St. Jude’s Recovery Center in Atlanta has been providing treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for over 50 years. The facility accommodates clients in various circumstances through a full range of treatment options including detox, inpatient, outpatient and permanent housing. The inpatient track offers residential homes monitored around the clock while outpatient consists of day treatment for those who wish to stay at home.
Accommodations and Food
St. Jude’s residential program offers housing in a campus-style setting surrounded by nature that will appeal to those who need peace and quiet to properly heal. On the property are three separate tower houses for men, women and women with children. Though residence halls are gender-specific, clients share spaces during social times such as lunch in the cafeteria and walks in the courtyard.
The men’s residence hall accommodates 49 at a time while the women’s can host 16. All rooms are furnished with carpet, drapes, air conditioners and heating units. They include two twin-sized beds, desks and chairs, dresser drawers and closets. Bathrooms are shared with the room next door.
The Family Care Center is a 22-bed residence for women with women. Clients are accommodated private rooms that have cribs when needed. Bathrooms are shared with the room next door and are equipped with a sink, mirror and shower. All clients are provided linens, towels, and toiletries upon request.
Residents have access to a cafeteria on-site where hot and cold food are available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal options include various ethnic cuisines such as Mexican, Asian and Italian. Accommodations can be made for those with special diet requests.
Treatment and Staff
Before admission into the program, each client must undergo a five-day evaluation process (though exceptions can be made for those who are homeless and in need of immediate housing or detox). Detox is offered on-site through and a physician offers clients 24-hour medical supervision during their withdrawal period.
The evaluation process takes place Monday through Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. During this time, clients meet with a clinician who conducts a series of personal interviews to get a sense of their history, along with their current situation. If space is not available at St. Jude’s, staff members can offer referrals to local rehabilitation facilities.
Residents at St. Jude’s are offered structured treatment with on-site support available 24/7. Before beginning the first phase of treatment, each client is assigned a case manager with whom they meet on a weekly basis for individual therapy sessions. Case managers use these private sessions to monitor each client’s progress and help them set goals. This time can also be used to address anger management issues and co-occurring disorders if necessary. More frequent meetings can also be arranged on a case-by-case basis. All therapy uses evidence-based treatment techniques like CBT and DBT.
The first phase lasts 10 to 12 weeks and consists of daily group therapy in the morning, afternoon and evening. Residents living in the halls join together for group sessions, with the exception of gender-specific meetings, which are held periodically. Group therapy includes 12-step based meetings along with educational seminars that typically discuss the negative effects of substance abuse using the addiction-as-a-disease model. Other group topics include relapse prevention, daily spirituality, home management and building self-esteem.
Childcare is available for women with children at no extra cost. Along with on-site AA/NA meetings, residents are offered shuttle service to local meetings every day of the week.
After the first phase of treatment, clients continue the same routine but are required to find employment. During this time, they can take a job readiness course where they develop their resumes and learn interview skills. Staff members work with each client to ensure they have a job before graduating from the program. Those employed while still in the program are required to start paying for treatment based on a sliding scale.
Staff members include social workers, an intake clinician, case managers and a physician.
Family services are offered upon request and must be arranged through case managers. During these sessions, family members learn about the effects of substance abuse and are taught coping skills. Both residents and outpatient clients are offered basic medical care on a monthly basis along with nutrition and health education classes.
St. Jude’s also offers a standard outpatient program that allows clients to take part in educational groups and group therapy sessions. This option is much less structured than residential and does not require daily attendance. Frequency depends on individual needs and is arranged after each client meets with their case manager. The standard duration of the outpatient program is eight to 10 weeks.
St. Jude’s Recovery Center Residential program offers comprehensive treatment for low-income and homeless adults in Atlanta. The emphasis here is on a full continuum of care down to permanent housing and job placement. For those facing desperate times, St. Jude’s may be one of the best local options.
St. Jude’s Recovery Center Residential
139 Renaissance Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
St. Jude’s Recovery Center Residential Cost: Sliding scale. Reach St. Jude’s Recovery CenterResidential by phone at (404) 874-2224. Find St. Jude’s Recovery Center Residential on Facebook and LinkedIn
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