NAADAC's Georgia Affiliate, the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) Board members and key stakeholders proudly joined the 2018 Addiction Recovery Coalition of Georgia
to advocate for the recovery community and sponsored Georgia Addiction Recovery Awareness Day
on January 11, 2018, at the Georgia State Capitol. Addiction Recovery Awareness Day gives a voice for a legislative agenda that is recovery-oriented. This advocacy event is organized by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse every January at the beginning of the Georgia legislative session.
At the event, Georgia State Representative Sharon Cooper gave a heart-felt address to the recovery community. Representative Cooper and Georgia Overdose Prevention were instrumental in getting Georgia's 911 Amnesty Law passed that saves the lives of those suffering with opioid use disorder.
GACA's leadership also spoke with Cassandra Price and her staff from Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
about treatment, prevention, and recovery working together along a full continuum of care.
"We know that addiction, also called substance use disorder, is preventable, treatable, and chronic," said GACA Executive Director, Jared Sulc. "It is a health condition from which many people do recover! We see thousands living in long-term recovery. There is so much hope for our clients and they need to know there is a way out of the severe suffering of addiction."
GACA is very proud to be a part of Georgia Addiction Recovery Awareness Day each year and is excited about its work in 2018.