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With locations in Milledgeville, Sandersville, Sparta and Jasper and serving six counties overall in Georgia, the Oconee Center is a CARF-accredited behavioral health services organization that’s served Georgia residents for over 40 years. While the organization offers a plethora of resources related to mental health, community outreach and developmental disabilities, it also has a comprehensive inpatient program for substance abuse at its flagship location in Milledgeville, as well as outpatient services at each of its other facilities.

Accommodations and Food

The main inpatient program for clients at the Oconee Center is a male-only program set in a residential home in Milledgeville which features room for six clients at a time. Residents share a room with one roommate and can expect twin beds and basic furnishings. There is a shared bathroom in the hallway outside of the bedrooms.

Because the Oconee Center program believes in promoting self-reliance and self-sustaining behavior, clients are in charge of their own meal preparation at the house. Typically, clients are assigned kitchen duty as part of their rotating list of chores and cook three meals a day for several weeks for their fellow clients, in between treatment activities. The program is long-term, with clients typically living at the facility for six months.

Treatment and Staff

Whether participating in the inpatient or outpatient program at the Milledgeville location, all treatment activities take place at the same facility (the outpatient one) and feature a similar schedule, consisting of a daily combination of group and individual therapy, which is led by LADCs that utilize CBT methods. Twelve-step recovery is a major part of the Oconee Center program and clients should expect to attend on-site AA/NA meetings every day. Given that much of the Oconee Center’s mission revolves around offering mental health services, clients can expect a full dual diagnosis program, with weekly individual sessions dedicated to co-occurring disorders. There is a psychiatrist on staff and medication management is provided. Typically, after their six months in the residential program, clients transition to the outpatient program at the Oconee Center, though referrals can be made if the clients desire another, long-term residential program. The outpatient program is typically 12 weeks and from here, clients begin aftercare services which consist of group and individual sessions several times a month at a tapering off rate. Clients can also expect continuing case management, including aid in finding long-term housing and employment.

For clients looking for a more short-term residential program, the Oconee Center also offers a 30-day inpatient program, which is also for men only and at an apartment complex near the outpatient facility. This program typically serves as a transitional program for clients and features the same schedule as the Oconee Center’s inpatient and outpatient programs, while offering case management services, including an emphasis on finding stable housing when the program is completed.

In Summary

With a distinguished history and a plethora of locations in Georgia, Oconee Center has long served as an important community resource. Clients can expect an inpatient experience short on bells and whistles and big on personal responsibility and a comprehensive treatment program that incorporates dual diagnosis care and 12-step recovery.

Oconee Center Location

900 Barrows Ferry Rd
Milledgeville, GA 31061

Oconee Center Cost

Sliding scale based on income. Reach Oconee Center by phone at (478) 445-5518. Find Oconee Center on Facebook and LinkedIn

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