Georgia Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Georgia continues to be a barometer and trendsetter for much of the South in different ways, and since Atlanta sits at the crossroads of three major interstates, there are also a lot of different drugs that flow through the city. As far as trends go, keeping an eye on adolescent substance abuse is key, and there are roughly 75,000 young people in Georgia who reported using illicit drugs in the past year.
Overall there were nearly 170,000 people in Georgia over the age of 12 who were dependent on or abused illicit drugs within the past year. There were also more than 430,000 people who abused or were dependent on alcohol, and nearly 57% of teens didn’t feel there was a great risk in consuming five or more alcoholic drinks in a night once or twice per week.
These numbers translate into over 20,000 people receiving some type of treatment on a given day in Georgia. The number has risen slightly over the years as the treatment capacity has grown to accommodate more, but there is still a significant gap in the number of people who need rehabilitation help and those who receive it.
Of the people enrolled in treatment on a single day in Georgia, about 52% are there for a drug problem only, 14% are for alcohol only and the remaining 34% are for both drugs and alcohol. Like many other states, there has been a significant increase in the number of people receiving opioid maintenance treatment in a given day, as the number of methadone patients increased from 5,700 to more than 8,500 in a five-year period. The number of people taking buprenorphine more than doubled from 156 to 315.
One of the biggest barriers to getting help for a loved one for many people is how to successfully intervene. A qualified drug intervention specialist can help to guide families through this process and assist the addict to get into the chosen treatment program.
We can also help you verify insurance benefits and select a treatment facility that will work with your insurance to provide the maximum level of care at the least amount of out-of-pocket expense.
There are far too many people in Georgia who have gone too long without proper addiction recovery services. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, contact Addiction Treatment Services today to speak with a knowledgeable and caring consultant.
Additional Recovery Resources for Georgia
Georgia Department of Community Health
2 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is one of Georgia’s four health agencies serving the state’s growing population of almost 10 million people. The department is one of the largest agencies in Georgia state government and was created in 1999 by the Georgia General Assembly through the transfer of certain functions and duties performed by three state health agencies. In 2009, the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division was created at DCH from sections transferred from the former Department of Human Resources’ Office of Regulatory Services.