Highland Rivers Health – Polk Recovery and Wellness Center

Highland Rivers Health – Polk Recovery and Wellness Center


Highland Rivers Health, one of Georgia’s largest healthcare providers, offers mental and behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and adults. The Polk Recovery and Wellness Center in Cedartown provides an intensive outpatient (IOP) program for adults struggling with substance abuse. Case management services are also available. Detox services are offered through Polk’s crisis stabilization program, which is located in a separate unit.

The Polk Recovery Center is operated by Highland Rivers Health, and is one of 12 statewide locations: other notable facilities include the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center in Cartersville, the Whitfield Recovery and Wellness Center in Dalton, and the Floyd Recovery and Wellness Center in Rome).


Highland Rivers Health employs a three-phase approach to its substance abuse IOP, with each phase lasting one to two months. As clients progress, they gradually decrease the amount of hours spent in treatment each week, while increasing the time spent in 12-step meetings. Throughout the duration of their treatment, all participants must have their attendance verified and submit to random drug tests.

Clients can expect to spend a good portion of their day at Highland Rivers learning about addiction, developing coping mechanisms and life skills, and learning about 12-step principles. Group therapy is attended two to four times weekly. Length of treatment is typically 13 to 26 weeks. The IOP also provides medication management, if needed.

Family participation is highly encouraged and loved ones can be included in a client’s treatment plan at their request.


According to the facility’s website, it employs a “team of board-certified psychiatrists, a board-certified addictionologist and certified addiction counselors.”


Best-rehabs.com has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni.

However, reviews on secondary sites, though similarly sparse, yielded generally positive reviews regarding the Polk Recovery Center. The center received an average rating of four out of five stars on Google from five reviewers.[1] “Great place….To become sober if you are willing!” wrote Steve in a representative review.

The facility also received an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars based on seven reviews on its Facebook page to date.[2] “This has been such an overwhelming experience, this place saved my life,” wrote Holly, giving five stars in a representative review. Another reviewer the facility’s “staff who truly care about recovery.” Not all reviewers were positive, however. One one-star reviewer wrote, “my brother has been there a dozen times and the drug recovery program has always failed for him.”


The one loved one surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave the Polk facility a mostly positive review, awarding the rehab four out of five stars across 15 different evaluated metrics, including treatment effectiveness, family participation, the staff’s level of training and experience, treatment of co-occurring disorders, and administrative and discharge procedures. “It was okay and affordable. It was also close to my home,” they wrote.


According to the Highland Rivers’ website, the facility accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance plans, as well as VA insurance. Sliding scale fees are available to clients who quality.

[1] https://goo.gl/pFWZLm
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pages/Highland-Rivers-RTU/177120755665385

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  • It was okay and affordable. It was also close to my home.