Peers & Allies
CARES certified, CPS-AD, MAT
My name is Jocelyn Croft, I am a woman in long-term recovery. What that means is that I have not used any mind altering substances or committed any crimes since March 4, 2017. I suffered the disease of addiction for over 26 years. I made it out alive – and for that I carry around this amazing sense of gratitude and living the most authentic life possible. Recovery has given me a life, I’m excited to wake up to each day. I am fully aware that I did not get to this point on my own. I recognize the sobriety I achieved is due to a Higher Power, 12-Step program, and the many people who have loved and supported me throughout my journey.
What recovery means to me is an entire transformation of my life. Recovery is an experience – something that can only be lived. Sobriety is a gift. And it’s a miracle that I am writing this today. I will always be an addict and alcoholic – but today I’m sober…and that is priceless. One of the greatest gift of all that I have received on this journey was the honor to obtain my CARES certification and my CPS-AD,MAT and work in the field of recovery in the state of Georgia. Daily I am able to give back to the men and women who come seeking a new way of life. I get to be a part of the miracle of transformation in recovery, and see the sparkle of hope in their eyes. I get to encourage these men and women to become empowered and find their own capabilities. Most importantly, I walk in freedom one day at a time.
Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Jocelyn Croft Director
Douglas County Family Treatment Court Peer Specialist, CARES
Deena Davis is a Certified Addiction & Recovery Empowerment Specialist, CARES, and works for the Family Treatment Court (FTC) in Douglas County as a peer support specialist. In 2010 Deena graduated from the same program she is employed by today. Deena was among the first group of peers in Georgia to go through the CARES Academy and become certified through The Ga Council on Substance Abuse in 2011. She has served on the advisory board for the Georgia's Practice Model Implementation as a peer specialist and is part of the Maternal Substance Use workgroup for the statewide Georgia Multi-Stakeholder Opioid and Substance Use Response Plan. She is the founder of a non-profit, Families in Transition, which provides services for at risk families in Douglas and is also on the team for Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Team’s Baby Steps Recovery Program. She recently worked with the Center for State Judges providing her personal journey with her work on the Baby Steps project. Deena has been living in long term recovery for well over 12 years and is actively involved in the 12-step community. She has shared her recovery journey locally as well as nationally. Deena believes there are many paths to recovery and uses her lived experiences to connect with people and help them on their recovery journey. She speaks out about her recovery because she thinks everyone should have the opportunities she has had to get and stay well and wants to be a part of removing the stigma behind the disease of addiction.
Art Program Director
I’m Cyndi Burnett, a woman in long term recovery. That means that I have not had an alcoholic beverage since July 10, 2018. I had struggled with alcohol abuse for about 8 years ...I could not be an alcoholic! I’d never had a DUI. I hadn’t lost my home, my job, or my family ...YET!!! I knew I was headed in that direction. I loved my husband of 40 years, my daughters more than life itself. My teaching career was everything to me. That wasn’t enough to make me stop- I couldn’t do it by myself. I’m so thankful that my doctor recommended I try Alcoholics Anonymous.
When I met the group of people in Alcoholics Anonymous and applied their suggestions from the 12 step program in my life ...oh my! I rise every morning with a grateful heart and a desire to serve others. I thank my higher power for another sober day. Amazingly as I began to work through anxiety & depression, collage art became an outlet for me, and as I peeled away the layers of struggle in my life my art became meaningful. In 2020, Blu Rose Art Bistro in Douglasville graciously displayed my art, and now it hangs in the RCO and is featured in my Etsy shop. My art will always support and benefit recovery, because it and the people who loved me, and Alcoholics Anonymous saved my life.
I know two things for sure:
1. There are many more people just like me, suffering through each day, faking it, deceiving loved ones, trying to be perfect, feeling like a failure, hating life.
2. For me to stay sober, I have to help the still suffering addict, and I am overjoyed for the opportunity to serve at The Never Alone Clubhouse RCO. Now my life is worth sharing, especially with others in recovery.
My name is Kelly keys I am a person in long-term recovery, what that means for me is that it's been since July 28th of 2019 since I've had any mind-altering substance. After 26 years of active substance use disorder, many failed attempts to get clean, losing my children, my home and job I found freedom in recovery. I now have completed family treatment Court, regain custody of my children and fixed relationships in my life. I serve on the Never Alone Clubhouse board as fundraising chair, I hold a service position as Administration assistant and I am alumni for family treatment Court. I have just recently been accepted to the cares Academy to follow my dream become a peer support specialist and help other people like me. My recovery has taught me that anything is possible today. I speak loud about my recovery and I am extremely proud of who I was because it made me who i am today, and today
My Recovery Must Come First So That Everything I Love In Life Doesn't Have To Come Last again!
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