Atlanta Recovery Place in Atlanta, GA

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(4.9 of 5)
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1742 Mount Vernon Rd, Suite 100
Atlanta GA 30338

Atlanta Recovery Place Philosophy

ARP’s mission is to provide a comprehensive program with an emphasis on 12 step recovery, therapy, and education. Our goal is to guide our clients through the recovery process so they can move on to lead happy , healthy , and productive lives.

Areas of Specialization

  • Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

Facility Highlights

Georgia Department of Community Health Licensed Facility

In The Heart of Dunwoody

Small client to staff ratio

Meet the Staff

Michelle Cort, DHA

Chief Operating Officer

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Dr. Michelle Cort is a high performance, quality driven healthcare professional with more than 25 years of experience and expertise in visionary leadership and problem resolution for healthcare facilities. She is exceptionally organized and disciplined with well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and direct others in a supportive and cooperative team environment. Dr. Cort has been recognized for consistent successful development of systems, processes, and procedures to streamline operations, increase revenues, and enhance profit performance. She holds a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Administration from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Counseling from York College. Dr. Cort presently leverages all her training and experience in her work as the Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta Recovery Place.
Dr. Cort is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Telemedicine Association

Lisa Ehlers, LCSW, M. Ed.

Clinical Director

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Lisa Ehlers serves as the Clinical Director of Atlanta Recovery Place. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, educator, and advocate. Lisa is a Georgia native and attended Kennesaw State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and then her Master of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education. She spent 19 years as an educator in the Cherokee County school system.

Lisa returned to school in 2011 and received her Master in Social Work from Kennesaw State University with a concentration in substance abuse and mental health. Since then, she has worked in various settings including psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, counseling agencies, and in a foster care agency.

Lisa is a member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Atlanta Recovery Place is a licensed treatment center that offers multiple outpatient treatment programs and supportive housing for males and females, ages 16 to 80.


Atlanta Recovery Place recommends a minimum of 90 days of treatment, though length of stay is ultimately determined following an initial evaluation that factors in a client’s physical, psychological, spiritual, and family needs. Treatment is appropriate for individuals dealing with addictions to alcohol, heroin, opioids, cocaine, sleep aids as well as co-occurring mental health issues like depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At the highest level of care, partial hospitalization (PHP) programming is ideal for clients in need of a supportive, structured setting without the 24-hour care. Intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment then serves as a step-down option from PHP, while standard outpatient care is geared towards those unable to take time away from work, family, or school. Treatment modalities used include individual and group therapy, 12-step meetings, psychoeducational groups, life skills training, and family sessions.

In each of these tracks, clients have option to reside in a supportive housing community for 90 days or longer. Aftercare offers clients opportunity to engage more fully with their community and other needed services.


ARP is led by a clinical director who’s a licensed clinical social worker. Upon admission, clients are assigned to a treatment team comprised of physician, psychiatrist, family counselor, continuing care coordinator, and other professionals.


Each of the two alumni to leave reviews on to date both recommended treatment. Former client M.J. found the staff professional and wrote: "The staff there is professional in all areas and treat clients with dignity respect at all times, I would recommend ARP to anyone seeking to maintain long term recovery." Another alum, Jessica, wrote, "I got to focus on me and really get my stuff together. Everything is organized and laid out for you so you can focus on your recovery." While M.J. did not offer ratings for any metrics, Jessica rated treatment effectiveness and accommodations and amenities five out of five stars.

ARP also has four- and five-star ratings from three Google reviewers as of this writing.[1] The majority of the reviews on Google offered specific praise of the staff. "Great staff!" J.W. wrote.


Proud parent Jeffrey told of a staff who were “supportive, kind, hardworking, (and) knowledgeable.” He gave 10 out of 10 stars in indicating how strongly he’d recommend treatment, as well as five out of five stars for the staff’s level of training and experience, their availability, the holistic opportunities, and the affordability and cost-worthiness of programming.

Additionally, a parent called Susan wrote in a review, "We had no contact with our daughter for 30 days, and it was the best thing for the both of us." They also gave the facility perfect five-star ratings for the three metrics rated.


Feedback provided by two employees of ARP was excellent. Both awarded 10 out of 10 stars in indicating how strongly they’d recommend the program, as well as five stars for the counseling options available to clients, the level of safety and comfort provided, and the holistic and exercise opportunities. Collectively, staff found the program to be professionally run and well-managed, though one felt it needed more time, as a new facility, to be “recognized in the market.”


The cost of treatment varies in accordance with various factors like length of stay, diagnosis, and insurance coverage.


Published on February 2018

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Horrible rehab. Staff and patients constantly starting rumors and spreading gossip. Very unprofessional rehab.

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We had no contact with our daughter for 30 days, and it was the best thing for the both of us. Her spirt is coming back every day because of the staff and structure of Atlanta Recovery Place.

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Professional Structure. Unity in management.Quality of environment.

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Knowledgeable, professional, respectful team. Facilities are safe and clean. I believe the only weakness is that it is a new facility and needs to be recognized in the market.

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Staff is supportive, kind, hardworking, knowledgeable. It feels like having a second family here. Location is great for me.

The staff there is professional in all areas and treat clients with dignity respect at all times, I would recommend ARP to anyone seeking to maintain long term recovery.

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I got to focus on me and really get my stuff together. Everything is organized and laid out for you so you can focus on your recovery. Will recommend to anyone.

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