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Damascus Road RecoveryThe Basics

Founded in November 2003 by husband and wife team, John and Joan Scruggs, Damascus Road Recovery (DRR) is a non-profit organization that offers a long term residential substance abuse recovery program for men in Covington, Georgia. The minimum stay at DRR is two years and the program is 12-step based with a zero tolerance for substance use that is enforced through regular drug testing.

Accommodations and Food

DRR offers its residential program on two different campuses in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. There are six residences and a total of 44 beds. Clients stay five or six to a house usually two per room.  The men move into a private room as they rise in seniority and accept the responsibility of becoming house managers. Each house has its own kitchen. Residents are responsible for the cost of their own food and take turns cooking for the group, according to assigned house duties and chores.

Treatment and Staff

During treatment at DRR, clients are introduced to the disease concept of addiction and take part in individual and group therapy, the number of which is determined by each client’s individualized treatment plan. Topics of group include relapse prevention, coping skills and the 12 steps. Recreational and work therapy are also provided as part of the program. In between the morning meetings and evening groups, clients are expected to be at work or looking for work. Each DRR house has its own manager and house leader. The men never go anywhere by themselves. Getting to work or 12-step meetings is facilitated by the house van and clients stay with an “accountability buddy” at all times.

At DRR houses no personal phones are allowed throughout the length of stay. Immediate family may be contacted via landline or house Internet by clients who attend meetings regularly and have been in treatment for a minimum of 90 days. The last six months of the residential program clients spend in a transition house where they get a little more freedom. By the end of the program, the clients should have been working long enough to have put aside money to afford their own housing.

The LCDCs employed by DRR run therapy sessions, teach clients the basics of treatment and help with financial management, as well as occupational rehab. Those in need of detox or dual diagnosis support are referred to other nearby facilities.


Families of clients are also expected to attend a weekly family 12-step meeting and quarterly family therapy sessions. Weekly church attendance is also required to stay at DRR.

In Summary

With over a decade of experience in long-term substance abuse treatment, Damascus Road Recovery has a proven track record of success. The cost of stay is quite affordable, but there are some crucial points to consider before choosing residential treatment at DRR. Is the person willing to commit to the full two-year program and—perhaps more importantly, are his or her religious sensibilities in line with the obligatory church attendance and God-centered 12-step approach that DRR offers?

Damascus Road Recovery
PO Box 1555
Covington, GA 30015

Damascus Road Recovery Cost: $900 (30 days), $1,800 (Admission fee, of which $900 is non-refundable deposit). Reach Damascus Road Recovery by phone at (770) 787-1975 or by email at joanscruggs@damascusroadrecovery.org. Find Damascus Road Recovery on Facebook

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