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Jocelyn Wallace 

Executive Director

CARES certified,  CPS-AD, MAT

Hello, I'm Jocelyn Wallace, and I'm not just living but thriving in long-term recovery since March 4, 2017. Overcoming a 26-year battle with Opioid Use Disorder, I carry an immense sense of gratitude for the authentic life recovery has granted me.

My sobriety is a collaborative achievement, thanks to a Higher Power, the transformative 12-Step program, and the unwavering support of countless individuals who have been part of my journey. Recovery, to me, is a continual transformation—an experience only truly understood by living it.

Sobriety is a gift, a miracle that allows me to share my story today. While the journey with Substance Use Disorder persists, today I stand sober, and that, to me, is truly priceless. Obtaining my CARES certification and CPS-AD, MAT has been one of the greatest gifts on this path, enabling me to work in the field of recovery in Georgia. Peer support saves lives, and it’s my honor to be able to be a peer support provider and advocate!

Every day, I have the privilege to give back to those seeking a new way of life, witnessing the miracle of transformation and igniting hope in their eyes. My role is to encourage individuals to find empowerment within themselves and discover their capabilities. Most importantly, I walk in freedom, cherishing each day as it unfolds.

In the wise words of Confucius, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." My work in the field of recovery is not just a job—it's a passion, a calling that brings fulfillment and purpose to every day. 


Deena Davis

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Vice President

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.  

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Cyndi Burnett

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Assistant Director / Art Director

CARES certified, CPS-AD

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.

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Shea Bennett

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Hi! I'm Shea, and I'm a person in long term recovery. What that means to me is that I have been able to parent my daughter without getting distracted. I found my self worth, and since, have made my family proud and not ashamed of me since April 20, 2016. I'm going to be honest. I'm one of those people that are loud and jokes around majority of the time, even when I shouldn't, but that's because I've spent so many years searching for laughter. I try to be that, so people won't have to search as hard as I did. This personality trait almost cost me my life many times. Like most people like me, that's the stuff that steered me deeper into my disease to begin with. That discomfort is what led me to recovery. I was searching to find a way out of an uncomfortable state. I landed here, at The Never Alone Clubhouse. And I loved that they supported each pathway in recovery. My recovery is faith based. I can not express the pull I had being around this community. I decided to trust in God and join their mission of spreading hope, and providing a safe place. I share the message of recovery by being a part of the Alumni Group of Family Treatment Court here in Douglas County. It's important that I share that part of me because I graduated FTC in 2011. I completed treatment, got a house, got a job and gained custody of my daughter back, after 10 long months of her being gone. But unfortunately, that wasn't enough for me. I almost immediately had a set back. I fell even harder into substance use disorder than I ever had in the past. It took me 5 years of living a lifestyle of such a sad and defeated person to finally surrender and live clean, or die. Now, I vow to share my story. And I mean all of it. The mental, physical, and emotional. If I don't, I will surely die that is my reality. God is always providing ways to display grace, and I am living proof of that and you are too! I am very honored to be a part of this organization and share my pathway with others just like me. God Bless! 

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Janis Austin

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Family Support / Board Secretary

My name is Janis Austin.  I am a recovery Ally.  What this means is; I am a mother of a child with Opioid Use Disorder that has not felt the need to use any mind altering substance in 5 years. I also have the pleasure of serving as Secretary on the board at The Never Alone Clubhouse in Douglasville. I am married to Jake Austin who co-shares my position as Secretary.  We live in Bowdon Ga.  I am the proud mother of Jocelyn Wallace, Executive Director of The Never Alone Clubhouse.   I walked the hell of untreated Substance Use Disorder for over 26 years with Jocelyn.  This is a devastating roller coaster.  When the day came that Jocelyn surrendered and asked for help was life changing!  Watching a tortured sick woman transform into a happy healthy, honest woman is a miracle!  My driving force to be involved with The Never Alone Clubhouse is to help other parents and families with their walk in the recovery process. Supporting Jocelyn in her passion of giving back to the community and making changes is my honor and privilege.

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Jake Austin

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Family Support 

My name is Jake Austin and my wife Janis and I have the honor of being co-secretaries of the Never Alone Clubhouse.  This RCO is located on Grady St. in Douglasville.  I attended Georgia State University where I was a history major before switching to economics. I did my student teaching before deciding that this was not my interests. 

In 1972 I was hired by UPS and for the next thirty years I spent with this company. The first four were as a driver and the subsequent 26 and change was spent in management.  Most of my time was spent in operations , although assignments took me to employee relations and labor relations at times. In the first quarter of 2003 I took my retirement and planned on spending my time playing golf and fishing.  Janis preceded me in retirement from Bosch, Inc.

Janis and I have seven children  and are so very proud of all of them but the 80s and 90s posed some very difficult obstacles to the growth and maturing of healthy young people.  Experimenting in drugs happened among our kids and we dodged the addiction bullseye until our next to youngest succumbed. 

Over twenty years of hell and heartache followed with my making most every mistake a father could make. Jocelyn bursted out of the dark tunnel despite my involvement, not because of it. It was two more years before I could view substance use disorder as an illness, not weakness. When this reality finally got through my thick skin I became at peace and waited for the opportunity to get involved. Janis was a beacon who never quit loving her daughter and we wanted to learn how to help others. In whatever capacity Jocelyn wants us to serve we will.  God has lit the path and we all will follow. My relationship with Jocelyn is unbelievably wonderful.  Visions become reality daily with this group and I am just appreciative to tag along.

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Laura Huggins

Jail Coordinator

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Chris Hawthorne

Co-Responder Behavioral Health Specialist Team Lead


Chloe Sadowsky

Co-Responder Behavioral Health Specialist

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Candi Florence

Co-Responder Behavioral Health Specialist

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Daizha Smith

Youth Innovation Center
Peer Support

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Hanah Braxton

Youth Innovation Center
Peer Support


Desiree Garrett

Youth Innovation Center
Peer Support

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Bradley Witcher

Youth Innovation Center
Peer Support

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