According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance use disorders result from recurrent use of alcohol or drugs that causes clinically and functionally significant impairments. These include health problems, disabilities and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home. Diagnosis is based on evidence of impaired control, social impairment, risky use and pharmacological criteria.
Addiction treatment programs can help people of all ages withdraw safely from the physical and psychological effects of drugs, learning to manage their substance use disorder. Individuals can establish, maintain and enhance skills to cope with the associations of addiction. Services are identified in the Addictive Diseases Resource Toolkit and can be accessed by direct contact and/or referral. The following county-based services and programs may be found in each region.
Community services are provided through contracts with private, for-profit, non-profit, and quasi-public agencies under contract with DBHDD through the regional offices. Consumer choice is a value that is embraced throughout the system and is fostered through the development of different kinds of provider agencies, including consumer-operated agencies. These organizations vary in scope of services provided, including those services commonly utilized by anyone with a mental illness and those services that address more individualized needs. Listed below are the program areas in which community services are offered:
In addition, individuals seeking services may visit www.mygcal.com to identify adult community-based service providers in your area. These services may also be accessed statewide by calling the toll-free Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.