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Substance Abuse Resources in Atlanta

Substance Abuse Resources in Georgia

Not everyone who gets arrested for a DUI has a substance abuse problem, but for some people, the DUI may be a sign of underlying substance abuse issues. If you have had a DUI, multiple DUIs, or know someone who drinks and drives, you may want to know about the resources we have here in Atlanta to help deal with alcohol or drug abuse problems.

Georgia State Services

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) provides support services and treatment to people with addictive diseases. Any resident of Georgia is eligible for DBHDD services. Services are administered through six Regional Offices.

Most of Region 3 includes Clayton, Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties. They provide a guide to Region 3 Community-Based Services and approved service providers. To locate substance abuse services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call DBHDD at 1-800-715-4225.

Substance Abuse Help

If you or a loved one thinks they may have a problem with substance abuse of alcohol or other drugs, there are many groups and resources available looking to help. Psychology Today lists a number of Treatment Centers in the Atlanta area.

There are many substance abuse support groups, where members help each other maintain sobriety through regular meetings. These include:

There are also some free or sliding scale or low cost treatment centers and programs, including:

Online Substance Abuse Resources

There are many online resources for researching and finding help and support for substance abuse issues. These include:

Driving Alternatives

If you are driving, you shouldn't drink. If you are drinking, you shouldn't drive. For most of us, driving is a part of everyday life. It can be difficult to find alternatives to driving when we go out to eat, to a party, or a sporting event where alcohol is served. If you can't find a designated driver, there are always these Atlanta alternatives.

  • There are a number of Bus or Rail options to get around the city. Check out the Public Transportation options available with Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. You'll save gas, parking fees, and an expensive DUI.
  • Rideshare companies like Lyft, or Uber are becoming more popular across the country, as an alternative to traditional cab companies.
  • Taxi companies are still reachable by phone and on the street, but they have also gotten in on the app game with Atlanta Checker Cab, to make hailing them easier than ever.

Substance Abuse DUI Defense in Georgia

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Atlanta, you do not have to be convicted. It is important to find a DUI lawyer who exclusively handles DUIs, and is familiar with the challenges that substance abuse can present. I have the training, courtroom experience, and skill to defend Atlanta DUI cases, and a proven record of success. We will do what it takes to defend your case. Call me anytime, day or night, and together we will fight to defend your rights.

Call Us 24 Hours a Day

We have a line that will be answered any time, day or night. If you have been arrested for DUI and are facing arraignment at 8:00am tomorrow, or if you are anywhere else in the judicial process, contact the Office of Richard Lawson as soon as possible. Call Us 24 Hours a Day: (404) 800-5810


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