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Damascus Rehab

18 Simmons Center, Statesboro, Georgia, 30459
Damascus uses a solution based approach to life problems in areas of work, school, and family as well as influencing interpersonal relationships through positive peer support inside and outside the residence. The utilization of the 12 steps of AA and NA are the basis for the recovery process.

Facility Highlights

  • 12-Step Integration
  • Psycho-Educational Groups
  • Individual Counseling


  • 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.
  • 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.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Tim Strickland, M.Ed., LPC, MAC, CCS
    Tim Strickland, M.Ed., LPC, MAC, CCS Counselor/Owner
    Mr. Strickland earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1995 from Georgia Southern University in Therapeutic Recreation. He began his career working with adolescents at a Residential Treatment Facility in Bloomingdale, Ga. He eventually earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from Georgia Southern in 1998 and began working with all age groups in Mental Health for the state of Georgia. He spent four years as a Counselor in the Wayne County School System and now works with Bulloch Recovery Resources. He currently has a Georgia License to practice as a Professional Counselor and is Nationally Certified as a Master Addiction Counselor. His community involvement includes teaching Adult Sunday School at the Pembroke United Methodist Church and serving as 1st Vice President and Secretary for the Pembroke Lions Club. Mr. Strickland has previously held the position as the Community Chair for the Enforcement Work Group for the Georgia Southern University/Community Coalition to address Alcohol issues on and off campus. He was recently named 2013 Licensed Professional Counselor of the year for the state of Georgia by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association for his development of Damascus, LLC, Research and Development for the DUI court treatment protocols for Bulloch County, and his outstanding efficacy with working with men who suffer from the disease of addiction. He speaks at public events several times a year and has developed and implements curriculum for substance abuse education geared towards college students monthly in Statesboro, Georgia.
  • Vern Howard, NCAC I, SAP
    Vern Howard, NCAC I, SAPCounselor/Owner
    Mr. Howard is a native of and resides in Bulloch County. He attended Georgia Southern University and graduated from Royal Oak Community College. He is a veteran of the United States armed forces. As a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor and Substance Abuse Professional, he provides counseling for alcohol and drug abuse/dependence. He teaches Anger Management and Alcohol and Drug Awareness Programs for Relapse Prevention. He owns and operates Bulloch Recovery Resources, an Outpatient Substance Abuse facility that provides Alcohol/Drug Evaluations and Individual/Group Treatment programs for members of the Statesboro community and surrounding counties.

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Located in the historic college town of Statesboro in eastern Georgia, Damascus Rehab offers long-term residential treatment for men seeking treatment for substance abuse. It is one of Georgia’s 51 (17.5 percent) of residential treatment facilities. This center is approved to accept individuals currently on parole and probation.

Damascus Rehab is not a medical facility, and medical detox is not available on-site. Individuals seeking treatment for mental health disorders can be accommodated, but only if they have been stable on psychotropic medications for three to six months before admission.


Damascus Rehab uses the 12-Steps along with a solutions-based approach, aiming to address difficulties in clients' work, school, and family lives, as well as their substance use disorders. The 12-step program is used in 217 (74.3 percent) of treatment facilities in Georgia. In addition, the peer support provided at the facility helps clients to resolve their interpersonal problems.

Residents attend off-site 12-step meetings every day, as well as participating in a weekly individual counseling session, group counseling, psychoeducational groups, and community meetings. The program is split into four phases. At each stage, residents take on more responsibility until, in the later stages of treatment, they become positive peer mentors for new residents.

During treatment, clients often find employment to help pay for their treatment. It also serves as a work training program, which is only offered in 144 (49.3 percent) of the state’s treatment programs.

Families are encouraged to participate in the program. Damascus Rehab also provides drug and alcohol screening and monthly reports to parole and probation officials.


The center is staffed by certified addiction counselors and program administrators. Many of the staff members are in recovery themselves.


Residents sleep in shared bedrooms and complete mandatory chores. After a certain period in treatment, overnight passes can be granted, and the center also aims to encourage residents to develop healthy, sober social lives by scheduling camping trips and outings to the movies and college sports games, among other activities.


At the time of this writing, Rehabs.com has received two positive and one negative review from alumni of Damascus Rehab. Alum Jack described a lack of counseling and insufficient food. "They have their residents working full time to pay 200 dollars a week to only have a pillow at night.” He added that “Their form of counseling is actually just sitting in a hot warehouse in a button down and tie for 8 hours every Friday night in a session they refer to as POP.”

However, the other reviews were more positive. C.R. wrote how. "Damascus provided me with structure, accountability, workbook material, relapse prevention, 12 step support and a safe, comfortable environment to learn how to live, work and thrive as a sober member of my society.” L.W. wrote about the “love and care that the staff give to residents” and the “prayers and the support and the structure provided.”

At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded minimal coverage: a single five out of five star review with no accompanying commentary on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page).[1]


The single loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date, H.E., gave positive feedback about their experience at Damascus Rehab. "We are very pleased with his care and find one of the male staff members very knowledgeable and compassionate," they wrote of their son's stay at Damascus.


Pricing is not provided, but many clients find employment during treatment to help pay for their treatment. Self-pay is accepted.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/Damascus-Rehab-252758571404163/reviews/

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