Nearly 40 years ago, Dr. G. Douglas Talbott opened an alcohol and drug treatment center specifically geared towards helping professionals in the medical community recover from addiction. Does that need still exist today? Well, it’s important to keep in mind that things were different in 1975, and while an MD might nonchalantly blend in with the crowd at most modern day rehabs, it’s not hard to imagine that in the mid-70s, there was probably a strong need for the Talbott Recovery Campus.
Today, the Atlanta-based rehab has evolved into a community of 100 addicts from a wide range of vocational backgrounds, ages and parts of the world, though they are still known as “the place where healers come to be healed.” For those who work in the medical profession—doctor, nurse, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, therapist—Talbott Recovery Campus is still the number one choice for treatment. It’s where hospitals send their staff when they are struggling with addiction.
Accommodations and Food
Being used to the sterile and utilitarian aesthetics of a hospital may come in handy for addicts checking into their new home at Talbott Recovery Campus’ living quarters. Each apartment is a two-bedroom unit shared by four same-sex members of the program. While the “suites” are not bad, per se, they are also not what a working professional doctor may be accustomed to residing in. Nevertheless, creature comforts are not lacking; each room is equipped with a comfy couch, large flat screen TV, washer & dryer unit and pay phone with toll free long distance calling. Towels, bed linens, a coffee maker and microwave are also provided.
Food is not provided as part of the program so occupants are expected to share the burden and cost of grocery shopping and preparing meals. This can be a point of tension or an opportunity to bond, as alums have reported the dynamic is advantageous when you are paired with someone who knows their way around a kitchen. Roommates are also expected to work together to keep their apartment clean and in working order.
Treatment and Staff
The program at Talbott Recovery Campus is divided into three phases: Detox, Campus and Mirror Image phase. Detox is exactly what it sounds like, a hospitalization phase where clients are put through a medically supervised detoxification for an undermined amount of days (usually less than a week) depending on the patient. After a thorough evaluation by the highly trained and qualified staff, clients then graduate to the Campus phase, the residential program where they are transferred to a shared apartment for the next 60 days. The third phase is the Mirror Image phase, a continued care program that lasts four-and-a-half weeks and is generally recommended, especially for clients dealing with co-occurring issues, personality disorders, grief, trauma, family issues, professional concerns or issues with the law. Some additional requirements and expectations come with this final phase of treatment, including traveling into downtown Atlanta to work with addicts from the street who can’t afford rehab.
Since Talbott Recovery Campus’ foundation is treating working adult professionals, any prospective client can expect to be treated like one. Both the clinical and administrative staff have been described as caring, helpful and knowledgeable and receive nothing but rave reviews from former clients (which is saying a lot since nearly half of the residents are doctors themselves). Unlike many other rehabs, residents of Talbott Recovery Campus are also given a great deal of autonomy when it comes to coming and going as they please. As long as clients stay on track and show up for their program, most have the freedom to go food shopping, to the movies or to the mall when they have free time—as long as they travel in groups of three or more for accountability. Cell phones are not permitted (except for use in your car) and neither are laptops, iPads, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, porn (which includes Maxim magazine, interestingly) or skimpy clothing (defined here as sleeveless tops, bikinis, short shorts, half-shirts, and anything advertising booze, drugs or pimp life).
In addition to specializing in recovery for physicians and the like, Talbott Recovery Campus developed a program for kids between the ages of 13 and 17 and young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. They also understand how much an individual’s success is reliant on family support, which is why they have incorporated a three-day family program—which happens every three weeks—to help educate close relatives of the addict on addiction and how they can be of help in ensuring their loved one’s success.
The residential building itself has a gym and pool and provides WiFi in the clubhouse. Talbott Recovery Campus provides transportation from the apartment buildings to the main campus on a regular basis.
While Talbott may not be where someone finishing medical school envisions ending up one day, it also could be just what the doctor ordered.
Talbott Recovery Campus
5448 Yorktowne Dr
Atlanta, GA 30349-5317
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