CARES/ROSC Workshop @ The Door
May 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The CARES/ROSC Workshop is an excellent opportunity for potential CARES to learn more about peer recovery support services, and how they fit into a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (and what a recovery-oriented system of care is). That understanding can not only help applicants through the application process, it helps them to better understand if the CARES Academy is something they are ready to pursue.

In addition to information about Recovery Oriented Systems of Care, the workshop provides practical skills in applying for the Academy, including a review of writing samples, and a mock group interview (with feedback from the facilitator).

Freedom Through Recovery @ Connection Church
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

YOU are invited!

Please join Statesboro’s Recovery Community for a unique day of :

Inspiring stories of hope from community members with long-term recovery.

Opportunities to join conversations about recovery in Statesboro.

Food, fun, fellowship.

Time to meet new people from new places that support people in recovery and their families.


A remarkable movement is taking place across the country and across the State of Georgia. People in recovery helping other people in recovery is nothing new, but peer recovery support provides the time and place for people in recovery, from multiple pathways to recovery, to assist each other in achieving their personal goals, and helping one another to lead meaningful, purposeful lives.


Join us so we can learn from you what’s working for you, and you can learn how to help support recovery in Statesboro!



Bulloch Alcohol & Drug Council

Capstone Technology

Celebrate Recovery

Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University

Connection Church

Eastern Heights Baptist Church

Georgia NAACP

Georgia Southern University Psychology Clinic

I.M.P.A.C.T. Clubhouse


Pineland BHDD

Reliance Treatment Center



**Childcare provided, registration required**

Facebook Event Page Here.

Event Registration Here.

Statesboro Recovery Symposium @ Connection Church
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
National Center for Primary Care Integrated Webinar Series
May 31 @ 2:00 pm
Are the Policies for Reducing Opioid Addiction Impacting Care in Your Community or Clinic?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 2:00PM EST
Webinar Panelists:

Susan Kaye Blank, MD
Courtney Yarbrough, PhD

This webinar will examine policy recommendations that can stem and reduce the opioid epidemic in various states. Protocols and guidelines have been presented by organizations designed to improve the monitoring and prescribing of opioid. This webinar will examine whether these guidelines and protocols have improved the conditions and other potential pitfalls associated with opioid prescribing.

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify the impact of recent opioid prescribing guidelines and protocols on the opioid addiction epidemic;
2) Examine the impact of opioid addiction on the delivery of care to patients, especially those with substance use disorder; and
3) Discuss opioid addiction policies and their role in reducing opioid addiction and other substance use disorders.

2017 Addiction Counselor Preparation Course
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am

2017 Addiction Counselor Preparation Course

Location: Marietta, GA

June 2 & June 3, 2017

Addressing Anger and Resistance with the Legally Mandated Client

Addressing HIV/AIDS and High Risk Behaviors in Treatment

Addressing Anger and Resistance with the Legally Mandated Client

June 2, 2017. 9:00am – 5:30pm each day. 7.5 contact hours

Addressing HIV/AIDS and High Risk Behaviors in Treatment Crisis Intervention

June 3, 2017. 9:00am – 5:30pm each day. 7.5 contact hours


Dr. Sherman (678) 404-9309

Mark Pimsler (404) 839-2331



Cost: $70 for one day; $120 for both

Payment options:Cash, Debit/Credit Card

Registration onsite. Walk-Ins always Welcome


The Extension, 1507 Church Street, Extension, Marietta, GA 30060

GACA and ADACB-Ga Approved Education Provider

For Initial or Re-Certification



CARES 25 Application Deadline
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please visit our CARES page for more information.

2017 DBHDD Summer Colloquium
Jun 7 @ 7:00 am – Jun 9 @ 4:30 pm
You are invited to the 2017 DBHDD SUMMER COLLOQUIUM – An update for clinical staff at the state hospitals on the latest approaches for dealing with a range of addictive disorders. beginning on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Start date (Check In): 6/7/17; End date (Check Out): 6/9/17; Last day to book: 6/6/17.

Note: Guests are responsible for overnight accommodations. State hospital staff, please reference Concur for expenses.

For online reservation, click the following hotel link:


To REGISTER, click YES or NO. We look forward to your response.

Please click the following links for detailed information:

Pamela Threats
DBHDD/Hospital Operations – Hospitals
Community Listening Session: Peer Support in Emergency Departments @ Whalen Auditorium, Brenau University
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse (GCSA), in partnership with the Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), is launching a program to provide peer support in emergency departments for individuals who have experienced opioid overdose or other issues relatedto harmful use or substance use disorders. This program will be staffed by Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists (CARES). GCSA is the founder and administrator of the CARES training program through a contract with Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). DBHDD is providing funding for this program through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) disbursement of “21st Century Cures Act” funds.


CARES will help provide support in Northeast Georgia emergency rooms to those who have survived an opiate overdose through listening and answering questions patients may have about recovery supports or treatment options. CARES will also be providing information to family members about the inherent dangers of opioid addiction and how the timely administration of naloxone typically can save lives by reversing the effects of opiates.


GCSA is beginning to facilitate listening sessions in the communities served by NGHS to better understand the strengths and resources available to support recovery in these communities. The first of these sessions will be held at Whalen Auditorium, Brenau University, 1001 Chestnut Street, Gainesville, GA on June 13, 6:00-7:00 PM.


For the past 6 years, in addition to administering the CARES program, GCSA has been involved in community development that supports recovery all across Georgia. GCSA has been developing local peer leadership through recovery oriented initiatives in communitiesfrom Dalton to Savannah and from Demorest to Thomasville. This work is done in partnership with Georgia’s DBHDD and the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network.


NE Georgia Community Connections for Recovery is a collaboration of federal, state and local entities to help stem the increasing tide of deaths by overdoses in Georgia. This collaboration will help create a community that is based on hope, wellness, and the recognition that recovery from substance use disorder is possible for everyone.

Want to learn more?

WHO: Georgia Council on Substance Abuse & Northeast Georgia Health System

WHAT:  Community Listening Session: Peer Support in Emergency Departments

WHERE: Whalen Auditorium, Brenau University, East Campus, 1001 Chestnut St., SE, Gainesville, GA

WHEN: June 13, 6:00-7:00 PM

Engagement in this community development work reflects GCSAs core beliefs:People are motivated and informed by lived recovery experience–the success stories;People want to be heard, not fixed. True partnership means being listened to;There are many pathways to recovery and people should build on what works;To make sustainable change, it is vital to be continuously invitational and inclusive; andRecovery is not only possible – it is an expectation.




Expecting Recovery Webinar
Jun 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please register for Expecting Recovery : How Peers Promote Post Trauma Growth with the George Braucht!

Register HERE 

This webinar has been approved for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education (1.5 CEUs) for those who join us CARES June Webinar Thursday June 15, 2017 beginning 11:30 AM and remain with us for the duration of the webinar or 1.5 hrs – ending 1:00 PM 


This webinar focus:

Today’s tsunami of trauma-informed clinical services is buoyed by peer support that promotes wellness and resilience or recovery based on blending the social model of recovery with positive psychology’s evidence-based principles and practices. This webinar briefly covers how to promote wellbeing while recognizing and fostering post-traumatic growth within peer support relationships.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.




GACA Summer Training Workshop @ Ridgeview Institute
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

GACA Summer Training Workshop – Experiential Group Counseling Skills

7 CEU’s  available!

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