Highland Rivers Health, Dalton, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Highland Rivers Health Overview

Highland Rivers Health is a health treatment center located in the state of Georgia for individuals battling substance abuse and mental health disorders. Highland has served the region of northwest Georgia for years and provides multiple forms of professional treatment for individuals seeking long-lasting recovery. The organization operates more than 12 treatment centers across the northwest area of Georgia that includes facilities in Gordon, Murray, Whitfield counties, Gilmer, and Cherokee. The organization serves a massive 16,000 clients yearly and is known for its community-based approach to recovery. The treatment center provides effective treatment and support systems for children, adolescents, adults, veterans, and families struggling with mental illnesses, addiction, and intellectual or developmental disabilities. The center offers gender-specific treatments and incorporates a holistic (yoga, recreational, and extracurricular activities are well encouraged) method of care into its curriculum to promote health and wellness. The treatment center provides various forms of treatment for its patients depending on his/her individual needs. Some of these include a crisis stabilization program for adults 18 and older, addiction outpatient services for adolescents and adults, and family support services. The organization’s family support services help to support families with a family member struggling with intellectual or developmental disabilities until that family member is able to have autonomy. The center has a men’s residential treatment program in Jasper, Georgia and a center in Cedartown (Polk County), Georgia for adult intensive outpatient programs.

Accommodation and Food

The organization’s Rome treatment location offers a residential program for women and is capable of housing up to 48 individuals. The center accommodates women who are pregnant, with children, or postpartum. Single women without children share rooms. Each room has a two-person accommodation capacity with two beds and wardrobes. Women with children stay in bigger family-friendly rooms. The men’s residential treatment facility in Jasper can house up to 20 people and these rooms are also shared by two residents. Clients are advised to bring their own personal items upon admission. Residents can make personal calls from phones at the facility but are prohibited from bringing their own mobile phones or electronic devices. A typical day at the residential treatment centers starts at 6:00 am with breakfast. Lunch holds at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm and dinner hold at 5:00 pm. Group sessions, meditation, individual therapy at about 3:30 pm, and off-site support groups are some of the activities observed during the day. Nutritionists are made available at both locations to prepare healthy and balanced diets and the meals are prepared by the staff and snacks are available throughout the day. Residents can also enjoy the use of TV and exercise equipment.

Treatment & Therapy

Highland Rivers offers various levels of care for its patients. These include:

Residential Recovery Services

The center offers a permanent residential and support service which includes housing options for homeless people battling with mental health issues, substance addiction, or HIV/AIDS. Activities included in this program include support groups, skills education, and community integration activities.

Residential Program

The organization’s various locations offer some form of residential care which usually include health assessment, group therapy, 12-step programs, and treatment for co-occurring disorders. Relapse prevention and assistance with community transition are also crucial to this stage.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

The organization offers outpatient care that includes treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Participants are treated for mental health disorders which may be affecting their mode of functioning in school, work, or at home. Individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, and in-home support usually take place at this stage.
The following are some of the issues treated at the hospital:

  • Substance Addiction
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Grief

Therapy Options

The hospital offers a list of therapy options for patients which include:

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Support Groups


Highland Rivers cost varies greatly depending on the kind of treatment a client is registered into. If a client is unsure about any insurance plan, a call can be placed to the facility as experienced professionals are available to answer questions regarding payments and insurance. Payments are to be made on time to help the facility provide necessary services to the patient. The facility accepts Medicare and Medicaid funding, and insurance providers covered by the list below:

  • Aetna
  • Value Options
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • United HealthCare

Clients are advised to call their carriers to determine if there is an available in-network provider in the area.


The facility is licensed and accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Highland Rivers Health Advantages

The hospital conducts different therapy programs to treat patients based on the health issue being faced. The treatment center uses holistic programs such as Yoga to clients in the residential program. Extracurricular activities are greatly encouraged and as such outdoor activities such as hiking and taking works are allowed. All locations of the facilities provide counseling and discharge plans (counseling) to clients who have completed a program. The Alumni of the facility are required to attend group meetings to discuss issues such as abstinence and prevention of relapse, two hours a week. In its entirety, the hospital treatment offered is generic (12-step and therapy) but it is a good choice for clients living in the area as the organization provides a wide range of services.


Melanie Dallas

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky majoring in Business Administration and a Master’s degree from the Georgia State University majoring in Counseling. Before working with the hospital, she worked as Director of Clinical Services at FaithBridge Foster Care for almost two years and Director at Sacred Mountain Partners for one year. She held the position of Chief Operating Officer before taking the Chief Executive position. She has been working with the facility for over six years now.

Rich Gonzalez

Chief Administrative Officer

Rich holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kettering University majoring in Industrial Administration and a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler Business School) majoring in Business Administration. He has been working for the treatment center for over three years now serving as the Chief Administrative Officer. Before working for the facility, he held the position of Director, Business Planning and Analysis at The Southern Champion Tray.

Kelly Trusheim

Director of Clinical Services

Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America majoring in Psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and worked as the clinical psychologist for Psychological Health and Wellness, LLC for over seven years before moving to Highland Rivers where she has been working for over three years now.

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1401 Applewood Dr, #5
Dalton, GA, 30720
(800) 729-5700


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