Atlanta Mission – The Potter’s House

Atlanta Mission - The Potter's House Jefferson Georgia

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 the 138 (43.9 percent) treatment 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.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff; however, 98.3 percent of 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.[1] 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.[2] Additionally, on CiteHealth, the facility has earned three out of five stars from 10 reviewers to date.[3] 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.

FINANCING

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.

Affordability: 4/5

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.facebook.com/pages/Potters-House/125564270830501

[3] http://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/georgia/cities/jefferson/potters-house#reviews

Reviews about Atlanta Mission – The Potter’s House

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  • This was the best investment in my future. The people here really care about helping you get close to god and to regain yourself , the life before drugs and alcohol took you down. I will always be grateful to this beautiful secret in the country
    Potters House was an answer to faithful and diligent prayer. God has used this ministry to save my loved one and I will forever be grateful.
    This place tells everyone that they are Christian people but if they were the Christian people they say they are then they wouldn't turn people away the way that they have an I think they also need to get people that careabout what people are going threw an are willing to change to better themselves for there family instead they just turn them away so yeah wow that is REALLY the Christian thing to do
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  • I helps you opening up to see the faults we have and how to overcome it. This place I was there for 2 years and been clean for 5 all together. I was addicted to Meth and haven't even thought about using. It helps you explore yourself and overcome what made you use. It is Christ based but look at the life we use to live worshiping the false idles, this isn't a false idle. It all depends on you heart and if your ready to change to something awesome.
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  • Strengths: Recovery high rate. Weaknesses: Consistency. I am glad they helped God has changed my life through this place.
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  • It is a Christian discipleship for chemically addicted men between 28 - 55 years of age with opportunities for others on a case by case basis. This first 6-8 weeks period of time is referred to as "Orientation". The contact to the outside world is limited to only the mail. This is to reduce distractions and allow the participate to focus on working their program with the goal being to learn coping skills and achieve balance in your life. The next phase your encouraged to have family come to visit on Sundays. When your not in group or individual counseling sessions during the week days, you also worked four hours per day in the skill area of your choice including woodworking , or the auto repair shop, computer repair and many more. The program saved my life. I recommend the Potter's House to any man that needs help. Strengths: Effectiveness, Restorative, Christianity. Weaknesses: Work facilities need some updating.
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  • They need to screen their counselors to be more efficient. They also needed to provide more counseling. However, they cared a lot about the individuals.
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  • Positive aspects were the family involvement and the addiction treatment.
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  • Been sober 2 years.