Talbott Recovery Campus Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Talbott Recovery Campus


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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.

In Summary

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 Location

5448 Yorktowne Dr
Atlanta, GA 30349-5317

Talbott Recovery Campus Cost

$18,000 (30 days). Reach Talbott Recovery Campus by phone at (800) 861-4290. Find Talbott Recovery Campus on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+

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  1. Julia Crowe on

    Talbott flat out lied to me about cost. Went in for 72 hour assessment and was extremely disorganized right from the start. No one seemed to know the steps and schedule changed every few hours. Felt like my fate was determined before I even walked in the door. No one truly listened
    Don’t go here.

  2. These negative comments are hard to read as they don’t even sound like the Talbott I know. Talbott saved my life and the lives of many of my closest friends who I went through treatment with. I went through the assessment process and there was no assessment group like mentioned above. They were professional and thorough and helped me and my family when we didn’t know what help looked like.
    Yes, there are rules, but that is what we need in order to get better.
    Yes, quality treatment costs money, but no more than other similar programs.
    I will always recommend Talbott to friends and loved ones. I can’t thank them enough for giving me a second chance at life.

  3. james roger sells on

    talbott was a huge mistake for me. My female therapist was convinced all me were rapists, or were soon to be.
    They wanted openess, speak what you think or feel……As long as you you follow the party line and agree with everything they say. They cannot stand intolerance, as long as you agree with everything they say; IF you do you are obviously as misogynist , a woman hater, dont believe in climate change, are big in the NRA, etc.
    Dont do it. I spent 30 k plus and was worse than when I walked in. In there eyes you are a disgusting drug addict. However, if you are willing to admit all you faults. Mao chinese style. You might get by. IF you male your the problem. IF your female, you need support, therapy and mostly understand, IF you male, your need to be torn down as much as possible. Never been to AA, or a therapist again. Never will. Youve been toldj

  4. I would not recommend Talbott to my worst enemy. I understand Dr Talbott was a good man and the center ran well under his supervision. I sent my child there and paid all cost up front for a reduced fee, and was assured verbally and in writing any unused money would be returned if my child were to leave early. I finally had a lawyer contact the center to get my money back. My child did not receive the care promised. Also, you could not see your child on visiting day unless you attended a mandatory parents meeting. I withdrew my child quickly from the program. I have since been more educated in addiction rehab centers and not only have I not found anyone who recommends Talbott, they advise against it. Do not go here. Many other great options.

  5. Dawn Williamson on

    Heather Haynes the intervention person for Talbots lied to family directly. I was told I was going to Talbots facility in Alpharetta, but instead I spent six days in Sunrise Detox . Sunrise for six days was not a part of a contract that we paid for; nor was it appropriate for my needs. In addidtion, she was paid 10 thousand dollars without consulting or speaking to me personally.
    In Sunrise I realized it was a kick back to Talbots. A scam to bring people into Talbots. She is an opportunist. She is neither a consular nor an interventionist.

  6. Went in for an “assessment.” There were 8 ppl in my assessment group. Some ppl had minor issues like taking their physician’s prescribed medications and some ppl had true addictions. Nevertheless, Talbott recommended 90 day ($30,000) treatment for every single person irregardless of the magnitude of their substance use. I would say they have an unethical financial incentive to make this one glove fits all recommendation. Do NOT come here for an assessment – the whole 3.5 days seemed more like an interrogation than medical evaluation.

    Also, the ppl at Talbott for long term 90 day treatment are practically in jail – cannot go to gym unless you are accompanied by another person. Cannot go out of living complex unless you have three ppl together.

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