ABOUT HUGS RECOVERY
Founded in 1999, HUGS Recovery is an Atlanta-based addiction and behavioral health care agency that provides residential and outpatient services for adults. The facility also offers a Lawyers Assistance & Recovery Program, which provides specialized treatment for attorneys, plus a long-term supportive housing program for veterans. Outpatient detoxification services are available if needed, however residential clients must be detoxed and at least 72-hours clean in order to be admitted to the program.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The residential recovery program is staffed 24 hours and typically lasts between 90 and 120 days (but some clients can remain in the program for up to a year). It offers customized treatment plans, treatment for co-occurring disorders, family education and support services, and.
The facility’s intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are gender-specific and intimate, accepting just 12 women and men at a time. The programs meet three days a week, mornings or evenings, and include group counseling and holistic activities such as meditation, yoga, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling. General outpatient options are also offered and include individual, group, and family therapy, along with anger management workshops, court evaluations, and treatment for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
According to the HUGS website, the treatment team includes doctors, registered mental health nurses, masters-level addiction counselors, licensed psychotherapists, certified addiction counselors, and a certified anger management specialist, and a recovery peer specialist.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The residential facility offers both private and semi-private rooms in therapeutic community settings that are smoke-free. Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. Visitors must be authorized, and clients are encouraged not to phone loved ones until after the first five days of treatment. The one alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave HUGS a rating of four out of five stars for its accommodations and amenities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Robert, the sole former client surveyed by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing, gave the facility a mixed review. He awarded the rehab three and four stars out of five for its treatment effectiveness, its counseling options, and its staff’s level of training and experience, but gave the rehab low one- and two-star ratings for its cleanliness, its connectivity policies, its level of family participation, its treatment of co-occurring disorders, its exercise and leisure activities, and its holistic treatment offerings. “Structure, safety, groups were good. Not enough time in the house, no one on one counseling, no NR or NA meetings at the house,” he wrote.
On the HUGS Facebook page, which the facility can edit, the rehab received an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars based on 12 reviews to date.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave HUGS a mixed review. While the anonymous reviewer noted that the program was ultimately not successful for their loved one, they nevertheless gave the rehab four out of five stars for its counseling options, its treatment of co-occurring disorders, and its staff’s level of training and experience. “The staff was excellent and there was a variety of treatment offered,” they wrote. “However, the accommodations and family participation could have been better.”
According to the facility’s website, most major insurance plans are accepted. The long-term residential programs requires a deposit of $7,500.