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Ascensa Health (Formerly Known As St. Jude'S Recovery Center)

139 Renaissance Parkway NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308
The doors of the St. Jude’s Recovery Center are open to anyone in greater Atlanta seeking treatment from alcohol and drug addiction. The rehab primarily cares for homeless or low-income individuals who cannot afford treatment, and provides a comprehensive continuum of care, including detox, long-term residential, day treatment, family care and aftercare services, as well as a veteran’s halfway house and a special needs house for single parents.

Facility Highlights

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Health and Nutrition Education
  • Medication Management


  • Medical Detoxification

    Drugs and alcohol have widespread effects throughout your body, including but not limited to the addiction and/or physical/psychological dependence that develops with substance abuse over time. Many organ systems are affected by addiction and will react to withdrawal. The term “medical detoxification” means that there is a trained and licensed medical professional onsite to monitor your vital signs and protect your physical and emotional health as your body goes through withdrawal.
  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

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Meet the Staff

  • Suzanne Shaffer, MS
    Suzanne Shaffer, MSPresident & CEO
    As President and CEO of St. Jude's Recovery Center, Suzanne oversees the day-to-day operations of one the largest nonprofit addiction treatment centers in Georgia. She actively manages 140 employees, seven facilities, and an annual operating budget of over $6 million. Suzanne leads St. Jude's mission of providing a comprehensive system of care that sustains long-term recovery from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Suzanne was appointed President and CEO by the Board of Directors in 2012 after serving 13 years as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing Clinical Services, Finance, Food Services, Human Resources and Maintenance. Also during her 25 years at St. Jude's, she served as Director of Administrative Services and Director of Development. Suzanne holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources/Direct Services from Mercer University. Suzanne is a founding member of the Georgia Association for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse. Currently she serves on the DeKalb County COC Planning Committee and is a member of the State Association of Addiction Services.
  • Sue Wiggins, MS
    Sue Wiggins, MSChief Financial Officer
    Sue Wiggin has been the Chief Financial Officer of St. Jude's Recovery Center for 20 years. Sue oversees the organization's finance and information technology departments. Sue is an experienced professional in the fields of finance, business, and marketing. Since joining St. Jude's Recovery Center, she has coordinated all functions of the agency's accounting system, including the development and revision of multiple budgets over $6 million, preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual reports, and preparation of all payroll and tax reports. Under Sue's leadership St. Jude's Recovery Center has maintained its history of operating with a balanced budget and no debt. In addition, Sue is an active member of the Georgia Association of Information Technology and she has been instrumental in the implementation of a new electronic medical records system. Sue has a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration from St. Francis University and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing Management from Miami University.

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  • 3.7
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Yes Ms.Tasha helped me with learning who I am and how to handle things on day-to-day basis. But I was kicked out a transitional after completing the entire program And graduating I lived in the house for five months. Because I switched jobs I did not quit my job but my ex employer told them I did because she helps employ St Judes clients. I should’ve told them the second I swapped but I didn’t but I think that’s ridiculous. They’re trying to teach you how to be grown-up and be independent. I was paying my rent I was doing everything I Was supposed to do. UAs ,work, rent, curfews. I was kicked out because the lady of the women’s housing and I did not click. It’s not fair bacause I did nothing wrong except for not click with the new what ever you want to call her/ house lady which I’m not mention her name. I am still sober, but that is only on my part. Besides Miss Tasha. The rest of them are rude crude and mean. Even the employment lady. Really them plus the house resident manager what ever she thinks and It is so unkind to treat people like dirt And low life. And that’s exactly what they do at St Jude’s or whatever their new name is.?I would try them out definitely but I would be never be trusting of some of the employees. Just be aware and mindful. Fuck you
    As far as I hear this facility is decent and has worked for several people, but if the problem is more than just a simple addiction issue, and the person has more mental illness(es), then this place may not be able to help as in depth as you may see necessary.
      horrible treatment center. staff talked down to clients. take visits from your children as partial punishment, too willing to discharge people early over nonsense. i will never recommend this place
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      Strengths: Educated staff as well as recovering alcholics and recovering addicts staff.the counselors seem to really care about the patients.good structure informative groups and one on one counseling. Offers transitional housing upon completion of and womens facilities. Best of all there is no charge. Weaknesses: Buildings are old and need is tight so tnhey are cuting back and becoming short staffed
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      Strengths: Personalized attention, kind and trained staff, nice facilities. Weaknesses: cost. Results will happen by being open to help and changing for the better through choosing this recovery center.