Commencement Center in Athens, GA

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(3.5 of 5)
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1199 Prince Avenue
Athens GA 30606

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Located on the western outskirts of Athens, northeast Georgia, the Athens Area Commencement Center is a private, family-operated business that offers outpatient detox and a variety of outpatient programs for individuals struggling with problematic substance use.


The Commencement Center provides little detail about its treatment programs or philosophy, other than to note that the center subscribes to the disease concept of addiction. Some course details also list 12-step participation, indicating that this is a foundation of treatment at this facility.

In order to quality for the facility's outpatient detox program, clients must meet certain medical criteria, including being suitably stable to detox outside of constant medical supervision. The facility is equipped to treat clients detoxing from opiates, alcohol, and other drugs.

Beyond detox, the facility offers intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) in the daytime or the evening, as well as two weekly aftercare meetings. A dedicated program for professionals lasts six weeks, and includes advocacy services with the licensing board in the client's industry. The program offers weekly group meetings, relapse prevention planning, advocacy meetings, and drug testing, and each client is assigned a personal monitor, too. Clients are also required to attend 12-step meetings and work with a sponsor.


The treatment team includes an MD who's board certified in family medicine, plus licensed social workers and registered nurses. The single individual polled by to date gave the facility three out of five stars for its staff's level of training and experience.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has not yet received any reviews directly from alumni of Commencement Center, but secondary sites yielded very positive feedback at the time of this writing: the center had a 4.3-star average rating based on six reviews on Google, and on, two five-star ratings.[1][2] The reviewers repeatedly praised the staff and expressed gratitude to the facility for helping them to achieve sobriety. "Truly a life-changing experience... The staff is comprehensively knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. For those who want it, this program WILL work for you. My most sincere gratitude is extended to the staff," D.R. wrote in a representative review on Google.


The single loved one polled by to date would recommend this facility. "Good," the anonymous reviewer wrote simply, giving the facility four stars for its treatment effectiveness and its family participation, three stars for its treatment for co-occurring disorders, and one star for its holistic offerings.

The single negative review posted on a secondary site at the time of this writing came from a former client's loved one. "All they ever did was bring her down and tell her how awful she was because she had horrible side effects of the medication they required! This is plain wrong and not a way to help anyone!" A.B. wrote of her daughter's treatment in a review on Google.


According to the facility's website, Commencement Center accepts most insurances, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United. The single individual polled by to date gave the facility four out of five stars for its affordability.


Published on June 2017

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