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Golden Rule Inc

766 Parks Road, Mauk, Georgia, 31058
The Golden Rule believes that recovery is only possible when individuals learn how to accept and embrace their true selves. Founded in 1996, the residential rehab helps women do just that by offering substance abuse treatment in a safe and structured setting. Through counseling, addiction education, 12-Step meetings and life skills practice, clients are able to uncover the underlying issues contributing to substance abuse. Women learn how to be accountable, productive and happy without using alcohol or drugs.

Facility Highlights

  • Individual Counseling
  • Relationships Group
  • Life Skills Group


  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Harriet W. Felts
    Harriet W. FeltsClinical Director & Lead Addictions Counselor
    Harriet W. Felts is from Tifton, Georgia, and joined The Golden Rule staff in September, 1999. She is a graduate of Tift County High School and Abraham Baldwin College, both located in Tifton, Georgia, and spent a long career in Emergency Nursing. Her dedication to helping others is evident in her work as she always tries to lead by example. Harriet has one son, Jordan Browning, who is a student at Columbus State University and a shih tzu named Bruno. "Ms. Harriet" will celebrate 16 years of sobriety on August 10, 2014.
  • Sandra Palmer
    Sandra PalmerAssistant Manager & Addictions Counselor
    Sandra Palmer is from Macon, Georgia, and joined The Golden Rule staff in 2003. She is a graduate of William Penn High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylania, and Southern Crescent Technical College, Thomaston, Georgia. Ms. Sandy's gentle spirit helps the ladies in times of need. She is married to William Palmer and they reside in Mauk, Georgia. Ms. Sandy celebrates 12 years of sobriety.

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The Golden Rule, located in Mauk, Ga., offers residential treatment to women struggling with substance abuse. It is one of the only 143 (49 percent) substance abuse treatment facilities in the state with programming specifically tailored to women. Sitting on 30 acres in rural Georgia. The Golden Rule is a faith-based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1996.


The Golden Rule’s nine-month minimum treatment program hinges on the philosophy that growth comes from complete self-acceptance. Treatment is based on the 12-Steps, though individual counseling takes place as well. Topics of discussion cover a range of therapeutic issues, relationships and parenting, finances and budgeting, and relapse prevention. Family counseling and education are also held regularly.

Additional aspects of the treatment program help women achieve their educational and employment goals. These include a G.E.D. preparation course and a Work Ready Program.

The facility’s Facebook page states that treatment involves teaching clients “to replace old behaviors with new, positive ones while becoming true to themselves.”[1] To be admitted, clients must submit an application and complete a telephone interview. Most clients remain in treatment for nine months. One alum surveyed by Rehabs.com reported that the facility offers halfway house residency for up to one year after successful completion of the program.


There is currently no information provided by The Golden Rule regarding its treatment staff. However, one alum surveyed by Rehabs.com gave the facility five out of five stars for staff support. She also gave the facility five out of five stars for counselor training and experience.


The Golden Rule has a capacity for 46 women: 31 beds are located on-site where programming takes place, and an additional 15 beds are available at the program’s halfway house. This suggests a large level of availability, given that the average number of clients in a residential facility at a given time was 18 individuals, as of 2016.


At the time of this writing, the five alumni polled by Rehabs.com offered very polarized opinions of this facility. Two had positive things to report, namely regarding facility staff. Three had highly critical comments to make, largely regarding concerns with facility funding.

Alum S.M. gave The Golden Rule excellent ratings across several categories, and said she would recommend it to others. The alum, who is between 40 and 59 years old, entered rehab for substance abuse based on a probation recommendation. S.M. stayed for more than 90 days, completed treatment, and entered sober living after leaving the facility. S.M.. has been out of the facility for over a year The client agreed the facility is worth the cost, adding that “there was no cost but the treatment was worth a million dollars if i was able to pay that!” S.M. did not relapse after leaving the program and did not reenter the facility. S.M. added additional commentary, saying “If you are truly ready to get better this is the place to do it! all staff and directors are former addicts or have family members that were addicts!”

However, former client T.A.A. reported, "The treatment team does ONE group a week, if they "feel like it," and that "You only get one full meal a day and that is lunch." Alum Amanda echoed this claim, writing, "They don't offer any type of counselling that every addict needs. They only about money and not really helping anyone." Lastly, J.L. concluded with the criticism, "There is no family counciling they just want u there as long as possible to put more money in there greedy pockets."

On the facility’s Facebook page, which it can manage, there is an overall rating of 4.6 out of five stars based on 13 total reviews.[1] Nearly every review of The Golden Rule is positive. Alum J.G., who gave five stars, said The Golden Rule saver her life. She wrote “Everything they do is with compassion and love. You have to work at it daily.” K.P., an alum, supported that viewpoint. She gave five stars and wrote, “Absolutely love it!!! This was not easy but definitely worth the work put in.”


The cost of treatment at The Golden Rule is $400.00 per month. Clients are encouraged to contact the facility directly for additional information regarding costs.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/The-Golden-Rule-Inc-541156299386095/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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