DeKalb Addiction Clinic

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455 Winn Way
Decatur, GA 30030

Treatment Effectiveness 3.5
Accommodations & Amenities 3.5
Meals & Nutrition 3.5


DeKalb Addiction Clinic is a nonprofit, community-based treatment provider for those with behavioral health, substance abuse, and developmental disability disorders. The facility is located in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area in DeKalb County, Georgia. Services are provided to approximately 12,000 patients each year, demonstrating that the clinic offers a tried-and-true, evidence-based rehabilitation program that has improved the lives of thousands of Georgia residents. If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with mental health or substance abuse, turning to DeKalb Addiction Clinic could be the first step to retaking control of your life.

As a public nonprofit organization, DeKalb never hesitates to place the highest priority on the needs of its patients and its community. A dedicated staff of physicians, nurses, clinicians, and support personnel ensures that no need goes unmet during the treatment process. Various community-integration initiatives are also run in order to help patients maintain an active presence in society. Indeed, the mission of DeKalb is to “provide the right service, for the right person, at the right time.” Therefore, the actual treatment provided to each patient may differ, based on his or her needs. However, what won’t vary is the unwavering commitment you’ll receive from these passionate leaders in the mental health industry.

Serving the Georgia public since 1994, DeKalb Addiction Clinic has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The organization seeks to help individuals and their families recover from debilitating disabilities and resume productive lives. Services offered include behavioral health services, such as psychosocial rehabilitation programs, community support services, early intervention programs, outpatient and residential services, an integrated health program, and peer support services.

Further developmental disability treatments are also available, such as day programs, work activities, specialized work programs, and supported employment. Additional crisis services, substance use treatments, child and adolescent services, and criminal justice services provide specialized treatments and benefits to certain at-need demographics of patients.

DeKalb envisions a community “in which disabilities no longer limit potential.” To that effect, patients will be treated with dignity, respect, and individualized attention so that each person receives a treatment program specifically designed to allow him or her to realize their maximum potential as a self-sufficient, contributing member of society. The number of amenities offered by DeKalb Addiction Clinic further reinforces that mission.


If you need to seek help for your substance abuse or mental health issues, sometimes taking the first step can be the most difficult of all. Fortunately, DeKalb Addiction Clinic has streamlined the admissions process by offering a single point of entry to access all levels of service. Clinicians, educated at the Master’s level and sensitive to the needs of the population that DeKalb serves, will answer your phone call and help determine your immediate needs. If you are in need of admission or referral for developmental disability, behavior health, or substance abuse, an intake appointment will be scheduled. This appointment will be conducted by a licensed clinician and will further determine your eligibility for the clinic’s treatments. In emergency scenarios, psychiatric and nursing appointments are available. If you are eligible for continued service, a treatment plan can be developed.

If it is determined that you do not meet DeKalb’s admissions criteria, the organization will provide compassionate and useful referral information so that you are not left alone and will always have somewhere to turn to seek help. As a result, seeking help at DeKalb is risk-free and should be seriously considered if you are having difficulty overcoming a substance abuse or mental health challenge.

Ease of access is important to DeKalb Addiction Clinic. Patients meeting admissions criteria will never be denied services due to an inability to pay, and charges not covered by Medicaid will be assessed on a sliding scale, based on a client’s income level. In addition to Medicaid, supported programs include Peachcare for Kids, Amerigroup, Wellcare, Medicare Part B, Wellcare Medicare Advantage, and APS Medicare Advantage. This comprehensive coverage helps to ensure that no patient feels undue financial pressure when seeking to attempt to improve their lives.

Various community integration events are also held at or sponsored by DeKalb. For example, the organization sponsors NAMIWalks, one of the largest and most successful mental health awareness fundraisers in the country. Held in Grant Park in Atlanta, this event is designed to help remove the stigma sometimes associated with mental health disorders. DeKalb has also partnered with the retailer Macy’s for their “Shop for a Cause” fundraising program, in addition to participating in Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. All of these outreach programs help to keep DeKalb and its patients involved in society at both the local and national level, helping to raise both funds and awareness to help mental health while enriching the lives of patients.


DeKalb Addiction Clinic offers adult mental health and addiction services, substance use treatment, child and adolescent mental health services, and treatment for developmental disabilities. Anyone seeking help with these conditions will discover a sensitive team of staff members who are keen to use their considerable talent and knowledge to provide an effective combination of therapy and medicine. This combination, while specifically tailored to each and every patient, will generally be comprised of a number of evidence-based techniques.

One such technique, of course, is counseling and therapy. Group therapy sessions include several individuals meeting together in a structured clinical setting for up to two hours. In group therapy, participants share their experiences around an identified topic of illness. This is the preferred treatment method for substance abuse issues, but individual therapy is also common.

Individual therapy consists of a patient meeting one-on-one with a therapist to focus on improving the overall mental health of the patient. The frequency and duration of these appointments are determined by the presenting issues and goals of the patient. Another common type of therapy is family therapy, in which several family members may meet with the patient and therapist together. This practice is useful when the patient’s issues or behavior are impacting family dynamics; the solution may require input from all affected parties.

In addition to counseling, DeKalb provides skills building, education, drug screenings, and case management in a clinical setting in order to combat substance abuse addictions. Diagnostic assessments and ongoing psychiatric treatment make sure that the problem is identified, while medicinal interventions, using treatments such as Naltrexone, ensure that the patient’s physical and chemical dependencies are address on an evidence-based, proven plan of action. Additional pharmacy services, nursing assessments, and 12-Step programs help patients to maintain both a healthy body and lifestyle as the process of rehabilitation continues. These recovery options are available on an outpatient or residential basis, depending upon the needs and preferences of each patient. Referrals to additional medical services can also be generated on an as-needed basis.


While DeKalb Addiction Clinic offers therapeutic and rehabilitative services to adults, one of the organization’s specialties is the treatment of children and adolescents. For this vulnerable population, the clinic provides medication services through an onsite pharmacy, group and individual therapy, and family support and therapy. But as this demographic has its own unique needs, the facility also provides a form of individual play therapy, as well as coordinating its services with schools, courts, and government agencies, such as the Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Additionally, a program for substance abuse prevention and early intervention helps to ensure that at-risk children and their families have the resources that they need in order to live as healthy a life as possible. This philosophy is continued with the organization’s school-based emotional and behavioral support services program, in which youths between the ages of three and 18 are provided additional assistance in the school setting. Through the use of these programs, DeKalb is uniquely positioned to serve this specialized part of the population.

DeKalb has also developed a comprehensive program addressing the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. While often correlated with other mental health issues or with substance abuse problems, developmental disabilities pose a set of challenges all their own. As such, the organization has created this program in an effort to allow developmentally disabled individuals to recover their independence and achieve a meaningful existence. Residential services offer shared living homes with around-the-clock supervision, as well as community access activities and community participation activities designed to help patients remain actively engaged with the society around them.

This specialized treatment plan also provides transportation services for those who cannot otherwise get to DeKalb to obtain services, as well as family education sessions conducted by nurses, pharmacists, social workers, psychologists, and behavior specialists. If family members can be brought to understand the many intertwined issues facing developmentally disabled patients, the potential of those patients to achieve a more satisfying life is multiplied exponentially.

Whether you are seeking treatment for substance abuse addiction, behavioral health, or developmental disabilities—or indeed, whether you are seeking treatment for yourself or for a family member—you can rest assured that you will be received at DeKalb by a team of professionals dedicated to achieving maximum results.


DeKalb Addiction Clinic is overseen by a knowledgeable and passionate board of directors, each member of which provides their own perspective on mental health, substance abuse addiction, and developmental disabilities. Under the direction of Board Chair John Bushfield and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer Joseph Bona, the clinic has assembled an expert team of more than 500 rehabilitation professionals who are standing by to provide the highest levels of service in the Atlanta area.

Staff at DeKalb is comprised of physicians, clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, licensed clinical social workers, case managers, licensed professional counselors, certified peer specialists, behavioral specialists, and support and administrative personnel. This exhaustive retinue of experts will be at your beck and call in the event that you find yourself struggling with mental health or substance abuse disorders and need to enroll in DeKalb’s services.

Staff members carry prestigious degrees and accreditations from institutions such as the American Psychiatric Association, the Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical College of Georgia, Duke Medical Center, Georgia Southern University, and Clayton State University. Glowing testimonials from former and current clients reinforce DeKalb’s reputation as a compassionate and effective facility for those seeking help with mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse disorders.


  1. Anonymous

    Treatment Effectiveness 3
    Accommodations & Amenities 3.5
    Meals & Nutrition 2.5

    I was skeptical when I called DeKalb Addiction Clinic. I’ve tried other programs and they didn’t seem to work for me, but my family asked me to keep trying so I picked up the phone. Right away I knew that the center cared about treating my addiction. They asked me a few questions about what I’d tried before and a few about who I am and what I want. They explained that their therapy might be a good fit for me. Again, I am a skeptic but every question I asked they answered. They have licensed doctors and nurses that do an admissions evaluation and even if I don’t pass their evaluation, they have a lot of resources on hand that can still help. They were the first place I spoke to that offered something like that. Most places, if you don’t fit what they are looking for in a patient will just turn you away, not this one. If they don’t think they can help. They will help you find someone who can.

  2. Spencer R

    Treatment Effectiveness 4
    Accommodations & Amenities 3.5
    Meals & Nutrition 4

    I was very concerned about one of my students. As a high school teacher, I’ve seen my fair share of drugs and alcohol in the school. This was beyond the occasional rumor about a high school party. This kid was in trouble. So I called the DeKalb Addiction Clinic after talking to our school guidance department. The woman who I spoke to was extremely knowledgeable about addiction and the programs that they offered. They told me about their adolescent program and how it was evidence based rather than based off an outdate belief. When I got off the phone I called her parents armed with all of the facts about the Dekalb Center. I was so glad I called and found all of the information I needed first. Because of my conversation with the center, I was able to answer the parent’s questions and help them to find treatment for their daughter.

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