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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Programs in Georgia

Georgia is among states with the lowest rates for past month marijuana use for individuals between 12-17, past year cocaine use for people ages 18-25, past month alcohol use as well as past month binge alcohol use for for age groups 12-17, 12-20 & 18-25. Georgia has held these rates for more than four consecutive years since state estimates of substance abuse and use were first documented in 2002.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Georgia

Typically rates for past year alcohol dependence or abuse in Georgia have been at or below the national rates. These rates are significantly low among those between the ages of 12-17 as well as between the ages of 18-25. While rates for past year drug dependence or abuse have also been below national rates for the population 12 and older, as well as individuals between the ages 12-17 and 18-25, this is not the case for those 26 and older for which the rates have generally been above the national level for past year dependence on or abuse of illicit drugs.

Breakdown of Georgia Drug and Alcohol Rehabs

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) reported in the last survey of 2006, that the number of treatment centers in Georgia has remained relatively consistent with 277 facilities. The State government owned and operated a total of 78 facilities, while 30% were private nonprofit with an additional 76 private for profit facilities. Outpatient treatment was offered by 222 of these facilities and 76 facilities offered some form of residential care. There were also 32 drug rehab programs who offered opioid treatment, with an additional 30 drug rehab programs and 240 physicians offering buprenorphine treatment for opiate addiction. Organizations of managed care had contracts with 118 of the drug and alcohol rehab programs in Georgia, and another 54% of all the facilities in Georgia received funds from Federal, State, county or local government.

Georgia Drug and Alcohol Rehab Admissions Increase Annually

The N-SSATS annual survey conducted a one day census which showed 17,848 individuals receiving treatment in Georgia, of which 14,963 were in outpatient treatment and a reported 1,183 were under the age of 18. Admissions to treatment in Georgia are growing at a rate of an additional 1,000 individuals per year. Mentions of marijuana and methamphetamine are increasing upon admissions while mentions of alcohol upon admission are steadily declining. Alcohol only admissions in Georgia declined by over 25% while drug only admissions have increased by over 20%. Although Georgia has one of the lowest rates for unmet treatment in the nation, there are still a number of individuals that need treatment who are not receiving the proper assistance for their dependence on alcohol or drugs.