Atlanta Mission - The Potter's House Philosophy
The Potter’s House, run by the Atlanta Mission, provides men with faith-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment, as well as therapeutic, educational and vocational programs designed to help get them back on their feet. The long-term residential rehab stresses the importance of building a relationship with God in order to let go of addictive behaviors and make productive and fulfilling life choices. Once this step is taken, clients can begin to rebuild their foundation for life and develop the tools necessary to stay clean and sober.
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President and CEO
As the President and CEO of Atlanta Mission, Jim Reese feels that professionally he has found the perfect fit. "I felt that God had called me and prepared me for this assignment as I look back on my life," says Reese. "I feel the opportunity to be part of an organization that God uses to change lives ever day is a great responsibility and privilege."
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ABOUT ATLANTA MISSION - THE POTTER’S HOUSE
Set on a 550-acre farm in Jefferson, Ga., 53 miles northeast of Atlanta, The Potter’s House offers long-term residential treatment for men aged 25 to 55 who struggle with both homelessness and addiction. The Potter’s House is operated by the Atlanta Mission, a Christian nonprofit serving Atlanta’s homeless population by offering emergency shelters, vocational training, transitional housing, and more.
There is no detoxification at The Potter’s House, and clients must have abstained from alcohol and/or drug use for at least 72 hours before admittance.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment at the Potter’s House is faith-based and focuses on addiction only. According to the facility’s website, “the program is not equipped to care for the dual diagnosed individual or those on antidepressant, mood stabilizing or antipsychotic medications.” The program is designed to help clients acquire and sustain sobriety by providing the tools necessary for self-sufficiency and a sober lifestyle. The treatment approach of Potter’s House is a blend of vocational training, work-therapy, church participation, and therapeutic programming.
Along with a schedule of therapeutic counseling, education classes, and relapse prevention workshops, clients receive ongoing computer literacy courses, GED classes, and job training. A Rehabs.com survey also indicated that 12-step participation may also be integrated into treatment. As a faith-based program, residents may also attend Bible study sessions, receive spiritual counseling, and attend worship services.
Once a resident is stable in their sobriety, the client begins to work for a portion of the day. Information sourced through the Rehabs.com survey suggested that employment may be part-time, ensuring residents continue to focus on recovery.
There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff; however, six of the eight individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing submitted an average rating of four out of five stars for the treatment staff’s level of experience and training.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The Atlanta Mission recently dedicated two new facilities to the 180-bed program: the New Start Dormitory, which adds a community lounge and brand-new computer lab for GED training, and the Client Life Center, which offers classrooms, program offices, and a multipurpose space that acts as a gym, chapel, and gathering space.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The five alumni polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing generally approved of the facility. Note, one reviewer was an individual turned away from the program.
Reporting two years of sobriety, alum D.P. provided perfect five-star ratings for the facility’s counseling options and the respect shown to clients. One anonymous alum offered a five-star rating for the facility’s discharge planning and wrote: “The program saved my life. I recommend the Potter's House to any man that needs help.” Supporting this opinion, alum Zachary added: “I am glad they helped God has changed my life through this place.”
Elsewhere online, reviews are reflective of those submitted to Rehabs.com. On Google to date, 16 respondents' ratings averaged 4.1 out of five stars. Negative commentary was scarce but one reviewer complained that they were not readmitted to the program after relapsing and another felt that the supervision was prison-like. Additionally, the facility's Facebook page has 23 ratings averaging 4.7 out of five stars, and on CiteHealth, the facility has earned three out of five stars from 10 reviewers to date. 
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com shared the positive sentiment of alumni. Two of the three survey respondents polled on the matter offered a perfect five-star rating for the level of family participation. “Positive aspects were the family involvement and the addiction treatment,” D.L.C. wrote. Loved one J.F. added: “God has used this ministry to save my loved one and I will forever be grateful. Although another loved one described the staff as compassionate, though felt there could be more counseling.
Clients without an income can receive treatment free of cost. Many work in one of five thrift stores around the area, the proceeds of which benefit the program.
Published on July 2017
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