Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program

Available in Bartow, Floyd, Pickens, Polk and Whitfield counties

The Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SAIOP) helps individuals learn how to manage life issues and day-to- day living without the use of mood- or mind-altering substances or drugs. Program services promote recovery, self-sufficiency, development of support networks and other important life skills to enhance mental health and reduce the risk of needing inpatient treatment. Family involvement is encouraged to assist in maintaining the goals of the individual, and to help develop or re-establish family relationships and support. Family members and significant others can be included at the individual’s request.

SAIOP is a three-phase program that ranges from 13 to 26 weeks and includes intensive behavioral therapy/group counseling and 12-step treatment services. Each phase takes between one and two months and requires:
• Participation in group therapy two to four times a week
• Participation in 12-step meetings one to three times a week, with verification of attendance
• Random weekly urine drug screening

What SAIOP provides

Alcohol and drug screening and assessment
• Crisis intervention
• Medication management and monitoring
• Addiction and life skills education
• Individual and group counseling
• Linkages and referrals

Who SAIOP is for

The Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program is for adults 18 and older whose health and level of functioning is significantly affected by substance abuse, addiction or a similar substance-related disorder. SAIOP services are targeted but not limited to individuals and families involved with any of the following:
• Courts, probation or parole
• DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) cases
• Drug or possession charges
• Personal recovery

Note to referrers and clinicians: SAIOP services are based on treatment guidelines published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and designed for treatment of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Level 1 to Level 2.5 substance related disorders.


At your first appointment, our staff will work with you on a financial assessment. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, self-pay and most types of commercial insurance. We also contract with the VA for veterans who need our services. Please note that not all payors (commercial insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) cover all services; individuals will be made aware of any coverage limits and fees as part of the financial application process. If you do not have the ability to pay or do not have insurance, you may be eligible for a sliding fee scale or state-contracted services. Learn more about Highland Rivers payment information here.


For more information about SAIOP or to make a referral, call Highland Rivers Health toll-free at (800) 729-5700. SAIOP services are delivered in the following locations:

Bartow County
650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, Georgia 30120

Floyd County
6 Mathis Drive, Rome, Georgia 30165

Pickens County
323 Roland Road, Jasper, Georgia 30145

Polk County
180 Water Oak Drive, Cedartown, Georgia 30125

Whitfield County
2615 Cleveland Highway, Dalton, Georgia 30721