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tanguThe Basics

Tangu, which, in Swahili, means “new beginnings,” has been providing affordable substance abuse services in the Atlanta area since 1994. Treatments offered include ambulatory detox, a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and transitional housing, with a specialization in opiate addiction. Tangu also offers DUI classes and other addiction education services to court-ordered attendees.

Treatment and Staff

Clients must be medically stable to be admitted to any of the outpatient programs, and are each referred to a local detox center for a mandatory assessment of their withdrawal symptoms. Since Tangu only provides ambulatory detox, those with more severe symptoms will need to go to an outside clinic. For those lucky enough to have a friend or loved one available, the ambulatory detox option requires that an adult supervise and administer Subutex for the first three days.

The PHP is the primary option for those who need more support and structure than outpatient treatment but don’t require 24-hour supervision. It provides at least 22 hours per week of day treatment, allowing clients to return home in the evening if they aren’t residing at one of Tangu’s transitional living facilities. The PHP offers nursing care, dual diagnosis support, family and group therapyIndividual therapy is scheduled on a per client basis in all programs. Process groups are split into three sections by age—under 30, over 30 and senior citizens, who have their own program to deal with their unique challenges. Women’s and men’s groups are held on alternating weeks and focus on gender-specific topics, while random alcohol and drug screens and twice-weekly doctor’s appointments make up the rest of treatment.

Relapse prevention classes help residents identify relapse triggers and learn coping skills. Finally, step lectures are designed to complement attendance at local AA meetings. Clients remain in PHP for two to eight weeks, but a four-week minimum is recommended. Upon discharge, clients may be directed to a lower level of care like intensive outpatient or outpatient.

IOP clients are assigned an individualized treatment plan and a primary case manager after an initial assessment. Those with a dual diagnosis are separated into their own track, which meets four times per week. Like PHP, IOP is two to eight weeks. The program provides 15 hours per week of day treatment, Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 1 pm, and designated Saturdays from 9 am to noon. Those in IOP prepare lunch for the entire facility. Meals include typical southern fare, such as chicken and collard greens.

Outpatient and aftercare programs are similar in focus, but less structured. The outpatient program meets once a week for 10 weeks. Aftercare involves mandatory relapse prevention classes and applicable opioid group, domestic violence or anger management classes for three months. Both of these options require clients to attend at least three 12-step meetings a week.

All Tangu programs are staffed by American Society of Addiction Medicine-certified physicians, licensed nurses, psychotherapists, counselors and social workers. Staff also includes Master’s-level therapists and certified addiction counselors.


Unique options like therapeutic drumming, meditation, laughter yoga and art therapy are offered at Tangu. As part of their life skills training, those in need are given help signing up for food stamps and boxes of leftover lunch to take home each day. The Domestic Violence/Family Violence Intervention Program includes 24 weeks of 90-minute classes, while the anger management program, which runs 12 weeks for an hour a week, uses both behavioral modification and CBT.

In Summary

Tangu provides courses designed to include families and help clients and loved ones learn how to appropriately handle their feelings. The variety of services and affordability offered by Tangu make it a viable choice for anybody in the metro Atlanta area seeking a new beginning.

159 Forsyth St
Atlanta, GA 30303

Tangu Cost: PHP $6,130 (30 days). Reach Tangu by phone at (470) 881-8879 or by email at tangu159@bellsouth.net.

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