral Health Systems offers several levels of care for substance abuse and mental health issues so clients can find a program that fits their needs. Detox is not available.
The 28-day residential program offers gender-specific treatment in a highly structured environment. Clients attend weekly individual therapy sessions in addition to group therapy. Group topics include relapse prevention, trauma, processing, coping skills, introduction to the 12 steps and anger management. In addition to therapy, residents attend three AA/NA meetings throughout the week, giving them a chance to participate in a recovery-based community.
The women’s services program offers residential treatment for women and their children under the age of 12, allowing clients to receive treatment without having to separate from their little ones. Group therapy focuses on life skills, self-esteem, employment and parenting. The length of this program depends on the individual.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) meets five times a week, for five hours a day. This highly intensive option includes several individual counseling sessions, group therapy, introduction to the 12 steps and drug and alcohol education. Group topics are similar to those discussed in the residential program. While AA/NA meetings are not a mandatory part of this program, clients are highly encouraged to attend meetings regularly. This program typically lasts 28 days.
The peer recovery program is a peer-driven support service that acts as a step down from the IOP and meets three to five days a week for two hours. During this time, clients receive a weekly individual therapy session in addition to a variety of group therapy. Drug and alcohol education is discussed and relapse prevention is emphasized. The duration of this program depends on the individual.
The staff includes licensed addiction therapists and counselors.
Advantage Behavioral Health Systems offers a no-frills, gender-specific residential experience and several outpatient options. Through the application of the 12 steps and an immersion of group therapy, clients are provided with tools to help them from going back to old behaviors, gaining both stability and coping skills for the real world.
Advantage Behavioral Health Systems
195 Miles St
Athens, GA 30601
Advantage Behavioral Health Systems Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Advantage Behavioral Health Systems by phone at (706) 389-6739.
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