Addiction Treatment: Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Georgia

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Addiction Treatment in Georgia

State treatment data for substance use disorders are derived from two primary sources-an annual one-day census in N-SSATS and annual addiction treatment admissions from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). In the 2010 N-SSATS survey, Georgia showed a total of 18,928 clients in addiction treatment, the majority of whom (16,631 or 87.9%) were in outpatient addiction treatment. Of the total number of clients in treatment on this date, 941 were under the age of 18.

Across the last 14 years, there has been a steady decline in the number of admissions mentioning alcohol and an increase in the percent of those mentioning either marijuana or methamphetamine. Across the years for which TEDS data are available, Georgia has seen a substantial shift in the constellation of problems present at treatment 
admission. Alcohol-only admissions have declined from over 45 percent of all admissions in 1992, to just over 13 percent in 2010. Concomitantly, drug only admissions have increased from 25 percent in 1998, to 48 percent in 2010.

Georgia Addiction Treatment Admissions

Georgia Primary Addiction Treatment Admissions: The graph at right depicts substance abuse treatment admissions in Georgia in 2010. The data shows that cocaine is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Georgia, followed by marijuana, stimulants such as methamphetamine, and other opiates, including prescription drugs.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) is an annual survey of facilities providing substance abuse treatment. It is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). N-SSATS is designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

The Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program

Recognizing that local problems require local solutions, Drug Free Communities (DFC) organizations mobilize communities to prevent youth drug use by creating local data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. ONDCP works to foster the growth of new coalitions and support existing coalitions through the 
DFC grants. In FY 2011, the following Georgia coalitions received grants from ONDCP:

Bryan County Drug Free Coalition
Bulloch County Board of Education
Cook County Drug Free Communities
Drug Free Coalition of Hall County
Drug Free Forsyth Coalition
Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services
H.E.A.R.T. Coalition, Inc. (Atlanta)
Toombs County Board of Commissioners
Troup County Prevention Coalition

Information compiled above is courtesy of: cdc.gov, oas.samhsa.gov, ondcp.gov, datafiles.samhsa.gov, dasis.samhsa.gov