Our Mission, History and Approach

Our Mission

To provide an integrated system of care that sustains recovery from the disease of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and returns at-risk individuals to their families and communities as healthy, self-sufficient, productive individuals.

Our History

Founded in 1962, St. Jude’s was established to address the problem of chronic alcoholic court offenders. It began as a partnership of downtown business leaders, municipal court judges, and two inner-city churches. Since that time, the organization has increased the number of facilities it owns and operates in Atlanta from one to eight – all while operating with a balanced budget and remaining debt-free.

Our Comprehensive Continuum of Care

St. Jude’s treatment services are based on the belief that addiction is a disease and that treatment must focus on the whole person. Clients are treated using a comprehensive, evidence based approach to recovery that addresses substance abuse along with both mental and physical health.

St. Jude’s programs include detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment services, halfway housing, and permanent supportive housing. St. Jude’s treatment services include intake and assessments, treatment planning, addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment, life skills training, health and nutrition education, job readiness, medication management, individual and group counseling, 12-step education and groups, parenting education, continuing care, and family and children services.

St. Jude’s strives to provide clients with the tools they need to return to the community as self-sufficient, productive individuals able to maintain recovery.

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