Georgia’s DBHDD Provides Alternatives to Substance and Alcohol Abusers
struggling with substance abuse issues, the Georgia
Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental
Disabilities’ (DBHDD) Division of Addictive Diseases has a
number of programs to assist them, especially at this
These addiction treatment programs help people of
all ages withdraw safely from the physical effects of drugs, learn to control
their drug dependence, regain skills they may have lost of develop new skills,
and begin to develop a new life. Services depend on a professional
determination of need and the services and other community resources available
within various communities across the state and include:
DUI schools provide risk reduction programs for people who have
been arrested for driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or
other drugs, or for possession of illegal drugs. The official website of the
Georgia DUI intervention program is
http://www.mop.uga.edu, which is provided by DBHDD; or you may call
Outpatient services such as evaluation, diagnosis, assessment,
counseling and consumer and family education.
Crisis service – Telephone or face-to-face intervention with the
consumer and family to address immediate crisis and link to services. Call the
Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or visit mygcal.com.
Detoxification that helps adults and teens at risk of
complications withdraw safely from the physical affects of alcohol and other
Residential programs for adults or adolescents with severe
‘Ready for work’ programs offer treatment for women on welfare who
are unable to find jobs due to alcohol or other drug problems.
Structured residence services are also available for children and
adolescents ages 13 -17 years olds in need of a structured residence due to
substance abuse located in the metro Atlanta area, as well as the southern part
of the state.
Group Homes provide a structured temporary living situation for
13-17 year old youths dealing with substance abuse related disorders.
DBHDD wants all Georgians to stay safe this
holiday season. “If you’re thinking about drinking and driving this holiday
season, or any time for that matter, take a cab,” said Travis Fretwell,
Assistant Executive Director for the Department of Behavioral Health’s Division
of Addictive Diseases. “If you drive under the influence of alcohol and other
drugs you will pay the price in Georgia.”
Concerned about being safe this holiday season?
Stay home to celebrate
Take a cab if you plan to drink
Consider the embarrassment, car crashes, unprotected sex, violence
and in some cases, death that can be caused by drinking
Know that beer and wine are not “safer” than liquor. A 12-ounce
beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine and a 1.5-ounce shot of liquor all contain the
same amount of alcohol.
Remember that a DUI will be on your arrest record and driving
record forever. It could impact your insurance rates, professional licenses and
Remember that driving under the influence of a
drug (other than alcohol) is also a DUI and has the same penalties as a DUI for
alcohol. For details of a DUI Intervention program for Georgia including the
stringent penalties, click
The Division of Addictive Diseases funds a number
of treatment and prevention programs throughout Georgia. For more information
here or call 404-657-2331.
-Story by Lisa Shockley Moery, ICPS, Special Projects Administrator, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Division of Addictive Disease
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