Effective Treatment

Since 1978, the Athens Area Commencement Center has tailored treatment to the individual. Specializing in Outpatient Alcohol and Opiate Detox in Athens, GA.

HEALING FAMILIES

Drug and alcohol addiction can be devastating to the family of an abuser. The family’s role in the recovery process is vital.

LEARNING TIME

In order to achieve a balanced and successful recovery, AACC believes it is important for patients to understand their disease through Educational Meetings.

GROUP THERAPY

The heart and soul of AACC is Group Therapy. There are two types of group sessions: experiential and reality.

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About the Athens Area Commencement Center

The Commencement Center in Athens, Georgia strives to be the outstanding Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Program in North Georgia. Our treatment is based on the most current science and medical understanding of addiction as a disease affecting the addict, family and community.

OUR PROCESS

HOW IT WORKS

meet our Team

JIM HINZMAN

MAC, CCDP, Diplomat

Mary Ekard

Business Manager

FARRIS JOHNSON

MD - Medical Director

CRISSY WALTON

Certified Addictions Registered Nurse & Clinical Coordinator

MERRILL A. NORTON

Pharm. D., D.Ph., ICCDP-D

JIM TURNER, MPPPM

Aftercare Coordinator

OUR FACILITIES

Treatment Programs

We provide Medical Outpatient Opiate, Drug and Alcohol Detox for individuals who are appropriately stable and meet medical criteria.

We provide Intensive Outpatient Day Treatment, six days per week. (All five weekdays, plus Saturday.)
Monday through Friday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

We provide Intensive Outpatient Evening Treatment for those who must work during the day- three nights per week, plus Saturdays.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Education

Importance of Group Therapy

Importance of Group Therapy

Of the many different components of an addiction treatment program, group therapy is often the one many participants find to be the most helpful step

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What Is Ambulatory Detox?

What Is Ambulatory Detox?

Ambulatory detox is another lesser-known term used for outpatient drug and alcohol treatment programs. With ambulatory detox treatment, clients can work toward recovery while still

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Certificates & Standards
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT AACC
" Today, in sobriety, I have found a new and wonderful existence. Though life isn’t perfect, it's better than I could have dreamed. I’m not afraid of living life, and I have not had to drink or use for four years now. I was astonished to find out how enjoyable life is with a clear mind and a recovery program that allows me to live with a sense of purpose, dignity and peace. My problems have literally disappeared, and not only has my marriage been restored, but it has greatly improved over what it was even in the early years before alcohol and drugs were a problem. With the Athens Area Commencement Center, I didn't need to hold onto the old excuses-- with their Outpatient Treatment programs I didn't have to leave my family or work behind to get sober; and with the Aftercare program, I didn't have to go it alone in sobriety once Treatment was completed. I am grateful for what the Commencement Center did for me. I know I couldn't have done it without their help, patience, and guidance. "
Jacob Lynch