St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inc. in Atlanta, GA

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(4.2 of 5)
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139 Renaissance Parkway NE
Atlanta GA 30308

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Areas of Specialization

Medical Detoxification, Family Program

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St. Jude's Recovery Center is amongst the 144 (45.9 percent) facilities in the state that provides gender-specific services, ranging from residential services and outpatient services, to permanent supportive housing and a coed half-way house, for adult men and women dealing with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Serving mostly low-income individuals, the Atlanta-based facility is also one of the only 55 (17.5 percent) substance abuse treatment centers in the state of offer detoxification on-site.


To treat its clientele, St. Jude's Recovery Center utilizes a variety of evidence-based, comprehensive treatment methods to address a range of mental, behavioral and physical concerns. A 20-bed detoxification unit is medically monitored and typically lasts 16 days, though duration of treatment depends on the individual. Following detoxification treatment, clients will be transfered to an appropriate program.

Residential programming includes individual and group therapy, on-site 12-step meetings, treatment planning, and continuing care. Life skills training, health and nutrition education, job readiness, and other educational workshops prepare clients for life after treatment.

Residents are required to be employed by the end of the program and must attend evening addiction treatment meetings. Medication management is also provided.

St. Jude’s Recovery Center also provides a special needs homeless housing program, a veterans recovery center, and a halfway house. To be admitting into supportive housing, residents are required to complete a minimum of six months of intensive addiction treatment. Those in the halfway house and veteran's program participate in random drug tests and twice weekly aftercare groups.


The facility's website does not have information regarding treatment members, but the vice president of clinical services is a licensed professional counselor. In the state of Georgia, 98.3 percent of all substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff. To date, the five individuals polled by on the matter were very satisfied with the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.4/5


St. Jude's Recovery Center's detoxification unit has 20 beds, and the Family Care Center has 22 beds. The men's residential unit has 49 beds and the women's unit has 16. The halfway house and veteran's recovery housing each have eight beds, while the homeless special needs program has 42 beds.

While residential treatment is gender-specific, the halfway house is coed. Though little information regarding accommodations is available on the website, five survey respondents polled on the matter provided high ratings for facility's cleanliness.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.2/5


The three alumni polled by to date offered differing feedback. Former client A.S. gave five stars for treatment effectiveness, the level of staff support, and for overall accommodations, as well as four stars for the amount of leisure activities and the facility's visitation policy. "The constant meetings and annonymous meetings helped alot," A.S. wrote.

However, an anonymous alum felt the "buildings are old and need renovating," but praised staff, offering four stars for counseling options and treatment of co-occurring disorders. They also strongly agreed that he would recommend the facility to others. Moderate, three-star ratings were given to most other categories, including holistic offerings and the level of family participation.

Alum Tony gave an altogether negative review regarding the facility, referring to St. Jude's as the "worst treatment facility ever," the food as "horrible," and writing that staff "treat you badly and make you feel very uncomfortable."

As of this writing, 21 Google users produced an average rating of 2.4 out of five stars for this facility.[1] A few former clients note that the program worked for them and that they appreciated the staff level of support, but the majority of comments touch upon rude customer service, poor management, and high costs. "I was treated like an inmate," A.J. wrote in a representative negative review.


Four loved ones surveyed by to date praised most aspects of the facility, specifically the level of family participation, its visitation policies, and for the facility's counseling options. "Personalized attention," one family member listed as a facility strength, with another loved one also cited "personal connection to each patient" as a facility strength.

Connectivity/Visitation Policies: 4.5/5
Family Participation: 4.3/5
Counseling Options: 3.8/5

“I sent my child here for alcohol and drug addiction 4 years ago and he had one set back 6 month after he came out but he had the tools needed to get it together and he's been clean ever since," wrote one anonymous loved one. Another loved one added: "They do a good job of getting you back on your feet. They help you get cleaned up, find a place to stay, and give you skills to help find a job."

All four surveyed individuals agreed that treatment at this center was worth the cost, though one an anonymous individual wrote that treatment for co-occuring disorders could have been better. However, loved ones agreed that they would highly recommend the facility.

Likelihood to Recommend: 4.7/5


Though has not yet received feedback from former or current staff members, 13 individuals on Indeed gave mostly positive reviews, offering an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars.[2] Eight of these staffers gave four- or five-star ratings. "Totally enjoy working with people and seeing the transformation take place," wrote one individual. "My co-workers and I have fun working hard and giving back."

Despite noting positive experiences connecting with the clients, one individual wrote: "Management is poor and inconsiderate," in a representative remark from those who gave the facility just one, two, or three stars.


St.Jude's Recovery Center provides serves low-income individuals, 75 percent of whom are homeless. St. Jude accepts monetary donations, though other financial information is not available on the facility's website. The five survey respondents polled one the matter indicated that the center is quite affordable.

Affordability: 4.6/5

[1] GoogleReviews


Published on August 2018

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As far as I hear this facility is decent and has worked for several people, but if the problem is more than just a simple addiction issue, and the person has more mental illness(es), then this place may not be able to help as in depth as you may see necessary.

horrible treatment center. staff talked down to clients. take visits from your children as partial punishment, too willing to discharge people early over nonsense. i will never recommend this place

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Strengths: Educated staff as well as recovering alcholics and recovering addicts staff.the counselors seem to really care about the patients.good structure informative groups and one on one counseling. Offers transitional housing upon completion of and womens facilities. Best of all there is no charge. Weaknesses: Buildings are old and need is tight so tnhey are cuting back and becoming short staffed

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Strengths: Personalized attention, kind and trained staff, nice facilities. Weaknesses: cost. Results will happen by being open to help and changing for the better through choosing this recovery center.

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The worst treatment facility ever . Meals are horrible the treatment is not nearly as good as people they it is. Due to it being a government funded Organization except for the ones who work and pay is a big reason why you don't get close to the treatment that is needed for a serious illness mental health illness or addiction problems that ones are needed for to get the help they need the staff treat you badly and make you feel very uncomfortable as if you were in jail here's a word for thought if you're planning on detoxing go home or go to a friends house stay in an ice cold basement with one sandwich a day and you will be living in heaven compared to this place

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They do a good job of getting you back on your feet. They help you get cleaned up, find a place to stay, and give you skills to help find a job. The help people who could not ordinarily afford treatment. There are no weaknesses that I could see.

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I sent my child here for alcohol and drug addiction 4 years ago and he had one set back 6 month after he came out but he had the tools needed to get it together and he's been clean ever since. There was a personal connection to each patient, which was wonderful.

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The constant meetings and annonymous meetings helped alot

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