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Aug 24-28, 2015

9th Annual

Georgia School of Addiction Studies

Savannah, GA


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CARES 17 – July 27 – 31, 2015
Applications Due June 15, 2015
Interviews June 29, 2015

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Georgia Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES)

The mission of Georgia CARES’s is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders by providing experienced peer support and advocating for self-directed care.

CARES Vision Statement
We envision a recovery-oriented system of care that supports self-directed pathways to recovery by building on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities.








The cornerstone of a recovery-oriented system of care is (ROSC) is a vibrant, well-trained peer workforce. Funded and supported by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), the CARES Program is implemented by GCSA and consists of 4 phases:

  1. Application – candidate must have 2 yrs. continuous abstinent recovery; H.S. Diploma or GED; completed, timely application; 2 references; a written essay

  2. Selection – based on demonstrated recovery leadership in the community; dependability; ability to use recovery story to help others; supportive of the many pathways to recovery

  3. CARES Academy – includes reading the text, “What’s Right With You” by Barry Duncan,; preparatory exercises; 40-hours experiential classroom work; certification exam

  4. On-going Support – monthly webinars; bi-annual ‘CARES Connect’ conferences; continuing education requirements; regular check-ins by peers; on-site technical assistance by CARES faculty; opportunities to education, advocate and spread the hope of recovery

Upon completion of the CARES Academy, peers are able to:

  • Advocate for recovery for themselves, the peers with whom they work and for a ROSC.

  • Run recovery groups using “Partners for Change Outcome Management System”, an evidence-based practice found on the SAMHSA’s “National Registry of Evidence Based Practices and Programs (NREPP)”.

  • Conduct individual recovery check-ins by supporting peers in self-directed care and assessing a peer’s ‘recovery capital’ using Motivational Interviewing (also on NREPP) skills to enhance the relationship.

2015 CARES Academy Dates

CARES 17 – July 27 – 31, 2015
Applications Due June 15, 2015
Interviews June 29, 2015

 Questions? Please contact:
The Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
100 Edgewood Avenue, Suite 1009
Atlanta GA 30303

Phone: 404-523-3440


CARES Description CARES 17 Academy Application CARES Code of Ethics
Training Overview Recovery Bill of Rights


Please note, each applicant is responsible for their own hotel accommodations.

All Applications must be typed and submitted electronically
(Click the Submit Button at the end of the application)

For inquiries please contact the

Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 1009
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404 523-3440

Advocacy with Anonymity CARES Pre-Academy

Hidden Treasures:
Building Community Connections

Understanding Alcoholism Scale
Talking About Recovery & CARES Elevator Speech Recovery Capital Scale & Plan
Relapse is not Part of Recovery CARES Core Skills Self-Assessment & Development Plan

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