The Golden Rule, Inc.

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule believes that recovery is only possible when individuals learn how to accept and embrace their true selves. Founded in 1996, the residential rehab helps women do just that by offering substance abuse treatment in a safe and structured setting. Through counseling, addiction education, 12-Step meetings and life skills practice, clients are able to uncover the underlying issues contributing to substance abuse. Women learn how to be accountable, productive and happy without using alcohol or drugs.


The Golden Rule, located in Mauk, Ga., offers residential treatment to women struggling with substance abuse. Sitting on 30 acres in rural Georgia. The Golden Rule is a faith-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1996.


The Golden Rule’s nine-month minimum treatment program hinges on the philosophy that growth comes from complete self-acceptance. Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, though individual counseling takes place as well. Topics of discussion cover a range of therapeutic issues, relationships and parenting, finances and budgeting, and relapse prevention. Family counseling and education are also held regularly.

Additional aspects of the treatment program help women achieve their educational and employment goals. These include a G.E.D. preparation course and a Work Ready Program.

The facility’s Facebook page states that treatment involves teaching clients “to replace old behaviors with new, positive ones while becoming true to themselves.” [1] To be admitted, clients must submit an application and complete a telephone interview. Most clients remain in treatment for nine months. One alum surveyed by stated the facility offers halfway house residency for up to one year after successful completion of the program.


There is currently no information provided by The Golden Rule regarding its treatment staff. However, one alum surveyed by gave the facility five out of five stars for staff support. She also gave the facility five out of five stars for counselor training and experience.


The Golden Rule has a capacity for 46 women: 31 beds are located on-site where programming takes place, and an additional 15 beds are available at the program’s** halfway house.**


At the time of this writing there has been one alum polled by Alum S.M. gave The Golden Rule excellent ratings across several categories, and said she would recommend it to others. The alum gave the facility five out of five stars for treatment effectiveness, five stars for accommodations & amenities, and five stars for meals & nutrition. S.M., who is between 40 and 59 years old, entered rehab for substance abuse based on a probation recommendation. S.M. stayed for more than 90 days, completed treatment, and entered sober living after leaving the facility. S.M.. has been out of the facility for over a year The client agreed the facility is worth the cost, adding that “there was no cost but the treatment was worth a million dollars if i was able to pay that!” S.M. did not relapse after leaving the program and did not reenter the facility. S.M. added additional commentary, saying “If you are truly ready to get better this is the place to do it! all staff and directors are former addicts or have family members that were addicts!”

On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of 4.8 out of five stars based on twelve total reviews.[1] Nearly every review of The Golden Rule is positive. Alum J.G., who gave five stars, said The Golden Rule saver her life. She wrote “Everything they do is with compassion and love. You have to work at it daily.” K.P., an alum, supported that viewpoint. She gave five stars and wrote, “Absolutely love it!!! This was not easy but definitely worth the work put in.”


The cost of treatment at The Golden Rule is $400.00 per month. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding costs.


Reviews about The Golden Rule, Inc.

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  • This place is hell on Earth. They offer non of what they list. There is no family counciling they just want u there as long as possible to put more money in there greedy pockets the girls don't get anything special just every one walking on pins an needles scared to death of anything an every thing. They don't even attend the meetings the girls are the chairmen
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  • They don't offer any type of counselling that every addict needs. They only about money and not really helping anyone.
    These cousnlors and program saved my life, I have my relationship with God ... Not saying it was easy but if it weren't for my girls I would have stayed longer but I knew once those words Came out of my mouth there's no changing my mind!!!
    This place is a joke. You only get one full meal a day and that is lunch. Breakfast is always cereal, toast, or grits, and dinner is always a sandwich and chips. There is no individual counseling. The treatment team does ONE group a week, if they "feel like it." The patients lead their own groups and meetings. Waste of time and money.
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  • If you are truly ready to get better this is the place to do it! All staff and directors are former addicts or have family members that were addicts! This is a long term facility (9months) and I believe it takes that long to get better.