Black Bear Lodge

3.6 (16 reviews) ADD YOUR REVIEW
310 Black Bear Ridge
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
8556737178 Visit Website

Paying for Treatment

  • Insurance is Accepted
  • Financing is not Available
  • Medicare is not Accepted
  • Medicaid is not Accepted

Treatment Insights

Black Bear Lodge treats substance abuse and mental health issues in a safe and structured setting. The dual-diagnosis facility is committed to meeting clients wherever they are in the recovery process, developing individualized treatment plans with comprehensive techniques and services. Clients are encouraged to rediscover themselves, develop new and healthy coping skills, and set their own personal goals for a fulfilling and sober life.

Black Bear Lodge Reviews and Ratings Details

The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.

Reviews at a Glance

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N

I was at Black Bear in 2016. I went to Black Bear with the sole purpose to get better. I wanted come out a better person so I could be a better man, friend, son, uncle etc. I was not concerned with li...

RSL

My son attended Black Bear Lodge recently, he has been to a few different facilities in the past , while at Black Bear he was so severely medicated that he was not able to participate and focus proper...

MAS

I absolutely loved the treatment I received at Black Bear. I\'m a dual diagnosis patient. I was treated respect and love. The staff was profession and so very positive! They gave me hope. The hope ...

Anonymous

Nutrition, structuring daily time-schedules, counseling, including family and friends in a healthy manner and at a healthy level Not enough housing space to accommodate the overflow of new clients Gre...

TS

From what I can tell, the treatments are \"sufficient\" but no better than what could be received (for a much better price) at any local rehab center. You\'re paying for the zip lining and beautiful s...

MHN

i hate it it is too pricey and it suck

Andrew

First and foremost I cannot say enough good things about this place. I don’t quite understand all the negative reviews this place gets. The best part about this place was the communication the sta...

VS

I was there ,6 months ago and go me if was scary because I have not been away from home aloñe, but the staff was wonderful, the treatment was excellent, except for their way of detoxification left a...

DH

Didn't seem to care.

SPK

I believe they do everything in their power with a willing participant. My Grandson was not. The staff at Black Bear genuinely CARE about the patients.

Dt

The place lied completely to get you in the door. That being said, the staff was great except for the primary therapist. She made the stay and treatment almost unbearable. The grounds were beautiful...

E

You may love it or hate it but be prepared to live without a cell phone, a book and extremely limited time to use their phones. You cannot enjoy the beautiful surroundings because you can't leave. The...

GL

Black bear changed my life! I would recommend it to anyone. Staff cares, amazing food, atmosphere, location! However, medication was dispensed in detox and they only offered 12 step recovery.

Anonymous

Strengths included: dual diagnosis treatment incorporating varied methods, up date research based therapy as well as traditional therapy. They also begin planning and working with patient aftercare ve...

LE

Lack of structure and lack of patient accountability. However, they were client centered.

MLG

Every one of these categories should be 5 stars. This place saved my life. The therapy and medicine management is unparalleled. After many, many years of trying to change my life and stop feeling abso...


Areas of Focus
Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy provides an alternative to traditional forms of talk therapy and inspires clients to engage the outside world and develop positive habits. Program offerings include ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, and more! Clients are encouraged to utilize the healing power of nature to foster new passions and hobbies for lifelong recovery.

Mental Wellness Assessment

Black Bear Lodge professionals administer examinations to assess clients’ memory skills, reaction times, stress responses, and impulse control in order to most effectively address each individual’s mental health. Individuals struggling with co-occurring mental health diagnosis and addiction are provided specialized treatment plans accordingly.

Key Staff Members
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    Adam Marion, LCSW - Clinical Director

    Adam Marion is the clinical director at Black Bear Lodge. Prior to this, he has served as a primary therapist, providing clinical treatment for dually diagnosed patients in an outpatient setting. Adam views his career as a calling to use his gifts and talents to help people in need and lift them up, something he is definitely passionate about. During college, he studied abroad in Argentina and Costa Rica, falling in love with Central and South America. He credits the varied cultures in the region with broadening his approach to his work back at home. At Black Bear Lodge, Adam sees it as a privilege to witness the dramatic change that happens during treatment. A southerner born and bred, Adam Marion grew up in a small town in South Georgia. He went on to earn both undergraduate and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Georgia. Adam initially put those skills to use working for a variety of wilderness programs, a career path that allowed him to merge his love of the outdoors and desire to serve others. Adam served as a supervisor, staff trainer and coordinator in back country locations stretching from Florida to Alaska. Much of this work was focused on individuals with co-occurring disorders and their families.

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    Paige Bottom, MBA - Chief Executive Officer

    Paige Bottom has been committed to the field of addiction and mental illness since 1990, beginning with her work with adolescents diagnosed with both psychiatric and chemical dependency problems. Paige’s path began in direct clinical work in Virginia after completing her undergraduate work in psychology, but it soon branched into prevention and education. Throughout that time, Paige remained dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people who had been affected by addiction and mental illness. As a result, she returned to graduate school with a dual focus on counseling psychology and business administration. It was during this time that Paige moved out of direct care and into program development, operations and administration. Driven by a desire to have a greater impact on how care is delivered and to reach a larger portion of an underserved population, Paige’s ultimate goal was to provide services that result in a powerful, life-changing experience and greater rates of success in recovery. After receiving her master’s in business administration, Paige worked extensively in Wilmington, North Carolina, and Santa Cruz, California, creating and developing programs to increase their responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness. As Group CEO of La Paloma and Black Bear Lodge, Paige brings a gentle, compassionate strength to the job. She was drawn to FRN because of our commitment to an integrated model of treatment and patient-centered care. Watching patients find themselves and their enthusiasm for life is what makes this work most rewarding for Paige. As patients heal, they reawaken their confidence, enthusiasm and commitment to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Treatment provides the transformative experience that allows people to become fully engaged in all the possibilities present in a life of recovery. Being part of the unique process of helping people walk the road of happiness and recovery is what Paige values most.