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Emory Addiction Center Opens

Addiction Alliance of Georgia partners Emory Healthcare and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation have opened the Emory Addiction Center.

The need is critical. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 20 million people in the US have substance use disorder and more than 100,000 die of drug overdoses yearly.

The new center, on the campus of Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, offers outpatient and intensive outpatient addiction treatment to adults and adolescents older than 14 and specializes in treating individuals with dual ad- diction and psychiatric disorders. 

Made possible by nearly $10 million in donations from public and private com- munity partners, the center advances the Addiction Alliance of Georgia’s goal of confronting the state’s addiction and overdose epidemic through addiction-related clinical care, education, and research.

“Their generosity will help save and change lives in this time of tremendous need and for years to come.”

Justine Welsh
“We’re so grateful to all of the foundations and individuals who made the vision of this new treatment center a reality,” says Justine Welsh, medical director of the Addiction Alliance of Georgia and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory School of Medicine. “Their generosity will help save and change lives in this time of tremendous need and for years to come.”

The center is run by Emory Healthcare with support from Hazelden Betty Ford, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to people affected by substance use disorders. The treatment team includes addiction psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, addiction counselors, and psychologists.

Outpatient services include individual and group therapy as well as medication-assisted treatments and family support. Patients will be referred to Hazelden Betty Ford’s national system of care and other treatment centers when a higher, residential level of care is needed.

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