Operating under the umbrella of Avita Community Partners, Habersham Mental Health helps individuals trying to get sober through an outpatient substance abuse program in Demorest, Georgia. Founded in 1993, the facility used to be known as Georgia Mountains Community Services.
Treatment and Staff
Habersham uses the Hazelden curriculum in their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Clients learn anger management, parenting skills, life skills and how to build self-esteem. Developing healthy ways to cope with trauma and problem-solving are also addressed. Habersham’s clinicians employ treatment methods including DBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), CBT and EMDR. While the facility isn’t 12-step or SMART Recovery oriented, it does use elements of both recovery philosophies in its psycho-educational programs.
During an initial assessment, staff work with clients to determine how many sessions of individual therapy they will need. In general, clients receive a minimum of one session every 30 days, with a maximum of one a week. Clients also takes part in three group therapy sessions every week. Group sizes are limited to 12 members or less, so each client receives some individual attention from the group leaders. The minimum amount of time a client can spend in outpatient at Habersham is 12 weeks, though staying longer than that is common.
Those who suffer from co-occurring disorders can also receive treatment. Habersham also offers a crisis stabilization unit where clients can receive medical detox, which can last anywhere between 72 hours and five days.
Habersham employs 10 clinical staff members and the facility also has several doctors on contract who see clients in their own offices as needed. All clinicians have professional certification or licenses, including CADC, LPC and LCSW.
Adolescents struggling with substance abuse issues are treated at the Child and Adolescent Services Unit where they take part in family sessions and individual therapy.
Habersham Mental Health is an excellent program for those who are unemployed, uninsured or underinsured or who have no available resources to pay for the treatment they need. Because the program is funded through the state of Georgia, no eligible client pays for treatment out of pocket.
Habersham Mental Health
196 Scoggins Drive
Demorest, GA 30535
Habersham Mental Health Cost: Free. Reach Habersham Mental Health at (706) 894-3700.
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