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311 Jones Mill Road, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458
Willingway Hospital has been providing treatment for alcohol and drug addiction for 45 years. The holistic rehab offers a full continuum of care, including detox, long and short-term residential treatment, outpatient services and family groups. Programs are designed to treat the whole person—body, emotions, mind and soul—and bring these four key elements back into balance. Clients leave treatment fully equipped with the education and tools they’ll need to build a solid and fulfilling life in recovery.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Program
  • 45 Years of Experience
  • Tenured Staff


  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • Aftercare Support

    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • David P. Samuels, D.O.
    David P. Samuels, D.O.Staff Psychiatrist
    Dr. Samuels joined Willingway’s medical team as a Staff Psychiatrist in August, 2014. Dr. Samuels has maintained a private practice in Statesboro since 2000 with extensive psychiatric experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Dr. Samuels also serves as the Medical Director for several outpatient psychiatric facilities. As a private pilot with an instrument rating, Dr. Samuels flies for Angel Flight and Mercy Flight, which are non-profit organizations. He is happily married with 3 children.
  • Shawn Williams, D.O.
    Shawn Williams, D.O.Medical Director and Director of Medical Education
    Shawn Williams, D.O. joined the Willingway family as Staff Physician in 2011. He came to Willingway with experience in family practice and emergency room medicine and is dedicated to educating and empowering patients who are affected by alcohol and drug addiction. Dr. Shawn is married to Lisa and they have two children, Taylor, 8, and Makalah, 7. The family enjoys going to church, bowling, hiking and exercising together.

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Located in Statesboro, Ga., Willingway offers residential, outpatient, and detoxification treatment to individuals struggling with substance misuse. The facility has been in operation for over 45 years during which time it has treated over 20,000 clients.


The admissions process begins with a phone interview, which is followed by a phone orientation and financial consultation.The facility’s treatment program follows evidence-based treatment methods and the 12-step method.

Treatment consists of individual and group therapy, as well as recreational therapy, family counseling, 12-step meetings, and educational programming. There is also a five-day family program.

The short-term inpatient program lasts for an average of two to four weeks, while the standard inpatient program lasts for an average of four to six weeks. The extended-care program usually lasts between 90 days and 18 months. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 8.9 percent of rehabs in Georgia offer a short-term (30 days or less) residential program, while 17.5 percent offer a long-term (30 days or more) residential program.

Willingway also operates a sober living home for clients who have completed other programs. The program lasts from 90 days to 18 months. Additionally, Willingway offers aftercare to alumni and local community members in 14 cities throughout Georgia, Florida, and North and South Carolina.


The treatment team includes a medical doctor, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, a registered nurse, certified addiction counselors, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, and certified clinical counselors. Willingway is one of 59 rehabs in Georgia (20.2 percent of all rehabs in the state) certified by the Joint Commission.


Willingway offers private rooms and bathrooms to male and female clients on an 11-acre campus. Bedrooms feature double beds, storage space, a desk, and individual cooling/heating systems for temperature control. Clients have access to a 24-hour snack bar, coffee stations, an indoor pool, and a fitness room. Clients are not allowed the use of electronic devices such as phones, computers, or tablets.


The 24 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mixed reviews that skewed positive. Of these, the six were polled on more granular metrics gave high ratings to the facility's family participation, staff experience, and cleanliness. "They focus on the client's needs,"K.A.H. wrote in a representative review. "The counselors are in recovery themselves and that made me feel like they understood what I was going through."

Family Participation: 4.5/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.5/5
Cleanliness: 4.3/5

Conversely, counseling options, holistic offerings, and connectivity received more modest ratings. "The group sessions are sub par,"J.H. wrote in a representative review.

Holistic Offerings: 3/5
Counseling Options: 3/5
Connectivity and Visitor Policy: 2.8/5

Reviews on secondary review sites were similarly mixed. Ninety reviewers on the facility's official Facebook page, which staff may manage, contributed to an average rating of 4.4 out of five stars.[1] On Google, however, 25 reviews yielded a much lower 2.6 out of five-star average.[2]


The 14 loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mixed reviews. On the positive end, reviewers praised the facility's cleanliness, family participation, and staff experience. Four loved ones polled on these metrics gave high ratings. One anonymous reviewer wrote in a representative review: “This facility is one of the best for alcohol addiction treatment. It involves the family. I highly recommend it.”

Family Participation: 4.8/5
Cleanliness: 4.8/5
Staff Experience and Training: 4.8/5

However, several loved ones felt that the cost of treatment was expensive. Others, such as S.V., complained about the treatment. In a representative review, they wrote: "My wife was put into their 12-Step program where she was subjected to terrible treatment by the staff.


The exact cost of treatment is not published, though Willingway's website states that the price varies based on the client’s medical condition, physician’s recommendations for treatment, and the length of stay. The facility accepts insurance. To date, the 11 individuals polled on the matter generally approved of the facility's cost.

Affordability: 3.9/5

[1] https://www.facebook.com/pg/willingway1971/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[2] GoogleReviews

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