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.
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 is one of thetreatment centers that offers male-only treatment for individuals ages 25 to 55 who struggle with both homelessness and addiction. Long-term residential treatment at 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 dually 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 Best-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 Best-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,all substance abuse treatment facilities in the state of Georgia have higher education requirements for staff. Four individuals polled by Best-rehabs.com to date provided above-average ratings for the center’s staff, but lower ratings for the center’s counseling options.
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
Counseling Option: 2.8/5
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. Four Best-rehabs.com survey respondents at the time of this writing gave favorable reviews for the facility’s accommodations.
Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 3.3/5
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni polled by Best-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 strongly agreed treatment was worth the cost, offering five-star ratings for the facility’s exercise options and discharge planning, and adding, “The program saved my life. I recommend the Potter’s House to any man that needs help.” He listed “Effectiveness, Restorative, Christianity,” as facility strengths.
Supporting this opinion, alum Z.J. remarked, “I am glad they helped God has changed my life through this place,” despite consistently giving just three-star ratings, to holistic offerings, counseling options, and level of family participation. Former client B.F. also indicated that he would strongly recommend this treatment program to others.
Elsewhere online, reviews are reflective of those submitted to Best-rehabs.com. On Google to date, 27 respondents’ ratings averaged four 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. A few individuals also expressed concern with the wait times and connectivity policies.
Largely, though, former clients praised the structure of the program, the tools they learned, and the religious-based support they received. L.C. representatively remarked, “gives homeless as well as addicts a safe place to come and get clean. They teach skills.”
The facility’s Facebook page, which its management can monitor, has 24 ratings averaging 4.5 out of five stars, with alumni repeatedly crediting the facility with saving their lives. Additionally, on CiteHealth, the facility has earned three out of five stars from 10 reviewers to date. Some users felt that the low-cost of the facility contributed to it being poorly managed and run-down. Others praised the tools they gained.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The three loved ones polled by Best-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. The center’s affordability received very high ratings from four Best-rehabs.com survey respondents to date.