Addiction and Substance Use Outpatient Services

Despite parents’ best efforts, children and adolescents will sometimes begin using alcohol or drugs and some will become addicted. Highland Rivers’ addiction and substance abuse outpatient recovery services help young people learn how to manage life issues and day-to-day living without the use of mood- or mind-altering substances or drugs. Make sure your child gets the help he or she needs to live substance-free and be productive a members of his or her school and community.

Fill out an online Child and Adolescent Services referral form here, or visit the Referral Forms page.

Outpatient substance use services include one-to-one, group and family counseling to help young people recover from substance use or abuse, dependence, addiction or withdrawal. Addictive disease and substance abuse recovery services are individual- and family-centered. Youth are encouraged to be actively involved in their treatment to learn to manage their symptoms, enhance their ability to cope with challenges in life, build resilience and facilitate recovery.

Our professional counselors are compassionate, non-judgmental and experienced in helping young people resolve addictive disease and substance use problems that affect their lives. Family members and significant others can be included at the individual’s request, and family involvement is encouraged to enhance improvement in family functioning and assist in maintaining recovery goals and objectives.

Your first appointment
When you call Highland Rivers Health the first time, a member of our team will take your child’s basic information (name, address, birthdate, problems you he or she is experiencing, etc.) and arrange a time for you to come in. Highland Rivers designs an individual recovery plan (IRP) for every person. In order to develop the best recovery program for your child, the initial appointments will focus on assessing needs and goals for recovery. Your child will then be scheduled for regular visits with your clinician and for other services based on your individual needs.

What addiction and substance abuse outpatient recovery services we provide

  • Crisis intervention
  • Screening and assessment
  • Addiction and substance use education
  • Individual, group and family counseling
  • In-home and in-school support
  • Medication education, maintenance and monitoring
  • Referral to other services as needed
  • Community transition planning


Who child and adolescent addiction and substance abuse recovery services are for
Outpatient addictive disease and substance abuse services are for children and adolescents ages four to 17 with a substance-related disorder (use, abuse, dependence, addiction, withdrawal) that is affecting their ability to function independently in the community, at home, school, in the workplace, etc. (See the addiction and substance abuse services page for more information about services for adults 18 and over.)

Note to referrers and clinicians: Highland River’s outpatient addictive disease recovery services are 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 policies he re.


For more information about Highland Rivers’ child and adolescent addiction and substance abuse recovery services, to arrange a time to be seen or to make a referral, call Highland Rivers toll-free at (800) 729-5700 (note this is a non-emergency number; call received after business hours will be returned the next day).

You can also fill out an online Child and Adolescent Services referral form here, or visit the Referral Forms page.

If you need crisis or detoxification services after hours or on weekends and are not yet enrolled in Highland Rivers Health services, call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line: (800) 715-4225.

Highland Rivers operates outpatient clinics in several communities across northwest Georgia. When scheduling an appointment, you may choose which clinic is most convenient for you.

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

Cherokee County
191 Lamar Haley Parkway; Canton, Georgia 30114

Floyd County
6 Mathis Drive; Rome, Georgia 30165

Gilmer and Fannin counties
1179 Progress Road; Ellijay, Georgia 30540

Gordon County
419 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Georgia 30701

Pickens County
323 Roland Road; Jasper, Georgia 30145

Polk County
180 Water Oak Drive; Cedartown, Georgia 30125

Whitfield County
900 Shugart Road; Dalton, Georgia 30720