The Way Up Rehabilitation

The Way Up Rehabilitation

ABOUT THE WAY UP REHABILITATION

Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Gainesville, Ga., The Way Up Rehabilitation is a long-term residential treatment facility for adult men struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. The rehab provides care for individuals of all backgrounds, including those who have been court-ordered to attend treatment. All clients must be able to work a full-time job while in treatment.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

The inpatient treatment program lasts a minimum of 13 months, making The Way Up one of only 54 (17.2 percent) of long-term residential treatment facilities in Georgia. The Way Up’s program is rooted in 12-step principles and utilizes a work-therapy treatment model.

Clients progress through three phases of highly structured treatment, each with increasing levels of responsibility and independence. Phase I is a transition stage, in which clients get acquainted with the facility and find a job. Clients are also required to get sponsors and start working through the 12-step process. During Phase II, residents assist those in Phase I, and Phase III is designed to ease residents back into the community.

Throughout the process, residents receive individual counseling and group counseling, which utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), attend AA/NA meetings, and maintain full-time employment. After program graduation, clients can continue care through comprehensive aftercare services.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The small, on-site staff is comprised of two licensed clinical social workers, each with over 20 years in recovery.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Containing 56 beds, the facility can accommodate more clients than the national median of 18 clients in residential, non-OTP treatment facilities. Clients stay in shared sleeping quarters and have access to indoor common areas, a number of outdoor spaces for group meetings, and an outdoor volleyball court.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the nine alumni polled by Best-rehabs.com as of this date, the majority (seven) had only positive feedback, while one was negative and another neutral overall .

In particular, many alumni praised the program for its structured schedule and ability to teach discipline. “The Way Up instilled discipline and structure in my life where I was lacking,” M.S. wrote in a representative review. Several former clients credited the facility with saving their lives, and all but one reviewer awarded the rehab five-star ratings for its treatment effectiveness.

A minority of reviewers, however, cited concerns about the treatment program. Alum Mike, for example, cited a poor staff-to-client ratio, overcrowding, and small rooms as facility weaknesses. Another reviewer, Lou, echoed this sentiment, suggesting clients should expect to “have no personal space.”

On Google, eight reviewers left polarized feedback, as seven reviewers gave the facility an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars.[1] Echoing alumni surveyed by Best-rehabs.com, three reviewers on Google praised The Way Up, each giving the facility a perfect five out of five star rating. “I learned good habits, work ethic, and how to live clean,” an anonymous Google alum wrote in a representative review. However, four other alumni, rated the facility only one star with criticisms including the job search process, staff, and overcrowded accommodations.

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Though no loved ones have been surveyed by Best-rehabs.com as of this date, the single loved one to write a review on Google, Karen, left a perfect five-star rating. She wrote: “This is the best place my son has tried other places but never done any good this place is strict but it has changed his life.”

FINANCING

Fees start at $924 a month. According to The Way Up’s website, requirements for admission include a $600 entry fee and the first weeks rent, which is $220.

[1] GoogleReviews

Reviews about The Way Up Rehabilitation

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  • My son had been to upscale rehabs 5 times. We valued his recovery more than he did. It wasn't until he had to be responsible at The Way Up that recovery meant something to him. He's got 9 years clean, is a solid citizen, and it's all because of the staff - and me listening to them. Teaching personal accountability, responsibility, and life skills to maintain the foundation of recovery. Their guidance to families was personal, helpful, and much needed. Perhaps more varied outings so the men know there's fun out there. However, they do have camping, cultural events, but they could do them more often.
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  • If you're not mandated here you will prob. end up leaving (good chance you'll end up leaving if you're mandated.) That was my experience. If you get past the first month of craziness you might get something out of it. Be prepared to walk a lot, be hungry, have at least one meeting a day, be held accountable for absolutely everything you say and do, and have no personal space. Lots of ambiguous rules and cult like behavior. But I have maintained sobriety ever since I left so gotta give 5 stars on treatment effectiveness. I have nothing against this place just giving the facts.
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  • My life was a wreck before i came to The Way Up Rehabilitation. I couldn't function with or without drugs. I stole from friends, family and anyone who turned their back long enough. I was in and out of jail too many times to count and honestly felt like it was just a part of my life that i could wake up in jail on any given day. I didn't know how to do anything different but i was tired of the way i was living. When i arrived i was in shock by how different the program was than i expected. i was thinking it was like a half-way house but i soon found out that the only thing we do around here halfway is sleep. The agenda is full and we stay busy chasing recovery all day every day. That was one of my favorite parts, staying busy all the time kept me from isolating and getting depressed about all the stuff i messed up in my past. Instead i was focusing on making progress and moving forward in the solution. Eight ears later i have a family, a life, a wife, and a great job. i cant put into words how grateful i am for The Way Up program.
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  • The Way Up and Narcotics Anonymous saved my life. The is the best program I've ever heard of. It is not for people who "might" have a problem. This is for hardcore addicts that need help. This program has changed hundreds of lives through the years and will continue to do so. If you want to get clean and you want the best, then go here, period. Anyone who doesn't fall in love with this place is usually in denial and not ready to get clean. The process of recovery is not an overnight process. Not only was I taught about recovery at The Way Up, we learned about management and how to lead. This place is far more than a rehab. I have 14yrs. clean, run three business, have a wonderful family, earned an MBA, and fly a private airplane. All gifts of recovery! Recovery I learned at THE WAY UP.
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  • Called the best because it is the best. The Way Up changed my life and I could not be more grateful.
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  • The Way Up saved my life. It's not easy. Nothing involved with getting clean is easy, and it shouldn't be. Experience from active addiction tells me that anything that came easy to me was freely sold to my drug dealer. The Way Up taught me that the best things in life require hard work to earn and keep. I have over four years clean today. I owe most of it to The Way Up. I enjoy life, and I don't put my family and loved ones suffer because of my actions anymore. Everyday occurrences at this rehab require recovering addicts to practice principles taught within the Twelve Steps/Traditions of Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. I was not mandated by any court. My willingness to stay clean and find a new way of life kept me there. It's not as if I had much of an old life to return to anyways. I had no home. I had nothing of value. I lived off either what I stole or what grandmother gave me. I slept in a car that she was paying for most nights. It was either that or a mobile home without electricity. The Way Up is not a five star resort. But it sure did beat my living arrangements from before I arrived. The mattress was old, but it was warm. I slept in a room with five other people, but I was safe. I ate either peanut butter and jelly or balogna sandwiches until I was caught up and able to buy my own food. After a few months, I was able to pay my father back for fronting half of the entry fee. I paid the other half back to the director who covered that part. From that point on, I became self-sufficient. I can't put a price on the life I have today. It was worth every penny. I am forever grateful to this place.
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  • I have been to one rehab my whole life.....after 8 years of active addiction The Way Up Proved to be the last rehab I would ever need. I now have 7 years clean and still participate In the program. It saved my life.
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  • The Way Up instilled discipline and structure in my life where I was lacking. Most importantly they showed me how to love myself and how to enjoy life without using. Active addiction is horrifying, and The Way Up (along with staff and graduates) gave me the tools to build a foundation for a clean, healthy lifestyle! Thanks guys.
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  • This treatment facility tries to shame the individual into recovery. The accommodations are horrible. Usually 15 people in a house. When I was here there were six people in a single small room. There are two counselors for many men making the counseling that they advertise obsolete! This program is about money, plain and simple.
    Mike B. Sorry you feel this way! Here at The Way Up we do all that we can to help with addiction treatment recovery to even financially taking a loss. To shame individuals, No your confused with us having that person deal with there problems addressing the issue and when needed with counseling. In the end The Way up is't for everyone plain and simple!
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  • I have the tools to stay clean. I've been clean 12 years now