Dual Diagnosis Treatment & Recovery Center in Georgia

Southeast Detox
Drug addiction and mental illness on their own are formidable to overcome. Combined? The resulting struggle is a reality for 9.2 million adults in the U.S. Don't fight addiction and mental health issues alone. Treating substance abuse and mental health disorders simultaneously is critical to recovery.

You can trust our dual diagnosis recovery center in Georgia. We are experts in dual diagnosis treatment.

Southeast Detox is your partner in addiction treatment and mental health treatment services. We have the expertise and resources to bring these two paths to wellness together. We provide customized care for lasting recovery. Our location just beyond Atlanta is the perfect place to start feeling better. 

Dual Diagnosis Treatment & Recovery Center in Georgia

Dual Diagnosis Disorders We Treat

The coexistence of mental health and a substance use disorder is called dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Either disorder (drug addiction, mental disorders) can develop first. Despite this, dual disorders can interact and make each other worse. 

Luckily, dual diagnosis treatment is our specialty.  Southeast Detox is fully equipped to tackle co-occurring disorders as a leader in addiction treatment and mental health recovery. Our dual diagnosis treatment centers raise the bar. From detoxification to sober living, our treatment services meet your unique needs.

  • According to SAMHSA’s 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 9.2 million adults in the United States have a co-occurring disorder. 

  • In Georgia, around 9.2% of adults experienced a major depressive episode, and 18.4% of adults reported any mental illness in 2020, as per SAMHSA.

  • Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia were the leading mental health disorders to co-occur with a substance use disorder, reports The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Alcohol, cannabis/hallucinogens, opioids, and sedatives were the most commonly misused substances.  

  • The same report states that 6.7% of adults in Georgia had a substance use disorder in the past year. 

  • 13.5% of young adults aged 18 to 25 had a substance use disorder and mental illness in the past year.

  • 36% to 40% of young adults with a severe mental health condition or young adults seeking treatment meet the criteria for a SUD, according to a study.

  • Substance abuse is twice as prevalent among adults with mental illness due to self-medicating symptoms.


Depression is a medical condition that affects the brain and is more than just feeling sad for a few days. It’s a serious illness that consumes your daily life. In the U. S., more than 20 million people have depression, and it doesn’t go away on its own. In severe cases, it can lead to suicidal ideation.

There is a strong link between depression and substance abuse. Many people with depression self-medicate with drink or drugs to boost their mood or escape feelings of guilt or misery. Alcohol is the most prevalent drug for depressed individuals, but this doesn’t have to include you.

  • Nearly one-third of people with major depression also have an alcohol problem. 

  • Reaching for drugs or alcohol to lift spirits has the opposite desired effect. Substances like alcohol cause symptoms of depression and substance abuse to worsen. It’s a vicious cycle. 

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Georgia reports that approximately 7.6% of adults had a major depressive episode and a substance use disorder in the past year. 

  • Additionally, 5.5% of adolescents (ages 12-17) in Georgia had a major depressive episode in the past year, and 8.2% of adolescents had a substance use disorder in the past year. 

  • Furthermore, data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that in 2019, among adults who experienced a major depressive episode, 19.5% had a co-occurring substance use disorder.

Find out more about our Depression treatment programs.

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or fear about something that might happen in the future. The complex disorder can cause physical symptoms such as a racing heart or sweating.

Anxiety and substance abuse can look alike, making it tough to know if someone has anxiety or addiction problems. People with anxiety may turn to alcohol or pills as coping mechanisms. The temporary fix that substances provide increases the adverse side effects with more use. Our treatment facility offers a lifetime solution.

  • Studies show that 20% of individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also have a substance use disorder. According to a study conducted in Georgia, PTSD (6.6%) and GAD (5.8%) were the most common anxiety disorders identified.

  • Between 18% and 28% of people in the United States have an anxiety disorder during any given year. Within this percentage of individuals, there is a 33% to 45% rate for a co-occurring substance use disorder.

  • According to  SAMHSA, in 2019, 7.2 million adults in the United States had co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Anxiety and depression ranked as the most common mental health disorders.

  • The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that 20% of people dealing with an anxiety disorder also suffer from some form of alcohol abuse or dependence.

Find out more about our Anxiety treatment programs


Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition affecting a person’s thinking, behavior, and emotions. It is a psychotic disorder that can cause a person to lose touch with reality. The disorder can cause them to hear things that aren’t there, believe things that aren’t true, and have trouble doing everyday things. 

People with schizophrenia often turn to drugs and alcohol, making their symptoms worse and making it harder to treat their illnesses. Addiction and not sticking to a med routine never end well. Southeast Detox wants to help you reclaim your life.

  • The prevalence of dual diagnosis is high for individuals with schizophrenia. In fact, up to 50% of individuals with schizophrenia also have a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

  • People with the disorder have the highest prevalence of smoking (70 to 80%), with rates up to 5 times higher than the general population.

  • Another challenge in dual cases involving schizophrenia is the resistance to sticking to a medication routine. A study found that after one year, over 50% of the sample group had either stopped taking medication or were non-compliant.

  • Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is the most common co-occurring disorder in people with schizophrenia. Both biological factors and psychosocial factors are thought to contribute to this co-occurrence.

  • The illicit drugs used most by patients with schizophrenia are alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine. 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a two-faced mental illness that affects a person’s mood, causing extreme highs and ultra-lows. Substance use can also trigger or worsen mood episodes in people with bipolar disorder. In addition, there may be a genetic or environmental link between bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. 

It‘s not easy to manage. Bipolar wants to break you down. That’s why our compassionate clinicians and proven treatment services go the distance.

  • Individuals with bipolar disorder are more likely to also have a substance use disorder, with rates as high as 60%.

  • In Georgia, it is estimated that 4.6% of adults have experienced a bipolar episode at some point. Bipolar affects approximately 2.8% of the adult population in the United States.

  • 24.2% of those surveyed with bipolar disorder experienced a problem with cocaine abuse in their lives. Evidence suggests that periods of cocaine use may worsen the symptoms of bipolar disorder and contribute to the illness getting worse.

  • A study revealed that individuals with bipolar disorder since adolescence have a greater risk of a substance use disorder later compared to developing the disorder as adults.

Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are mental illnesses where a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions aren’t considered normal. These mood difficulties are usually constant across situations, harming relationships and personal care.

Affected individuals may be more likely to fall into drug or alcohol addiction due to their unstable emotions, discomfort, or impulsiveness. Self-medication as a coping skill is a cycle that worsens mental health issues. Individuals reliant on drugs or alcohol are also more resistant to attending therapy.

Find out more about our BPD treatment program and our OCD treatment program.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs from witnessing or experiencing shocking and dangerous events. Triggers include physical violence, sexual assault, military combat, natural disasters, or serious accidents. 

PTSD is a chronic type of anxiety disorder. PTSD can cause intense feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression. PTSD can affect a person’s ability to function in their daily life. Individuals often grow distant from loved ones, develop multiple addictions, and use substances to numb their trauma. Southeast Detox is the treatment facility to tame trauma and heal with the best healing therapies and programs.

  • Trauma-targeting treatment options like prolonged exposure (PE) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have a large evidence base with a trauma focus. These therapies address memories and thoughts related to the event. 

  • It is estimated that approximately 200,000 adults have PTSD.  

  • 16,000 veterans in Georgia were diagnosed with PTSD in 2018. 

  • The Veterans Health Administration saw a 62% increase in PTSD patients between 2005 and 2016

  • In the U.S., about 3.5% of adults have PTSD in a given year, according to the National Center for PTSD. 

  • About 5 out of every 100 adults (or 5%) in the U.S. has PTSD in any given year. In 2020, about 13 million Americans had PTSD.

  • 13 – 20% of veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS). The VA reports about 30% of people who served in combat are dealing with PTS symptoms.

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment Programs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), around 21 million American adults suffer from substance use disorders (SUD). And 8 million of those with SUD also live with a mental illness. We unite these two worlds with the latest programs to take back control.

These disorders interact and make each other worse. We use this hand-in-hand relationship to your advantage. At our dual diagnosis treatment center, we know what it takes to provide individualized care for co-occurring disorders. Addressing both is the only treatment with lasting results.

We provide a range of evidence-based treatment programs at every level of care. Our highly reputable and ranked programs include medical detox, individual therapy, wellness programs, inpatient and residential treatment, outpatient, and partial hospitalization. 

Our Approach To Dual Diagnosis Treatment

At Southeast Detox, we tailor our dual diagnosis treatment plans and options to each client. We work with you to determine your comprehensive treatment map. 

We offer various proven, evidence-based treatment options, such as group therapy, one-on-one talk therapy, EMDR, and yoga. You will leave with a relapse prevention plan and lots of support. Each person’s plan is tailored to their unique needs, ensuring the best chance for success.

Why Choose the Southeast Detox Center Team

You don’t have to go far to find us. We’re ready to meet you and find out how we can help. Our dual diagnosis center is independently owned and operated. This means you’re never just a name or number around here.

Our clinicians provide treatment programs for individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues. Our specialized treatment team is licensed with accreditation from the Joint Commission. You receive total support throughout your recovery journey.

Insurance and Payment Options

Our admissions team will help you understand how your insurance covers our dual diagnosis treatment program. We have payment options like a sliding scale fee if you don’t have healthcare insurance.

We make care affordable and accessible for everyone who needs it. Our knowledgeable team is available to answer questions about our programs. An initial consultation is free and confidential.

Contact Us Today for Help

Two disorders, one solution. We strive to make getting help easy and uncomplicated. Our relaxing atmosphere is paired with industry-leading treatments. This makes getting better an empowering experience. We’re here, 24/7, to answer any questions you have.

Our committed team will guide you through the admissions process, collaborating on each step to arrival.  Co-occurring disorders shouldn’t co-own your life. Call us today to learn more about our transformative dual diagnosis treatments just for you.

Our individualized treatment programs are unlike any other center. Dual diagnosis might mean double the challenge. It also means double the support. Southeast Detox is one call away at (706) 873-9955 to discover what a better life looks like for you.

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