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Northeast Georgia Medical Center

743 Spring Street, Gainesville, Georgia, 30501
A part of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Laurelwood is dedicated to providing quality substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment to men and women suffering from the disease of addiction. The rehab offers a full continuum of care, including detox, inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient services, along with evidence-based treatment modalities and an interdisciplinary treatment team. All levels of treatment are 12-Step based and provide structured programs designed to facilitate self-awareness and self-sufficiency.

Facility Highlights

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy


  • Dual Diagnosis/ Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

    These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • Ana Segarra-Brechtel, M.D.
    Ana Segarra-Brechtel, M.D.Medical Director
    Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine. Education: University of Puerto Rico. Residency: University of Florida in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Shah, Heerain, MD
    Shah, Heerain, MDDoctor
    Medical Degree: Doctor of Medicine. Education: Medical College of Georgia. Residency: Medical College of Georgia, Johns Hopkins University.

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Located on the campus of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Laurelwood offers a short-term residential program for both adults and adolescents aged 12 to 17 struggling with chemical dependency, mental health concerns, and co-occurring disorders. Detox services are available on-site.


Designed as a short-term and stabilization measure, the residential treatment program at Laurelwood typically lasts three to five days. The admission process starts with a comprehensive and confidential assessment to determine each client’s needs. The assessment specialist determines if the client is a good fit for the residential program and can recommend other treatment options as needed.

The treatment process follows a holistic approach combined with traditional therapy methods. Counseling is available in individual and group settings with family counseling sessions available as needed. In terms of medical treatment, clients have access to nurses and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help minimize the discomfort of withdrawal. Clients with co-occurring disorders can also receive psychiatric treatment through medications and counseling.

Education plays a significant part in the treatment process. Clients participate in scheduled courses designed to teach coping and sober living skills needed to establish a sober lifestyle after treatment.

Laurelwood is a part of the nearly 48% of treatment facilities across the United States that use the 12-Step method in treatment. All clients are introduced to 12-Step and are encouraged to continue their participation after the formal treatment process.

To ensure the successful reintegration of clients into the community, Laurelwood offers an aftercare program. The aftercare group meets on Mondays in the evening. There is also an Emotions Anonymous (EA) group that meets on Sundays.


The treatment team at Laurelwood includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and case managers, as well as a diverse team of administrative and support staff.


In terms of available space, the 54-bed facility is similar in size to 18.8% of U.S. facilities based on the number of available beds. Laurelwood is tobacco-free, and smoking is prohibited anywhere on campus. To date, the individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciate the condition of the facility.

Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.3/5


At the time of this writing, the 10 alumni reviews of the facility were mixed, with five negative and five positive reviews. Several former clients expressed the need for stronger substance abuse programming. L.F. said that while the mental health treatment and groups were great, “the substance abuse section has a lot to be desired." Ellen agreed, writing: “There needs to be more focus on getting to the root of your addiction and why you are an addict as opposed to just working a program."

Overall, alumni tended to appreciate the amount of family participation, though offered mixed opinions concerning the training and experience of staff and their likelihood to recommend the facility.

“Great resources,” Elizabeth wrote in a representative review, “The groups where very good, something to talk about at each group. Great with counseling!” However, another described the staff as “rude” and “unthoughtful.”

Family Participation: 4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 3.8/5
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.3/5

On Google, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, as a whole, earned an average rating of 3.2 out of five stars from 232 to date.[1] Some reviewers indicated that the facility wasn’t clean, such as Patricia who described the facility as “Disgusted and feeling unclean and in sanitized.” Some indicated that the staff were “unprofessional,” while others felt staff was “Very nice.”


The five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date felt the program helped their loved ones recover. Several praised the facility's staff, describing them as "caring," "friendly," and "kind." Loved one Marilyn wrote: “The counselors were able to find philosophical modalities that my daughter could relate to for her aftercare and ongoing care portions or her recovery.” Survey respondents also appreciate the amount of family participation and the facility's counseling options.

Family Participation: 4.4/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.2/5
Counseling Options: 4.2/5


Laurelwood accepts most private insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. Individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter generally approved of the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3.8/5


Laurelwood and Northeast Georgia Health System is in an aggressive expansion phase, making it one of the fastest growing health organizations in the state. This expansion is expected to stretch across 18 counties and greatly expand the number of facilities it operates.

[1] GoogleReviews

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